The Forge Blackrock Steakhouse

4.3
214 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 214 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.0
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4.2
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ConnorM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing. 4 steaks ordered on your hot rocks. App was easy to use and drinks all came in good time. I would only say the staff need a bit more training on what’s on the menu, when asked about a couple of things they didn’t know but went back and hot the info. 5* all round

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KatieD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We arrived as new customers, told to scan the app and order food & drinks. When the chicken arrived on the slate my partner noticed it was raw. The chicken was a translucent pink inside. I told the waitress who took it away and apologised. She said she would bring another one to the table. My partner said he didn’t want another meal and just a refund please (put off by the pink chicken) another waitress then came out and said ‘did you order on the app? That’s the problem you should have read the paper’ there is an A6 card hidden behind the salt & pepper. 1. Why didn’t the waitress tell us on arrival the chicken is left to cook on the slate? 2. Why did the second waitress take it away as if it shouldn’t have been raw?! The ‘manager’ then came over and offered us ONE free drink and refused a refund. Begrudgingly My partner accepted so ending up paying £18 (the price of the chicken meal) for a spiced rum and ginger beer. We aren’t one to cause a fuss so left. Appalling service.

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AdzR
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, but no tomato sauce which I thought was crazy!

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NatashaD
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited as a group of four friends and had a great night. The atmosphere was lovely in the little courtyard and we were comfortable and warm in the outside seating. Our food was incredible and we will definitely be returning soon. Thank you!

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Shazams
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a nice chilled evening with lovely food & drinks

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MollyG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole thing was amazing.

The staff were brilliant and friendly, the area was lovely and clean and the food was perfect.

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Tinky
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Excellent service and food.
Some undesirable characters but the staff dealt with them professionally.
Great evening.
Thank you

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VilteV
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service. Big shout out to the head chef!

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DannyB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food service and atmosphere as usual. Brilliant.

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KarlF
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food perfect as always .. personal choice they changed the chicken wings the others were much better.. still need to add garlic bread to the menu at the evening .. service was spot on could not fault the staff always willing to help no matter how busy it got.. see you soon

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LindseyR
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very yummy, it was our second visit and we plan on returning in the future. Highly Recommended!

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Haritz
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really had a great dinner. All customers are properly taken care of, the atmosphere is great and the food as good as it looked like. Thanks!

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AbbIe
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Couldn’t fault the food or the table service. Best steak we’ve had in a while! However, the front of house staff member that met us was very rude, saying that despite us having booked a table over two weeks ago there were no undercover tables. She then disappeared and another staff member appeared who swiftly seated us at an undercover table with no problems! Would’ve been a five star review if it hadn’t have been for the rocky start

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Kieran99
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

One of the best steaks I’ve had and the choice of beers is really good, only thing let it down a little was the Covid restrictions so we had to eat outside while it was windy and raining, definitely coming here again when you can eat inside. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a really good steak.

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AbbiF
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our evening at The Forge.
The food was gorgeous- we’ll definitely be returning!!

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JadeJ
London
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Not the best experience, had eaten there previously and it was great, but this time due to lockdown restrictions had to dine outside. Was sat at a table with no heating, no one mentioned orders were made via a website, so we sat there until someone spotted the QR code, I made the mistake of ordering a starter, which delayed my friends food from coming out, though the finished starter sat at the end of the table for about 30mins, then we had to wait till they started cooking are mains, so we had been there waiting ages, we were frozen. Kinda soul crushing watch everyone's food come out apart from our table, was so glad when the food eventually arrived, the lava rocks gave us much need heat. Although there were things missing from our order. Food was not as good as we remember it, the sauce I ordered had a weak consistency. The other sauce options served with it was random, steak was dark soy sauce as a dip (perhaps if they used a sweet soy sauce). There wasn't a table check, kinda felt forgotten about. Perhaps the waiting staff were preferred serving the tables with heating. Probably wouldn't go there again until there were no lockdown restrictions, maybe it was just a bad night.

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Shell
London
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really good steak at reasonable price. Large portions particularly the starters.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the live music..and steaks were delightful on the 1000degree heat stone..It was our daughters 21st birthday..what a memory xx

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JulesT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the forge and definitely coming back. Lovely food, great atmosphere and live music.

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Jennip
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for a family meal and it did not disappoint food was so good the service was so quick and easy the whole thing was amazing deffo on the favourite list and will be back for sure

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MsHungry
Manchester
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday drinks booking for a a Saturday night. We had booked a table that wasn't under cover when raining, yet staff went out of their way and managed to get us on a table between two heaters and covered! Drinks orders were quick and easy, the food we ordered last minute was delicious and staff couldn't be more helpful. Rhea most certainly stands out most, happy to help even when run off her feet. Very happy customers who will be returning soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, I would go again

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RebeccaL
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just had drinks but the food looked amazing. The QR code didn't work on the table but staff were quick to resolve this.

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Sineadx
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was very good and worth the cost. It did take 45 minutes for the food to arrive though. I also had to ask twice for mayonnaise which also took a while to arrive. Other than that I couldn't fault it. Will definitely be returning.

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Woozy
London
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely but out of 6 who all had steak one had no salad. Busy noise which felt nice and normal

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WilliamC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Staff were amazing we booked at 9:15 but wanted to come earlier so they changed our booking and accommodate us abd was out standing

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JohnB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Steak delivered on a hot stone, which unfortunately wasn't sizzling so steak not cooking.
Explained this to member of staff who said it was outside temperature which would affect heat of stone.
She delivered two plates rather than a sizzling stone and suggested that we sliced steak in order for it to cook. !!
We persevered but not ideal.
We were then asked by another waiter if we had enjoyed the meal, to which we said no, and explained again !
His response was that he would report back to manager and get back to us.
After 20 minutes we gave up paid the bill and left.
A very disappointing meal with staff who just didn't care.
We won't be coming back !!!

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1992
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good quality food in a nice location with friendly staff. The service however, was messy and disorganised. The wrong food came out frequently with parts of the meal missing. I won't be returning until further restrictions are lifted.

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Amyrose
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good, very nice piece of steak. Not cheap but worth it for the overall experience. Staff were helpful when having issues with ordering on the app.

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NicoleG
Malta
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Very dissapointed will not be coming back again, I understand we are in difficult times but the service was shocking, the manager was rude and when I have been previously she was rude before, certain staff need to work on customer service skills, the app doesn’t work and ended up in 2 of us out of a table of 6 not getting our food with everyone else. Also food tables not under shelter when you are eating and spending a good amount of money on food! Food took over an hour to come out, got our drinks wrong and part of our order wrong, will not end up returning again!

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NatalieB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing, just a shame its all outside as I was cold, but obviously with everything to do with Covid. All worth it though

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Laura
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and lovely food. Will book again with family.

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KamilaP
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good food 😋 very nice waitress, beautiful place

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Samantha
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service was awful. Food was okay but I’ve honestly had better steak and chips at cheap pubs. They were out of a lot on the menu which isn’t ideal on a busy Sunday night. Didn’t bring out an item we ordered, even after letting them know they didn’t bring it out it still didn’t come.. Seemed like the staff were more interested in sitting with their friends than taking orders. App wasn’t working either. Would not go back

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MeghanM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the food and the place, very good, will definitely come here again. Only down side was we ordered halloumi as a side and only when we asked where it was they told us they didnt have any. We had already paid on the app but they sorted it out quickly and efficiently :) food was tasty!

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Rochelle
Dublin
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food as always, service very slow takes ages for drinks to come out and sent peppercorn sauce back as it was cold and was redelivered the exact same one.

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LeanneM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Firstly we was sat on a table of two, which is fine however it wasn’t suitable because of the cobbles that were underneath the metal table.
This caused me to drop some of my steak on the floor which isn’t good with the price of the food in the first place.
The service was ok when we got it, it took us that long for somebody to come over and take our order we had already ordered online by this point because we had to wait so long, bare in mind it wasn’t even busy.

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Emma
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely outdoor seating area. Wish the heaters were turned on though (even in the day it’s quite chilly).
An explanation of the blue/well done on the app would have been useful too.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service sometimes slow but everyone friendly and good value

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SamanthaC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything about this place and the food was great. Sadly The lady who sat us down was quite rude though, as we asked for a table that wasn't right next to another couple and she then just led us to the next table but didn't explain about the QR code or how we were supposed to be served meaning we sat there for a little while waiting for this to be explained. The service was completely saved by the two lovely members of staff that waited our table. One was called Oliver, who noticed we had been just left by the rude usher and went out of his way to helpful, and another really friendly girl but unfortunately I cant remember her name (mentioned an iguana if that helps identify her). Both really were a credit to the place. The food came out and looked and tasted sensational. we asked the chef be complimented it was that good. I would certainly recommend to everyone to try it, especially if you enjoy good quality steak. We will certainly be returning.

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The Forge Blackrock Steakhouse is rated 4.3 stars by 214 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.