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The Devonshire Arms is a traditional type of establishment with a contemporary edge, serving a range of classic dishes on an extensive food menu. An outdoor area is available for the good weather and dogs are permitted.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Sat 12:00-23:30
Sun 12:00-22:30

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By W.

The Devonshire Arms is a sophisticated but accessible pub/bar. It's location means that it doesn't attract passing trade and the clientele are usually well-to-do Kensingtonians mixed with some keen pub goers.

The selection of beers at The Devonshire Arms is good, and the food isn't too bad either. The decor throughout is nice, with liberal use of sofas and normal tables. The beer garden is excellent, if slightly on the cramped side.

The garden closes at 10.30pm in consideration of local residents, which is slightly irritating, and they need to sort out the plumbing of their toilets urgently. But other than that, it's worth tracking The Devonshire Arms down for a relaxed summer's afternoon drinking.

By S.

Very pleasant venue, both inside and out. A great find as a new 'local'. Smell of the BBQ sizzling away is fab!

By John G.

Catering to a young and trendy crowd of Kensington locals, The Devonshire Arms is a packed-out drinking den that always has plenty going on.

The Venue
The Devonshire Arms is located fairly near to Kensington High Street, within walking distance of the tube station, but it’s far enough way that any tourists are unlikely to stumble upon it. The purple exterior and fairy-lit beer garden to the fore make it easy to spot, and it sits conveniently at the end of the row of shops in what locals refer to as Stratford Village. The beer garden outside is hugely popular in the summer, and is kept open until 10.30pm most nights, while, inside, there’s a busy main bar to the front and chill-out area with deep comfy leather sofas at the rear. The décor is trendy with cool wallpaper and retro lamps throughout, but it’s comfortable and welcoming rather than a place for poseurs.

The Atmosphere
Compared to other local pubs, The Devonshire Arms (or ‘The Dev’ as locals refer to it) has a real upbeat, party vibe with loud music and arty, bohemian staff manning the bar. The pub is geared principally to drinkers, with board games, quiz nights, and DJs at the weekend designed to attract a cool, young crowd of twenty-and-thirty-somethings with cash to burn. Although the pub has celebrity fans (Pierce Brosnan and Foreigner’s Mick Jones are well-known here), it’s essentially a retreat for friendly locals. A lot of the punters greet each other in friendly recognition, and the tables are laid closely enough together that you’ll end up talking to your fellow revellers after a couple of drinks.

The Food
Although The Devonshire Arms is aimed principally at drinkers, there is good food on offer whether you want a snack or full pub grub dinner. Lighter bites include potato wedges, nachos and various sharing platters (priced from £4 upwards), while main courses are equally good value from £7 and include fish and chips, pork and apple sausages and mash, duck confit and rib-eye steaks. It’s all standard pub fare and good value for money, but rather more exciting are the hog roasts and barbecues that sizzle away in the garden during the summer months. The homemade vanilla pod ice cream tastes pretty special too.

The Drink
The Devonshire Arms offers a fairly basic range of beers and wines, with Fuller’s London Pride and Sierra Nevada always on draught. There’s a wider range of bottled lagers and spirits behind the bar, and drinks are a little pricey – it’s around £3.50 a pint and nearly a fiver for a glass of wine. Drinking here regularly certainly adds up after a few rounds, but the Kensington locals can undoubtedly afford it.

The Last Word
If you live near the Devonshire Arms and prefer to drink somewhere in between an old-fashioned boozer and gastropub, then you won’t be disappointed here. The friendly crowd and cool staff only add to the good vibe.

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