Pub dreams are made of this

A dream team of pub landlord Oisin Rogers (right in photo) and Flat Iron founder Charlie Carroll (left) have teamed up to open their “dream pub” in Soho. The Devonshire, just off Piccadilly Circus in Denham Street, is scheduled to launch this autumn.

Oisin ran the Guinea Grill in Mayfair for six years, turning it into one of the country’s leading gastropubs – and winner of a coveted Harden’s award – by the time he left last summer. Previously he was in charge of the Ship by Wandsworth Bridge for nine years.

The Devonshire, a wood-panelled building from 1797, will have a classic pub bar downstairs serving home-made snacks, while upstairs will house an ambitious dining room with a wood-fired grill. There will also be an in-house bakery and a butchery processing dry-aged Scottish beef.

Charlie, who launched his good-value steakhouse brand 12 years ago, said: “Osh and I have been talking about our dream pub for almost a decade; somewhere warm, welcoming and accessible to all, where the team really care about looking after you and about the quality of each and every bit of food and drink served. I can’t wait to have a pint and a homemade bacon sarnie.

Oisin added: “I am delighted, excited and fortunate to be working with Charlie at full tilt on this. I can’t wait to be back behind the bar pulling pints again when we open in the autumn.

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