The Forge Blackrock Steakhouse

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530 Reviews
£41 and over
Steakhouse
The Forge Black Rock Steakhouse, Blacksmiths Yard, Sadler gate. Derby’s Premier steakhouse offering only the best cuts of meat locally sourced from award winning Owen Taylor’s & Son and served on the famous Blackrock grill stone. Come and try the best steak in Derby. The Forge is a complete dinning experience in Derby, enjoy a quiet meal in our beautifully refurbished restaurant, a drink in our outstanding bar or relax in derby’s largest outside court yard. We are not just all about steak, we offer a variety of food and drinks, we have over 100 gins and a selection of craft beers, not to mention some of the finest wine and champagne to accompany your meal. With regular events happening all year you won’t find a better place to spend some quality time.’

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 530 people are saying
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LisaB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Well what can I say, not only was the steak fab, the side salad was just so nice. We will be back

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DanB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food. Would highly recommend.

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MarekS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite place for a great steak!
Never disappoints always amazing food and quality service

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DannVic
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. Atmosphere was great. Service was very good.

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Flau
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great experience, just needed to adjust with the plate so i wont get oiled from head to toe from the steak , music a bit to loud at some point when it get crowded and the steaks comes sizzling but yeah overall awesome will book again . thank you.

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BillyP
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was poor, ordered 4 meals, 3 with sides and only one received side, after asking a waitress about this, we were told 2 minutes after 5 minutes and nearly finishing our meals, I told them not to bother with the sides as we still hadn't received them!

Real shame as steaks were lovely!

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Holliew
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely food and lovely staff! Just slightly chilly sat downstairs (it was an exceptionally cold day tbf) but the hot stone definitely warmed us up!! definitely be back x

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FFSS
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Read the instruction card on the table for how the hot stone works if it's your first time.........because the staff won't tell you. The only highlight of our visit were the ladies who took our orders - charming and diligent.

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CarlB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loverly food loverly service, only thing that let it down was how cold the place was, it was colder in side than outside.

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heatherb
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous steak..great experience. Can't wait to go again.

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Myla
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Service was poor
Initial order for drinks was fast, however we sat with finished starters for 15 mins. Who I assume was the line manger, had to radio in for someone to clear our table.
There was no check back on the mains until we had to call the server over for an additional drinks order after having sat with no drinks for 20 mins - we intended to have multiple rounds of drinks. But due to service, we had just 2.
Mains were sat finished in front of us for 25 mins
Had to ask for the bill after waiting for so long. The server still didn’t clear the table.
In the end had to go up to the bar to pay, (leaving our uncleared table behind) where our server was stood chatting away to their colleague
We were still not served until I caught the eye of a barmaid after 5 mins.
Asking customers at the bar, in front of their server whether everything was ok is not an opportunity to mention anything
For the money you pay to eat here, you should be treating your guests well. Over £130 for 2 people is a lot of money for poor service. Especially when it isn’t particularly busy
The servers need to learn to multitask/prioritise, instead of aimlessly swanning around and ‘apologising’ to each table for their wait. It’s not an apology if you’re saying it to every single table after having stood at the bar doing nothing.
We have been to this restaurant for years, but the past 3 times we’ve been, the service has been pathetic
We, and other friends and family who have had similar experiences, will not be returning here again and I wouldn’t suggest anyone else doing so either.
You can get much better value for money at other establishments.

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HannahR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening here, credit to Emma our lovely waitress. She went above and beyond for me and my partner and because of her and the amazing food we will definitely be back again! ❤️

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Abcdefgh
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Service was dreadful our order got lost, had to ask several times for condiments, ambience was ruined when the table across from us started listening to football on their phones (very) loudly. The speaker which played the music kept crackling, it obviously has a loose connection which had a dreadful sound to it. Toilets were disgusting.
The food was amazing!

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SallyanneS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing steaks, could not fault the meal or service, highly recommended we will be returning

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous staff, fabulous food.
Will be returning, lovely experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

A very disappointing visit on 29/22/21. Not sure how this place has managed to get the rating of top 10 best restaurants in Derby on TripAdvisor??? I came with my husband to celebrate our anniversary, both ordered stakes. My husband went for the most expensive one Chateu... something wich costs £50 and the quality of the meat was very poor. He hardly managed to eat a half of the steak, it was very chewy like he was eating a piece of a rubber so he left it unfinished 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ I had the 16oz ribeye steak which was not as bad but still not worth the price at all. Chipps were disappointing either, got cold very quickly and not tasty at all (Zanfish chips tastes a lot better) The salad leaves served on side didn't look fresh 😕 Ended up paying a bill of £93 for 2 mains and 2 drinks and left very disappointed and upset afterwards, our evening was ruined....

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Cazz
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

On entering the place, it looked inviting and was greeted with a friendly smiling face. Emma our waitress was outstanding, she cares for our every want with a smile, nothing was too much trouble and service and food were of a very high standard will definitely be returning!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

After been previously, this was a return visit. The quality of food is excellent however since September the price had increased for the fillet steak from £27 to £35!!! A huge increase. Therefore by the time I had a sauce , a beer and glass of wine, my meal came to nearly £50, that was just mine!

An increase of £8 is huge and I’ve just booked for 10 people for a birthday, now I may have to reconsider that booking.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top quality food and service ❤️

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Molly
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service from waiting staff was good but the length of time it took for the main to be served wasn't good. Sat down at 7:30, had a starter but main didn't come out til 9:15. Its not the first time it has happened.

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EmmaV
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wouldn’t have a starter again (sticky king prawns) but mains was great! Order the onion rings you won’t be disappointed

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DanielBurman
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience, great food, great environment. Will definitely go again

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KimberlyL
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fab venue to hold a celebration meal. Very relaxed atmosphere no rush. Food was spot on to order. Good value for money. Staff were attentive and very accommodating. We had a great evening. Thank you x

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Claire
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, no complaints, empty plates 😉

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LauraO
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, great place and had a lovely time. A little pricey

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howardG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommend to anyone who lives a proper steak 👍🏻

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PhilC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Really disappointed overall. Excessively long wait between starter and main. Room was really smokey. It was too loud as well. I was really hoping for a special intimate special date night with my wife . I felt like it was ruined . Not worth nearly the £130 we I paid.

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JohnO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent meal and speedy service provided by the staff

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ScottD
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The staff were great, the food was nice even though the sauces were not to my taste.

The lack of ventilation had me coughing and I stunk to high heaven when I got home.

Seriously, you need some ventilation.

People with asthma will be leaving in an ambulance and I'm surprised your staff aren't dead from smoke inhalation.

Unfortunately I won't be visiting again for this reason.

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bigdga
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite some issues with speed of service and items being unavailable from the menu after ordering I would still be happy to provide a 5 star review. As a group we are very laid back so the the additional waiting was not really an issue and our waitress (she will know who she is!) did a fantastic job of keeping us informed and humouring the clowns in our party!
The food was delicious and cant be faulted other than the fact the venison tasted strangely of duck and the custard was more like strawberry ice cream! This aside we all left satisfied and with clean plates.
The atmosphere was nice, and we hope that we were not too rowdy for others dining or indeed the staff.
I would certainly recommend the experience to others and suggest that they visit to enjoy good company without being in a hurry.
We all had a fantastic time and would like to thank our waitress once again!

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AshleyR
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a great visits as always clean and welcoming food really good, but prices have gone up a lot since my last visit

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LucyB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible would defo recommend. Staff was lovely nothing was too much trouble

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ThandiM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely food, staff are very friendly and helpful.our table was upstairs which was ok but the room was very cold.

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FBailey
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was awful if I’m honest. We’ve been before and it was outstanding. Went for a birthday meal and ordered 6 steak meals and they were all horrible. The steak cuts themselves were fatty and paying £34 a head plus sides would have expected a better evening. The chips were cold and had a funny taste to them , like they weren’t cooked properly and had been cooked in dirty oil. Not only were the chips funny , we ordered strongbox dark fruits and that had an awful taste to it and had to be sent back twice and even bar staff agreed after tasting. After spending £220 I would have expected so much better. Waiting for our drinks order took longer than it should have. The bar was empty so what the staff were doing is beyond me. The restaurant wasn’t even that busy. It was over all an horrendous evening with a lot of money spent. We will NOT be attending again. I will be making sure that other friends and family do not bother as it’s been a waste of time and money.

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WayneM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to the forge and it was fantastic. I’d go as far to say it’s the best steak we’ve tasted. The service was also top draw especially the young waiter Jack, who was very friendly and always smiling.
Highly recommend this place and we will most definitely be back.

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Cabbages
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, good atmosphere - additional sauces dissapointing but not really needed as steak so tasty

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DemiP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was amazing as usual.
Bar staff were lovely waiting time was fine.
Waitress staff were quite rude.

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Jimmyjk
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We were very excited to have this dining experience, the booking process was excellent and the welcome by the staff couldn't of been better, however upon being seated we were serenaded by a group of around 12 people with party/rugby songs! In a small cozy room this proved a little OTT. Hey they were having a good time so no real problem. The real disappointment was the food, albeit it was good quality, the cooking method is a gimmick, part of cooking a steak is how you cook it, basting it in butter, maybe a garlic clove and a few herbs in the pan but what you get with this experience is a a dry piece of meat and uncooked mushroom. Paying top price for a meal you cook yourself without full access to facilities to produce a juicy succulent end product. I feel the whole concept is a gimmick and will not be re-visiting any time soon. One final note the staff were absolutely fantastic and a credit to the establishment, friendly, helpful and polite.

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Stonkerr
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Steaks were delicious. Heating stones very effective and allows steak to be individuallt cooked. Restaurant was quite busy but excellent table service. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This was a delayed birthday treat for a friend. A new dining experience for all the party. Really enjoyed it but found that by the time we had finished cooking the steak to how we liked it the sides had gone a little cold.
Overall a good experience but not sure if we would do it again.

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The Forge Blackrock Steakhouse is rated 4 stars by 530 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.