The Devonshire Arms Closes Its Doors Again

The attempt failed to run it as a community pub

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The pub today with the sign outside inviting locals to say Goodbye



The Devonshire Arms appears to be closed again- after less than two months as a community pub.

A sign outside the pub said ;

" We are leaving so tonight is our final evening. Why not pop in and say Goodbye". has confirmed that the freehold of the building has been sold.

Nobody could be contacted for comment.

When it reopened in early May as a pub, one of the owners, Paul Waterer, told Chiswick that it would not be a gastro-pub but would focus on being a traditional local pub.

"We want it to be the hub of the local community" he said at the time.

Before opening in Chiswick, he and business partners Paul Roomussaar and Rob Hutchings, ran the Prince Edward pub in Notting Hill. The tenancy expired there last February.

The three business partners were trying to replicate the success of their venture in Notting Hill where they said they had a mixed customer base, from eight to eighty-year olds, and tourists.

Local people believe the pub suffered from its location, which has dogged previous owners.

Attempts to run the property as a gastro-pub have also failed.

Rrestauranteur Nick Gibson closed it in February, less than a year after he had opened it with ambitions to provide fresh, seasonal British cooking and a range of British ales.

The 70-seat dining area, 16-seat bar, with 40 covers in the outside garden, was once been part of the Gordon Ramsey empire ( GRH) and Nick Gibson, who also runs the Draper's Arms in Islington, had taken it over in June 2011. He blamed its lack of success on a reluctance by local people to walk down from the Chiswick High Road .

The future of the property is currently unclear. The agents refused to comment on the matter.


June 27, 2012