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The Distillery

Cathedral Quarter · Bar · ££££
57 Reviews

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 2:30 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 am
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


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)

Tempura King Prawns

Battered King Prawns served with watercress and a sweet chilli dip


Tomato & Basil flatbread

Simply tomato, mozarella & basil served on a warm flatbread served with our House Salad (V) (Ve)

The Homemade Distillery Burger*

Bourbon glazed British beef burger, Monterey Jack cheese, smokey bacon mayo, cos lettuce, beef tomato, onion rings, Bloody Mary dip, seasoned chips

Fish and Chips

Seasonal fish selected by our chefs, in a beer batter, served with seasoned chips, minted pea puree and Tartare sauce

Roasted Sea Bass*

Oven roasted fresh sea bass fillet served with new potato, pancetta hash, blanched asparagus and tender stem broccoli


Served with onion rings, grilled cherry tomatoes, Portobello mushroom & seasoned chips. Whisky Peppercorn / Caramelised Red Onion / Garlic & Herb Butter. Ask your server for today's steaks.


Fresh Summer Sorbet

Trio of sorbet: raspberry, mango & Sicilian lemon with pomegranate & mint (V) (Ve)

Honeycomb Chocolate Brownie

topped with melted white chocolate, honeycomb powder, vanilla ice cream (V)

Cheese Board

Smoked Applewood, Blue Stilton, Cornish Brie, crackers, grapes, butter & chutney (V)
Don't miss out on a table!

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.

57 The Distillery Reviews

57 Reviews
Value for money:Great value
Noise levels:Pleasant
Waiting time:Very good
Xihomara A.6 days ago · 1 review

Kitchen closes rather early... but food is very good, drinks perfect... service great. We all had a fantastic time. Won't be long to be back

Lynsey I.3 months ago · 1 review

staff member kept in touch before the booking to check everything was ok .Came to us ,on day of the booking to check all was ok .The other staff members were very friendly and helpful ,food was lovely .

jim s.5 months ago · 2 reviews

Great food and service as always. Plus as it was our anniversary, they went out of their way and provided us with a glass of bubbly each which was a very nice surprise. Can highly recommend. Will happily go back

Andy R.6 months ago · 1 review

Great food, great service, very please take staff throughout and a great atmosphere to enjoy either a couple of beers , cocktails or a nice wine. Nice little rustic pub / bistro , would recommend.

Lucy C.7 months ago · 1 review

I enjoyed both the food and drink immensely, however for a party of six on a Monday lunchtime the service was incredibly slow, with two of our party waiting nearly half an hour for their cocktails. I would definitely recommend going for cocktails at The Distillery as they provide a great range something for everyone! The burgers were very good and the pulled pork went down swimmingly. Any issues we raised were dealt with immediately by whoever was in charge and this was appreciated. Will be returning.

Ashley T.2 years ago · 1 review

Had the sharer platter for main which was really delicious and generous portion for 2. The root chips that came with it were a really nice change to regular fries. Had the sirachi hallomui kebabs for starter which were a bit disappointing. They lacked any real charring or flavour which you would come to expect from a kebab of any sort. Our server was ok, they first guy taking our drinks order was the friendliest of anyone but he lacked any real knowledge of the drinks. Asked for a passion fruit cider and got strawberry and lime. No big deal really but he didn't seem to know when asked what flavours they actually had. Other than those minor things I would definitely return again just foe the sharing platter. The JD brisket was defiitely the stand out dish

Robin B.a year ago · 1 review

Great food and cocktails, had the Sharing platter starter and a couple of sides and was full up , so couldnt manage a main or desert, which was a shame as they had apple and blackberry crumble on, will have to go back and have a smaller starter!.

Andrea J.12 days ago · 1 review

Fantastic food and cocktails. General atmosphere was lacking slightly as we were the only 2 people in there at lunchtime on a Saturday. Would definitely go back but feel they need to market their lunchtime food menu more as they're missing out on so much potential trade.

Charlotte B.a year ago · 1 review

The doormen were really helpful and told us who to speak to, to find out where we had been seated. The atmosphere and appearance of the restaurant was excellent. Our waiter was really attentive and the food was amazing.

Sharon J.2 years ago · 1 review

Very friendly and helpful staff - great bar theme and the food was totally scrumptious and certainly a nice surprise when the food was half price for a Monday, even though it was a bank holiday! Definitely return

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