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Re: The Devvy
« Reply #53 on: July 24, 2017, 07:50:50 PM »
Why? Care to elaborate??
YESFood poor service Poor no chef .

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« Reply #52 on: July 23, 2017, 08:31:24 PM »
Glad you were lucky quite a few i know wont go again .
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« Reply #51 on: July 23, 2017, 02:38:25 PM »
Strolled up there last night & thought I would share experiences.

Inside is unrecognisable, it's really opened out & quite airy. It was pretty full, in part I think there has been some sort of party there (Wedding)  since the afternoon, the down side of this (which didn't affect me) was that they were't serving food unless you had reserved in advance. Possibly because of the event but the demographics had completely changed, I would estimate the vast majority there as being early 30s. There were still some teething problems but this was with the tills rather than anything else. Usual Robbies range of beers but where the Oak normally has Cumbrian Way or a seasonal beer, they had Trooper which was a plus point for me.

So looks as though a promising beginning but I'd be interested to see how it is doing on a wet Saturday evening in November
Glad you were lucky quite a few i know wont go again .

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« Reply #50 on: July 23, 2017, 11:24:05 AM »
Strolled up there last night & thought I would share experiences.

Inside is unrecognisable, it's really opened out & quite airy. It was pretty full, in part I think there has been some sort of party there (Wedding)  since the afternoon, the down side of this (which didn't affect me) was that they were't serving food unless you had reserved in advance. Possibly because of the event but the demographics had completely changed, I would estimate the vast majority there as being early 30s. There were still some teething problems but this was with the tills rather than anything else. Usual Robbies range of beers but where the Oak normally has Cumbrian Way or a seasonal beer, they had Trooper which was a plus point for me.

So looks as though a promising beginning but I'd be interested to see how it is doing on a wet Saturday evening in November

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Re: The Devvy
« Reply #49 on: June 24, 2017, 09:52:52 AM »
It's early days for the Devonshire Arms, and it's only two weeks since it re-opened. The pub seems to have been quite busy, particularly at weekends (the good weather has helped, of course). But things are not all going smoothly.

I was involved in organising an event in Mellor last weekend. A few of the people involved said they might want to have a meal at the Devvy during their break, around 5.30 - 6.30 pm. I had popped in the previous day to check that this would be OK, and that they would be serving food at that time. 'No problem. said the barman. I asked if it was necessary to book, and he had a look at the bookings list and said no, although he added that booking is always a good idea.

On the day, about eight of our people people went to eat there, in ones and twos. It was quite busy but not full.  A couple of them were able to have a meal, three or four others were told they could only have chips, and at least one was refused any food at all.  I was very embarrassed, of course, because I had passed on the information that they would be able to eat and didn't need to book.

Then the other day some friends of ours who live in Longhurst Lane received a flier through the door welcoming them to the refurbished Devonshire Arms, and advertising food service until 9 pm every evening. Good idea, they thought, and they walked up to the pub last Tuesday, arriving about 8.20. They ordered drinks at the bar and asked for the menu. 'Sorry, we've stopped serving food now' was the reply.   Needless to say they were very cross, and they won't be going to the Devvy again any time soon.

It's early days, and I'm sure these 'teething troubles' can be ironed out.  Part of the problem could be the young and (probably) inexperienced staff, who need more supportive and pro-active management. 

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Re: The Devvy
« Reply #48 on: June 17, 2017, 05:37:42 PM »
The website is there now, but it doesn't have a menu. I tried the gammon, egg, pineapple and chips today and it's very good. My wife tried the bangers and mash and tells me that's nice too.

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« Reply #47 on: June 10, 2017, 06:47:12 PM »
Rather bizarrely, the Robinsons website https://www.robinsonsbrewery.com/devonshirearms still shows the pub as being closed (or it did at the time I posted this.) It is very definitely open.

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« Reply #46 on: June 09, 2017, 01:47:10 PM »
You can do amazing pub food and still do steaks, pies and fish and chips!  You just do really good ones, rather than stuff that's come in frozen.

Looking forward now to a visit to Mellor to check it out!

I haven't tried the steaks or pie, but the fish & chips is excellent. The interior of the pub is indeed unrecognisable from what was there before. I actually liked it as it was, but as it is now is also very nice. I am slightly surprised how many staff there seem to be. They will need an awful lot of customers to support that many, but from what I've seen so far, they probably will be full most of the time.

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Re: The Devvy
« Reply #45 on: June 06, 2017, 10:04:53 PM »
Oh Brian's pea and ham soup, and the mussels!!!  Makes my mouth water just remembering them.

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« Reply #44 on: June 06, 2017, 03:23:01 PM »
You can do amazing pub food and still do steaks, pies and fish and chips! 

Indeed - and at least one local pub (the Hare and Hounds at Mill Brow) is a good example of that.  A really imaginative menu - but it still has steaks and fish 'n' chips on it.

I've lived around here long enough to remember when the late Brian Harrison cooked at the Devvy, back in the 80s and early 90s, and a bit later, when Robert Cloughley cooked at the Oddfellows. As I recall, they both had interesting menus, specialising in fish recipes (not just fish 'n' chips), and people came from miles around to eat at both pubs.  Robbie's appear to have invested serious money in the Devvy.  It's now quite a big pub, and they will need to fill it if it is to be profitable.

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« Reply #43 on: June 06, 2017, 09:41:15 AM »
One of my favourite pubs ever, was one I lived near between 2000 and 2003.  It was a cracking pub anyway, but the food was excellent.  The menu changed daily and had some great stuff on it.  It was the first place I ever ate pigeon, and the risottos were to die for.  But every day, without fail, they had rump and sirloin steak on the menu, coupled with proper chips cut and fried on the premises. 

The landlady's brother was a butcher, so that's where they got the meat from.  And it was absolutely suburb.  Most expensive pub steaks in the area but they were worth every penny.  Another pub down the road refurbished and decided they would like a bit of the food business.  So they priced their steaks at the same price.  Just one problem.  The ingredients did not match the price point.  The steaks were awful quality and the chips came out of a bag.  Not surprisingly, they didn't boost their food trade much.

Incidentally the pub company who were running the Devonshire before refurbishment were an interim management company called Ignition Pub Management.  I looked them up after visiting the Devvy and seeing a strange name on my credit card company afterwards.

Turns out they run pubs on a temporary basis.  But if they find a pub they like and believe has potential, they have another division called Inblenook that runs pubs on a long term basis.  They go for it big-style, and food appears to be a key part of their offering. 

I just looked at the menus for a couple of their pubs.  Both were different, but both had fish and chips and pies on them  :)

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« Reply #42 on: June 06, 2017, 08:43:34 AM »
You can do amazing pub food and still do steaks, pies and fish and chips!  You just do really good ones, rather than stuff that's come in frozen.

Yes indeed you can. Often, the difference between a poor pub and a really good one is not the difference in the menu, but the difference in the quality of the food. I've had some excellent pies and steaks and fish & chips etc in pubs and unfortunately, some very poor examples too. For me, a really good pub will have really good pies and steaks and fish & chips and gammon and chips and sausage and all day breakfast etc.

Looking forward now to a visit to Mellor to check it out!

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« Reply #41 on: June 05, 2017, 10:39:48 PM »
Yes, a lot will depend on the quality of the menu. I hope it includes steaks, pies and fish & chips!

You can do amazing pub food and still do steaks, pies and fish and chips!  You just do really good ones, rather than stuff that's come in frozen.

Looking forward now to a visit to Mellor to check it out!

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« Reply #40 on: June 05, 2017, 07:33:16 PM »
Much will depend on the quality of the menu. It needs to be something more imaginative than steaks, pies, fish 'n' chips, and a roast on Sundays.

Yes, a lot will depend on the quality of the menu. I hope it includes steaks, pies and fish & chips!

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Re: The Devvy
« Reply #39 on: June 05, 2017, 05:03:33 PM »
As we all know, the Devonshire Arms in Mellor has been closed for refurbishment since January this year.  Passers-by will have noticed that the work now appears to be nearing completion, and the news is that it will re-open this Friday, 9 June. 

I've had a quick look inside, and it is completely unrecognisable, and much bigger.  Robbie's seem to have invested heavily in this project - let's hope it pays off for them, and for all of us. It's a landmark pub, and we need it to thrive.

Much will depend on the quality of the menu. It needs to be something more imaginative than steaks, pies, fish 'n' chips, and a roast on Sundays.