The Grouse was my favourite when we lived there, I think they have Pedigree on plus some others. Food is ok, dog friendly, and a great view sitting outside. Similarly the Bridge Inn which has a nice beer garden alongside the Derwent. I liked the food generally at the Chequers, and they had decent beer, but it's not really a climbing pub.
Reminds of a story I was once told regarding The Chequers.
Many, many years ago, two well known climbers called in there for a drink after climbing on Froggatt. They were asked to leave, being told, 'We don't serve climbers here' to which the response was 'But I'm Sir Jack Longland and this is Sir Edmund Hilary', publicans reply went somewhere along the lines of 'I don't care who you are, get out'.
Now this was told to me by someone who knew Jack Longland, and I believe was told the tale by Jack himself.
I went there for a meal after climbing a couple of years ago and it's a mistake I won't make again.
Left a mediocre review about prices and portion sizes (still 3 star mind, just said it wasn't the best option if you're starving after being out all day) and they gave me a shirty reply punctuated with "Rather than criticise a business for not offering what you want, maybe you should book somewhere that does offer your standard 'pub grub', because unfortunately we don't."
So if you want wanky small portions and a general disdain for climbers then they may be the pub you're looking for!
In reply to mike123: thanks all . Will go to grouse or Derwent water arms and report back . Meeting an old mate one evening next week for a couple of routes and a refreshing beverage . Shame it wasn’t this week .