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Another superb pub in the Mill Road area. Several beers from the Milton range with three guests and cider. Friendly and helpful staff and the food that was coming out looked good too.
Rod_Hariga - 5 Mar 2017 07:52
Paid a return visit to the Devonshire yesterday on arrival to Cambridge. Whilst I really rated it the last time I came, I wasn't quite so impressed this time around. The ale selection was still decent - Milton Pegasus, Dionysus, Nero & Minerva, Slaters Arctic, Acorn Gorlovka & Brewshed Golden Wolf. There were also 2 unusual ciders - Cromwells Oliver's Choice & Potton Press Happy Medium. I opted for the latter, which was a new one for me. But the real let down was the service. I was eventually served by a woman, who looked as if she had just been told she had been sacked! She seemed much happier dealing with the regulars, of which there were quite a few despite my visit being on a weekday lunchtime. I like the pub and the beers. But judging on my experience and some of the other reviews on here, service is lacking. So I'm downgrading my score slightly.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Jan 2017 19:12
At least previous reviewers got to sample the beers - After waiting long enough only to be ignored for the locals I decided to go somewhere where the bar staff serve people in the order they arrive. I think I had similar problems last time I dropped by here and made a comment about it on here. Am wondering if the pub got it deleted. Won't forget to avoid it on future trips to Cambridge now though.
Snarling_Mallard - 2 Oct 2016 09:40
Nope, not unlucky. Lightning struck twice. Nelson Powder Monkey also poor, lifeless, stale. Perhaps left over farm the weekend. Atmosphere nice but for a gbg pub, it needs to have better beer quality.
TonyMitch - 22 Mar 2016 20:04
That is maybe I was UNlucky!
TonyMitch - 22 Mar 2016 19:28
Early evening visit having failed to eat at La Madison de steak due to Internet failure, no cards accepted! First beer flat and off, which is a shame. Milton Pegasus. Only 2 to chose from unless you want to drink pale citrus chip sauce! So put up with it for now. Busy for a Tuesday so maybe I was lucky.
TonyMitch - 22 Mar 2016 19:26
I used to really rate Milton Brewery beers and used to frequent the Pembury Tavern in London. The quality of the beer at the Devonshire was good but the beers didn't excite which I know is personal preference. However both the Ladies and Gents were a disgrace verging on a health risk. Sort it Milton. My wife refuses to step back into the place. I suppose that's expressing a personal preference as well.
Steamer1 - 19 Mar 2016 10:32
Drank 4 different Milton beers. Interesting pub in that it's in a less posh area of Cambridge (didn't realise there was such a thing) but really friendly. Will go back there every time.

mark555 - 20 Dec 2015 17:58
My first port of call when visiting Cambridge. Always a good range of beer on from Milton Brewery. Enjoyed a good pint of Minerva on my recent visit. Top pub, great staff.
Shot18 - 3 Sep 2015 12:18
The Devonshire Arms was my favourite of 20 new pubs sampled this weekend. It's a Milton pub tucked off the multicultural Mill Road (check out Bacchanalia - a small off licence with real ales on tap itself). Inside there is a fairly small bar at the front with a slightly larger room at the back. Both staff and customers are friendly. Milton ales were Cyclops, Pegasus, Dionysus, Medusa & Minerva. Guests were Milestone X & Milk Street The Usual, whilst ciders were Watergill Orchards Strawberry Cider & Cromwell's Oliver's Choice. I went for the Watergill Orchards as I'd never had it before. Although the other cider is one of my current favourites. Certainly one of the best pubs in Cambridge. Although I still rate the Cambridge Blue as the best.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Apr 2015 20:47
I found this in the GBG and stopped off following an aborted visit to the Blue. Excellent, traditional pub with 5 pumps serving Milton beers and a landlord that knew his trade. Pegasus 4.1%good biter beer, NOT citrus, straw coloured like so many today. Also Star Brewing Co Meteor and Badgers Cross Porter. Archer had only just gone, and draught still cider too. Well deserving of its GBG entry. As for the steak, I'll soon find out but on a Thursday 2 12oz steaks with trimmings for £15 has got to be good value.
TonyMitch - 12 Mar 2015 19:33
The last pub of 3 in the same area of Cambridge & it was time for this Milton Brewery tap.

Again busy inside with front and rear drinking areas, the rear of the bar having several benches and tables for diners.

There’s a good range of Belgian bottled beers to compliment the 8 hand pumps that had 7 ales on during my visit. I opted for Milton Brewery Pegasus. My first Milton beer and it was good.

Old fashioned pub with lots of wood and a really nice feel to it.

If the 3 pubs I visited in Cambridge are anything to go by I should arrange a full day here soon.
lezford - 2 Mar 2015 14:37
Called in here whilst I had a bit of a wait for a train. This pub is very close to Cambridge Railway station if you exit through the car park. There was a good selection of Milton Brewery's beers on offer. I had a Pegasus which was very good. It's a decepetive place. It looks small from the outside but stretches quite a way back when inside. A decent boozer and worth visiting if nearby.
Professor_Peach - 3 Nov 2014 19:29
Cracking pub which we started the day at on a trip to see Plymouth play at the Abbey Stadium. The cask ales are all from Milton Brewery and the couple that we tried were very well kept. That said, there were a few lager drinkers with us who weren’t so happy with the selection on offer, which starts and ends with some rather esoteric bottled beers.

One thing to note: the pub is vast. It was very busy on our visit so the atmosphere was great but it might be a little soulless on a quieter day.
plymouthpirate - 11 Aug 2014 12:31
First visit here 21/09/13 and have to say I really liked the place. Nice to see Milton beers as we don't get them round our way much. Both of the beers that we had were in very good nick. The Nero was fantastic.
littledrummerboy - 22 Sep 2013 17:48
a stalwart. after the second pint in the beer garden, which has a shutaway kind of feel, you even forget you're in cambridge; to my mind that's a good thing.
benscaro - 25 Jun 2013 13:18
Good beer, good reputation. Just could be so much better with a bit of attention to small things. Staff were outside smoking constantly, with customers waiting at an unmanned bar. I don't grudge them a fag, but they could at least wipe the bar down before they go out, it's awash in beer even when it's quiet. Generally good though, and apparently food is good.
minesabeer - 4 Jun 2013 19:38
The 21st century incarnation of the Devonshire Arms is a real plus for Cambridge and makes a wander along Mill Road even more attractive. As others have noted the beer range is dominated by the Milton Brewery but there's always something interesting here and quality is high. Spare and simple decor, coupled with good staff, make this a lovely place for the brief visit or a full evening.
Arctium_lappa - 17 Feb 2013 18:36
This was a new find for me a couple of Saturdays back, having planned an extensive pub crawl by way of a passable stag-do for a beer-loving friend of mine. And what a find it was! Can't believe I overlooked the Devonshire last time I was here, though that being 6 years ago, I suspect it perhaps wasn't quite the pub one finds thriving today.

Milton have presumably taken over relatively recently, and I must say they seem to have pulled off a fine job. An impressive array of around 10 pumps proudly proclaims the Milton brand, and allows one to sample beers in their portfolio which one rarely sees in free houses that stock Milton's offerings. The Tiki, Sparta, and of course the respect-commanding Marcus Aurelius were all found by me to be in splendid condition; really moreish and just as one would hope. My compadres found similar quality in their choices - the whole range was pretty much covered after a few rounds including a couple of guest ales added for good measure. Service was with a smile as well as efficient, and the local punters seemed to be on friendly form.

The pub was booming, largely thanks to an extra injection of passing (well, nearby) trade from the Mill Road Fair taking place that day. All kinds of everyone could be found popping in and out here, and clearly this is a pub for all in the community to enjoy, which was heartening to see. The obligatory Morris men and women found there way here unsurprisingly - where there is good beer the Morris isn't far away!

We had a punishing schedule to fulfil, but at least grabbed a few extra ales here owing to stopping for lunch - really sound home-cooked classic pub grub options on the menu, and all for £6! The steak and ale pie and sausage and mash were big hits for us; value and quality so rarely come hand-in-hand in pubs nowadays but mercifully the Devonshire was not obsessed with becoming a gastropub, for there is no need: I would estimate that wet sales remain a significant - if not dominant - element of the overall sales here.

A cracking little boozer with much character and cheer to commend it; well done folks. I'll be back. You know what, I think this scrapes a '10'.
TWG - 12 Dec 2012 17:49
Another fine pub owned and recently refurbished by the local Milton Brewery. Like the Cambridge Blue it looks quite small from the outside, but again has a spacious bar and opens up into a large room at the back which would doubtless be fine for live music. As it is the beer was superb, specialising in Milton's own ales such as Pegasus, Tiki, Sparta, and my wife's favourite, the strong Marcus Aurelius stout. Two or three guest beers were also on offer.
ahscum - 1 Dec 2012 19:43
Erm, it's open late. After other pubs have closed, this is open (it's on a corner, with few residential neighbours, so it's late license application was uncontested). So lot's of people pile in here where everywhere else has been forced to close. That's pretty much it's claim to fame.
BoppyBeeryBee - 29 Jul 2012 00:13
Midweek visit, nice interior and the beer was first class, but the mash with the sausages was very lumpy, it seemed like it had been microwaved left overs from lunchtime.
rpf1955 - 20 Nov 2011 17:42
Great location on Mill Rd and good for the station, and a good range of well-kept beers and cheery, eager young staff. Always seems a bit humid and stuffy, and they could do with sorting out the ventilation and cleaning the tables more often, and maybe touching up the decor a bit to make best use of what could be a lovely interior. 'Will be great when it's finished' is what I'm always left feeling!
mafting - 29 Sep 2011 21:02
A Milton Brewery pub near the station, with a selection of said brewer's beers and guests. If you like Milton Beers you'll love this place.
arihall - 25 Aug 2011 19:09
very nice pleasant pub near staion great for real ale and good chit chat
marc1013 - 16 Aug 2011 20:40
Absolutely brilliant since ite relaunch. Excellent beer, interesting well made food, knowledgable & friendly staff. And close to the station to catch the train later.
oregontiger - 12 Dec 2010 15:43
Beer was good to very good, food (fish and chips) fantastic, atmosphere was so-so. I seem to visit on quietish Mondays; hope it doesn't go the way of the Pembury.
mtaylor40 - 19 Nov 2010 22:29
Had a lovely Venison Stew from the gastro menu, an excellent pint of Milton Pegasus then we worked our way through the rest of the pumps. Pegasus came out top!

Nice seating and decor although the high ceiling makes it a little stark and not so cosy...hardly a fault though! 10/10
GoonerGary - 9 Nov 2010 20:22
A large, bare boarded pub close to the station and easy to find. Not at all busy in the late afternoon.

8 beers on yesterday (5 Milton and 3 guests) plus Cassels cider. Quality was good and prices reasonable.

And Lion Bars on sale behind the bar!
cheshirecat - 6 Oct 2010 10:01
Have been there a couple of times since Milton took it over and the beers, be they Milton or others, are always in top notch condition.

Close enough to the railway station to be handy for a pre or post train pint (or two)

An eclectic range of locals and great beer makes this a welcome addition to the many great pubs around Mill Rd..

Dr_Funk - 14 Sep 2010 13:39
Since this pub was taken over my Milton brewery it has been one of the best pubs in Cambridge. The beer has been excellent every time I've visited and the staff are always friendly and helpful.

I tried the food there two nights ago and and I would score the fish and chips at 10/10.

As one of four or five great pubs in the area it's got a lot of competition but I think it holds it's own very well.

Cambrews - 25 Jul 2010 18:24
I releatively recently had the chicken supreme, as it is labelled, the stinking bishop chicken breast wrapped in bacon. It was EPIC in terms of taste, if I were to have one small quibble though, it would be that there was only a few beans and potatoes, very nice as they were, veg aren't expensive and I had expected a bit more in terms of sides. I understand that Dom and Jo have very little input in terms of the kitchen aspect and this in no way degrades my appreciation for this excellent pub. Another nine, I think.
oakhamsbeermonster - 17 Jul 2010 01:40
Another visit to sample the food and to catch up with lovely people in the Dev. Yummy chips and the menu is really enticing . . . must go when i need lots of food :-D

Beer very well kept and a lovely atmosphere. The guys running it make it really friendly. My pub of choice in cambridge, especially being so close to the station.

Its a must visit.
Jay73 - 9 May 2010 12:44
Agree with above about the lovely jo and dom!!

I must say did you look at the menu when calling it ponsy?

They do burger and chips ( made with local cattle i believe)
Fish and chips made with sustainable fish ( i spoke to dom)

They have one dish you probably think is ponsy which is chicken stuffed with stinky bishop and wrapped with black bacon!!!! i had it and it was delicous!!

I have eaten at the free press many times and i am so happy they have come to do the food at the dev!!!!

All home-made...even the amazing hand cut chips!!!
Please try for food guys as you wont be disappointed. As for the beer, just amazing. Dom really knows his stuff and always tells you when a beer is on top form!!!!!

Guess what...i will be back
thomasjames - 3 May 2010 19:11
Now run by the lovely Dom and Jo (formerly at the Elm Tree), this is yet another ale pub in Cambridge's real ale district. Not so great if you're not keen on Milton ales but ever-changing guests are always good. Food just started and I have to admit the menu looks rather ponsey to me. Restaurant food really. I haven't tried it but it is by the kitchen staff from the Free Press so I expect it to taste good. The Devonshire still gets painfully busy, the honeymoon period since the refurb doesn't seem to be waning. Surely a sign of a quality pub.
Killian42 - 2 May 2010 15:08
Love this pub, good range of different ales, beers and they let you bring food in from outside because they don't serve. bar staff are nice too, very friendly and patient when you do the typical "ummm, i don't know" customer reaction when faced with such an array. highly recommend this place, also really quite handy as a last drink before heading back on the trains to "that there London"
womble8t2 - 21 Apr 2010 15:19
I love this pub . . . all shiny and new at the moment but still full of character. Looking to visit again soon.

Its large but still cosy and the beer is very well kept.
Jay73 - 17 Apr 2010 13:54
A very welcoming and authentic real ale pub. Although MIlton reigns supreme here (5 of 8 ale pumps plus a token Cassels cider - yuk!) the guest ales are always well kept and well chosen. The most obvious advantage over other local alehouses this place has is the attitude of the management/staff which is far more relaxed, and less business-like.

I have enjoyed everything from Milton's standards Dionysus, Sparta and more impressively, Nero, to Bank's and Taylor's produce but more importantly Buntingford's 5.9% porter which sold remarkably quickly while I was there. I poked my head around the door on opeing night and the local enthusiasm has not depleted since then. There is a quirky system operating the till which tells staff or customers precisely how much beer remains in the cask so if you see fit you can choose a beer based on its freshness.

Full marks for creating a worthy addition to the Cambridge Beer Quarter's appeal. Instantly rivalling such established names as the Kingston, Live, Blue and now Elvis' revamped Geldart, the Dev (as it was once known) is totally unpretentious and focuses purely on ale. Food and a small smoking area hopefully to follow. A fresh competitor for the Blue and Kingston to consider as rail-ale rivals..
oakhamsbeermonster - 24 Feb 2010 14:13
A fantastic start, especially on the beer front. The dark mild at 3.3% was as good a pint as I've had in ages. Tables taken by 7pm, with the youngish crowd you see around the Mill Road real ale pub much in evidence.

Like Manchester's recent openings, it lacks the lived-in character of the Blue or the Kingston, but time will only improve that aspect, as will simple food.

mtaylor40 - 4 Feb 2010 22:11
I think the Milton brewery have done a great job on this pub - it is a fantastic addition to the real ale circuit in the Mill Road area. Already it can get very busy, and they haven't even started doing food yet...
moufflon - 2 Feb 2010 19:32
This is now a great real ale pub. Last night (Friday 22nd Jan) it reopened after a 6 week refurbishment and is now a real gem of a pub. Five Milton and three guest ales on handpump and in excellent condition.
si_camb - 23 Jan 2010 11:25
This pub is now owned by Milton Brewery and is due to re-open on 22nd Jan 2010 following refurbishment. At last this local brewery has it's own pub in Cambridge! I understand that guest beers will also be available. Good luck to all involved.
si_camb - 18 Jan 2010 20:47
one of the few pubs in cambridge which doesn't have real ale. worth visiting for the wildlife though.
oregontiger - 13 Jul 2007 14:38
Not a bad pub actually good old music in the backroom chilled atmosphere!
barney1sex - 21 Mar 2007 19:18
watered down beer? Open nice and late though
anonymous - 8 Feb 2006 16:43

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