We are pleased to announce that The Red Lion at Kniveton has won Pub of the Season - Spring 2018! The pub is going from strength to strength with consistently good Real Ale, Real Cider (from Kniveton Cider - naturally!) and good food.

The Red Lion will also be automatically entered into the running for the branch Pub Of The Year, announced in December, and also for an entry in the Good Beer Guide.

It's sad to report that The Yew Tree at Ednaston has closed. 

Sharon and Ronan Kerlo took over the running of the The Yew Tree last year but have recently posted on their Facebook page that they have been forced to close the pub following a dispute with the building’s current owner.

Sharon and Ronan brought new furniture and brought the Pizza oven back into use when they took over. With a new drinks offering, wine menu and food made from locally sourced produce the pub was in the process of being turned around returning to it's formed glory when it used to play regular host to a number of the Derby County football players. The pubs future is now uncertain and we will be following developments closely.

We wish Sharon and Ronan all the best for the future.

Ashbourne's 2018 pub of the year is the Smith's Tavern on St Johns Street, according to the town's beer lovers.

The annual search for the area's best boozer is carried out by the Ashbourne & District branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, and members awarded the gong to the Smith's Tavern.
Last year's Pub of the Year, Artisan, also on St Johns Street, came in a close second with the Okeover Arms taking third place.

Members drew up a sort list of their favourite pubs and visited each one, individually and in groups, and scored each pub on the quality of the beer, its welcome, its atmosphere and other factors.

Also on the shortlist was the Barley Mow, Kirk Ireton, the Shoulder of Mutton at Osmaston and the Sycamore at Parwich.