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The Devonshire Arms, Pilsley - pub details

Address: High St, Pilsley, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1UL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 28659) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Grindleford (5.3 miles)

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Been to the pub several times over the past few years and have seen the recent changes to it. Have to say that I don't like a pub being turned into a "gastropub" and losing its character, but if its a choice between that and closing for ever then I'd have to accept the gastro status. That said, a group of 12 of us went out hiking and called in the pub around New Year and we couldn't have been treated better. First we let the pub know we were coming and they reserved the back room for us. OK, maybe it was to keep us out of the way of the posh clientle who turn up in their BMW's and Mercs but maybe they were looking after us. Most importantly there was a good range of beer and only the Thornbridge Jaipur was more than 3 quid a pint. The ordinary soup and sandwich menu or the small portions were still reasonable value so no complaints there and we found the staff to be quite "normal" and friendly. Only minor complaint is that they insist on you removing your boots, but that's OK as they make it quite clear when you walk in. I was looking for somewhere to find fault and have a moan about the loss of character or the way they treated us as second class citizens or something but have to say I left feeling quite impressed!
kmr1809 - 7 Feb 2012 21:58
No longer a genuine pub just a pretend one. Not much bar area left as they try to cram in as many eating tables as possible. Trying to be a superior restaurant associated with the classiness of the Chatsworth estate. Rich red wallpaper with a stags head motif pattern.
But it was only ordinary pub grub, ie fish & chips, gammon & chips etc. Tarting food up with a few fancy leafy bits and bobs doesn't make it haute cuisine. The new money minded Duke is probably behind the "improvements". Perhaps he thinks 12.95 for steak and kidney pudding, chips and peas is good value but I don't. I suppose someone has got to pay for the renovations going on at Chatsworth. Plenty of customers though on a dull November Saturday afternoon. No locals, no cyclists,no hikers except me and my mates. The street outside was a jumble of parked cars so the usual touroid lemmings with more money than sense have taken over yet another village pub. You can't really blame pub owners for taking advantage of this lot. Beer was OK though and not quite through the 3 per pint barrier but edging close. Also my mate enjoyed his 6.95 sandwich but he queued a quarter hour to order it at the bar. Another Peak District pub that's lost its soul.
GeofB - 26 Nov 2011 18:50
Pretentious? Moi?

Yes! Very, very yes!!! - With pricing to match.

Though in fairness the peak ales were superb and the service good.
robf - 3 Jun 2011 10:36
The refurbishment has removed the character this pub once had and is now just an upmarket restaurant trying to attract punters from Chatsworth Farm Shop. Nothing wrong with the beer , but who in their right mind would pay 11.95 for fish and chips?
tophops - 19 Mar 2011 10:31
Recently subjected to a long overdue and extremely well done refurbishment and now under the same management umbrella as the Devonshire at Beeley. Outstanding selection of mainly local beers, well kept, and an imaginative menu which relies heavily on produce from the foodie's paradise of Chatsworth Farm Shop elsewhere in Pilsley. Manager and head chef both chatty and relaxed. The only fear is that the place will quickly be swamped by diners around the clock. First visit, days after the reopening, found the place sparsely populated with locals in early evening. Second was absolutely thronged with tweed and corduroy brigade on a midweek afternoon.
Guzzleguts - 11 Dec 2010 01:16

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