The Forge Blackrock Steakhouse

4.3
142 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 142 People Are Saying
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ChrisP
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and gorgeous steaks that you can cook yourself

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing yet again, last supper for a while due to covid but still the best steakhouse in derby by far.

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KayS
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We've eaten here loads of times as we love the food and experience but was quite disappointed with our recent visit. There was a table by the bar which sounded like it was staff, none socially distanced and only only 2 girls wearing a mask. We was a few tables down and they were loud and constantly swearing. This is disappointing as we had our 2 year olr daughter with us.
The girl came to take our order, although she was lovely we asked for no mushrooms or tomatoes. Both of our meals came with mushrooms and tomatoes! Our little girl asked for nuggets and beans, she got served nuggets and salad. What 2yr old eats salad?! We took our mushrooms and tomatoes off the plate not a problem but questioned our daughters food. The girl just said 'oh no i did take down beans sorry' and walked off. Oh so you're not going to get them then? Never did get the beans and to top it off you dont do Ketchup so my daughter had dry nuggets on their own for tea. Will stick to mc donalds next time

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Pete
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Was looking forward to the forge for a long time,massively dissapointed,rib eye steak was full of gristle,was told might not be able to have onion rings as the kitchen was running short,but we got 2 portions,again dissapointing,soggy,undercooked,,
chips were barely warm when they came out and a bit soggy,so by the time the steak was cooked chips were cold,informed the the server of the problems and all we got was I'll tell the kitchen !!!!,no offer of replacements or anything,all in £77.80 for 2 meals and we felt it wasn't worth half the amount,so won't be coming again

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RobinC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beat Steak house in the East Midlands, really friendly staff. Well worth the visit

MJ
MrsJ
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

No other steaks compare and you can cook on the rock to your taste.

CB
ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The concept of finishing your own steak (and mushroom etc.) was a little jarring to start with, but the overall experience was lovely, if a bit expensive. The food was very high quality.

The service was extremely high quality, from happy, dedicated staff.

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AshleyR
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the steak 🥩 was amazing, the staff friendly

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LucyB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was lovely and the staff were nice. Unfortunately no tomato ketchup which is odd, apparently lots of people ask for it. Surely it would make sense to stock it? The only other issue were the serving plates were small so my partner lost a few chips when trying to cut his onion rings. You dont get many chips so this was quite annoying. Besides that, the food was beautiful.

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SandraM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

this was our 2nd time food was so lovely disappointed about not doing the pizzas anymore our daughter was so looking forward to it.

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Adam
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at the forge at 8:15 and was seated pretty much straight away. Unfortunately after waiting for half an hour our starter arrived but we hadn’t received any cutlery so was eaten with hands. Around half 9 our main meal arrived, I ordered the pie which was severely burnt and was returned.

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SimonS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal at the Forge was excellent, the place was spacious enough, very clean and well set up. We felt very safe. The food was amazing, the portions were ample. We will definitely done here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always, King fillet is best I've ever tasted.

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TraceyH
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good quality steak, I had the sirloin. Really good chips, would recommend the port & Stilton sauce. Excellent evening

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Allthefood
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Absolutely amazing food, the portions were enormous!! Really good value for money and we will definitely be returning.
Only issue we found was that some customers were very drunk and loud, shouting and swearing but staff did try to keep them quiet. I would probably not go on a Saturday night if you are looking for something more relaxing.

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JackieD
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was very busy slow to deliver food but ambiance enabled a lovely evening so wait wasn’t a problem, food well worth the wait!

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Holl
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Totally overpriced for what it was. Felt dirty. Didn't mind cooking our own steak on the hot Rock but no where to put it once it was cooked. If you left it on the rock it'd be well done by the time you finish eating it, had to pile it on top of the chips! No atmosphere, cheesy 80s music, loads of students sat near us drinking while we were trying to have a nice birthday meal. Should separate people drinking and people dining. Not value for money at all!!! And they'd ran out of ketchup, not essential for me but in a steak place surely should be stocked up!

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DebbieC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent,food and service couldnt fault it at all. Felt very safe and had a really nice evening

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RachM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly staff. Good food and drinks choice. Clean resturant.

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Anonnamekeeping
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

There were two other tables besides ours yesterday
The service was absolutely dire
We stood at the entrance for ten minutes whilst the bar staff chatted between themselves
They got our drinks wrong
It took forever for our order to be taken
Dreadful

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NicoleR
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Out of all the cocktails on the menu they only had 2 available due to not having ingredients to make them on a Friday evening! This is mostly what we went for! No ketchup. This is the second time I have been and there was issues with having ingredients in stock the first time. I understand with the current situation delivery’s have issues but twice now I’ve been and although it’s not a massive issue because the food certainly makes up for it! 10 out of 10 on food and the friendly staff although service is a little slow!

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HayleyW
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Hour and a half wait between starters going back and the 4 x steaks coming out...its seared and you cook it yourself so why it took this long I'll never know. It came out at 9:20pm and we had been there since 7:30pm. Had to rush our food to be out for 10pm and no time for dessert if we had wanted it. restaurant wasn't busy so couldn't understand the delay and no communication from the waitresses. Sauce and cutlery thrown on the table. Overall £113 for 4 people should of been about half the price. Poor service and poor experience.

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RebeccaR
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Ordered a steak which you cook yourself, took over an hour for our food to come out, (don’t wait that long when the place cooks your steak) the chips was still raw an not very nice. We asked 3 different members of staff where our food was and none of them came back to inform us of any complications, which we found out in the end there was with our order. Manager came over to speak to us, an offered 10% off the bill and a round of drinks but to be honest not sure it was enough to encourage us to return. The price you pay for your food you expect it to be really nice, an it just wasn’t very nice at all. Not the best of review’s an I’m sure it’ll be quite different to other’s but unfortunately this was our experience.

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Clint
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s quite simple, if you love steak then this restaurant is the only place to go. I recommend the Chateaubriand 16oz. I sat upstairs for the meal which was quiet and decided on the way out to sit outside and sample the desserts. Fabulous venue.

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Shellhb
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Celebrated my husband's Birthday with our children. And had a lovely time. Good value for money as it basically worked out about £27 pp for meals and drinks and a bottle of wine. The staff were lovely and it was good as you can cook the steak to how you like it. Will definitely go back there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing steak as always, srachia wings are better than they usually are, amazing.

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Hula
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was slow and felt chaotic, drinks took a while to reach our table, staff were friendly and welcoming but I felt they were rushed due to the current COVID restrictions on time. The food was nice and I’d say the pricing was fair. I would dine again after the COVID restrictions have been lifted. Overall a good experience

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Shelley
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service would highly recommend. 🙂

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EllieH
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was absolutely amazing best steak we have ever had! Our waiter was really nice and apologetic over the wait but the service was slow in general. Will definitely return as food is fantastic and worth the price.

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CathHC
Czech Republic
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience2

7.30 booking Saturday night. It was very busy, placed food order (mains only) at 8.00ish, food arrived 9.10. We had to rush to eat it, no time for desserts as we had to be out for 10.00pm. Some people who had earlier bookings walked out as they hadn't had any food. Something was very wrong in the kitchen they were massively behind. The food was nice when we did get it however it wasn't a relaxed meal due to the early closing. I would like to think it was a one off but I don't know if I would go again

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nataliep
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

We had to wait 1 hr 20 mins after our starters for the main course we said we were going to leave as it was a long time we got asked to stay and they’d give us some discount,the food was amazing but service was very slow.

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MargaretH
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

How was it? It wasn’t!
We were hugely disappointed.
We ordered 4 sirloin stakes for after our starters. Waited 2 hours and were told NO sirloin left.

Negotiated an agreed no charge with the manager.
We left.

Went to pizza express as we needed something to eat at this point. Lovely hot food quickly.

It was meant to be a special night out too. Shame on you The Forge.’

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StephanieW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was lovely but we waited a long time to be served for our food and drink

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Niki
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend for a birthday meal on a Friday night, had the choice to sit inside or outside, was still rather busy and hot inside so decided to mix it up and sit outside.

He had some top tier ribeye steak, I had the bog standard steak. Both come out like a spectacular firework display, amazing portion sizes that get you sitting upright as soon as you see the waitress carrying the food. All the staff were super friendly, and made us feel so welcome even with all the Covid-restrictions in place, massively grateful for a wonderful evening, and the perfect food (even the salad was peng).

Finally I’ll add about the atmosphere :) sitting outside, which was a relatively still octobery night, the mood is set with decorative gaslight burners, string lights across the yard area and a cracking playlist of reggae and old school bangers. The music was quiet enough to have meaningful conversations. but loud enough you can enjoy humming to “It must be love” with a mouth full of piping hot medium-rare steak in your trap.

So. To conclude. 10/10 worth every penny, and dispite it turning to colder months, when you’d rather snuggle up and not go out, get yasen’ down the forge for a beautiful experience with incredible food 🔥👌

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LisaB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with friendly staff will definitely visit again.

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jacquelineP
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality food and service was great very friendly staff and pleasant

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GinaJ
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The chicken wings starter still had feathers on which was a major put off. My little one was also sad at the fact there was no steak on the kids menu

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Anoms
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The service was very slow! However I enjoyed the experience of the steak cooking on the hot stone it was something different

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1happycustomer
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very impressed with the forge, the food was lovely, very well presented. The staff were very friendly. Will definitely recommend and will be back again. Thank you

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here on Saturday night for my husbands birthday. The food was delicious, staff were attentive and friendly. Can't wait to go back.

FAQs

The Forge Blackrock Steakhouse is rated 4.3 stars by 142 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 bookings at the moment.