Devonshire (Balham)

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Head north from Balham station or south from Clapham South and you’ll pass a few pubs, including this huge Young’s operation. Wicker furniture on the terrace (weather permitting) is a nice touch; inside, the open-plan front area, kitted out with contemporary sofas and banquettes, feels both lived-in and looked after, a world away from some of the more workaday pubs owned and operated by the same brewery across the city.

A dividing wall covered in memorabilia – a Clash gig ticket from the ‘16 Tons’ tour, images of a life lived in and around music and pubs – sections off a dining area with a tasteful mural running around it. The wine list is long for a Young’s pub, with more than three dozen varieties; burgers and salads are joined on the food menu by sharing platters.

The star attraction in summer is the yard at the back, which they call a 'garden' but is in fact an outdoor dining area with a very busy barbecue station. This is in operation from 6-10pm Mon-Fri, and 1-10pm Sat, Sun. The garden itself is open noon-11pm daily.


Venue name: Devonshire (Balham)
Address: 39 Balham High Road
SW12 9AN
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Fri; noon-1am Sat; noon-11pm Sun. Food served noon-9.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-10.30pm Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Balham tube/rail
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Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:3
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James G

My local pub. In all honesty, it's quite a strange place. There's a good wine list and selection of beers, the staff are helpful and friendly, and the food is very good (if a bit pricey). The atmosphere is what lets it down slightly, due to an almost hotel-style layout, tall ceilings and central bar. When it's busy, it's great, but in quieter times it feels bizarre. 

Sue L

We held a birthday party at the Devonshire last weekend. There were 90 of us, but the staff were efficient all evening and looked after us well. The buffet was great and drew lots of positive comments.

The manager couldn't have been more helpful in helping us organise the event and checking that everything was ok. There's nothing about the evening I would change - and I'd recommend this lovely establishment to anyone - for a function especially, but also for a night out with friends.


I went to balham the Devonshire yesterday with my husband and I was pleasently surprised with the warm welcome from the staff, The food was great. Music very too. I would go back it was cool.

Alistair Morgan

i recently visited this Young's pub for the first time. The venue is amazing, a bit out dated, but amazing none the less. WHAT A SHAME THEY HAVE THE WORST MANAGER I'VE MET IN HOSPITALITY. rude. arrogant. disrespectful. lazy. The staff is AMAZING. They genuinely love their job, but somehow I don't feel it's anything to do with management, as when he left they all seemed to open up and relax more. They were efficient, fast, polite and very friendly. How does a venue of this size and potential get in the hands of such a rude horrible person. I also saw cockroaches in the downstairs kitchen. DISGUSTING. I really hope they rethink the management, as it's all that's holding them back. When him and I had a bump in and he was rude to me, a few regulars warned me 'he's always this way. don't bother'. Well, when you realise the regulars go for the staff but hate the manager, you'd think something would change. Myself and friends will not be returning.


A group of us visited for a Sunday lunch. The atmosphere was good and the staff were pretty attentive throughout. We were not that impressed with the food, given that the roast was £16, we were excepting it to be delicious, but it was just about average. The burgers were nothing special either. The drinks were stupidly expensive: 2 glasses of wine came to £17!!! In most pub you get a bottle of White for £17 not 2 glasses! 3 pints of Lemonade came to £10. The pricing was all over the place for the food and especially the drink. Having said all of this, the place was nice and we would go back, just not for wine!


Great looking pub which serves good beer. However the food has gone downhill over the years and the prices have gone up. £15.50 for a roast is a joke. £12 for fish and chips which is no better than what you can get for £8 in any other pub. My friends and I feel that the prices do not reflect the quality you would expect. It's a real shame as this pub has great potential to be brilliant.


The manager was really rude. The staff a bit indifferent. The decor all a bit naff.


Haven't eaten here but think it is a GREAT venue for drinks. It's cosy and comfortable with open fires in the winter and a garden out the back for the summer. Much prefer this to many of the pubs in the area.


Nice looking pub inside and out. Shame the manager is rude and always drunk, wearing the same old scruffy clothes, stained creased blue skirt most of the time, he not only acts like a drunk, he looks like one too, he also stares at people making them feel uneasy. Shame.. what a let down for this pub, where did they find this guy??