A renowned city centre pub offering one of the widest beer selections to be found anywhere.
Located on Devonshire Green, at the edge of Sheffield’s city centre, The Devonshire Cat effectively forms one end of the popular Division Street area. The pub is housed in a very modern building, surrounded by office and apartment buildings a couple of roads back from the busier parts of town. It's a pleasant area and it's usually found without too much difficulty.
Inside is very spacious with an open plan bar occupying about half of the back wall. Food is served from a kitchen open to view at one side of the bar, while an impressively stocked ale store, worth a look in itself, stands at the other.
The Devonshire Cat is one of the city centre’s more popular pubs and attracts a very wide range of patrons. A typical week night will see a mix of office workers, businessmen, students, couples and groups of clubbers preparing for a night out.
The popular Corporation Rock Club is around the corner and on a Friday or Saturday night The Devonshire Cat is the first stop for most. But The Dev Cat, as it's known locally, is about the broadest church a pub can be, and a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike.
Food is served from an open-fronted kitchen, located at one end of the bar, and is available until 8pm daily. The offerings are typical pub fare with sandwiches, burgers and some more varied daily specials, but the quality is good, and the menu well-suited to the pub’s impressive beer list. Most sandwiches are priced at £4 to £5, burgers between £6 and £7, with specials up to around £10.
Where to begin – the range of drink on offer is huge. A good dozen beers are available on tap including popular local favourites such as Pale Rider and Moonshine (brewed by Sheffield’s Abbeydale Brewery), as well as a wide variety of British and European beers including Deuchars, Theakston Old Peculiar, Erdinger Weissbier and Warsteiner. Many are guest ales, alternating regularly. Prices range from £1.95 pint Devonshire Cat Best Bitter, which is locallly brewed, to premium Continental draught ales like Liefmans Kriek (£3.75).
The Devonshire Cat’s real speciality is its vast range of bottled beers from around the world. The choice is so substantial that on every table there are bound booklets containing the beer list. More than a dozen countries are represented by more than 100 available beers (several pages of the list are dedicated to Belgium alone).
Perhaps the most famous is Samiclaus, formally the world’s strongest beer, brewed in Austria, weighing in at a hefty 14 per cent ABV and available for £4.50. Other highlights include a special export version of Guinness, the strawberry flavoured Fruli and Tusker – almost certainly the only Kenyan lager you’ll find in Sheffield. With such a vast range on offer, however, there’s something to suit every taste.
Bottled beers are a little more expensive than draught, with most between £2.50 and £3.50 a bottle, rising to more than £4 a bottle in some cases. Still, the quality and variety is unrivalled. A good selection of wines and spirits is available as are soft drinks including fresh fruit juices.
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Quite simply one of Sheffield’s finest pubs.