The Devonshire Arms

In very exciting news one of my friends has bought a pub.  Well Ryan tells me he has “a small financial interest” but still this is something I can only encourage more friends to consider doing.  The pub is called the Devonshire Arms in Chiswick and there is a crack team behind it.  Ryan has teamed up with Nick Gibson of the Drapers Arms in North London and they have also brought along chef David Philpot previously of Le Caprice and Dean Street Townhouse.   As you can see this is a pub with serious foodie credentials.

Tiny scotch eggs

The pub used to be a Gordon Ramsay establishment but it closed down and was boarded up and fairly derelict when the Devonshire Arms team got involved.  They have spruced it up with dark wood panelled flooring and a big wooden bar, retro looking wallpaper and a fantastic beer garden area out the back.

There is plenty of outdoor seating out the front and in the beer garden at the back

The pub opens officially today but we were invited for a sneak peek last week.  We feasted on fresh and vibrant spears of English asparagus, moreish haggis sausage rolls with flaky pastry, tiny cones of crunchy fish and chips, decadent truffled ham and cheese toasties and my favourite, the tiny quail scotch eggs.  The scotch eggs were seriously like crack with the perfect mix of well seasoned sausage meat, a soft boiled yolk and a crunchy bread crumbed coating.  It was all seriously good pub food and for this week only it is all 50 per cent off from the 4th to 11th July.  So there is no excuse not to go and check it out really.

Fish and chips in cones

Details: The Devonshire Arms, 126 Devonshire Road, Chiswick W4 2JJ (Ph 020 8742 2302) Tube: Turnham Green, Twitter: @devonshirepubW4
Damage: We didn’t pay on this occasion.  Starters are going to be priced between £6 to £7 and mains from £12.
I won’t give a rating as this is a friend’s pub so I can’t claim not to be biased – but I loved what I saw.

Fresh asparagus

Gourmet Chick was a guest of The Devonshire Arms.

If you liked reading this you might be interested in my post on how to make scotch eggs or check out Heston Blumenthal’s scotch eggs at The Hind’s Head in Bray.


  1. Looks delicious! I’ve always wished some friends had a pub (or well, open one myself maybe!)

  2. I have friends who live right near here, and have been slyly watching the transformation, we got a little excited when we thought it was opening last week!!! Can’t wait to check it out!

  3. scotch eggs are delicious but TINY scotch eggs! CUTE! 🙂 I also love the fresh asparagus and dip!

  4. I remember eating there when GR owned it. No idea why it was closed as it was then pretty fantastic. Excellent news though that it has reopened.

  5. The asparagus look fantastic. Best of luck to your friend!

  6. Agree with every word, but I disagree that it’s not possible to be unbiased about a friend’s establishment. If I thought something was seriously up I’d tell them rather than slate them in public, but if it was fair comment and they knew that I’d gone there with a view to reviewing I’d go right ahead!

  7. Friends who own pubs are the best friends you can have. Fact 🙂 especially when they make such yummy looking scotch eggs!

  8. Katherina – I know – so fun!

    Love Lily – Interested to know what you and your friends think…

    Catty- Exactly – everything is better when it is tiny

    Mzungu – Interesting to hear – and good to have it back.

    W8 Housewife – It was good

    Hugh – Great to see you there. Luckily I do not have too many friends who own pubs/restaurants so not really an issue I come up against much…

    Amy – I agree

  9. Because bthere are so many crap versions available, you forget what a thing of beauty a good Scotch egg can be – these look delectable. Love the fish & chips in a cone too!

  10. Which just raises the question…when are you going to invest in a pub yourself?? 😉

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