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The Duke of Wellington, Notting Hill, W11

179 Portobello Road
W11 2ED
Phone: 02077276727
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Tris C left this review about The Duke Of Wellington

Indeed once an H. H. Finch pub as evinced by the attractive interior clock, acquired by Young's in 1991. This pub has undoubtedly been renovated since the earliest reviews and my last visit around 2011. The interior seems to retain some original features in the form of some partitions with etched glass but marred by the presence of some bare brick to the rear; the paint is a less than appealing green/blue colour to the woodwork which was probably once brown lacquered and all the better for it. The floor is bare boarded and the ceiling may be Lincrusta and there's also a rather tedious tubular steel gantry above the bar.
Ales: the usual Young's line-up with my half of Special being typically anything but.
Not a pub to avoid though certainly nothing that warrants a special visit, but the awful Portobello Road location acts as a disincentive.

On 13th October 2018 - rating: 4
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Duke Of Wellington

Yes this is now quite a smart pub with more than a passing focus on food with the Finches dining room (named after a one Henry Hobson Finch, local owner of pubs who bought this one in 1890).
A fairly pleasant blue and white colour scheme is utilised both externally and internally to the pub. The main wooden floored bar room that you enter into has a central wood panelled bar that supports two banks of four hand pumps on each side. As mentioned below these dispense four Youngs brews which were Bitter, Special, Winter Warmer and something badged as Duke’s Christmas Ale, which was no doubt something from the Charles Wells stable. And then on the front and side of the bar is banks of Keg taps which, as also mentioned below was providing a decent choice of modern keg options with what looked like a focus on Meantime and Camden beers.
The Blue and white colour scheme with bare boarded floor is then carried on in the aforementioned Finches dining room at the back, which more resembles a country kitchen you might find in a garden centre than a restaurant room on the Portabello road. But it was full for my lunchtime visit and the bar area was quite lively as well.
I totally concur with the previous review that this is now a very pleasant pub and, although not one you would bother going out of your way for, certainly decent enough when you’ve had enough of looking at all the tat on the stalls and in the shops on Portabello road.

On 30th December 2016 - rating: 6
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Moby Duck left this review about The Duke Of Wellington

As Hondo below suspects this pub has a new lease of life if previous reviews are to be believed. From the outside it has the appearance of a traditional pub.There is no doubt given its location it is a tourist pub, once inside we find a slightly more modern approach , the colour scheme is sea green and buff, it is basically open plan inside with a raised level toward the rear that I take to be the restaurant area.Four hand pumps for cask ale were all on ,this being a Youngs pub the beers were predictable,Youngs Bitter,Youngs Special,Youngs Pale Ale, my choice and Wells and Youngs Bombadier,despite my resevations my beer wasn't at all bad.A range of craft beers were also available, strongly featuring Meantime beers amongst other offerings. A pleasant enough visit early on a sunny bank holiday Monday but this is not a destination pub, worth dropping in for a quick one if passing though.

On 21st April 2014 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Shepherds Bush, 1.17 miles, 22 min walk (show)
London Paddington, 1.45 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Kensington (Olympia), 1.48 miles, 28 min walk (show)
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 05 July 2011 by hondo .
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