The Crafty Dog
“Where have you been all my life?” said a man out walking his dog when he popped in to the Crafty Dog stopping off on his regular walk!
Previously the Red Lion on the corner of Chatsworth Road and Barker Lane, the premises have been full refurbished and in March opened the doors to offer customers a laid-back Craft beer pub with a choice of up to 30 real ales … yes 30! Plus a discerning selection of lagers, ciders, gins, wines and spirits, together with a food menu that should tempt anyone.
A perfect spot for a crafty beer whilst out taking Rover for a stroll, in fact why not set a task to try all of the 30 beers… I’ll leave that with you!
The Crafty Dog is a partnership between Neil Turner and Andy Watterson, two local Chesterfield lads who are passionate about creating a community pub, where friends can ching a glass and build some fantastic memories.
Unlike many pubs The Crafty Dog has no brewery ties, so Neil, Andy and the team can select beers from across the area and country. The pub has a contemporary feel, the interior stripped back to the bones and the right-hand wall displaying the 30 beers on blackboards, so you can check out strength and taste before making your choice. If you’re in the mood you can try a third of a pint, take three thirds so you can have a selection of tastes and find something that’s perfect for your palette.
Jamie Rawson, who manages The Crafty Dog, after successfully launching a number of other venues in Derbyshire, says, “we’re really excited about the offer we’ve put together and we’ve spent a good while working with the chefs on the new menu. We had to install a brand new cellar and a brand new kitchen as the venue didn’t have one before. Even though this was quite an undertaking, we have a fantastic team behind us and we are ready to really push our amazing menu and showcase the talent of our passionate chefs”.
Talking of food, Neil is keen to point out that the menu has been built around what people want and is locally sourced where possible. They have a number of menus available, lunch includes starters at £5, mains £8 and puds at £6, these prices drop to £3, £6 and £4 if you take two minutes to join the Crafty Club for free, more on this later. They offer a sharing menu, handmade nachos, kids choices, burgers, chicken wings, 12” stone baked pizza to eat in or takeaway (late afternoon and evenings in the week, but all day at the weekends), brushettas and sandwiches plus the usual tasty salads and sides. The menu is extensive, check it out on Facebook (@craftydoguk) for details… or even better make an excuse and call in for lunch or an evening meal!
The team are keen to place the pub at the centre of the community for residents, for businesses and for local clubs and societies. “It’s important that we support the local businesses around us, we use Penk for insurance, our flowers are from JJ’s and Ideal Carpets supplied the carpets in the accommodation” says Neil.
The building has eight bedrooms upstairs and these will shortly be available for people to stay at The Crafty Dog. “If you’ve got no room at home for family staying over” Neil suggests, “give us a call and get them booked in for us to look after them. The accommodation should be a popular addition, we have the Peak District ten minutes away and we’re looking forward to welcoming our first overnight guests in June.”
I mentioned the Crafty Club, this is the Crafty Dog’s loyalty card, it’s completely free and offers reduced prices on the lunch menu, plus as you use the card it racks up rewards to be used in the pub. It also enables members to book a table, something not available for non-members and will enable The Crafty Dog to keep you directly posted of offers and rewards.
The Crafty Dog is dog friendly, they have a Monday Quiz Night (coming soon), a Burger Night on Tuesdays and the beer garden is a welcome sun trap.
And if you fancy trying some food, call to book a table (01246 206130) and quote S40 Local for 25% off the main menu all day Monday to Thursday!
The Crafty Dog
261 Chatsworth Road