Located in the historic Old Blacksmiths Yard on Sadlergate, The Palfrey is a newly refurbished unique and contemporary restaurant and wine bar, where we aim to provide a relaxed and friendly environment for our customers.

As an independent establishment, passion is at the heart of everything we do. We offer an eclectic mix of food and drink, including a bespoke wine list, signature cocktails and specially created dishes using only the best local ingredients.

Split over two levels, our rustic and industrial bar can be found downstairs with adjacent courtyard for casual dining and drinks, whilst upstairs our inviting restaurant is full of intimate charm and contains the kitchen with an open pass to showcase our delicious food. Why not come and see for yourself the latest addition to Derby’s prospering and vibrant food and drink scene?


For Thomas Burton, the key to being a good chef is communication – working closely with suppliers, his dedicated team strives to give customers the best possible experience. Thomas is passionate about cooking as a creative outlet, demonstrating ingenuity in everything from the menu to the presentation of each individual dish.

His love of cooking was first inspired by his father, from whom he was first taught to cook fresh home made meals. This interest developed as a teenager but it wasn’t until he finished university that he decided he wanted to become a professional chef. Training on the job, he spent much of his own time watching and reading about cooking as possible.

He describes his cuisine as modern bistro dining with a mixture of British, Spanish and Northern European influences. He believes in using produce from trusted local suppliers, a task which is aided by the abundance of good farms and butchers in Derbyshire. That said, Thomas advocates cooking with care and passion, enjoying most the ability to be creative in menu and dish development. One of his favourite aspects of his job is receiving positive feedback from happy customers, so be sure to go up and speak to him at our open pass in our kitchen upstairs!



Corporate Events

Use our upstairs for your next business lunch, board meeting or networking event. Ideal due to our central location and impressive interior.

Private Functions

Hire out our space for a party to remember! We will work with you to create either a special sit down menu, or canapes and cocktails – hire cost starts at £0

Live Music

Look out for our live music events, accompanied by themed food and drinks, entertainment and special offers

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The Palfrey

7 – 9 Old Blacksmith’s Yard
Sadler Gate
Derby DE1 3PD
01332 293 135

Opening Times


Wed & Thurs: 12pm-12am

Fri & Sat: 12pm-late

Sun: 12pm-7pm  


Wed – Sat: 12-3pm, 5.30-9pm

Sun: 12pm-5pm

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