Bars & Pubs, Restaurants

Devonshire Cat

The Devonshire Cat opened its doors in 2001 to become Sheffield’s first bar devoted to beer.

In the early days it specialised in Bottled Belgian imports and local Cask ale but was taken on as Abbeydale brewery’s flagship pub in 2013. This progressive independent brewery, along with the General Manager Liz Casserly, have modernised and up scaled the beer range – it’s quite simply beer for all and beer in all forms!

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Abbeydale Heathen Pale was the first and is now the flagship of their new keg range. It will feature permanently alongside their core cask range and rotating specials. At 4.1% ABV and massively hopped with Mosaic it is an easy drinking session pale with a crisp finish. All bottled beers will be available to buy to take away and they will be selling growlers, which can be used to take 2 litres of cask or keg beer away with you.

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Alongside their extensive beer range offering 12 Cask Ales , 16 Keg lines and a 200 plus rotating bottle selection they also offer an innovative cocktail menu with some clever numbers. Some contain actual liquid beer in the mix while the alchemists on their team have created reduced beer syrups for intense flavour in others. From cocktails to hop infused Gin there is something for everyone, including hop infused tea from fellow Sheffield based independent Birdhouse!

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Now the drinks are sorted, who’s hungry? The fantastic chefs at the Devonshire Cat are just as passionate about beer as they are food. The menu focuses on locally sourced authentic British classics with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options to suit all requirements. They’ve also designed their menu to work equally well with beer pairings as with wine, they have also included beer in some of the dishes. Chicken thighs roasted in Abbeydale Heathen Pale ale, served on a broth of sautéed savoy cabbage, baby turnips and wild mushrooms are a winter warming must have. If you have room, (we always do), you could also try the drunken sticky toffee pudding for dessert made with Great Yorkshire Brewery’s Yorkshire Blackout. Every single item on the menu is made from scratch in house, except for the Bradwells ice cream of course.

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Not only can you go there for food and drinks, the venue is also ideal for events. They run their own events like food and drink pairings and tap takeovers but they are also the perfect set up for large parties with seating for 44 and standing room for 70….yes 70!

The Devonshire Cat wants to appeal to and welcome everyone – even if you don’t like beer! They have gone out of their way to be creative and inclusive on every level and it shows in their varied menu and drinks selection. They temporarily closed their doors for a revamp in early November, but is now reopened, looking fresh and waiting for you to pop down with your Independent Sheffield Membership Card. We’ll see you there!

 

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