The Belfry Steakhouse History

The Belfry Steakhouse is hosted in one of the oldest and largest original coaching inns outside of London. The Old Bell Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in Derby City Centre’s Cathedral Quarter hosting several bars and restaurants including The Belfry Steakhouse.

The Belfry Steakhouse is located on the first floor of The Old Bell Hotel sitting alongside the historic Jacobean staircase that takes you to the top of the building.

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Derby’s Largest Coaching Inn

The Belfry Steakhouse history starts with The Old Bell’s ‘Bell’ which lived in the Belfry rooms for many years. The famous bell hung from the corner of the smallest room and when you visit The Belfry Steakhouse you can still see the ‘Bell’ hanging in the corner fully restored and on show for everyone to see.

The Belfry Bar

During the 1920’s the first floor of The Old Bell was turned into the Belfry Bar which was a popular place to visit for up and coming local sports players. If you was lucky enough you would see the odd footballer and celebrity enjoying a drink.

During the early 1980’s the Belfry bar closed and a huge part of Derby’s history had been locked away. During the restoration for The Belfry Steakhouse a range of items were found in the bar including a heavy lead button the size of a fifty pence piece, suspected to belong to an officer in the military.

The Belfry Steakhouse is full of hidden history and stories. Join us to learn more about our wonderful steakhouse and uncover more of these hidden stories in one of Derby’s oldest venues.

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The original bell from the 1980’s Belfry Bar.

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Original fully restored William Morris wallpaper.

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Restored signage from the Belfry Bar.