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The Devonshire Cat, Sheffield Central, Sheffield

49 Wellington Street
Sheffield
S1 4HG
Phone: 01142796700
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Will Larter left this review about The Devonshire Cat

After a closure of a few weeks, the Dev Cat has now reopened with a complete internal revamp - there is now a central bar with seating in three distinct areas, including one that can be curtained off for semi-private parties. Apparently this makes service much quicker - thereby addressing a constant gripe of some I know who have been coming here off and on for years - but at the cost of making it much slower for a real ale aficionado to decide what to drink (of which more below). Evidence in support of the changes comes in the reported £16k takings in the first week after reopening - though to be fair I have no idea what the place took before the refurb!

My problem with the new format, from a beer tourist's point of view, is that the three groups of four hand pumps are spread around the bar and are badly lit, or certainly were on a Tuesday night, making the beer descriptions and pump clips hard to read. There is a blackboard which lists not only the (up to) 12 real ales and ciders but also the (up to) 16 keg offerings. The blackboard is situated above the steps leading to the toilets, which must make it a nightmare for the staff to change the listings, but more importantly makes it difficult for customers to choose their preferred drinks, as it is not completely visible from the bar area, even for those with the eyesight of a 20-year-old. Moreover, the beer descriptions are only available below the pump clips at the dimly lit bar - the blackboard beer listings are cluttered with the (I think unnecessary) information that a three pint growler costs three times the price of a pint - on every beer! However, I presume they know they client base better than I do, and maybe they sell lots of growlers to students who are unable to multiply £3.20 by three. Or hope to.

Having said all this, I have to say that I had three beers here last night on my way home from work and enjoyed them all. The regulars seem to be Abbeydale Moonshine and Daily Bread, with another eight real ales and one cider on hand pump, mostly from northern breweries. I had Wold Top Coastal, Abbeydale Just Desserts and Great Heck Patrick. (See photos for beers available at the time of my visit.) A welcome return to Sheffield's real ale scene.

On 7th December 2016 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about The Devonshire Cat

This is a pub whose name I was familiar with but not having read the reviews was surprised to find it was the ground floor of a modern building. Inside it is completely open plan with a mix of tall tables and normal ones plus some benches and sofas. For me the interior was as uninspiring as most Spoons but I don't visit Spoons to swoon over the interior but for the beer. The beer selection is certainly the trump card here with not just twelve handpumps but a small room to the right of the bar crammed with bottled beers.
The twelve beers included at least five from Abbeydale one of which was a House Devonshire Cat beer, a House Dev Cat Stout by Blue Bee, Two Nottingham Brewery beers and beers by RAW and Revolutions. I went for the Abbeydale Absolution (£3.20) which was in excellent nick.
It's not as attractive a place as the old pubs in town but the beer range and quality more than makes up for that.

On 17th November 2014 - rating: 9
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Devonshire Cat

Large open plan modern pub, pine furniture interior & feels almost chain-like you could be in a Hungary Horse or a Sizzling pub.

Superb selection of beers including various local brews, though the quality was slighlty disappointing.

Strange place really, but worth a visit.

On 17th December 2013 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Andy Ven
Sheffield, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Darnall, 3.45 miles, 1 hr 6 min walk (show)
Meadowhall, 4.45 miles, 1 hr 25 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Devonshire Cat, Sheffield
7th Dec 2016, 00:14
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7th Dec 2016, 00:14
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 November 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 16 November 2014 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 16 November 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 November 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 16 November 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 27 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 16 November 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Sunday - last updated 16 November 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 16 November 2014 by Aqualung .
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 2am
Monday12noon - 2am
Tuesday12noon - 2am
Wednesday12noon - 2am
Thursday12noon - 2am
Friday12noon - 2am
Saturday12noon - 2am
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