The Devonshire Arms, reopened!

It’s always great to see a pub reopening when so many are closing, at a rate of around 50 a week, if we are to go by the lastest dismal statistics. And it was fantastic to see that the new manager of the reopened and refurbished Devonshire Arms here in Cambridge is Dom Morris, previously behind the bar at our local, the Elm Tree, another great pub.

I do think that customers tend to follow good barstaff / landlords, and we did that when we found out that Dom and Jo had taken over running the Devonshire Arms. We wanted to check out the new Milton-owned establishment, but we just did it a bit sooner than we would have when we saw Dom’s face smiling out of the Cambridge Evening News at us as the new manager! Dom and Jo have always been more than friendly in the Elm, happy to give everyone tasters of new beers and share their knowledge about them, and help out customers who needeed, well, a helping hand in choosing a good brew.

The Devonshire Arms
Anyway, on to the pub. After an extensive 5-week project, it has been totally refurbished. As well as the constuction work it has had several coats of paint (I particulaly like the deep scarlet paint on the ceiling along with the Victorian stuccos, ceiling fans and candelabras), the floorboads have been stripped, and there is a lovely wood burning stove burning plenty of lovely wood in the rear section of the bar. There is a lot of large pew-style seating, and the rear bar area is deceivingly large.

And now onto the beer. On tap there were five Milton beers (being a Milton pub this was to be expected) which were Pegasus (4.1%), Nero (5%), Collossus (5.6%), Mammon (7%), and Caligula (a whopping 8.8%)! And guest ales included Brentwood IPA (3.7%), Brentwood Gold (4.3%), and Tring’s Legless Lal’s Winter Ale (4.5%). Between us we tried the Pegasus, which wasn’t bad but nothing special, the Brentwood Gold which was wonderful, light and hoppy and so nice I had to get more of the stuff, and the Brentwood IPA, which was pleasant but not as spectacular as the Gold. The Legless Lal was delicious, quite dark and chocolatey with a deep hoppy and wintery taste, but the Collosus was quite dark and lacking the flavours of the previous beer.

Brentwood Gold

Brentwood Gold

Good luck guys, I am sure the Devonshire Arms will be a great success if you are running it!

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  1. So pleased you enjoyed our Brentwood ales and the Gold in particular, it took me a while to get the balance right on that one. The IPA is nothing spectacular but should come over as a good easy drinking session beer. If you are ever down our way then please pop into the brewery and have a tour and pint or two of some of our other ales.

    Cheers


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