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Duke of York, SW1

134 Victoria Street
SW1
SW1E 5LA

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Quinno _ left this review about Duke of York

A brand new(!) Sam’s, risen from the ashes of a closed pub in a large site that spent years being redeveloped. As mentioned below, the interior is late Victorian/Edwardian in its style with the usual Sam’s themes of etched glass windows, old style fittings, dark wood panelling etc (though my companion commented that a bit of the bar panelling looked a little on the cheaper side – “like a 1950’s estate pub!”). Noticeable that there’s an assumption of mainly vertical drinking in here with not too much in the way of seating and plenty of empty space on the pretty flooring which surrounds an island bar, though the rear area is a bit more intimate with more seating. Apparently there’s also an upstairs bar though we saw no indication of it. Cask OBB available here (NBSS 3.5) and a decent lunchtime crowd. It’s a solid addition to Humph’s estate although it won’t get the pulse racing compared to some of the other Sam’s London outlets.

On 11th February 2020 - rating: 7
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Graham Coombs left this review about Duke of York

Finally reopened after years of closure due to major local redevelopment, this pub has been fully restored to an Edwardian style, with lots of dark woodwork and old-fashioned fittings including lamps and some splendid etched glass work. There can't be many pubs in central London boasting 'Public Bar' on the door and more or less meaning it. The front bar is definitely drinking territory, while the area round behind is tabled. An upstairs bar and dining room is also signed (not visited). Quite significantly, it is now a Sam Smith's house, heavily promoting their bottled range and with Stingo joining OBB on handpump, albeit at an eye-watering £3.70 a half. Note also that the ban on mobile devices is waived for those paying with them! A welcome return of a proper pub to the area, which will no doubt appeal to the tourists.

On 5th December 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Duke Of York

Fairly ordinary central London pub, with typical Taylor Walker furniture, menus, etc. The layout of the 'J'-shaped bar is enhanced slightly by having some small screens along two sides. The patterned dark-red ceiling is supported by three metal columns, one curiously much more slender than the other two. Four handpumps usually offering Pride (£3.85), Bombardier, Greene King IPA and something else (such as Broadside on my last visit). Larger 'L'-shaped space at first-floor level, with a comfortable lounge area near the stairs and a dining room room beyond, separated by a small bar with two handpumps (duplicating one or two of those available in the main bar, when on). Nothing particularly wrong with it, and I could do without the loud music downstairs, but now that I have discovered the lounge I will add a point to my rating.

On 16th June 2012 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about Duke Of York

Pubs around major railway termini are generally little more than places to cater for a transient customer base and therefore tend not to go to any great lengths to offer anythinmg beyond the basic necessities. The Duke of York, a couple of carriage lengths from Victoria station, falls largely into this territory, a typically bland pub with a standard pub by numbers L-shaped interior and dull beer selections. As ales go, Greene King IPA, Abbot, Speckled Hen and Youngs Ordinary don’t, for me at least, fully justify the “Purveyers of Celebrated Beers, Wines and Spirits” sign emblazoned across the front of the pub. Everything is quite ordinary and bog standard.

The pub actually looks better from the outside with its traditional facade, foral displays, ornate wooden corbels and curved vindows, especially near the entrance to the upstairs restaurant. It can get heavingly busy during rush hour and pre-theatre (The Palace and Apollo Theatres are close to hand) and it should be noted that there are no TV's. Music is played at a barely audible level so you generally just get a rabble of tourist and office group voices shouting over each other which can be a bit of a din to say the least.

Overall there is nothing to put one off having a quick pint although the dot matrix behind the bar warning of the theft of vauables should be taken seriously - the proximity of the station means that they probably do get more than their fair share of chancers able to make a quick getaway among the commuter crowds. It is very much a does as it says on the tin kind of place and doesn’t really fulfil its potential. It’s certainly not really somewhere worth the effort of going out of the way for.

On 23rd December 2010 - rating: 5
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Steve C left this review about Duke Of York

I found the barman in here to be very friendly and I had a decent pint of Pride. Old Speckled Hen, Greene King IPA and Bombardier were also available alongside a premium and standard draught range. My visit was late on a Thursday night so most of the crowd were pretty plastered, but there was still a relaxed atmosphere. A German speaking woman tried to give me her purse to go up to the bar to buy a drink as she couldn’t stand up, but I politely declined the offer and disappeared to the other side of the pub. I think that the transient nature of this pub due to its location allow people to let their hair down as they’re unlikely to bump into any they meet here again.

I would pop back in here again if in the area.

On 25th March 2009 - rating: 6
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Philip Carter left this review about Duke Of York

Very comfortable pub. Sells real ale. Has a non smoking seating area upstairs. Sells food all day. Very handy for the theatre next door.

On 1st April 2007 - rating: 8
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