Inn 1888, Marylebone
The Inn 1888 used to be a magnificent Victorian pub (the Devonshire Arms), once run by Nicholson's, which was subsequently vandalised in order to convert it into a restaurant, now it's back to being a pub, it's a shadow of its former self. The problem now is we can can't go in the place without remembering what it used to be like. The bar is now situated in a completely inappropriate position, lost in a corner, no vestige remaining of the old central bar. The ornate tile work and fireplaces thankfully do remain, although they're suffering from the "renovations" applied in recent years. We could go on, but it will only make us even more disconsolate. The newer place tries to create a bar type vibe, with laid-back tunes and a bar oriented tariff but it does feel like it's struggling. On our last visit it was uncomfortably quiet - it's a little off the main Marylebone drag and there's little here to tempt punters away from the bright lights and bustle of the main thoroughfare. If Inn 1888 could only restore some of the elegance and jollity of a much earlier incarnation, it might stand a chance.
14 Sep 2008
An unfair review of a great bar, methinks. I never went to this venue when it was a Victorian pub, so can't compare the 2 places. All I know is I love this , and think it to be the best pub in Marleybone. I love the relaxed cosy vibe of the place, epecially compared to all the other overcrowded and noisy pubs on nearby Marleybone High Street.
21a Devonshire St, Marylebone, London, W1G 6PG
0207 935 8327
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