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Thornbridge Brewery & Tap Room

Thornbridge is another in the long line of legendary breweries in Derbyshire. It was founded in 2005 by Jim Harrison and Simon Webster on the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. They started with a classic bitter, Lord Marples, which still a staple of the range. A year later, in 2006, they developed an IPA packed with flavour from American Hops which packed a punch. They called it Jaipur. It took the industry by storm, won countless awards and really put Thornbridge on the map. By 2009, they were able to expand into their brand new purpose-built site at Riverside, Bakewell.

As modern as the brewery is, tradition is still hugely important at Thornbridge. And in 2024 they took delivery of a traditional brewery set called a ‘union’. This machine is claimed to be the only working model left in the world. Carlsberg-Marstons of Staffordshire used to do all their brewing with it, but at their size they needed something newer. So instead of it heading to retirement, they kindly donated it to Thornbridge.

The current range of beers is very impressive. With traditional cask ales, innovative craft brews and barrel-aged premium stouts, there’s something for everyone. And there’s no better place to properly explore the range than the tap room. Located next to the brewery, the scale of the place is very impressive. It’s a huge industrial, open-plan venue with an imposing bar featuring a 20ft high stack of beer as a backdrop!

As you’d expect, the range of beers is fantastic and is updated regularly. They have bands and DJs performing, a weekly quiz night and fresh stone-baked pizza on the menu. It’s so well loved locally, that the Chesterfield branch of CAMRA voted it their 2024 Pub of The Year. Cheers!


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Riverside Business Park, Buxton Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1GS
01629 815 994

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