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Devil's Advocate, Middlesbrough

Pub added by Old Boots
89 Borough Road
Phone: 07478767527

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Real Ale Ray left this review about Devil's Advocate

A former estate agents converted into a micropub in 2014. We met the owner on our Saturday afternoon visit, who was very friendly and pleasant. The downside on our visit, was that they only had one handpump and what could have been a delicious pint of Roosters YPA, was served far too cold. It was so cold that it was tasteless and resembled a cold pint of lager.

On 28th July 2017 - rating: 5
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custodian 42 left this review about Devil's Advocate

Better than average Middlesbrough pub, although only one hand pump on the bar on the left hand side. Rest keg.

On 15th July 2017 - rating: 4
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Aqualung . left this review about Devil's Advocate

This one had been more than well described below. I believe all five of the cluster of Middlesborough micropubs are on the Micropub Association list and the one in the Middlesborough suburbs.
It was quiet on my Tuesday evening visit. Although the three TVs were off there was a soundtrack playing which seemed to be mostly guitar rock. I found it rather dark, possibly to accentuate the candles that were on the tables.
I wrote down that there were just two hand pumps here and only noted the beer I tried. This was Rooster's Yankee (£3.00) which was in good nick.
Overall I found this one to be a bit average.

On 13th February 2017 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about Devil's Advocate

One block down from the Baker Street trio, this is another of Middlesbrough's many micro pubs, set in a typical shop converted premises. The narrow, single room has modern laminate flooring throughout and walls painted in a plain colour scheme but decorated with a few fancy framed mirrors, nice black and white photographs of the town and a number of magician themed posters. For such a small venue, the pub manages to offer a good deal of seating with quite a wide variety of options available. To the front there is a high table and bench built up from a brick base, which didn't look the most comfortable spot but at least provides an alternative, elevated perspective on proceedings. Elsewhere you can find hard wooden stools, standard tables and chairs, a drinking ledge with more stools and some decent pew formed booths, so plenty of choice. The bar is to the rear left and has a very simple counter and bar back. Unusually there was a TV screen on midway through the room, showing muted Match of the Day whilst music played at a surprisingly loud volume on this Saturday night visit. Of all the micro pubs visited around town on this particular evening, this one seemed the calmest and I was able to bag a seat and relax a while, having been stood up pretty much all night.
The agreed number of handpulls in Middlesbrough micros appears to be three, and this unwritten rule was fully adhered to here as well, although unfortunately one beer was off, leaving a choice of Milestone Wicked Witch and Power Brewhouse High Frequency. Such restrictions on beer choice seems to correlate with consistently good ale quality and my pint of the High Frequency was certainly in fine condition. There were several keg options to compliment the ale selection, including a couple of ciders.
This place seemed like an oasis of calm after the five micro pubs that preceded it and I enjoyed settling down here as closing time approached, relaxing over a very well kept pint. I suspect this place feels like it's more at the conservative end of the micro pub spectrum during the week, but the loud Saturday night music alone would be enough to disqualify it from the Micro Pub Association! This is another solid Middlesbrough venue and a dead cert for any crawl around the town centre.

On 7th December 2016 - rating: 7
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Old Boots left this review about The Devil's Advocate

A wider shop conversion than some micro pubs, cast iron tables with mixed chairs down one side, drinking shelves with stools down other, there's a brick built table with a big wooden settle thing by the door and a round table with chairs and another settley thing towards the back. The counter is at rear left, and is brick built and home to two pulls, Truffitt and Double Maxim on this occasion my Truffits was excellent and straights are the default glass. Alongside on the counter are two keg tri-fonts serving Fruli, Portland Stout, Kozel, Pilsner Urquell and a cider. The fridges hold soft drinks and some bottled beers and there are spirits on the shelf. Decor is from mirrors, a bit of tongue & groove and a wee bit of exposed brick. The toilets are labelled Demons and Angels. The place was fairly lively on my visit with the punters and owner discussing local politics in a robust way.

On 3rd May 2015 - no rating submitted
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Old Boots left this review about The Devil's Advocate

Micro-pub opened 19th December 2014

On 6th January 2015 - no rating submitted
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