The Forge Blackrock Steakhouse

4.1
353 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 353 People Are Saying
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3.8
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4.1
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4.0
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JayJay2978
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Ordered 2 x fillets and I x steak pie

Couldn’t cut the pastry of the Pie
Chips were cold, grey and rock hard

Got charged for extras we ordered but didn’t receive

Got offered a 10% discount after pointing out the problems

Not good enough

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Camal
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Main were good but wine list was very limited very long wait for food and the starters were very poor - no care or quality about them chicken wings that were not prepped properly and just thrown on to a sea of sauce, olives and bread with a random salad

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Carl
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing bit slow bringing out the drinks first. But we’ll worth it for the food

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kathyT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Steak was fab, but waited 1.5 hours for it. Understand very busy, and maybe short of staff in current climate. Would of been nice to be informed by the waitress of waiting times.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was the first time we have been. The staff where friendly and the service was nice.

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Sleepingbagfactor
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Waitress was useless . I got the impression it was her 1st shift so not her fault , ended up getting our food before our drinks which was an experience I’ve never had before ,

I didn’t really fancy cooking my own steak , I go to restaurants for a nice meal and not having to cook or clean after myself ,

I couldn’t enjoy eating my food due to concentrating on not burning my steak

Definitely could have done with a plate due to no room whatsoever to organise my food ,

Didn’t enjoy it at all sadly

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VanessaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Had an amazing meal, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Stayed all night. The servers were really nice and polite, just a bit slow at times. But overall a great night out! Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding service was top class will be definitely coming back

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SimonL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Beer spilt on myself with no apology from the member of staff, food was the worst I have come across anywhere, triple cooked chips were shocking and cold, ordered ribeye at £34 and what turned up was not ribeye( it had no eye!!)
Shall never return

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SarahC
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious as always most of the staff very nice and pleasant.

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NikkiC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful no complaints from us best steak ive ever tasted will definitely be coming again

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TerryW
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Had a lovely meal here you’ve got to have the lava stone experience you cook your food to your liking I would have liked an extra plate( suppose I could have asked) just to pop my food on has it overcooks because you have no where to put it when cooked so it keeps on cooking, food was fantastic couldn’t eat it all my husband and I had steaks loads of chips salad and sauces too. Service a bit slow on getting us drinks for saying we were the first ones in they seemed to forget us hubby had to go to bar at one point did get served quickly then and they brought drinks to the table suppose it’s a bit confusing what to do in these times but I always thought when eating they serve you at the table that’s the reason I gave a 4 * just the attentiveness not quiet good but will recommend and would go again

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Rebecca
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Cold food, had to wait for our prebooked table as they were still people on it, unseasoned and not worth it

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Vimu
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We decided to try the forge for my 30th birthday as a treat however we were not impressed. The table we were given when we arrived was broken therefore we asked to move to another table or for it to be fixed. After two attempts and a demonstration of the broken table we were moved. The next table was dirty with food debris on the table and surrounding floor area, the table was sticky. The steak was lovely however it was let down by the sides and salad. The salad looked like it had been left out in the heat all day and the chips were cold. The service was quick for food and drink however the customer service was poor during our visit as both drinks and food orders came out wrong even after being double checked by different members of staff. Overall, the steak was lovely but would not recommend based on our visit especially for a special occasion.

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SimonR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, really enjoyed ourselves. Amazing start to my birthday celebrations, thank you

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Hayley
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love this place food amazing every time, don't like that a paper menu is not offered. Staff trying to encourage use of the barcode scanner but personally prefer to look at a real menu

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AndrewD
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely brilliant place just wish there was one in Sheffield the steaks are awesome and service is top class we will be back

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CarmelR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was horrendous. Chips were hard and cold, steak was ok (cooked yourself), Diane sauce was VILE. Took two hours in all to for two people to have a one course meal as service was so slow. I only managed to pay the bill in two hours because I got up and went to the bar to find someone. By the time we had finished it was not busy, so no excuse. I’ve been here a few times and never been so disappointed. Will definitely not be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our wedding anniversary so this was a treat for us, was really nice, we had steak. The atmosphere was so relaxing, Will definitely returning.

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LaurenW
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

The food is lovely how ever service is extremely slow took 30 minutes for drinks to arrive after chasing up where they were multiple times food took 50 minutes for starters and a further 45 minutes for mains


Don’t go if you are hungry I’d advise going at least an hour before you’re ready to eat I have been 2 times in the last week for various special occasions we only booked a second time because we thought the slow service was down to it being a busy Saturday evening the first time but on both occasions we were waiting almost an hour for food to arrive and normally this wouldn’t be an issue because the food is worth the wait but when you have no drinks and are constantly asking multiple different servers with nothing being done. It’s extremely frustrating I think the meals are only nice because you cook it your self the chips are usually cold too and I had to reheat them on the hot stone on both visits

After poor service on multiple occasions we won’t be returning

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AnnM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely meal, great service and well worth a visit!

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Andy
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, excellent friendly staff. Will definitely be back again!

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BrendanoTheGreat
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very cool to be able to have your steak cook on the hot stone in front of you. Excellent presentation and ingredients. Nice setting both inside and out. Friendly staff and attentive. Only thing that could’ve been better was to clear starters before the mains arrived. Highly recommend this place though

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice steak. Would be nice cooked with some butter.
Chips very nice except some were stuck together so therefore not cooked properly.
Mustard would be better if it was English traditional
Other than that really amazing thank you

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arocha
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing steak

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really lovely atmosphere. Steaks were nice, but a member of our party had to wait until about 10 minutes after the rest of us were served. Silly a little by the people on next table complaining loudly, which was right , as they had waited 50 minutes for their meal.

Food was good and we had a lovely time.

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Steve9
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Went to the forge for a birthday meal which I had specifically told them on my booking form. Waited over 40 mins for our starters which never arrived. Waitress informed us they hadn’t gone through and offered to take our drinks off the bill as we were only getting main courses. The main courses of rump and flat iron were delicious, well presented and big portions so cannot fault the food. Busy Saturday night but took a long time to get drinks, there was only 1 cocktail menu that was hand written and the staff seemed to be constantly breaking glasses. Slow service and unfortunately really disappointed as it was my partners birthday meal and we only got half our dinner

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DanniA
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was OK but waiting over 2hrs for food was unacceptable! Staff only realised when we told them & front of house staff seemed nobbed off with the kitchen staff. Needs new management asap i think!!!!

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SusanneM
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steak I’ve had in a long time service was great and very quick definitely be going back

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EmmaF
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We were booked in at 8.30 and still didn't have a main meal by 10.30.wow!!! Not great!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful service . They brought out my partners steak I was sat waiting for 30mins no sign of my food i call someone over she said she will check comes back said there’s nothing else in the order , it then took a further 30mins by this time my partner had finished his food, absolute awful service . Will never come here again , Miller and Carter is much better and better service and quality of food, to top this off my partner left cash on the table for payment of the drinks as agreed with the manager they took the food off the bill due to the poor service , as were walking down saddlergate four members of staff come running down shouting you haven’t paid , he was calm and simply answered I have I’ve left cash on the table , it was extremely embarrassing we were being chased and being shouted at saying we haven’t paid . Never will I recommend or come to this place again!

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billyh
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Lots of staff. Not overly busy but consistently waiting on drinks, food was over 90mins wait. Had to ask several times for drinks, bill etc. Saw possibly 10 different staff members often asking if we'd like a drink even tho we were waiting for drinks already

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday for my husband food was lovely.

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CraigP
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Seen a few pictures of mates going with there Mrs’s. Food looked good.
Wasn’t disappointed- food was lovely and a good sized proportion for the cost. Defo will be going back there soon

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RichardH
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a lovely experience from start to finish , food was served quick , good quality and fresh , staff was pleasant and drinks ordering was fast. , will definitely be returning , I had the 12 ounce steak as my main and even though I cooked it myself using the hot rock. It was amazing .

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Diztig
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved this concept & food quality was really good. Found the plates a bit small as I like my steak pretty rare & was worried it would over cook if I left in the stone, but nowhere to move it to! Luckily I eat quickly!
Great, attentive service tho & great choice of drinks. Would recommend lots!

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AlexandraF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience, excellent food, great portions

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SimonM
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff were friendly and attentive. Service was prompt. Ordered steak and we weren't familiar with the concept - a rare steak is brought on a hotplate, you watch it cook and decide how rare or otherwise you want it - but once you get your head round it, it makes perfect sense - you eat the steak exactly how you like it.

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RebeccaY
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

I ordered the salmon fillet. £17 and was like something I could have bought from the local supermarket. Really bland! The rest of my family had steaks. Even the fillets were quite fatty. I just think everything was really overpriced for the standards of meat and nothing exceptional with taste. The staff and service was great. I couldn’t fault our friendly waitress. I wouldn’t return again based on price and taste of the food. Nothing special!

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sandy P

Seven of us went for my wife's birthday. The staff were very friendly & couldn't do enough for us (they even sang Happy Birthday to her). The food was amazing. The whole experience was just brilliant. Will definitely be going back soon.
Thanks to all the team.

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The Forge Blackrock Steakhouse is rated 4.1 stars by 353 OpenTable diners.

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