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The Duke Inn, Sutton Coldfield

Pub added by Clive Thompson
12 Duke Street
Sutton Coldfield
B72 1RJ

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Star Pubs & Bars (Heineken)

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Delboy 20 left this review about The Duke Inn

Nice little back street boozer just off the main road. Wye Valley HPA, Rev James, 61 Deep and Abbotts on offer when I called in. The HPA was fine. Worth a visit.

On 20th October 2019 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Duke Inn

Proper, old-fashioned (in a good way) side-street pub with a plainly decorated 'L'-shaped bar at the front and some old etched glass in the door indicating the Smoke Room at the back (which is more comfortable, and has a traditional corridor serving hatch). Four of five handpumps in use when I visited, offering Marston's 61 Deep, HPA (£3.50), Rev James and Abbot.

On 27th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Gill Smith left this review about The Duke Inn

This bar is in a side street just off Birmingham Road and is a friendly pub that is in the 2018 Good Beer Guide. There are 2 rooms, the bar area to the right, and a lounge area with serving hatch to the bar. The lounge leads out to a fantastic large grassy garden with lots of wooden tables with bench seats. Children are allowed in the garden area. There were 5 beers on, 4 standard regular beers from Brains, Young, Greene King and Caledonian. The guest was from Burton Bridge, Stairway to Heaven which was fine. A fiendly community local.

On 20th April 2018 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Duke Inn

The pub retains the two room format, the main room is marked on the door as the Bar, this is an L-shaped space part boarded then carpeted around the corner. Wood panelled walls, painted cream along one side, there is also a boarded stained ceiling over the bar. The bar back looks rather modern although some effort has been made to make it looked carved and traditional, on the walls there is a map of the county, a chalk board with information and a daily riddle (a new pub feature for me) plus there is a dartboard. The TV was showing the horse racing with the volume on.
The smaller squareish shaped side room is the Smoke Room, a quieter spot with a rack of newspapers and a proper fire. There is a garden to the rear.
The pub's website gives some information on the history of the pub which is one of the oldest in town, check Google for more information.
Seating is reassuringly traditional with a bench and small round tables in front of the bar.
Five on, unfortunately not the most adventurous of line-ups, Young's Bitter, Brain's Rev James, Abbot, Deucher's IPA and Robinson's Dizzy Blonde. The beer was in good shape however.
Not sure whether they do food, no signs at around 2.45pm on Saturday.
A decent and traditional pub with friendly service from an attentive landlady, a more eclectic beer range would make this a very good pub indeed.

On 19th November 2017 - rating: 7
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General Staal left this review about The Duke Inn

Soupy's review is very accurate. The Ruddles, Deuchars and Abbots are standard here with one guest. The Theakson's Mild is a bestseller. I really like this pub. It is very blokey with not a lot of women being in there when I call in. It seems to be the haunt of golfers and tennis players. But its very friendly and down to earth with quality ales. These are pretty expensive though. It seems the Duke is renowned for being pricey, but always seems to maintain its clientele. It does not serve hot food but does a mean crusty cob at lunchtime.

On 8th June 2010 - rating: 8
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Soup Dragon left this review about The Duke Inn

An end terraced half cream and half red traditional pub, with beer garden.

The interior had two rooms. The lounge is in yellow and green, while the bar is in red, white and wood panel. The bar, where i sat, has a fireplace, etched windows, TV and prints and pictures on the walls, with horses and dogs featuring a fair bit. The service was fine and it was busy with a mixed clientele, as lets face it, it is the closest you will get to a traditional pub in Sutton town centre.

Beer; tap stuff, with Theakston's MILD. On the handpull side there were Deuchars IPA, Ruddles, Abbots, Bombardier (so quite a general choice), but there was a decent pint of Caledonian MILD mayhem as a guest.

Popped in this pub a few times over the years. It is the best place in Sutton for the traditional ale drinker, i would say.

On 3rd June 2010 - no rating submitted
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Clive Thompson left this review about The Duke Inn

This is a proper old school drinkers pub. The sort of place where 'everyone knows your name' but is not unfriendly to the casual visitor. It has a nice community feel to it as well with a notice board showing local sporting fixtures and charitable activities. There is a small three sided bar with one side seemingly facing into a corridor with a few snob screens. Three hand pumps I think and I had a decent pint of Deuchars.

On 13th December 2008 - rating: 6
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