London pub with 'city's best Guinness' that's famed for wood-fired cooking named finest UK gastropub

The Devonshire in Soho
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A pub which visitors claim serves London's best Guinness has been crowned the UK's finest gastropub. The Devonshire in Soho won big at the National Restaurant Awards as it also became the first ever pub to be crowned the Opening of the Year.

Run by Irish landlord Oisín Rogers alongside Charlie Caroll and Ashley Palmer-Watts, The Devonshire in Denman Street houses a popular wood-fired restaurant upstairs which judges said showcased exemplary butchery with cuts of meat cooked on a wood-ember grill.

On the overall list, the Devonshire ranked in ninth place, as 54 London venues made the list of the UK's best 100 restaurants. Despite its incredible food, the Soho spot is perhaps best known for its bar which according to some serves the best pint of Guinness in London.

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The Devonshire has become increasingly popular
The Devonshire has become increasingly popular -Credit:Mike Kemp

If Thursday evenings are anything to go by, you'd have to say most punters agree. Walk past after 5pm and you'll see crowds of people gathered outside clasping onto a pint of the famous stout.

Take a look on TripAdvisor and you'll see just how desperate people are with many waiting several weeks for a booking. One happy customer wrote on TripAdvisor: "We went with another couple and after trying for ages to get a reservation; we were eagerly looking forward to our lunch.

"We were not disappointed, it was delicious. I had potted shrimps to start followed by the suet pudding. Both were fantastic. My wife had the smoked salmon followed by lamb cutlets. Again she thought both were delicious. I love this place and if I can get a reservation, I will book instantly."

Despite its popularity, it has led to many leaving slightly underwhelmed due to their heightened expectations. Another wrote on TripAdvisor: "Mediocre, went on the basis of write ups in reviews and was disappointed. Hype over quality, expensive for the mediocrity."

The Ledbury in Notting Hill topped the list to be crowned the UK's best restaurant. Owned by legendary Australian chef Brett Graham, it gained three Michelin stars last year shortly after its reopening in 2022.

Its menu changes throughout the year to reflect the seasons. The tasting menu for dinner will set you back £225, while the six and eight-course tasting menus at lunch costs £180 and £200 respectively.

On Instagram, the National Restaurant Awards said: "Congratulations to chef Brett Graham, whose beloved London flagship The Ledbury has topped this year’s National Restaurant Awards top 100 list and been named the Best Restaurant in England.

"Graham’s restaurant was previously named National Restaurant of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012, but this marks the first time it has taken the top spot since reopening in 2022 after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic.

"Much has changed in the intervening years, but the overall ethos at the Notting Hill restaurant remains the same: namely an obsession with top quality produce; a singular approach to cooking that blends classical and contemporary elements seamlessly together; and - perhaps most importantly - an unusually warm and flexible service style."

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