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Silk Mill Ale & Cider House

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Blue Monkey - Cathedral Quarter AleGood1
Boggart - Rum PorterExcellent1
Cropton (see also Great Yorkshire) - BlackoutExcellent1
Dancing Duck - Ay UpExcellent1
Holden's - GoldenGood1
Parish - On Ur BikePoor1
Strathaven - Summer GlowAcceptable1
Tap House - Kingdom VictoryPoor1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - KiplingAcceptable1
Wentworth - Damson PorterExcellent1
Wentworth - Prism PorterExcellent1
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Brewster's - Hop a Doodle DooNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Harvest PaleNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - Dark DrakeNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - GoldNot Tried0
Harviestoun - SchiehallionNot Tried0
Leatherbritches - Hairy JohnsonNot Tried0
Oakham - Bishops FarewellNot Tried0
Oakham - JHBNot Tried0
Purity - Mad GooseNot Tried0
Purity - Pure GoldNot Tried0
Salamander - Nick of TimeNot Tried0
Sarah Hughes - Dark RubyNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Springhead - Roaring MegNot Tried0
Stancill - IndiaNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Picture 1. Silk Mill Ale & Cider House, Derby, Derbyshire
Picture 2. Silk Mill Ale & Cider House, Derby, Derbyshire

Visits Details

24 Jul 2017 (ChrisE)
Late Monday evening, welcoming and not too busy.
Dancing Duck - Ay Up3.90Excellent
Springhead - Roaring Meg5.50Not Tried
Brewster's - Hop a Doodle Doo4.30Not Tried
Dancing Duck - Dark Drake4.50Not Tried
Stancill - India4.00Not Tried
Salamander - Nick of Time4.00Not Tried
21 Jul 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Beer festival here with casks on stillage to the rear of the pub.
Strathaven - Summer Glow3.90AcceptablePale bitter with an earthy hop character and a dryish malt character. Dry, earthy finish. My score 14/20.
Parish - On Ur Bike4.40PoorGolden in colour, sweet and faintly malty with an appley taste and little hop character. Hint of aldehyde. My score 11/20.
Tap House - Kingdom Victory4.50PoorRuby coloured bitter that was suffering from aldehyde - i.e. appley taste with little or no hop or malt character coming through. My score 11/20.
26 Nov 2011 (ChrisE)
A fairly quiet lunchtime. I was on my way to the bus station, but this pub had a sign informing me that it was Derby Camra pub of the year, so I decided to catch a later bus. A large bar area, with a real log fire.
Wentworth - Prism Porter5.20ExcellentA good dark and creamy beer, very enjoyable.
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00Not Tried
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Dancing Duck - Gold4.70Not Tried
13 Nov 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Wentworth - Damson Porter5.20ExcellentBlack porter with quite a fruity Damson kick that works well in this beer giving a slightly tart fruit flavour. My score 16/20.
28 Aug 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
Beer festival in progress so fairly busy.
Cropton (see also Great Yorkshire) - Blackout5.00ExcellentDark brown porter style beer dominated by a vanilla toffee flavour that might be a bit overpowering for some but worked for me. My score 16/20.
Holden's - Golden3.90GoodWithout the Glow at a lower strength, this was a fairly malty golden beer with a bittersweet finish. My score 15/20.
Blue Monkey - Cathedral Quarter Ale3.90GoodNew house beer for the Old Silk Mill, this is a very pale and hoppy beer with a good balance of flavours. My score 15/20.
14 Jul 2009 (Ian)
Mid afternoon and came here as pub number 4 on the Derby crawl. Down by the river and in a very nice part of Derby. The kind of place where I would have been happy to try the JHB and the Schiehallion.
Boggart - Rum Porter4.60ExcellentOutstanding dark choc cherry liquer flavour.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Kipling5.20AcceptableSlightly sweaty sox hop. But still lovely, really aggressive gooseberry on finish, but a bit too sweaty sox overall.
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Harviestoun - Schiehallion4.80Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Purity - Pure Gold3.80Not Tried
Purity - Mad Goose4.20Not Tried
Leatherbritches - Hairy Johnson4.50Not Tried

About the Silk Mill Ale & Cider House

The pub sign. Silk Mill Ale & Cider House, Derby, Derbyshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3AF.

Formerly Old Silk Mill until re-opening after a major refurbishment in late 2013. Fall out of the back of Ye Olde Dolphin and you find the Silk Mill. Food has been introduced as has a generally airy and light style of decoration and an outside garden area.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 28 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DE1 3AF