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Stanley's Alehouse

Open Now: 16:00 - 23:00
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Great friendly micro pub with real cider

A big improvement since my last visit. Still a great selection of locally sourced real ales with a... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2018
David K
via mobile
Great Beer, Great Food. Lovely Management. Perfect!

Visited here with my girlfriend a few days ago. Had a lovely welcome from the couple who run it and... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2018
Fuzzyshan
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Stanley's is a friendly, traditional micro-pub with a strong focus on quality real ales and ciders. We also stock a wide range of gins and other spirits, wines and soft drinks. We are dog-friendly and we welcome well behaved children until 9pm...more
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76 Smedley Street, Matlock DE4 3JJ, England
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Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

A big improvement since my last visit. Still a great selection of locally sourced real ales with a very friendly atmosphere and welcome. They now serve real cider, including one from my favourites - Ashover Cider. I will be dropping in more often when I...More

Thank David K
PeteWithers, Manager at Stanley's Alehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

Hi David, thank you for a lovely review :-) Yes, we always serve two real ciders on draft, plus a few fizzy numbers in bottles. Ashover Summer Cider is a regular for the season! Very glad you enjoyed your visit in any case - we...More

Reviewed 25 May 2018

Visited here with my girlfriend a few days ago. Had a lovely welcome from the couple who run it and a good explanation of which beers they have on. Tried most if not all the beers during the visit, all were good to great beers...More

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PeteWithers, Manager at Stanley's Alehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2018

Thank you for such a lovely review! I'm really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit - it was a pleasure having you. Please do come again whenever you're passing - I'll be sure to have some new beers on for you to sample, but...More

Reviewed 21 May 2018

We went here during our short stay in the area. The pub has a cosy ambiance and delicious beer. The staff let us taste some beer before we ordered one, to make sure we got a beer we'd love. They change their beer regularly. When...More

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PeteWithers, Manager at Stanley's Alehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2018

Thank you so much for such a lovely review! It was a pleasure to meet you, and we're really glad you enjoyed what we have to offer. We've just started serving pies and other snacks, so it's great to know they're going down well! If...More

Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Whilst on a weeks holiday at the top of Matlock Bank (a very steep hill) I only managed to call in once - the day before leaving for home. I played safe and had a couple pints of a traditional best bitter. Excellent. I would...More

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PeteWithers, Manager at Stanley's Alehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Thank you for a great review, John! I remember your visit and I'm glad you did manage to make it before you had to head home! I hope to see you again whenever you're next in the area :-) Best Wishes, Pete

Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Me and my partner love Stanley's. By far the best local, with friendly staff and great management that constantly keep up with customer wants.. oh and great, reasonably priced ale!! I have never once had a bad experience in Stanley's, and it has a real...More

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PeteWithers, Manager at Stanley's Alehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Thank you so much for such a lovely review, Georgia :-D It's a pleasure to run a local, community-focused business and we're so glad you enjoy visiting us. We look forward to seeing you again! Best Wishes, Pete

Reviewed 22 April 2018

The walk up the hill from the town square is well worth the effort. You'll work up the perfect thirst to try one of the ever changing, wonderfully well kept beers that this delightful little place has on tap (or in bottles). It's worth mentioning...More

Thank David D
PeteWithers, Manager at Stanley's Alehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2018

Thank you for the brilliant review, David - it was a pleasure meeting you and we're very glad you enjoyed your visit(s). Hopefully it won't be too long before you can make a return trip :-) Best Wishes, Pete

Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Didn’t go during a busy time but liked the location and the decor and selection of beers. Really quirky and can imagine with the right crowd it’s fun Regarding a previous review about e-cigs, if you don’t like it go elsewhere, they are only water...More

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PeteWithers, Manager at Stanley's Alehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2018

Many thanks for the lovely review - hope to see you again soon :-) Best wishes, Pete

Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Fantastic quaint little ale house. Lovely real ale great choice and rhubarb gin fabulous. Small inside but cosy. Really enjoyed it here great find

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PeteWithers, Manager at Stanley's Alehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2018

Thanks for the brilliant review, Elaine :-) We're now open from 4pm Tuesday-Thursday and 12pm Friday, so even more opportunity for an post-work tipple! We also serve Blackberry & Honey gin now - definitely one to try if you enjoyed the rhubarb! Best Wishes, Pete

Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

I popped into Stanley last night. The beer was superb. Service friendly and helpful. Spoiled by a bunch of hipsters using e cigarettes to blow pretend smoke everywhere. Felt sorry for the bar staff. I could at least leave!More

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PeteWithers, Manager at Stanley's Alehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2018

Hi Nick, I have recently taken over here at Stanley's and I noticed your review mentioning that other customers smoking e-cigarettes was rather off-putting when you last visited. I can certainly sympathise and please rest assured that whilst we do permit e-cigs/vapes, we ask customers...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Fantastic little bar with a great range of ales, ciders and gin! The warmest, most welcoming staff I met and fabulous view over the Derwent valley. Interior is clean and comfortable with very interesting cecor. Perfect reward for walking up the hill!

Thank Richard K
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