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The Devonshire Arms, Russell Park, Bedford

32 Dudley Street
MK40 3TB
Phone: 01234359329
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Devonshire Arms

A well described, Victorian side street local which has the dreaded Charles Wells sign outside.
Inside is all very pleasant and the welcome was friendly. So far so good.
And it continues to surprise with beers on being Thwaites Wainwright, Marstons 61 Deep, Courage Directors, Wells Eagle IPA and an excellent Adnams Ghost Ship. Not a selection to set the world alight and with a few from the former Wells Bedford brewery but Marstons are clearly having an influence and any choice outside Bombardier has to be a good thing.
I liked it here and would make a beeline for it if in Bedford.

On 6th September 2018 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Devonshire Arms

This pub is well worth the long walk from the town centre.It is a charming local much used by the neighbourhood and along a footpath to the side of the pub is a chippy in the next road.It's a Charles Wells house but has not been refurbed and retains a timeless charm.Originally the front room would have had a saloon but although the door has been retained it no longer opens.To the left of the front door is a seating area in dark wood with some traditional furniture,while the bar is to the right with several bar stools for regulars and a couple of square tables.Through an arch is a back room,less attractive but with it's own counter with a single handpump,while a doorway leads to a charming rear garden ,walled and a suntrap.It was very popular on a hot Saturday evening.The welcome was friendly and the atmosphere calm,a complete contrast with the circuit pubs of the town centre.
It's a GBG regular and having been in some other pubs listed in the 2018 guide ,I was wary when I saw the Charles Wells signage.However besides the dull Eagle IPA and Courage Directors I was pleased to see guest ales.Marstons now own CW brewing so whether Marstons 61 Deep and Ringwood (also owned by Marston's) Razorback are really guests I will leave others to decide,but the final guest of St Austell Tribute was on fine form and justified the GBG entry.It's not far from the River Ouse,worth seeking out if in the area.I do like Will's homage to the opening scenes of The Prisoner below.

On 22nd July 2018 - rating: 8
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Will Larter left this review about The Devonshire Arms

Imagine finding yourself transported overnight from wherever you happen to live now to the anonymous redbrick back streets of Bedford - what a nightmare! But then you draw back your curtains and look out of your front window to find: The Devonshire Arms. Now that would put a completely different complexion on things. This is the back street local we all dream of and deserve, but only a lucky few can call their local. At first glance, on my just-after-opening Saturday visit, there's nothing special about this pub, it's just a fairly basic bare-boards alehouse. But take a closer look and it's clearly a well-used and well-loved community facility. Even for a casual beer tourist, there's plenty to like about this pub, starting with six hand pumps and going through to the local Camra awards (including pub of the year 2013). Beers available at the time of my visit were Youngs Special, Gold and Winter Warmer, Wells Eagle IPA, plus Courage Directors (all brewed at Wells brewery here in Bedford), and the solitary guest: Cottage Scrum Up. Perhaps not the most enticing line up, but my half of Directors was in very good condition. There were also three real ciders advertised, though not apparent, so I presume they were in polypins somewhere behind the bar. In summary, if you don't happen to live across the road, this one is worth the walk from the town centre.

On 26th February 2015 - rating: 8
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Latest updates View all updates for The Devonshire Arms, Bedford
6th Sep 2018, 11:30
Review submitted by Thuck Phat
22nd Jul 2018, 22:18
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 26 February 2015 by Will Larter
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 February 2015 by Will Larter
  • Live Music : Yes - Occasionally - last updated 22 July 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 July 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Monthly - last updated 22 July 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 26 February 2015 by Will Larter
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