The Devonshire (ex-The Duke of Devonshire), Balham

Our rating: FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (2 reviews)
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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
The Young's makeover juggernaut rolls into Balham and this is the result. Not too long ago the Duke of Devonshire was a large, adept community boozer: one that could with equal conviction play host to older locals in the front bar and a younger crowd in the back. Now, it's something different - yet rather familiar if you've been to any of the many new-look Young's pubs which are sprouting up across London. The Devonshire's now a more sedate, respectable drinking hole, with traces of the old pub wiped away as succinctly as its former name - so farewell to the TV and the games machines; hello to an open plan kitchen and a Botticelli reproduction. One standfast from the old regime: they still serve you a decent pint of Young's. It's the sort of place that's perfect for aspirational, gentrified Balham - but it's one that's hard to get overly excited about, and it's no longer a pub.
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13 Aug 2012
Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Once again Young's shoot a great local boozer beneath the waterline.

It's still great in many ways, it's just more of a fancy restaurant than a pub now. Not a boozer any more. The beer and food is great of course. I suppose it's fared better than some other Youngs pubs like the Pied Bull.

Ahh me, at least we have Fullers.

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39 Balham High Road, Balham, London, SW12 9AA
020 8673 1363

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