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The Devonshire, Balham, SW12

39 Balham High Road
SW12
SW12 9AN
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Devonshire

Knocked about Young's house but still retaining glimpses of it's former glory.The front section is square with some fine mirrors on the right wall and obscured heavy glass in the exterior windows but not much else of note.A corridor leads to the rear with some two seater booths opposite the long bar with a good bar back,an modern section infront of the open kitchen,then up some steps a higher rear lounge with a wooden arch,banquettes but uber modern wall decoration all a bit of a mess.The skylights are a feature ,it may have been opulent in the past.
The ale options were Youngs Ordinary,Sambrooks Wandle saved by St Austell Proper Job (NBSS 3).The pub grub looked expensive but sandwich options more reasonable.
Could be so much better with some care ,at present it feels unauthentic and frankly predictable in it's garish Young refurb style.Not worth a revisit.

On 4th May 2024 - rating: 6
[User has posted 2748 recommendations about 2748 pubs]


Tris C left this review about The Devonshire

This is a 19th century pub with a fantastic end of the century gin palace interior, largely intact, garnering a CAMRA * rating, visible on their website.
The finery is rather spectacular, especially the lobby (see photo) which probably explains why Young’s hasn’t ravaged it in the way that a grizzly bear mauls a hiker. The rear has been altered somewhat – proof that Young’s just doesn’t know when to stop – furnished with some modern hotel bar-style furniture such as an intimate small lounge-style mini booth for two. Customers were professional local types, one with an annoying barking dog and many eating, all to a banal backing track.
There’s Special and London Original of course, the preferred Proper Job option ‘coming soon’ (but not soon enough), a bit lame for a Thursday evening, so it was more Neck Oil at £3.70 a half.
This place is worth a sniff for the interior – hence the score – and one to include on a crawl, certainly better than the Bedford and Regent, but for a prolonged stay, the Balham Bowls Club is the one to beat.

On 27th March 2024 - rating: 7
[User has posted 2010 recommendations about 1976 pubs]


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custodian 42 left this review about The Devonshire

Long long Young's pub with front room, bar, seating, bar, back room and bar. Outside seating. Four hand pumps with usual Young's offerings.

On 28th August 2017 - rating: 4
[User has posted 1693 recommendations about 1691 pubs]


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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Balham, 0.32 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Wandsworth Common, 0.93 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Streatham Hill, 1.3 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Devonshire, SW12
4th May 2024, 11:46
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
 
27th Mar 2024, 19:05
Review submitted by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 March 2024 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 21 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 21 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 21 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 21 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 27 March 2024 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 March 2024 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 21 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 March 2024 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 March 2024 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 27 March 2024 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 27 March 2024 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 March 2024 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 March 2024 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 27 March 2024 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 27 March 2024 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 21 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 21 March 2021 by ROB Camra
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