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The Devonshire Arms, Camden Town, NW1

33 Kentish Town Road
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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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Roger Button left this review about Devonshire Arms

A.K.A. the Hobgoblin, the Devonshire is basically a rock / goth / indie pub along the lines of the Intrepid Fox but with a far more battered and grubby appearance. Battered furnishings, black walls and a thousand and one posters of Marilyn Mansun eyeballing you from every angle won't be everyone's cup of tea and the fake cobwebs and gothic fake flickering lighting is more London Dungeon than trendy Camden. You almost expect a rubber spider to crawl out of a crack in the floor. 3 hand pumps but all off on my visit – Hobgoblin seems to be the only ale that they do but I had to resort to Guinness which was a lucky choice as it was during happy hour (that seems to last 3 days) where selected “beers” are all £2.20. A raised corner doubles up as a stage for live bands and there is a DJ stall which presumably pumps out a diet of AC/DC at ear shattering volume when the need arises. Not sure how this place has missed my radar for so long but I do like a good grubby venue now and again and I need to return at some point as I sadly missed out on the toilet experience.

On 23rd October 2009 - 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
11th Oct 2016, 16:36
Review submitted by Tris C
5th Feb 2013, 12:48
Request to mark pub as open by Tris C approved

Pub Details

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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 23 October 2009 by moby duck
Opening Hours
Sunday2pm - Midnight
Monday2pm - Midnight
Tuesday2pm - Midnight
Wednesday2pm - Midnight
Thursday2pm - 1am
Friday2pm - 2am
Saturday2pm - 2am
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