History in every pint

ye olde dolphin 

Ye Olde Dolphin is Derby's oldest public house dating back to 1530a.d.

The pub itself is divided up into four unique bars:

Firstly you have the main Bar as you walk through off the street , this bar has an open fire and is the oldest part of the building.

Then if you go through the main bar you walk into the Offilers Bar which is so called after the Offilers Brewery.

If you enter the pub from Full street you can then go into the Lounge bar which is a beautiful oak beamed room with an open fire.

Finally we have the "Snug" this room has a warmth and character of its own  , many conversations , debates have been had in this quirky little gem of a room , and in winter there is no better place when the coal fire is at full blaze ......

The Dolphin has many resident ghosts including the Grey Lady which the current Landlord Jim Harris has witnessed himself  he will happily tell you the tale over a glass of beer .....

The Dolphin cellar was used as a mortuary back in the day ,  they used to use it to keep the dead corpses that had been freshly hung on the market place  , our cellar is haunted to this day .....

There are news paper accounts of a customer coming into the pub circa 1740 with a live cat and throwing it into the blazing fire in the main bar  , he subsequently went to prison for that ....

There are also accounts of customers getting fined for parking their Hay Carts outside the Dolphin and getting fined for parking ....

It's still not changed  out there  even today !