The Beresford Inn

Goolge 2009 image of The Beresford Inn, Devonport
Google 2009 image of The Beresford Inn, 9 Cumberland Street, Devonport.

The Beresford Inn (previously known as The Lord Beresford) was Grade II listed by English Heritage on 1st May 1975. EH gives the following description ...

PLYMOUTH SX4554 CUMBERLAND STREET, Devonport 740-1/54/135 (South side) 01/05/75 Nos.8-14 (Consecutive) The Lord Beresford Public House (No.9) GV II Planned terrace of 7 houses with later shops and a public house. c1830. Stucco with probable slate or asbestos slate roofs mostly hidden behind stuccoed parapets with moulded entablature; old attic dormers except for large C20 loft window to No.13 (6th from left) rendered brick end stacks. Double-depth plan. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys plus attics; overall regular 14-window range. Original hornless sashes with glazing bars except to Nos 11 and 13 and to 2nd floor of No.10. Nos 8-10 have their original rusticated end pilasters and these survive to ground floor between the shops. Nos 9-14 have their original panelled window pilasters, some of these to 1st floor rise through the moulded hoods, and sill brackets. Except for Nos 9 and 10 there is a possibly original moulded cornice above the fascia of the shops. No.9 has good late C19 double shopfront with round-arched lights. The others with old shopfronts have had varying degrees of alteration. No.12 has had a late C19 shopfront removed and a smaller window opening inserted. No.11 has a crude C20 shopfront; those of Nos 10 and 14 are also C20. Source: www.Images of England.org.uk

Sponsorship of Stuart Friswell, Plymouth Albion

In the 2004-2005 season The Beresford Inn sponsored rugby player Stuart Friswell of the nearby Plymouth Albion team.

New Landlady

In spring 2009 the new landlady of The Beresford Inn was Georgina Morgan. Following complaints about noisy revellers drinking and fighting in the street outside the premises, Georgina said she had introduced tough new rules for staff and customers to stop people taking their drinks outside.

Fund-Raising Events

In August 2009 regulars at the pub staged a 24-hour party and raised around £1,000 for Archie Barton, a three-year- old boy with artificial legs. Archie lost both legs and a number of fingers to septicaemia when he was 18 months old, following meningitis.

According to newspaper reports the Landlady Georgina Morgan said the real star of the show was one of the pub's regulars, Roy Parker. 71-year-old Roy not only helped organise the fund raising party, he also outshone the younger revellers by completing 100 sponsored press-ups in four and a half minutes.

As do most of the remaining public houses in Devonport, The Beresford Inn often raises funds for charity and funds have been contributed to such as.... Devon Air Ambulance, Help for Heroes, Archie Barton and Navy Days.

(page added January 2012)