Devonshire Arms reopens

The Devonshire Arms has just reopened after a 6 weeek refurb.

This pub on Devonshire Road (probably named after the 7th Duke of Devonshire, Chancellor of Cambridge University from 1861 to 1891), formerly the Midland Tavern (commemorating the Midland Railway that brought trains to Cambridge from Kettering), has been here since at least 1878. It was once owned by Tolly Cobbold. There is a great photo of the Midland Tavern in the 80’s. It was for many years a reggae music venue, a ‘place of legend’ for some. It was a bit of a dive when I first visited in ’95, but one of the few local pubs playing dub music. Those Without, one of the first bands Syd Barrett joined, are said to have practiced here. Live music once again returned when Hedgepig played an album launch on Saturday 30th January.

Milton Brewery bought the pub after the freehold was offered by Christies at only £150k last summer, a success story as reported by the BBC.

When we visited during this opening week, as well as a range of Milton beers, there were three guest ales, best of which was the fantastic Tring Brewery Legless Lal’s, an uplifting winter beer.

This part of Cambridge is now even more of a real ale paradise, as the Devonshire Arms joins The Kingston Arms, Cambridge Blue, Salisbury Arms and the Live and Let Live, as great real ale pubs within a short walk of each other. view map

Excellent news, and good luck to Dom and Jo.

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