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Duke Of York

17 The Pantiles
Tunbridge Wells
TN2 5TD
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Duke Of York

First re-visit since the Fuller's takeover, and the place has been substantially refurbished in an upmarket yet traditional beerhouse style. York's dining room at first-floor level. Six handpumps in operation, with Pride and Seafarers, the seasonal Fire Cracker and Jack Frost, the guest Butcombe Christmas Steps (£3.95, and in excellent shape) and Cornish Orchards Vintage Cider. Also has ten keg taps to the rear or the bar dispensing a good selection of craft beers. Some may miss the old Duke of York, but the place made a really good impression on this occasion.

On 21st December 2014 - rating: 8
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Steve C left this review about Duke Of York

The Duke of York is a traditional pub in the Pantiles area of Tunbridge Wells where you are more likely to stumble across a restaurant than a decent pub. This a is a single room pub which isn’t the biggest, but the bar still supports five hand pumps that, during my recent Wednesday afternoon visit, were drawing Doom Bar, Abbot, Summer Lightening, Harveys Best and Tunbridge Wells Brewing Company’s Sovereign Blonde. The Doom Bar was on good form and the bloke working behind the bar was a friendly enough chap. Food is served and the sausage and mash comes in at £7 which his very good value for the area. The décor is old and worn and hops were stuck to the ceiling and ran the length of the bar. There was no music and there are no TV screens that I could see.

This place has done well to remain traditional in this area and that alone deserves a revisit.

On 15th October 2011 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Duke Of York

Unlike the other pubs along the historic Pantiles colonnade, the Duke of York has resisted the urge to change and provides a traditional, drink led establishment in contrast to its revamped, gastro style competitors. The interior is well suited to the needs of passing tourists as its wooden beams, pillars and floor create the sort of traditional feel that they are no doubt looking for. There is just the one room, but this is well furnished with seating options, mostly in the shape of tables and low stools, although there are a few pews as well. There are a number of benches outside which are popular in decent weather, as is the low colonnade wall at the front.
There are lots of nice old pictures of the pub and the Pantiles area on the walls which give you a bit of an insight into what the place was like in its heyday. Music was playing in the background but it was hard to hear due to the buzz of chatter from a good crowd of locals and tourists.
There were four handpulls and all were in action, offering Sharp's Doom Bar (£3.20), GK Abbot, Shep's Spitfire and Harvey's Best. We were served by a helpful and cheerful barman and the beer was in commendable shape. I'd passed this place over on previous visits to town, but I was glad we stopped off here recently and would consider popping in again next time I'm in town.

On 27th April 2011 - rating: 7
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