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Known variously as The Moon Tavern, The Albion Tavern, Ye Deva Hotel and, today, Amber Lounge, this has been a licenced premises since the mid 17th century. It long retained a fine Elizabethan interior with most of its beams, stairs and fireplaces, still intact. As to how that fine interor has been treated of recent times, see below...
A correspondent told us, "The Amber Lounge and the Victoria (the pub next door) were once part of the same building many many years ago, but no dates were given in the records as to their separation. This may be why I cannot find any reference to the Victoria (including previous pub names) from between 1781 and 1910".
In 2012, the excellent Chester Beer Project voted Amber Lounge the third worst pub in Chester. This is what they said, "This place is completely devoid of character, which is quite an astonishing thing to say about a building that dates from at least the 16th century. Nevertheless, it’s true. So while the ambience or whatever isn’t exactly offensive in any way, the really depressing thing is the wasted potential and the contempt with which the building’s provenance has been treated. An interior design ponce has obviously been let loose in here some time in the mid 90s and armed with a ‘minimalist sensibility’ and a few cans of white paint has vandalised the magnificent Elizabethan structures and fittings. Hopefully, someone with half a brain will restore it all at some point – and will get some decent ale in an’ all".
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The Chester artist Jill Pears wrote to tell us, "I remember working in the Deva as a barmaid in 1978 under licencee John Lowry. I was saving to go abroad with friends at the time.
It was a two-tier pub, the lounge being in the Rows and the bar in the street level. It had dark red walls, oak beams and quaint black lead lights, such as you'd find outside a front door.
I remember that a half-pint was 14 pence, a pint being 28 pence and spirits were 30 pence- those were the days!
We used to get quite a few characters in in those days. If you were asked for a cider, you had to get it from upstairs via the dumb waiter. The pumps were very handy, as, say, if you were asked for a brown over bitter, you could just pull the half; the pump would stop at the exact half pint while you got the bottle ready. No computer tills in those days and you had to add up in your head- you had to have your wits about you! I enjoyed my time there though.."
How the old Deva looks today
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