The Crafty Dog, Chesterfield for lunch and beer

I have been working in Chesterfield for a while now and I have explored quite a few of the local cafes, pubs and restaurants. I have discovered that Chesterfield has a vibrant scene of independents and I did a post about a selection last December. This post is about The Crafty Dog, a pub in Brampton.

My friends (and colleagues) organised this outing as a chance for us to have a leisurely lunch and for me to see more of what Chesterfield has to offer. It was also a chance to check out some dog friendly places too, as Bob was coming for the afternoon out. I took the train from Sheffield and we met for a swift drink in the Junction on Chatsworth Road before heading to The Crafty Dog.

The ‘Dog’ opened in March after a significant refurb, it was previously the Red Lion, I don’t what it was like back then. Regardless, The Crafty Dog looks to have already made an impression as it has been shortlisted along with Ciuri Ciuri and Pump & Grind in the 2018 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards. They have been nominated in the Best Newcomer category and the winner will be announced in October.

The pubs is open-planned and has a comfortable vibe with a mix of vintage style. It has a nice little beer garden too where you can enjoy a drink in the warmer months. As we walked in the first thing I noticed was the beer choice, there was a lot! It reminded me of the bars I’d been to in Copenhagen. It was the chalk boards on the wall showing the beers currently on, with tasting notes, price and ABV for each.

Crafty Dog Chesterfield

They have an eclectic range of about 30 ales covering bottles, cask and keg and the choice frequently changes. To give you a flavour, they’ve had beers from Tiny Rebel, Beavertown, Verdant Brewery, Oakham Ales and Magic Rock. Local breweries like Abbeydale and Thornbridge are regularly on tap. If you don’t like beer, then they have a decent selection of lagers, ciders and gins.

Beer The Crafty Dog Chesterfield

The bar staff were friendly and were happy to offer tasters, I tried a few to help me decide what to have. Over the afternoon I had Abbeydale’s Heathen, a gluten-free Thornbridge session IPA with tangerine peel called Satzuma and their Bakewell sour called Tart.

Heathen The Crafty Dog Chesterfield

It wasn’t just us humans who were well catered for, the staff are attentive with dog guests. Bob got a bowl of water and a couple of dog biscuits, which he was happy about. Although it is hard to tell with him as his expression is naturally a bit grumpy.

The food menu changes regularly and on a weekend you can pick from sandwiches, pizza to burgers. I can appreciate a pun and the burger menu has plenty, the vegan burger is called Soya Wilcox! They do traditional Sunday lunches and in the week they have themed nights like Burger Tuesday, where all burgers are £8.

I decided to indulge in a reuben sandwich (£8) with pastrami, sauerkraut, emmatual cheese, gherkin and a russian reuben sauce. I opted for sweet potato fries for an added £1.50. The food turnaround was pretty quick so we didn’t wait long. I got hands on and it was a little messy to eat, the classic combination of pastrami, pickles and cheese worked well. It was perfectly matched with a pint of beer and the sweet potato fries were nicely crispy and well-seasoned. I am never keen on soft and soggy sweet potato fries!

Reuben The Crafty Dog Chesterfield

It was a lovely relaxing lunch, we took our time and we moved to sit in the beer garden after our food to enjoy the sunshine. There were a few more drinks had, more chat and laughter. A win, win all round for the Crafty Dog. Good value for money, decent pub grub, a comfortable ambiance, a great choice in ale and dog friendly.

The Crafty Dog

261 Chatsworth Road
S40 2BL


If you get a free Crafty Dog’s loyalty card you can get reduced prices on food and build up reward points and take advantage of other offers.

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