Located in Fitzroy, The Royal Derby Hotel offers everything that a traditional pub should come equipped with including an inexpensive bistro area, live music events, televised sport and a beer garden. There are also local and imported beers on tap including Tooheys and Guinness. The Royal Derby also doubles as a backpacker hostel, with twin and dorm rooms available.
This isn't a bad pub, even though I haven't been to it all that often (it tends to be a little out of my way, however considering that the tram stops less that five minutes from my railway station it is probably not as bad as I originally thought). Anyway, it is sort of a mix between a standard inner-city pub and a trendy watering hole (though I have to say it is not as trendy as some of the other pubs that I have visited). Like many of the inner-city Melbourne pubs you won't find any pokie machines in here (which is pretty cool in my opinion) but you will find quite a large beer garden with a pool table (for those people who like smoking while playing pool, though the days of the smoke filled pool hall are long gone). Not a bad place for a drink in my opinion.
Recently went here for a bite to eat for lunch on a Sunday. Its a prime pub on a main corner and intersection of Brunswick street. Had expected to be quite full, as the weather was warm and nice. By golly when we got there, there was not a single person dining apart from a few guys having a beer watching the races. I guess when youre dining, and the only one eating tend to doubt or question as to whats happen to everyone?? I had the Porterhouse Steak with Chips while my partner had the steak sandwich. I had asked for this to be medium rare. I find very few places Ive eaten at tend to get the steak just right. Mine was medium to well done. Eatable, but would have preferred to be cooked to my liking. The chips were just perfect, crispy and crunchy. The mushroom sauce was very nice. My partner said his steak sandwich was average, I would probably agree with my dish also. The ambiance could have been livelier, but overall it just lacked the atmosphere that aread more
Went to this newly renovated pub last sat night for dinner. Really busy with a good atmosphere, staff warned us there would be a wait for food. Decided to wait and so glad we did, best Parma ever!!!!!!!! We ended up sticking around and a had a great night wondering out at 3am. Heading back this sat night for sure!