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Duke of York, Mayfair, W1

8 Dering Street
Phone: 02076290319

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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Graham Coombs left this review about Duke of York

A small traditional corner pub which makes the best of its space by extending over 3 floors joined by a spiral staircase dominating the centre of the bar. Upstairs is a dining area; downstairs is an enclosed room with a Shuflboard. Draught ales were GK IPA and Yardbird, with a number of Lilley's ciders from pump and box in a mini-festival.

On 21st August 2019 - rating: 6
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custodian 42 left this review about The Duke Of York

Greene King pub with four weak real ales. One room with a spiral staircase in the middle which led to the first floor which I did not visit. According to a wall plaque the pub was first licensed in 1722 as the Shepherd and Flock, changing to the current name in 1806.

On 9th October 2017 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Duke Of York

Taylor Walker pub with a distinctly compact bar at street level and other small rooms both up and down a spiral staircase (of which the one at first-floor level is bar far the best option, once you've got you drinks upstairs without spillage...). Four handpumps on the counter, with 1730 (£4.35, less 10% Camra discount), Pride, Wherry and Otter Bitter available.

On 7th June 2015 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Duke Of York

This rather cramped Taylor Walker pub, located just off Oxford Street, has an unusual three storey layout. The main bar is at ground floor level, but it’s hardly an appealing place to stop for a drink. Spiral staircases dominate the room and completely block the servery which is hidden away behind, leaving just the fringes of the room for customers to find a seat. Most seating is in the form of high stools positioned along drinking ledges, although a recess to the left of the bar offers some slightly more appealing options underneath a large mirror. The room has dark wood flooring and wall panels, but there is nothing of interest worth seeing, despite the promise of such hinted at by the building’s attractive external appearance. The aforementioned stairs lead up to a ‘mezzanine’ area, filled with standard tables and chairs in, what looked to me like, a dining room. The lower bar was signed as the ‘Chill Out Area’ and had comfy looking tub chairs and sofas plus table football. Perhaps the highlight of my visit was the excellent soundtrack that played throughout my, admittedly brief, stay.
Three ales were available at the bar – Morland Old Golden Hen, Sambrooks Wandle and Deuchars IPA – with Thatcher’s Cheddar Valley Cider occupying the final hand pump. I tried the Hen, which was in fairly good condition, but the ale range was a bit disappointing and I saw no reason to sample anything else.
I thought the layout of this pub was one of its major flaws and found it very difficult to get comfortable or settled here. In fact, there were as many people outside on my late summer’s evening visit as there were inside, which probably tells you enough. There are much better pubs in the surrounding area, so I doubt I’ll be back.

On 23rd September 2013 - rating: 4
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I L left this review about The Duke Of York

A quiet retreat just off the manic Oxford Street, this back street corner pub is spread across three small floors with a wrought iron centrally located spiral staircase linking all the floors. The bar is on the ground floor along the back wall. There are four hand pumps but only two on at the time of our visit. Green King IPA isn't one of our favourites so we settled for the Charles Wells Bombardier which was nicely kept. Young Gold hand pump had a small sign on it saying coming soon. Not a bad pub but the glass jar saying 'tips' just isn't a thing I feel should be in a traditional English pub!

On 11th October 2010 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Duke Of York

I was not overly impressed with this pub. The pint of Summer Lightning I ordered was off; but happily exchanged for a pint of Pride that was only just drinkable. Not a good start. I didn't think that the ground floor was very comfortable with no tables and chairs and only stools on which to perch at the bar or at ledges by the windows or round the central spiral staircase. Maybe the other bars were better, but I didn't visit them. So, dodgy beer, strange layout and friendly barmaid - could be worse I suppose, but I don't expect to visit again.

On 4th July 2007 - rating: 4
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