Posted by Kat Heath on 29 Oct 2023

I’ve been writing for Epsom and Ewell Families for just over 5 years now.  It’s such a fun business to be a part of and as an Epsom and Ewell resident I really like being able to share local information with the community via the blog.

Last Thursday evening myself and the rest of the Epsom and Ewell Families team got together for the launch of the Derby Arms Dark Night menu, we also used this opportunity to celebrate the 6’s – that being reaching publishing over 600 blog articles (you are actually reading blog 630) and reaching 6,000 instagram followers! Yay!!!

The Derby Arms has been a firm favourite of mine for a simple lunch, a girlie dinner or midweek drinks.  As always we were greeted with a warm and friendly welcome as we were escorted to our seats in the main dining section of this beautiful pub.  The great thing about The Derby Arms is that it always feels like a treat when visiting and feels new and special each time no matter what the occasion.

We were looked after by the lovely James and Meghan who were both attentive to our needs and knowledgeable about the drinks menu and new winter food menu.  They went through the cocktail list as we all wanted to start the evening off with a great cocktail.  The cocktails are always freshly prepared and served beautifully, myself and Dee chose the lovely margarita which was zingy, delicious and warming!

Sammy chose a classic Pina Colada and Fran opted for the modern classic Negroni Spagliato which wasn’t on the menu however the experienced bar staff can make certain cocktails on request.

We enjoyed our drinks and ordered our starters.  The selection was stunning and embodied autumn and winter dining.
Favourites such as Chipotle Sticky Chicken and Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper Squid were firmly on the menu however we indulged in trying some new additions to autumnal starter menu.
Dee enjoyed the beautifully presented Chicken Liver and Brandy Parfait which was adorned with seasonal mixed seeds for extra crunch and texture. A cherry amaretto compote accompanied this smooth and silky plate of deliciousness.

Fran chose the classic Pan Fried Scallops which were served on a very seasonal parsnip purée with an accompaniment of tomato and spring onion salsa and beautifully dainty dauphinoise. The scallops melted in the mouth!
Sammy opted for the beautifully light Whipped Goats Cheese. This was served with autumnal balsamic roasted beetroot and a poached pear blackcurrant curd. The flavours were the embodiment of autumn and looked as beautiful as it tasted!

I chose the luxuriously silky Creamy Baked Mushrooms. Again very classic but this stunning starter had a contemporary seasonal twist with a vintage cheddar and white port sauce which worked so well with the mushrooms. It was beautiful!
The starters were just the right size and weren’t too heavy meaning we could thoroughly enjoy our next course!

In between courses we ordered from the extensive and varied wine list.  We opted for the Barolo which was a perfect accompaniment with the warming menu.  It was so light and easy to drink with a slight mulberry tone that we all really enjoyed.

Our mains arrived shortly after and again they didn’t disappoint!  All beautifully presented and the perfect portion size!
I opted for the Pan Fried Seabass Fillet. This was served on a delicate saffron volute with fresh and sweet roasted cherry tomatoes, green peas, spinach and baby potatoes. Laced with a silky garlic dressing. The seasoning was perfect and the fish just melted in my mouth. I loved it!

Dee similarly chose fish, this time from the chef specials.  Her dish was Panfried Salmon Fillet served with a beautifully warming creamy chowder and sautéed hispi cabbage with new potatoes. Again served beautifully and elegantly.

Fran enjoyed the ever so winter inspired Panfried Roasted Lamb Rump which was served with a delicious red wine sauce and accompanied with a comforting chive mash potato and sautéed green beans.
Fran said it was the perfect size and the meat was cooked so well!


Finally Sammy decided on the Steak and Malbec Pie. Autumn and Winter on a plate!
This succulent pie was absolutely gorgeous and was served with a chive mash potato and sautéed green beans and tenderstem broccoli.  I even had a taste and it was absolutely delicious.

Other favourites on the mains menu were:
Maple Glazed Pork Belly, Freshly Battered Line Caught Fish and Chips and Rotisserie Half Chicken.
Alongside fish and meat options there were some beautiful vegetarian options to choose from, such as the Roasted Celeriac Steak and the infamous Nourish Bowls.  There really is something for everyone on the new Autumn and Winter menu.
Not forgetting the extensive burger and pizza options on offer.

For once I couldn’t manage a full size desert however I was tempted as there were some beautiful puddings on offer such as; Lotus Biscoff Chocolate Bomb, Apple and Damson Crumble and of course the classic Sticky Toffee Pudding!  Dee gave in and ordered a mini trio of deserts which gave you a taster of 3 puddings ideal if you can’t decide what to go for.  I also loved the idea of the mini dessert and cocktail option also however I decided to finish my meal with amaretto on the rocks.

The service and attentiveness of the staff was excellent as always!  I really enjoyed our visit and look forward to visiting again very soon!



Available from the 22nd November, the Derby Arms festive menu really is perfect for all your celebrations over the festive period.
For £33.95 per person (£13.95 for children) enjoy a three course meal from the festive menu.
To view the menu and for more details click on the link


30th Nov – 21st December

There will be a live band for you to enjoy Thursday evenings during the festive season enjoy with a glass of bubbles or any drink of your choice.
For more information visit:


Saturday 2nd, 9th & 16th December

Santa has been secured for some extra special visits where you can expect festive brunch treats for all ages!

For £12.95, your little ones can enjoy a brunch dish, a drink, an exclusive gift pack and a chance to meet the special man himself!
For more information visit:

Derby Arms
Epsom Downs
KT18 5LE

Tel: 01372 722330

Kat xx

Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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