There have been a number for exciting developments in the Chesterfield real ale scene of late, and in order to investigate this some intrepid members from Dronfield & District sub-branch set out on a Saturday night in early April to sample the delights of some of the best pubs on the Brampton Mile, to the west of Chesterfield town centre.
We met up at the Rutland Arms, a busy pub in the shadow of the Crooked Spire, with 7 real ales on offer. Salopian Shropshire Gold proving popular here.
From there our intention was to catch the bus to the furtherest point on our route but as the bus timetables were against us we decided that it would be more productive to visit the Chesterfield Ale House on West Bar as our next point of call. This is a micro-pub, laid out over split level with six real ales to choose from. The beers from Blue Monkey Brewery, Ape Ale and 99 Red Baboons were the beers that stood out here. The Chesterfield Ale House has only opened a few months ago but is an excellent addition to Chesterfield and well worth a visit.
From there we took the number 84 bus up Chatsworth Road to Real Ale Corner, a real ale off licence offering two cask ales in addition to the range of mostly local bottled ales. Both of these cask ales were golden beers, with Slater’s Haka being the beer most of us seemed to choose. We found it very friendly in here with plenty of good conversation.
For our next port of call we headed just off the Chatsworth Road to the Rose & Crown, a Brampton pub with eight real ales on. This is a welcoming, excellent local pub that was very busy.
From there we headed back onto Chatsworth Road the Barlow Tap House, recently taken over by Barlow brewery offering six real ales. Here I found the beer I enjoyed most all evening, Durham Brewery’s Columbus IPA.
Our final port of all was the Tramway Tavern, another Brampton pub with eight real ales. Blue Bee Section was popular here with our group, although my own choice was Raw Edge Pale Ale, which is a beer I am already quite fond of. The Tramway Tavern is the Chesterfield CAMRA pub of the year owing to beer quality, very good service and an enjoyable atmosphere.
All in all this was a very enjoyable evening, and it was notable how many of the venues we visited are not so much real ale “theme” pubs as just honest, good quality friendly local pubs with very good ranges of cask ale. If you are in Chesterfield this is a little crawl that is well worth your time.