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The Cheshire Cat's boozy cousin!
The Devonshire Cat (Sheffield)
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
The Devonshire Cat (Sheffield)
Advantages: Serves a wide selection of real ales and yummy pub food
Disadvantages: Not particularly atmospheric or memorable interior
After attending my graduation in Sheffield last week, I was reminded of what a great time I had there and thought I should write some reviews of the bars I used to frequent. I wrote this review from memory, so apologies if it's not quite as detailed as it should be!
The Devonshire Cat is a pub I spent quite a lot of time in. It is located on Devonshire Green, a bit further down from West Street and Division Street (where most of the pubs and bars are), a bit out of the city centre and quite near to Sheffield Uni. It was about five minutes away from my student accommodation which was very handy! The pub is a traditional one in many respects with wooden fittings and furniture - the picture above is a very accurate albeit slightly blurry impression. In the summer the large windows are opened to let in some air and there are a couple of small tables and chairs outside, normally taken up by smokers.
The pub specialises in real ale and carries a detailed beer menu listing a number of varieties. As well as the more traditional ales you can get fruit beer and even chocolate beer in a bottle which was very tasty! I was introduced to the pub by some ale-drinking friends who are very impressed with the selection on offer.
For non-ale drinkers the selection is less impressive. There are the usual soft drinks and spirits available but wine is expensive compared to other bars in Sheffield and not particularly nice. Actually the pub as a whole is quite expensive but if you're paying for a pint of decent beer this is understandable and normal. I've learned to appreciate the pub more since developing a taste for beer - at the start of my year in Sheffield I was drinking wine and was less impressed!
The pub serves a selection of pub food, which again can be expensive at around £8-£10 for a main course, but the food is delicious and served in large portions. Food available includes burgers, lasagnes, risottos and salads - normal pub food basically. A great value option is the chip butty - this is actually quite cheap for what you get which is a huge butty overflowing with chips and would probably serve two people!
Staff in the pub have always been pleasant and I've never experienced any problems.
The pub is quiet during the week but gets absolutely packed on a Friday night as the after-work crowd let their hair down. Luckily as a student I could go and get a table at four o'clock before everyone else got there and stock up on drinks! The bar used to quieten down at around eleven as several punters left to go clubbing or go home.
My one major problem with the Devonshire Cat is the lack of atmosphere. I did my first degree in York which was full of old pubs with wooden beams, history and lots of atmosphere. The Devonshire Cat strikes me as rather bland and I didn't always enjoy spending a whole evening there. Though it has the look of a traditional pub it strikes me as a bit clinical and not very impressive to look at, although the pub is very clean (as are the toilets - very important!).
Overall, though, I do recommend The Devonshire Cat if you like real ale and delicious pub food as it certainly delivers on both counts. If you're ever in Sheffield do pop in!
Summary: Possibly the best real ale pub in Sheffield
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