About The Distillery

Situated in the heart of Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, The Distillery is an independent brewery aiming to revoke the traditional elements of bartending. At this stylish bar on Friar Gate in the city centre, hip industrial-style decor, gourmet comfort food and some of the world’s finest distilled spirits combine together to create one of the Derby’s hottest haunts. To avoid disappointment, booking a table at The Distillery in advance is recommended.

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 am


The Distillery
3 Friar Gate, Cathedral Quarter
Derby DE1 1BU

Menu Highlights


Small Plates

Breads, Oils & Olives

Trio of freshly baked bread, olive oil mix & balsamic (V)

Tomato & Basil Bruschetta

Crispy sourdough rounds topped with fresh vine-tomato red onion salad and basil (V) Add Mozzarella for £1

Grilled Halloumi Sriracha Kebab

Chargrilled halloumi chesse, pepper, red onion, mushroom seasoned with sriracha, served with garlic mayo (V)

More about The Distillery, Derby

Whether it is for lunch, dinner or drinks in Derby city centre, The Distillery is a failsafe choice. With an extensive selection of bourbon, blended whisky, Irish whisky, and Scottish malts, The Distillery, located in the Cathedral Quarter, is a dream for whisky connoisseurs, and you’ll find a hoard of craft beers, wines and champagnes and a lengthy cocktail list on the menu as well.

Of course, great drinks need great food to go along with it and at The Distillery you could feast on a sharing board like the low & slow (barbequed pulled pork, Jack Daniels chilli beef, whisky smoked chicken, house salad, warm flatbread, slaw and root chips) or tuck into a main course. We recommend the Guinness stew (British mutton braised in a rich Guinness liquor with root vegetables and potato dumplings) or the baked sea bass. On Sundays through to Fridays between 12 and 7pm, be sure to take advantage of the Prosecco Platter deal, and get any sharer dish and a bottle of prosecco for £19.95. To guarantee a table at The Distillery on Derby’s Friar Gate in the city centre, make a reservation in advance.

60 The Distillery Reviews

60 Reviews
Noise levels:Pleasant
Waiting time:Very good
Value for money:Great value
John R.a month ago · 1 review

Excellent food, good drink selection and the staff were exceptional. Would recommend this place to anyone visiting Derby for a meal or even just for a few drinks. Or both!

Martin U.a month ago · 1 review

Good food and excellent service! We were seated immediately and we were constantly being take care of by the waiter. Food was good as well as the drinks.

Sarah G.2 months ago · 1 review

Great food, relaxed atmosphere, good service would recommend early evening for a couple or group of friends. We loved the sharing platter, particularly the chicken wings