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The Devonshire Arms, Camden Town, NW1

33 Kentish Town Road
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Devonshire Arms

You would certainly still recognise this pub from Tris's review below. There's a clue as to what awaits you as you approach the pub from Hawley Crescent and seeing the enormous skull painted on the side of the wall. As I entered the pub most of my senses were assaulted - the smell of something burning (josticks perhaps?); the depressing blackness of the decor; and the heavy metal music being blasted out. Oddly enough, there's still some original inter-war features in here, such as the brick built fireplace on the left, the black painted three-quarter height fielded panelling on all the wall, the bar counter and at least some of the bar back. I don't suppose anyone would want to go to the expense of tarting the place up by painting it all gastro-grey; good job too as I've seen far too much gastro grey in pubs.

There's a stage at the back for the live music; thankfully not being used during our midweek afternoon visit - other than somewhere for someone to store their bicycle. Every inch of the ceiling was covered in posters of some kind or another, and a sort of wooden frame had been constructed around the fireplace. I can't begin to describe the decor - but did spot a pair of antlers and Star Wars Stormtrooper's helmet above the bar back.

But they did have Robinson's Trooper on which was in good condition. I don't suppose they do food in here - though you never know. I didn't see any sign of it anyway.

To be honest I was quite pleased when the time came to leave this pub. It's really nothing like my kind of place, but it's fair enough that this sort of place exists to cater for the Goths in our society.

On 10th November 2019 - rating: 4
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Tris C left this review about The Devonshire Arms

This is the lair of the Camden Weird Brigade; it's not without reason that the old brewery logo to the upper north wall reads 'Take Courage'. Appropriately this pub has been rebuilt in brewers' Tudor and is very dark and black inside; I suspect given the date, that Mr. Button's visit coincided with the now three-month festival that is Halloween as it wasn't quite as Gothic when we visited a couple of weeks ago.
Furniture is conventional with some peripheral settles and amazingly, although AC/DC's For Those About To Rock We Salute You was playing on the gramophone, it was muted. Film and musical posters adorned the ceiling and black paint predominated. The lavatory wasn't as frightening as I expected and is preferable to the one up the road at Quinn's.
The heavily inked and pierced barman seemed deaf, so perhaps the music isn't always quite so muted. Ales: Something that appeared to be called Deu at £3.95 a pint and - appropriately - Hobgoblin.
Unless you are male and wearing black liquid eyeliner and purple lipstick then this pub is of curiosity value only and is best visited early evening, early in the week

On 11th October 2016 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Hobgoblin (Devonshire Arms)

It still says Devonshire Arms on the traditional pub sign, but has newer Hobgoblin signage on both facades (plus an old illuminated exhortation to 'Take Courage' and a claim to sell 'Peal Ales' which isn't quite all there). Inside, it is a dark, gothic music-orientated pub which is plastered with posters and dungeonesque (if there is such a word) tat. There is a pinball table at the back (and apparently a cash machine somewhere too). Three handpumps, but only the inevitable Hobgoblin available (£3.30). Overall, a distinct curiosity to all but its target market.

On 23rd October 2010 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Camden Road, 0.21 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Kentish Town West, 0.6 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Kentish Town, 0.67 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Devonshire Arms, NW1
10th Nov 2019, 16:02
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
11th Oct 2016, 16:36
Review submitted by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 11 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 11 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 11 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 11 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 11 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 11 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : Yes last updated 23 October 2010 by David McNally
  • Pool Table : No last updated 11 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 November 2019 by Rex Rattus
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