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Smiths Tavern, Ashbourne - pub details

Address: 36 St John Street, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1GH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 42360) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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Thought this was a fairly decent pub. Whilst it's tied to Marstons, it does have a guest ale. Ales were Marstons Belma SIngle Hop & Pedigree, Jennings Bitter, Ringwood Forty Niner, Banks's Sunbeam & Raw Galaxy Pale. The pub is fairly small. But it does have 3 rooms - a cosy front bar, a middle room with a piano and a rear room. The owners seemed friendly. The only pub we tried in Ashbourne, before moving onto the Red Lion at Kniverton (not listed on the site).
blue_scrumpy - 25 May 2015 18:37
Best pub in Ashbourne by a long chalk.

btw the Smiths were a Salford band and not Manchester - there is a difference.

Had an Abbeydale brew which was a decent drop.
anonymous - 15 Feb 2014 22:46
Popped into the Smiths Taverns after noticing the sign in the window saying CAMRA town pub of the year – it is the only pub in the guide for 2013/14, and named after my favourite Manchester band we (Mrs Monk and me) had to patronise. Lovely pub, very friendly landlord, there are three separate areas in a traditional style but not run down or tatty. Good range of Marstons ales and a guest or two. Following our visit to the USA and developing a liking for their very strong (7-9%) IPAs we tried the Marstons Old Empire IPA at 5.7%; lovely pint, clean and strong but not sweet with a pleasant lingering bitter taste, I could easily have had a couple more and would like to have stayed a lot longer. On our next visit to the area will definitely visit for an extended session! 7.5/10
Monkdawallydahonk - 3 Dec 2013 13:17
An excellent pint of Pedigree at £3.20 was served to me on Friday. Other cask ales available were Brakspear's Oxford Gold, Marston's Old Empire and Single Hop Pacific Gem and Ringwood's Fortyniner. No surprise to learn that the pub has won numerous CAMRA awards. No food. Quiet piped jazz. Would definitely re-visit.
paul_d102 - 7 Apr 2013 17:07
A real local’s local with what turned out to be the best selection of ales in town.
There were five available, Antifreeze, Sundance, Oxford Gold, 49er and being a Marston’s house, Pedigree.
I tried the first three and they were all in top condition.
There was also a selection of 24 single malts but none of our group are whisk(e)y drinkers, so can’t comment further.
There was a deliberate lack of fruit machines, juke box and karaoke.
The locals were all heartily greeted by name by the proprietors, Dave and Michele.
I don’t know if it was a joke on the blow-ins like ourselves but given the proximity to Nottingham, there seemed to be a disproportionate number called Robin.
Even though the clientele was mostly locals, it was still friendly and we were included in many conversations, not least about the impending Ashbourne Shrovetide football match.
One couple, on their exit, were moved to tell the whole front bar how much they had enjoyed their evening and how good it was to find a pub pub.
I think we knew what they meant.

aus - 22 Jan 2013 11:09

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