If it’s Abbeydale beer you’re after then the brewery’s second tap pub, the Devonshire Cat, is probably a good place to start.
This city centre venue, first opened in 2001 and bought by the brewery back in 2013 following the retirement of the previous landlord, had been a long-term fixture in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide and has continued to be included every year since the change of ownership. Sheffield & District branch members clearly agree on its merits, having voted the Devonshire Cat our Pub of the Month for September 2018.
The pub underwent a complete renovation a couple of years ago and the new-look pub features a central horseshoe-shaped bar with three distinct seating areas surrounding it. On the bar there are 12 handpumps, half of which serve Abbeydale’s own range of core and seasonal brews, while the other half feature interesting guest casks from local and national breweries.
For those of a craftier persuasion, there is also an excellent range of keg beers from microbreweries near and far, as well as a selection of more than 100 bottles and cans. Tap takeovers are a regular occurrence at the Devonshire Cat, and recent breweries featured have included Scotland’s Fyne Ales, Leeds’ Ridgeside and London’s Brick Brewery.
Of course, no article about the “Dev Cat” would be complete without mention of the excellent food menu on offer which is well worth a try, and they are happy to recommend beers to match the food. For music fans, the Honey Bee Blues Club takes place on the last Friday of every month and features the best of contemporary local blues music.
Come and join us at the Devonshire Cat (49 Wellington Street, S1 4HG) for the Pub of the Month presentation on Tuesday 11 September, arriving from 8pm for a presentation at 9pm. Hope to see you there!