The Forge Blackrock Steakhouse

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468 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 468 People Are Saying
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AmandaH
Derbyshire
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, lovely steak but expensive

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GeorginaW
Shropshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We have been trying to vary our dining g experiences so take turns picking a new restaurant. My son (11) wanted to try the hot rocks so I checked the reviews and booked online for 4 people. It was our first venture into Derby as we live out of town. Sadly since I didn't read the terms and conditions (who does???) my son was not allowed to order a hot rock, so we didn't get off to a great start. (Can't you make this information easier to find or maybe set up a waiver system?) We accepted the situation and ordered, looking forward to our food. The starters were a little slow arriving, that was fine, we enjoyed them and then looked forward to our mains...which didn't arrive, we asked the waitress who gave us a long winded excuse which didn't make alot of sense. We waited some more and she eventually came back and said 5-10 mins. In the meantime many tables were served before us (I am pretty sure they all had arrived after us). We gave it the 10 minutes we had been promised then walked out. In total, we waited a minimum of 45 minutes from when our starters were cleared but probably much longer. I am 42 years old and I have never walked out of a restaurant before. We paid for what we had eaten and drunk, spoke to an assistant manager and left. Disappointed is an understatement, we don't go out more than once a month and don't have an endless pot of money. Needless to say we won't be returning.

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SarahR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service will definitely come back again

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SimonB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time experience & I have to say it was fantastic.
The stone cooked steaks we all went for was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality steaks as you'd expect
The sides are generous and although the sauce looks small it is also a generous amount and both of ours had a beautiful flavour

JS
JennyS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous place! Best steak I’ve ever had :)

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Nlice220379
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food excellent service was good someone singing in the pub next door was far to loud abs massively out of tune

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VictoriaB
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

What a disappointing evening! Arrived early for our table but was able to sit straight down which was good ordered meal took 15 minutes for drinks to arrive,had to ask for a Prosecco glass as was given wine glass,starters arrived with no side plate had to ask and attitude of staff was pretty poor lots of members of staff just stood around.
Mains arrived after nearly 45 minute wait, no instruction on how the hot plate works etc chips was cold and we had no steak knife I had to go to the bar and was given a small knife and the response from the member of staff was ‘this is all I’ve got..’ complained to manager who was very understanding but it was a disaster from the start and to think we spent over £200 it was NOT worth it at all! Very disappointing felt sorry for the good members of staff who was trying their best but unfortunately the meal was not up to standard for that price! And to top it off I had requesting the booking was for a special occasion and it wasn’t until we complained they realised it was for a special occasion money was taken off the bill but still for £200 can’t believe we actually paid it!

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NatalieG
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service so attentive but not intrusive it was busy but that did not stop the staff! drinks served promptly and food was served quickly and was mouth watering!! great place to go and we will be back and would recommend to friends and family!!!

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SteveR
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality steak and the staff was amazing. Very clean venue with amazing atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another meal that always delivers quality, empty plate yet again. Best steakhouse in the Midlands. Fact.

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GeoffE
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience, steaks are huge and the heated rock is quite a novelty. The price we thought was a little high for Derby and the extras are quite expensive but overall a most enjoyable evening.

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DonnaB
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Food is the best in derby. Cocktails are beautiful and staff can’t do enough for you. Would recommend this place to anyone.

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RachelF
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went for a birthday meal and it was excellent - the food was delicious and really enjoyed the experience of the black rock which we hadn’t had before - the steaks were mouthwatering and the chips amazing! Only marked down as we didn’t get the water we asked for but that was the only complaint - overall a thoroughly enjoyable evening 😊

JB
JayBee
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food in a great environment. Good service and a very enjoyable experience. Would certainly return

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WendyO
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

To get to the upstairs restaurant you have to pass through a narrow corridor where. The toilets are, doors were open- horrible.
The steak pie and triple cooked chips arrived already swimming in gravy, everything was soggy and overwhelmed by the strong flavour of the gravy.
Overall totally disappointing.

SB
SamB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 in every aspect. Amazing quality food, great service, no complaints.

HB
HollyB
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was nice and the cooking it on the stone was a fun idea but at the end of the day it’s a gimmick. If I wanted to cook my own steak I could have done that myself at home for far less money. I was definitely overcharged for what I got.

But what really let my experience down was the service and the attitude of the waitresses. We had to wait 2 hours before we managed to get our main which is absurd. During these two hours not one waitress came over to apologise for the delay there were more bothered about having a gossip at the bar. They drop peoples food as they were taking it to them and didn’t pick it up.

I was really looking forward to my meal as it was a birthday night out for my partner and we were fairly disappointed. We will not be returning or recommending this restaurant

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PaulaY
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Poor staff kept getting food orders mixed up. I received my food 10 mins before my husbands and we had to ask about his food and where it was. Took along time to receive our drinks aswell and tables around us took along time to be cleared too. Husband said that the men’s toilet were disgusting too. Food was not as good as before but I suspect that was down to rushing and poor waiter service. Overall we don’t plan on coming back.

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Disgruntled
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a table for 6:30. When we arrived we found that they had allocated an outside table which is not what we booked. They did then find us a table inside.

The staff need better training. Every question we asked (to more than one member of staff) involved them going away to find the answer.

We ordered venison. Afte 20 minutes we were told that they couldn't find any! It should not take 20 minutes to realise that an item is not available.

We then re-ordered. After we had been in the restaurant almost an hour, there was still no sign of any food arriving, so we left.

The noise level in the restaurant was unpleasant and oppressive

We would have allocated no stars, but this isn't an option.

TB
TomaszB
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great service, lovely food.
Definitely will comeback

OT
OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, and the service was excellent I couldn't fault them at all.

LH
LisaH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Beautiful food great value will definitely be returning.

JC
JohnC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

With the shared starter side plate should be supplied to allow you to take what you want without spilling some on the table or yourself when taking a mouthful.

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DaveH
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Our third visit and the food and concept of finishing the cook yourself still doesn't wear thin, lovely tasty food although the onion rings were rather tasteless.
The service however was a total let down, staff were all very friendly but tables that arrived after us were served and finished eating before our mains arrived and I had to ask where our food was three times, then when it came to clearing away, two plates were taken then ten minutes later a different server asked if we had finished before clearing the rest. I can't even say they were particularly busy.
That said and rant over, give the place a try the staff are friendly the food is tasty and we would definitely go back again. Prices are similar to Miller and Carter but the hot stones make it a bit different.

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Notforme
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Terrible service. Poor value for money. First visit and won’t return. Waited over an hour between our starter and main (ridiculous considering you cook your own steak). The starter was missing items and these never arrived, despite asking the waiting staff. Noisy and cold (doors and windows open due to all the smoke). Overpriced and disappointing.

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Raffia
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly atmosphere and attentive service

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ChrisH
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was really nice but service mixed. Wasn’t aware that children couldn’t eat from the main menu due to hot plates and this wasn’t made clear before booking. Would have considered other options otherwise. Menu was therefore quite limited. Drinks took a long time to arrive and bill needed to be asked for 3 times which wasn’t ideal.

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MarekS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, comfortable, friendly and food was amazing.

LH
LisaH
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and friendly staff definitely recommend

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Damien
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Whilst this has all the markings of a food experience, it somewhat loses out on the lack of direction when dining upstairs. Its a nightmare to go to and from the toilet down an extremely narrow passage where staff are forced to wait with burning hot food for you to pass.

The food itself was fair, the steak on the stone is a nice idea which allows you to cook your meat to your required liking, The chips however were not really on par as they seemed mildly under done, this was evident in their lack of crispy coating and pale complexion.

The seating area in which our table was had the benefit of open windows but even still we were baking hot. The service was excellent and really did make us feel well tended to. Hosting a nice selection of Craft ales (local to Derby) was a nice touch.

I would say in all this place would be more suited to a drinking establishment that offered snacks as opposed to an eatery that would charge £50 for chateaubriand, as the accompanying dishes just fall short of the beautiful cuts of meat available.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The starters were average, we all had steak which in all fairness was really good. The down side was the fact we waited around 45 minutes for the starter and probably the same for the main. The waitress was good and polite but the speed of service was really poor. No discount was offered and I felt the overall experience wasn’t great.

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Tish
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Underwhelmed and overpriced. The waitress we had was lovely. However, we waited so long for the food that I ended up not being hungry anymore, the vegetables that came with the catch of the day (swordfish) seemed undercooked and they were cold, was brought out a mushroom as a side instead of the mushroom sauce I had requested. Wine was good! My partners steak started off brilliantly, however ended up leaving quite a bit as there was a huge string of fat, not something I would expect for such an expensive steak, however he still enjoyed what he did eat. The Halloumi fries seemed stale and I’ve had much better from cheaper restaurants. The experience was enjoyable due to good wine and good music, however I would not return.

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ZosiaW
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and we both really enjoyed it. The first time we went was in August. And my y loves steak so we had to come back for his birthday ☺️
The only down side was to see that the prices of the food had gone up so much! In the space of a month the Fillet steak had gone up £7!

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AnnB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Fantastic steak and fantastic service would definitely recommend

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LUBICAW
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food is incredible and staff are very friendly

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The wait for our starters was ridiculous. The food did not fit it’s description either my partner and I ordered sticky chilli prawns which came out as limp prawns in a very watery slightly spicy chilli stew…
The mains were chucked together, the chips had clearly been sat there too long and the waitress didn’t even know what came with the foods on the menu. Overall not worth it

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Jessica
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very slow service for food. Table booked for 7 and main meal came out at 9pm, waited 20 mins did a drink, the staff were very friendly but the food wasn’t as brilliant as it’s been previously. It appeared there was not enough staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, expensive but worse it!

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Bella
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Both our steaks very fatty, never asked if everything was ok. Not enough room to cook the raw mushroom as well, did not stay hot enough to cook everything.

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The Forge Blackrock Steakhouse is rated 4 stars by 468 OpenTable diners.

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