Raise your hand if you’re tired. I know I am. However, I should note that I did it to myself by staying up late last night watching a movie. I finally saw the first installment of Breaking Dawn. I didn’t have high expectations for the film, which was a good thing since it wasn’t that great. Does anyone know if part two is any better?
Anyhoos, time for my Friday pub review. Here’s a pub I visited over the Christmas holidays in 2012. I know—this review is late. My apologies. Fortunately I was able to locate some photos. The Devonshire Arms, located in South Kensignton, is a place we like to pop into when we are heading over to the Hyde Park area of London. In the winter, we still walk to most of our destinations, and this gives us the perfect excuse to stop to warm up. In the summer the excuse is to have a drink to cool off. I need to come up with a couple of excuses for spring and fall. Let me know if you have any.
One of the main attractions of this pub, for me, is the heated beer garden. I love being outside. And I love being warm. Even on a cold night last December I was pretty comfortable. There are several lagers on tap and they change the ales on a regular basis. This is perfect for me since I love to sample new tipples. When I moved to London I was pleased that pubs serve half pints. It’s a great way to find out if you like a beer without committing to a pint. And some pubs will supply a small taster before you even decide if you want a half pint or pint. If I’m trying a new beer I stick to a half pint. I never know if the flavor will get to be too much.
Inside the pub is cozy. On one occasion we just missed the Saturday brunch. We didn’t eat, but from the looks of it, it’s a popular spot. When we walk by this place during the summer, the outdoor area is usually packed on Saturdays and Sundays. Always a good sign for me.
I remember going into this pub on two occasions at least, and each time the staff was friendly. The bathroom was spotless, and the beer was fresh. What more could you want from a pub. Well, maybe I’ll try the food at some point. The pork & chorizo burger with caramelized red onion sounds pretty tasty. And they have a salted caramel & chocolate tart with clotted cream. Come to think of it, I don’t have any plans this evening.