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The Duke, E11

79 Nightingale Lane
E11 2EY

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Tris C left this review about The Duke

As the Duke of Edinburgh, this places dates from at least the late 19th century, but the current building looks to be a 1930s’ brewers’ Tudor replacement, empty Taylor Walker sign brackets on display and since 2014, sporting a part smoky blue exterior colour scheme, the product of trendification which, with the area’s increasing gentrification – organic wines are available – probably renders the last review from nearly 13 years ago largely redundant.
The interior is fairly conventional, with at least two fine 1930s’ fireplaces sadly unused, three-quarter height battleship grey wood panelling, then off-white to a similar ceiling, standard furniture, boarded floor with tiled bar apron, décor taking the form of a few eclectic framed prints. Customers were thirtysomething professional types, many eating come Saturday at gone 9.00pm with an overall good vibe.
There was a plethora of pump clips behind the bar from ELB, Sambrook’s, Southwark Brewing, Hardy & Hanson, Redemption, Butcombe, Wadworth, New River, et al. However, there were three unused pumps then just Landlord and ELB Foundation at £2.80 a half and good, served by a friendly barmaid.
This is a decent pub which would get a higher score with more pumps in use; it’s certainly a lot better than the Nightingale on the Green almost next door.

On 28th January 2024 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Duke Of Edinburgh

Ales on were Old Speckled Hen and Young’s Bitter, the latter at the very reasonable price of £2.60 a pint. The sign outside said that food was available, but I didn’t see any sign of it, nor any menus, during my Wednesday lunchtime visit.
This looks like an interwar pub to me, with its trademark brewer’s Tudor exterior. Inside it’s got a fairly traditional appearance, and the basic look of a neighbourhood local. It’s carpeted, with normal tables and chairs neatly spaced around the available space, and some cheap looking, but nevertheless possibly original, wood panelling. I didn’t spot any decor worth mentioning. There is, however, a spacious area to the right containing a couple of dartboards as well as a well-filled trophy case, possibly testifying to the sporting prowess of this pub’s darts enthusiasts. There were about a dozen or so customers in, including a group of blokes sitting at the bar, including one who seemed to know only one adjective, seemingly oblivious to the presence of ladies.
The best thing to say about this pub is that the beer’s cheap. Although it does have some traditional characteristics, which normally endears a pub to me, I didn’t feel that comfortable in here. I’ve nothing particularly against it, although in a very old-fashioned way I still don’t approve of swearing in front of ladies, but it’s not one to which I’ll plan a return visit.

On 1st April 2011 - rating: 4
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train man left this review about The Duke

Woodforde Wherry, Nelson Pieces of Eight, Pride, Hobgoblin, courage. Tried the first two and they were in very good condition, both £2.40. Good first impression before this with brass door panel gleaming at entrance & polished glasses shining from bar surround showing a sign of care & attention to detail. Bar is essentially a central island with all pumps to the narrow room at the front & two serving ‘hatches' to the rear, green upholstered banquette seating curves around the whole & two further rooms, almost snugs, at far end seemed to lean toward dining at lunchtime today. Well positioned plasma in front bar & huge tv in rear where walls are decorated with brewery & whisky mirrors and prints of foggy victorian London, also signed Hammers & QPR shirts in frames. Fish is prominent on food menus with 6 fishy dishes on blackboard & 6 more on ‘additional specials' board, incl fish of the week – battered hake + trimmings, £8. Other daily specials from £6 or sizzlers (eg cajun chicken or beef wi black bean sauce) £8. Slight smell of paint, so perhaps they've had a recent touch up? Solid local feel.

On 29th February 2008 - no rating submitted
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