Nestled in the heart of Derby's thriving Cathedral Quarter, is street Sadler Gate. Steeped in history there are, i'm sure, plenty of stories to tell about one of Derby's most iconic thoroughfares.
Along the winding street you will immediately notice the Tudor styled frontage of The Old Bell Hotel. Derby’s largest and last surviving coaching inn has played a huge role in city's past. The grade II listed building was constructed in 1650 and was considered one of the most prestigious coaching inns outside of London. Since its recent renovation it now houses three bars, a steakhouse and a wedding venue. Certainly worth a visit on a night out, or a Sunday Lunch.
[caption id="attachment_10483" align="alignnone" width="555"] The Bell Hotel on Sadler Gate[/caption]
Walk a little further along and you'll see the bright neon sign of BUNK Derby. If chicken and cocktails are your thing then BUNK certainly is. Walk down the long colourfully clad corridor to a leafy neon underworld where you can sip on some beautiful cocktails and munch your way through some seriously tasty wings. Look out for their 2 for 1 on all wings offer.
[caption id="attachment_10491" align="alignnone" width="1076"] The bar at BUNK[/caption]
If you're after a relaxed vibe then Blacksmith Lounge is worth a couple of hours of your time. Blessed with a large glass frontage, you can take a seat with a wine or cocktail and watch the world go by.
For something excellently indulgent, Sadler Gate offers Doughnotts. Sweet and tasty mega-doughnuts in a variety of flavours to suite all tastes.
[caption id="attachment_10505" align="alignnone" width="2012"] Example Doughnotts doughnut[/caption]
If eating burgers and/or pizzas in a dive bar setting are your thing then Brooklyn Social is a must visit, it's also a pretty good place to have a drink on a night out.
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Cafe lovers have two great venues to choose from in The Kitchen, an independent family run farmhouse chic cafe/bar, serving sandwiches, home-cooked meals and pizza oven cooked pizzas; and Milk & Honey a deli-come-cafe with rustic breads, pies, cheese and coffee.
Finally, relax in the Dog and Moon. A modern pub serving craft ales, live music and excellent ground coffee.