Light and airy with excellent selection of great beers
We spent a couple of very happy hours in the Devonshire Cat on our last visit to Sheffield. Its light, airy, warm interior was just what we needed on this dreary, wet Monday in April. True, its interior has a touch of JDW about it, but it’s none the worse for that. Glass and stained pine partitions are used to make semi-private booths which give the large room a pleasant feel.
Where the Devonshire Cat excels, is the splendid range of excellent beer.
I freely admit, that over the past year or so, the arrival of craft beer on the scene has completely altered my perspective on drinking in pubs. The fact is, that since my moment of epiphany, I just cannot bear to drink some of the flat, tasteless stuff that masquerades under the description of cask ale. What irritates me is that it appears to me that this method of beer production is held up by some to be the flag that distinguishes gloss from dross. You wouldn’t apply single issues like cask v keg to eating food for instance. Doesn’t quality of ingredients and taste also enter into the euqation? I don’t care if a meal is cooked on the hob, or in an oven, roasted, fried or pressure cooked as long as best ingredients are used and that it’s TASTY!
But, I digress.
So, I’ll say it again. Where the Devonshire Cat excels, is the splendid range of excellent beer. Beers in cask, beers in keg and beers in bottles. It has local beers and beers from around the country, and beers from all over the world. They just love their beer, and it seems to me that their only criterion for selecting their beer is quality.
I haven’t mentioned the food! When we visited, the Sunday roast was:
Sirloin of British Beef or
“Moss Valley” Shoulder of Pork or
Roasted butternut squash and Lentil Wellington
Looks good to me!