I was upset that the Devonshire didn’t survive – for whatever reason – not least because it was a gem in the back streets of a chain-filled High Road – offering a seasonal menu at reasonable prices in an unpretentious setting. OK, I wasn’t a regular but it was a great place to meet. You could have a three course meal or opt for a decent bar snack and I don’t mean a bag of Tyrrells and a pickled egg.
You can imagine then how delighted I am to hear that Nick Gibson is taking over the pass Gordon Ramsay Holdings once occupied. Nick is behind the Drapers Arms in North London and I think us foodies living West could be in for a real treat. If Nick pulls off what he’s done in Islington I know I’ll be a regular fixture. I was sold when I saw the ‘haggis and pork sausage roll’ but now I’m even more convinced on hearing the chef is David Philpot – he of Le Caprice in New York and The Dean Street Townhouse.
I’ve been watching the transformation of the pub interior – stalking Nick’s Twitter account (you can too @devonshirepubw4) and it’s been given more than a lick of paint. It seems the only thing that remains is the shell and the name. I tried to get a look first hand so wandered down Devonshire Road hoping to chat up a builder or two but was unlucky. I can tell you it’s been given a lovely green exterior so you won’t miss it and end up at Fullers Brewery on the Hogarth Roundabout – although always a nice place to get lost! Talking of which I hope he continues to stock decent ales and wine.
You won’t have to wait too long to find out what’s in store. A bonus is that the very generous Mr Gibson is offering a 50% discount from the 4th to 11th July. Can you tell just how excited I am? All this AND the Chiswick Food Festival – what a week!
UPDATE: The Devonshire Arms sadly didn’t survive – I can only assume it’s the location.
The Devonshire Arms, 126 Devonshire Road, London W4 2JJ
0208 742 2302