What others think....


 "Thank you for your excellent service, food and hospitality, from the new locals that like a nice coffee and brandy to round off a fabulous evening. Your pub is now our favoured place to be." Karen Edge, October, 2012


21 years after its last appearance in the Good Beer Guide, the Exeter Arms is celebrating being featured in the new 2013 edition. The ‘Ex’ has witnessed a remarkable turnaround in recent times thanks to Derby’s Dancing Duck Brewery and present Managers, Martin Roper & partner Denise. The pub was a renowned Marston’s house for many a long year but was refurbed by Dancing Duck who’s beers feature on the bar alongside guest beers. The pub has always had remarkable character and history with its little rooms giving it a real traditional look but Martin & Denise have added those extra little touches to give it that warm, friendly, relaxing feeling. With free live music Wednesdays and Saturdays, a Monday quiz, quality food and regular Beer Festivals held in its stables bar at the rear, the Herbert Spencer, the pub has come a long way in a short space of time. The latest addition being the opening of the 200 year old cottage adjoining the pub with low lighting and bare brick walls giving it that real atmospheric feel. The ‘Ex’ certainly stands out from the crowd and it is pleasure to have it back in the guide once more. 

"Truly outstanding cuisine, fantastic customer service and all in Derby's best public house.....what more could I ask for!!"
5 of 5 stars              Reviewed 2 February 2014

I visited the pub today with friends and tried the Sunday lunch for the first time and boy we were not disappointed!! All three of us ordered the roast beef with trimmings which was first class, in fact we all said we have never had a roast dinner that could has come close. The staff went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed our mealy such as bringing you extra gravy, allowing us the time to enjoy our meal before asking whether we wanted dessert. Of course after sampling an amazing meal we wanted to see whether the desserts were to the same standard. ....omg, truly scrumptious. .....well the Exeter we will definitely be back, thank you!!

"Hidden Gem"
5 of 5 stars                  Reviewed 27 December 2012

We recently visited here with another couple and if I had to describe it in one word it would simply be 'Amazing'. I have to admit you walk into the back street pub and think that it's a throw back from the 80's but the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming. It can get very crowded on match days but once it has died down its fine. The menu is very mouth watering with so many dishes to choose from. We had starters, mains and desserts and cannot find one bad thing to say about any of them, I can't even recommend any specific dish as they were all fantastic!! I will definitely be going back again soon.

“Masterpiece reinvented”
                          Reviewed August 1, 2013 

Finally the Exeter punches its weight with this back to the future reincarnation as real ale snug pub with great food. 
Following years of being run by grumps who seemed to resent customers, Dancing Duck presents a quality beer offer, complemented by an innovative food menu (british tapas anyone?)...and service with a smile too! 
The Exeter provides a glimpse of a bright future for British pubs prepared to put effort and invest a little imagination. In a city rich in real ale, indeed declared by lonely planet as UK real ale capital, this now tops the league

"Best pub in Derby by miles"

Reviewed 16 November 2013

Went to the Exeter for lunch and it was superb! Not only is this the best pub in Derby, it is one of the best places to eat full stop. Staff, ambience, food are all first rate. GO

"Diamond in Derby"

               Reviewed July 26, 2013

Met up with friends for a relaxing evening, having read really good reviews thought we would give it a try and to our delight, every word about this place is true. The food and the service provided by the staff was excellent. Every thing is well priced and the puddings are scrumptious and this is now definitely my new hang out place and can't wait to try the Sunday Lunch.

"Pub Food on a Different Level"

5 of 5 stars             Reviewed 23 July 2014

The Exeter arms has never disappointed me. The menu is excellent, the food is home made and tastes great! A particular favourite is the English Tapas Board! A great pub with the best food I've ever had in a Derbyshire pub. To avoid disappointment book a table!!!! Xxx

"More Than A Pub!"

5 of 5 stars               Reviewed 16 July 2014

Don't be fooled by the outside or the location in old Derby, behind that door hides a different world. Part of me doesn't want to share the delights of the Exeter however that would not be fair to the hardworking staff.

We booked, of course, it is a popular place so always best to check in advance they have tables.

We went on a Saturday night and there was a band on in the beer garden, yet inside you couldn't hear anything so need to shout to each other.

Staff amazing, friendly, helpful and nothing is too much trouble.

To the food, they say you eat with your eyes, so you are full on the amazing presentation. The chef understands the importance of presentation and has amazing ideas on how to present, try the cheese board. Flavoured butters in a delightful dish and a tasty homemade chutney. Living in Derby I like to see sage derby on a board and there it was. My other half goes on and on about how amazing the burger was, the best he has ever had. Great job folks, but we need to come back so he can talk about something else! I had the ham and eggs, so tasty and eggs cooked to perfection.

This is not a place for a quick meal, quick means precooked, frozen or microwaved this doesn't happen here hence why you wait. However everyone is friendly so you chat to your neighbours and time flies. If you want fresh local produce cooked and presented to a high standard then this is the place to go.

Will we go back? Of course Sunday lunch next to try those amazing yorkshire puds!

Read Ian Wainwright's blog about Derby's pubs and food and in particular, the Exeter Arms:


 Derby CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2013