The Hollybrook: Super cosy Derby pub with three roaring fires will warm you up this Easter weekend

The Hollybrook also has an extensive outdoor dining area - just in the case the weather decides to behave and the sun comes out to play
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When the weather is still a little chilly - there’s been a low of 4°C most nights this week in Derby - a warm pub to hunker down in, is right up our street.

We visited Hollybrook Pub on Rykneld Road, Derby for a cheap and cheerful mid-week dinner.

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It’s a place I have visited often, but my most recent trip earlier this week was the most enjoyable, out of all the times I have visited over the past 10 years.

It was a freezing cold day, so the first thing that hit me was the warmth of the pub.

On that day, there were all three of the pub’s fires on full blast and I honestly don’t think I’ve loved Hollybrook Pub more.

I had Southern Fried Chicken Burger, which consisted of two lightly crumbed chicken breasts topped with tomato salsa and burger sauce.

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The meat was succulent, with a hint of pepper. Chips tasted better and a marked improvement from previous times.

This stacked chicken burger was filling and well made | Image Ria GheiThis stacked chicken burger was filling and well made | Image Ria Ghei
This stacked chicken burger was filling and well made | Image Ria Ghei

The dining partner had Shepherd’s Pie, which he enjoyed very much.

Feedback was that the lamb was flavoursome, and the cheesy mash was a winner.

Hot Shepherd's Pie was a hearty dish thoroughly enjoyed on a chilly March evening | Image Ria GheiHot Shepherd's Pie was a hearty dish thoroughly enjoyed on a chilly March evening | Image Ria Ghei
Hot Shepherd's Pie was a hearty dish thoroughly enjoyed on a chilly March evening | Image Ria Ghei

The steamed greens did look a little sorry though, and would have benefitted from some melted butter and seasoning such as sea salt and cracked black pepper, to keep it simple yet tasty.

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Food was decent, pints were well poured, but it’s the pub’s ambiance that is the real winner here.

It was busy but not rammed, but those fires warmed my chilly insides up faster than you can say “Where’s the brandy?”

The Hollybrook is an easy place to be, the service was great, staff were friendly, and I cannot wait to visit again.

What we ate at The Hollybrook Pub Derby

  • Southern Fried Chicken Burger £12.29
  • Shepherd’s Pie £13.79
  • Appletiser (275ml) £3.25
  • Brewdog Wingman (pint) £5.50

Total £34.83

Address: The Hollybrook, Hollybrook Way, Rykneld Road, Derby DE23 3TZ