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Derby has seen a raft of new game venues popping up over the last year – all starting with the opening of Crystal Maze-style escape room Make Your Escape and board game café Game Knight (both at The Spot). Meanwhile The Wardwick has also seen such venues opening in the form of Unescapable, a new escape room, and Alchemy, the city’s newest board game café and the subject of this review.

Located at Jacobean House, a 17th century building that was the home to The Haus restaurant, this establishment now acts as a venue to play a wide range of games and at the same time have a decent bite to eat (and not forgetting the essential liquid refreshments or course).

Alchemy has a huge range of games for eager game lovers to play including classic board games, card games, and strategy games. One of the classic games available is the Derby version of Monopoly, and speaking of which there is a huge painting of a Monopoly board inside the venue. Other games available include Mousetrap, Logo Game, and Kickstart-funded card game Exploding Kittens, and it was this cat-themed game that we decided to try out. Needless to say we found it to be a simple yet enjoyable game to play – and BTW no cats were harmed during the game (oh, and I won).

As well as playing the games at Alchemy (both FREE games and others for a small charge) playeres can also buy games to take home with them, so if you enjoy playing games both at home and on a day/evening out then you are well catered for at Alchemy. Various special game nights are held here including a regular Cards Against Humanity night.

As well as trying out a game we decided to make an occasion of it by trying out some food from the main menus. I opted for one of Alchemy’s pizza offerings, the meat feast – consisting of chicken, ham, meatballs and chorizo sausage. This thin-crust delicacy was served on a wooden plate, and was one of the best pizzas I have ever had. Just for good measure, I had a bowl of skinny chips to go with my pizza.

In addition to hot food there are also sandwiches, cakes and other snacks available to purchase.

Overall there is something for everyone at Alchemy including an extensive vegetarian/vegan range.

Drinks-wise there is wide range of beers, cold soft drinks and hot drinks available. We opted for a couple of Derby Brewing Company ales.

Overall we found Alchemy to be a superb game & café bar and thereby a very welcome addition to Derby’s leisure scene.

We will certainly be making more visits to Alchemy in the future especially for the Cards Against Humanity nights.

Posted by: Adam Thompson on June 18, 2017