Mild and Ale Trail 2014

Mild and Ale Trail 2014

Mild in May 2014 The Mild and Ale Trail

This year the Mild in May promotion is joining up with the promotion of the Summer Beer Festival to give you a trail through 22 of our local establishments. The trail will run through May and June up to the start of the 37th City Charter Summer Beer festival on 9th July.

To complete the Mild trail, visit each pub on the card and drink at least a half pint of Mild. Note some pubs cannot guarantee to stock Mild for all of May, so if you are travelling specially try to phone ahead. To show their appreciation each pub will issue you with a red sticker. Attach the red sticker to the appropriate box on the trail card and don't forget to score the beer in the box below see below for Beer Scoring.

Please click here for a downloadable trail card and instruction sheet.

To promote the Summer Beer Festival, using the same card you can also collect blue "Real Ale" stickers after drinking at least a half pint of any Real Ale. You cannot claim a Mild and a Real sticker for the same half pint of beer! All 22 pubs will stock real ale throughout May and June.

Pubs Participating
The 22 pubs involved are listed on the instruction sheet together with some basic details of where they are located. The pubs are:

  • Alexandra Hotel
  • Babington Arms
  • Bell & Castle
  • Brewery Tap
  • Brunswick Tavern
  • Ye Olde Dolphin Inne
  • Exeter Arms
  • Falstaff Tavern
  • Five Lamps
  • Flower Pot
  • Furnace Inn
  • Greyhound
  • Golden Eagle
  • Honeycomb
  • Horse & Groom
  • Little Chester Alehouse
  • Mr Grundy's
  • Old Silk Mill
  • Queens Head
  • Royal Oak
  • Spa Inn
  • Thomas Leaper

We would encourage people to search out other pubs in the Derby CAMRA area that are serving Mild when not following the trail an example that missed the trail is the White Swan in Littleover. Not all pubs will be selling Mild for the whole of May so if you are travelling specially it recommended that you phone ahead. Eagle eyed trail goers will have noticed that there are 22 pubs and you only require 20 for the maximum level of rewards so there is some room for error.

Once again, there will be awards for the best pubs and best mild and we'll be relying on customers to help us decide the winners. Please score each beer according to the National Beer Scoring Scheme by giving your mark according to the table below:

0 No cask ale available

1 Poor.
Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.

2 Average.
Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn't inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing.

3 Good.
Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again.

4 Very Good.
Excellent beer in excellent condition.

5 Perfect.
Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.

The pubs with the highest average marks will be acknowledged accordingly. If you have several beers on different occasions, you are welcome to annotate the trail card to include the extra information. CAMRA members are of course encouraged to use the WhatPub website to record their scores additionally.

As per last year, we are offering incentives for those who visit multiple pubs on the Trail, with a free pint at Derby Beer Festival for anyone who drinks Mild in at least 12 different pubs on the Trail, and three pairs of tickets for the Friday evening session of the Amber Valley Beer Festival for the three who visit the most pubs on the Trail, with a draw taking place in the event of a tie.

So, plenty of reasons to go wild for Mild in May again! We look forward to seeing many of you sinking a pint or three of the dark stuff this May, cheers!

Dates for the Diary
02/05/ to 05/05/2014 The Royal Oak at Ockbrook have their beer festival where plenty of good quality beer is being assured! Open 11:30 23:00 each day.

Breweries featured are:

  • Thornbridge
  • Total Brew
  • Titan
  • Old Sawley
  • Welbeck Abbey
  • Falstaff, Flipside
  • Lymestone
  • Brown Ales
  • Hartshorn
  • Muirhouse
  • Whim

Take bus 9 or 9A from Derby Bus Station out to Ockbrook. Bus information can be found at

10/05/2014 - Derby CAMRA have an organised informal pub crawl on 10th May (Saturday) starting at 19:30 at the Falstaff. The route is to head down to the Brunswick Inn and the Alexandra Hotel and then continue as the crowd requires. For people on the Mild Trail, the Exeter Arms and Brewery Tap are the next closest pubs.

09/06 13/07/2014 37th City Charter Summer Beer Festival. Come along to the Summer Beer Festival, this year held entirely in a marquee in the Market Place outside the Assembly Rooms. If you have visited at least 10 pubs you are entitled to free entry to a session of your choice. In addition you can claim your entitlement of free beer at the festival.

Pub Crawls
Here are some suggested routes you may like to follow to take you round some of the pubs on the trail.

1. Chester Green and Little Eaton - Catch the 9.2 or Amberline bus from in front of the council house and alight in Little Eaton outside the Queens Head. After supping your Mild and a Real Ale to get both stickers, cross-the road carefully and catch the bus back towards town. Alight at the Coach & Horses stop just before Chester Green. Cross the road to the Little Chester Alehouse. Note the Little Chester has said they will only have Mild on for a limited time. Next turn right out of the pub and walk along the top of Chester Green. Carrying straight on over the road and down the side of a car park you reach the old railway bridge. Cross over and immediately turn left down steps and along the footpath bearing right. The Furnace is the next stop as the houses start. After the Furnace continue along the road and turn right under the ring road. A further 100 metres will bring you to the Silk Mill standing on the corner of the road junction. If you are still thirsty the Ye Olde Dolphin is a stone throw away on the other side of the road.

2. Duffield Road to Ashbourne Road Starting at the Flower Pot on King Street refresh your-self for the walk up King Street and take the right hand fork into Duffied Road. Past the petrol station lies the Five Lamps pub. Leaving the Five Lamps by the rear entrance and across the car park, head over the zebra-crossing and down Kedleston Street. The road curves round at the end becoming Parker Street. The Horse & Groom is on the right 150 metres further down. Next carry on along Parker Street curving soon to the right into Leaper Street. Continue along and round into Mundy Street. At the T-junction turn right along Nuns Street and continue until you reach the busy Ashbourne Road. Turn right and MrGrundy's is on the left hand side. Return back along Ashbourne Road, which becomes Friar Gate and search for the Greyhound on the right. Finally leaving the Greyhound head across the road and along Bridge Street. Follow this around the corner into Agard Street and the Golden Eagle is on the left. Don't forget to admire the murals on the outside of the Golden Eagle.

3. City Centre The starting point for this trail is the Babington Arms on 11-13 Babington Lane. From here turn up the road and carry straight on over the roundabout into Burton Road. The Bell & Castle is the large white building on the right hand side. Leaving the pub turn right and continue along Burton Road, taking the second road on the right, Spa Lane. The road meets Abbey Street at the end and the Spa Inn can be found on the other side of the road to the right and set back a little. Make sure you are suitably refreshed as the next stroll is a little longer! Leaving the pub turn right and head down Abbey Street over the ring road and on into Curzon Street and to the junction with Wardwick and Friargate. Continue straight on and turn diagonally right up the pedestrianised Saddler Gate. At the end turn right again along Iron Gate to the Thomas Leaper. Return down the hill, but bear right and cross the market place, which will be the site of the Summer Beer festival. Cross over the roundabout up Derwent Street and on to the Brewery Tap on the right hand side. Finally head round to the back of the pub and along Exeter Place to the Exeter Arms.


<< Back to Articles
Published on 13/05/2014