Mr Grundy’s Tavern is housed in part of 36 Ashbourne Rd, a fine Georgian property, now The Georgian House Hotel. It has the distinction of being the only pub in Derby named in honour of a WWI veteran. The on-site microbrewery is also named after him and the names of its beers have a WWI theme, such as ‘1914’, and ‘Bullet’ and ‘Sniper’.
Clifford Grundy was born in Derby in 1897. His father ran the family business, Grundy’s Provisions on King Street. In 1916, aged 19, Clifford was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Notts and Derby Regiment, the Sherwood Foresters. As for nearly all who served, he was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
After the war Grundy married Florence Edith Aulton, and later lived at the building adjoining 36 Ashbourne Rd. He died in 1991 at the grand old age of 93. Sadly, he did not live to see his part of the 36 Ashbourne Road complex open as a pub.
By 1970 (see DWWIPP-11) there were no Derby pubs that still brewed their own beer. Indeed, there were no breweries at all in Derbyshire until John Thompson revived the tradition at his pub (of the same name) in 1977. In the City of Derby, the home-brew tradition was revived in 1989 at the short-lived Flamingo and Firkin and with much more success in 1991 by Trevor Harris and John Evans at the Brunswick Inn (still flourishing but under new ownership). Mr Grundy’s is one of four pubs in Derby that currently brew on the premises. The city also has a number of other small (and not so small) breweries; Derbyshire as a whole has gone from 0 to 60 in 30 years.
Details of the opening hours and facilities of Mr Grundy’s can be found using the CAMRA Good Beer Guide app. This can be obtained free of charge (basic version) at https://gbgapp.camra.org.uk/ or (free of charge) from WhatPub at https://whatpub.com/
This Wonder is one of a series of thirteen researched by the Derby World War One Pubs Project (DWWIPP). In describing the wonders, we also develop an underlying narrative on how the war lastingly affected pubs and the brewing industry, and society itself. For this reason, it may be preferable to read them in sequence, DWWIPP-1 to DWWIPP-13.
The thirteen wonders in this series and other stories featuring the effects of WWI on pubs and breweries can be found in a special Armistice Centenary Edition of Derby CAMRA’s magazine, Derby Drinker. It, and the current edition, can be downloaded free of charge at https://derby.camra.org.uk/derby-drinker/DerbyDrinker/DerbyDrinker_WW1special.pdf You can also download an ‘Ale Trail’ leaflet featuring the thirteen Wonders in this series from https://derby.camra.org.uk/
The DWWIPP team are grateful for the support and encouragement of many organizations and individuals, in particular to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and all National Lottery players, for the funding; the Derby Branch CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale); the Derby Local Studies and Family History Library; and the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (Wonders of the Peak).
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