Melbourne pubs reviewed on Beer in the Evening
Alma Inn, Derby Road
Old and popular local. Marstons beers.
Blue Bell, Church St.
Pleasantly modernised old pub. Good-value food. Owned by the nearby Shardlow Brewery. Some wonderfully crafted beers available! Also guest beers. Pleasant outdoor drinking space overlooking the Parish Church. Best cider pub locally. Cheapest pint in the town especially on Sundays!
The Lamb Inn, High St
Large mock-Tudor pub (1930s).
Marstons and Bass beers plus some interesting guest beers.
Food served all lunchtimes except Mondays, and Thursday to Saturday evenings.
Melbourne Arms & Cuisine India, Ashby Road
Indian Restaurant attached to pub. Good quality Indian and Thai food.
Marstons Pedigree on draught. Big garden for kids.
The real ale here is usually reliable.
Melbourne Hotel, Derby Road
Large, town centre pub which has been refurbished and renamed Harpurs. The style is modern with muted colours and lots of wood (a bit like the Wheel at Ticknall). Real ales - Pedigree, Bass and Sharp's Doombar plus guest. Serves food.
The Paddock, Station Road
NOW CLOSED. Out of town pub; once called The Railway. The hotel has been fully refurbished with a range of beers. The restaurant is open to the general public. New owners Spring 2012.
Roebuck, Potter St
Old and friendly local. Real ale often from Leatherbritches (Fenny Bentley).
Beer range and quality can be variable.
CLOSED late January 2011.
White Swan, Castle Square
Very old pub with beams and exposed stonework. Lively bar and quieter lounge. Tolerable Marstons and Bass served. A Thai restaurant occupies one bar.
Packhorse Inn, Kings Newton
Very old Marstons pub in a prominent corner position, close to the Holywell.
Under new management 15/1/2013. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 12.00 noon until 3.00pm and 5.30pm until 11.00pm & Saturday and Sunday from 12.00 noon until 11.00pm.
Hardinge Arms, Kings Newton
Attractive, old pub and restaurant. Reopened in 2004 after years of neglect and closure. The Newton Wonder apple originated here in the 1880s. Bed and Breakfast available (ring first).
Bay Tree, Potter St
Good food and service. Main meals can be pricey but now serving a range of meals.
Advance booking required. Has expanded premises onto Derby Road.
Jacks, Derby Road
A bistro/cafe - a good place for a coffee and cake!
Mileburne, corner of Derby Road and Blanchcroft
Offers a set menu during the week both lunch and evening, which is good value for money, as well as weekend menus. All of the food is sourced from local suppliers, including Richard Jackson who provides the vegetables.
New Yim Siam, Castle Street
Thai restaurant at the White Swan PH, Castle St.
Melbourne Arms, 92 Ashby Road
Indian Restaurant in old, edge of town pub.
See also under Accommodation or Pubs.
Melbourne Pizza Company
Trading from the Lamb Inn, High St.
Zeerah, Derby Road
Newly opened Indian Restaurant. Owned by curry house in Castle Donington. BYOB and home delivery.
Melbourne Hall Tea Rooms,
Excellent stopping place after a stroll around the town, hall gardens or a walk in the lovely surrounding country.
Forteys, Market Place, hot drinks served along with sweets and chocolates.
Very "welcoming cafe". Excellent freshly baked breads and cakes. Step back in time!
Limited opening hours. Closed Saturday pm and all day Sunday.