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The Cavendish, Marylebone, W1

35 New Cavendish Street
Phone: 02074873030

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custodian 42 left this review about The Cavendish

One room with bar to the left. No hand pumps and the keg taps were hard to read. Clearly a pub for illiterates. Upstairs dining room.

On 1st August 2018 - rating: 3
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Tris C left this review about The Cavendish

Renamed the Cavendish in 2014, this was originally the Duke of York and undoubtedly improved for having at one time being owned by Samuel Smith’s. Minus the aforementioned table service, this is really more of a made-over brasserie/bistro rather than pub with the all-fashionable square section tubular steel bar back, some bare brick walls and otherwise contemporary paint hues. There’s a herringbone parquet floor, fairly conventional furniture and dining upstairs. ‘Bathrooms’ are downstairs – no they aren’t as a bathroom requires the presence of a bath; no bath, no bathroom; muted music played and I didn’t spot a TV.
The place has a cigar selection, where a single Cohiba Siglo IV costs a very reasonable £27.60, minus the fine for smoking it indoors of course.
Ales? None. Just a large array of anonymous chrome founts. I asked for a half of lager and I’ve no idea what I got – there isn’t even a drinks menu on the wall. The bill for my half of fizz arrived on a silver platter with a demand for £2.75 which I guess is the cheapest ‘house’ lager.
Nope, I won’t be returning.

On 27th January 2018 - rating: 3
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Cavendish

High-end bar / restaurant masquerading as a corner pub. Full of staff, but annoyingly so, with mostly table service but with a bit of perseverance you can be served at the bar and either sit there or at one of the high tables. Also has some patio tables out on the pavement on both sides. Semi-modern decor. DJ booth squeezed in - music OK but a bit on the loud side for early in the evening. Two banks of five (almost) anonymous shiny keg taps with a pretty dull choice of which the Paulaner was the best value (listed at £4.75, but 12% service charge added to the receipt so when I handed over a £5 note and received no change which about split the difference).

On 5th July 2015 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Fat of the Land

Hitherto this was the Duke of York, but is now branded as a tapas restaurant called The Fat of the Land. The main restaurant seems to be upstairs, but obviously I had no reason to go up there. The ground floor bar is not really much like a pub, and although there were tables here laid for diners there were also two or three black painted benches and tables for those just wanting a drink, plus a few stools at the bar. The slate topped bar counter bore some of the usual gastro embellishments, such as a basket of lemons, and a coffee machine. The bistro effect is complemented by the (presumably fake?) hocks of ham and strings of onions hanging down in front of the windows.

I was drawn in by the sight of a single beer pump. So, a swift half of Pedigree for £1.85 a half was not too expensive. This is not the sort of place I would usually frequent, but the Pedigree was OK.

On 4th December 2012 - rating: 5
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Steve C left this review about The Duke Of York

This place is a small well kept Sam Smiths pub that has a traditional feel, although there is a Gaggia coffee machine on the bar that does look rather out of place. There were only three other customers on my Monday night visit and the lightening was very dim so it was a little depressing, especially as there was no TV or background music, but I suppose that some people do like pubs this way. I did spot a sign advertising a dartboard upstairs, but I didn’t check it out as I had left my arrows at home.

The barmaid was very friendly, but there are better SS pubs in the area with cask ale.

On 8th February 2010 - rating: 6
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