Introduction to boozy brunches in Derby

Running along the banks of the Derwent, Derby is the UK’s most central city and in recent years has gone through a period of regeneration. The Cathedral Quarter, with its friendly atmosphere and historic surroundings, was even voted Britain’s ‘Best City Location’, boasting a rich tapestry of culture and heritage whilst still appealing to the younger generation.

Derby’s Cathedral Quarter is home to high-end stores, a bustling market and an abundance of vibrant bars, cafes and restaurants. There are a plethora of entertainment venues, events and activities, including our favourite of them all: bottomless brunch. Take a look at some of the best places to go for bottomless brunch, ideally located close to your student accommodation in Derby!


BEAR Iron Gate is located in the centre of the city’s iconic Cathedral Quarter; a hotspot for high-quality food and drink. Funday Brunch takes place at BEAR Iron Gate every weekend, and it’s exactly what it says on the tin. Every Thursday to Sunday, for just £20pp, you can get any item from their brunch menu, plus 3 drinks of your choice from the Funday Brunch range including cocktails, coffee, prosecco (we recommend the elderflower gin fizz). The brunch menu is locally-sourced and served until 3pm, with a range of dishes like eggs Benedict, shakshuka, pancakes or the BEAR breakfast. With BEAR’s modern vibes, abundance of fresh seasonal treats, and artisan coffees, you’ll definitely want to give them a try.

Price: £20pp
When: Thursday – Sunday
Google Star Rating: 4.5 stars
Address: 7 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3FJ
Book a table: Here

Turtle Bay 

Turtle Bay is known as ‘the best Carribean bar and restaurant in Britain’, and with the food being so delicious and packed with flavour, it’s no wonder why. The brunch menu includes their own twist on Avocado Smash, curry goat hash and the Vegan Yardbird; Roti stacked with chicken style vegan patty, smashed avocado, rich maple syrup, hot sauce & watermelon. You can choose any brunch dish, burger or roti, plus 2 hours of unlimited cocktails, mocktails, prosecco and craft beers, for only £27 per person and with so many vegan and vegetarian options, there’s something for everyone. At Turtle Bay you’ll always get fun, flavour and good times. Turtle Bay is super convenient, as it’s just a 4 minute walk from your Derby University Accommodation.

Price: From £27.50pp
When: 10am – 5pm every day.
Google Star Rating: 4.1 stars
Address: 1-5 Wardwick, Derby DE1 1HA
Book a table: Here

Slug and Lettuce 

Slug and Lettuce firmly believe brunch is one of the most important meals of the day. That’s why you can enjoy selected brunch dishes alongside unlimited glasses of Prosecco, Mimosas, Aperol Spritz, Bloody Marys, Pints of Amstel, Virgin Marys or selection of soft drinks for two hours every weekend. For only £28pp, you can indulge in a classic dish like the full English breakfast or go wild with ‘Pornstar pancakes’ – American pancakes, topped with a Prosecco, vodka mango and passionfruit compote. For only £3 more per person you can upgrade your brunch, giving you options like a BBQ rump steak sandwich, Halloumi and avocado sandwich or Tostada topped with chicken and chorizo – yum.

Price: From £28pp
: Every Saturday and Sunday
Google Star Rating
: 4.0 stars
: 11 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3FJ
Book a table
: Here

Revolution Bar

Situated in the Cathedral Quarter of Derby city centre with funky decor, luxury seating and private VIP areas, Revolution Bar is the perfect place to kick off the weekend, especially with a bottomless brunch. Every Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm you can choose one dish from the brunch menu including the fried chicken and bacon waffle or the blueberry, banana and Nutella pancakes and in addition you’ll get two hours of unlimited drinks including Aperol Spritz, Amstel, Prosecco or bloody Marys from just £20. At Revolution they start the party early, so make sure to pace yourself.

Price: From £20pp
: Saturday’s and Sunday’s
Google Star Rating
: 3.9 stars
: 1 The Strand, Derby DE1 1BJ
Book a table
: Here

We’re on a mission to report back to our resident’s the best bottomless brunch spots across the UK. With student accommodation across the UK’s most vibrant cities, including London, Bristol and Liverpool – check out our recent summary of the best bottomless brunch spots in Nottingham, or for a matter of fact, any of our other related student cities!


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Student Accommodation in Derby

Derby is a city with a rich cultural vibe. It is home to the iconic QUAD, a centre for art and film that includes an indie cinema, art gallery, cafe bar and workshop. With over 28,000 students inhabiting it, Derby has no shortage of activities and entertainment. The city also has more than 300 parks and open spaces which are perfect for studying in on warmer days.

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