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Dog & Duck, N21

74 Hopper's Road
Winchmore Hill
N21
N21 3LH
Phone: 02088861987
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Dog & Duck

This is a compact, traditional local's boozer down a side street around five or so minutes walk from Palmers Green station. You enter via a fine porch that has retained a lot of excellent etched glasswork, including an impressive 'Public Bar' pane. You emerge into a smart, carpeted room with a fresh feel to it thanks to some nicely painted walls which suggest a tasteful recent refurbishment that has avoided tarnishing the pub's character. The servery is along the left hand wall and has a simple dark wood counter, tidy wood panelled canopy and a very impressive etched glass bar back which is arguably the pub's stand out feature. Chairs and low stools serve small round tables under some modern etched glass front windows, whilst down the right hand wall, some sturdy deep benches with more low stools extend almost to the rear, supplanted by some regular tables and chairs to the back of the room, around a pleasant fireplace. The decor is marred a little by some of that dreadful bookcase-effect wallpaper, but this has thankfully been used sparingly, as it threatens to spoil what is otherwise a well presented room, enhanced by nice old black and white photos and portraits of various famous Irish playwrights and poets. Some visitors may be put off by three large TV screens which were showing a mixture of rugby and golf on my visit, with the commentary on, but this was clearly well suited to the almost entirely male clientele, whose general chatter easily drowned out the audio. To the rear, there is a very colourful rear garden, which i can imagine would be a nice place to relax in the summer months and there were plenty of fresh flowers dotted around the pub too, adding a dash of colour and fragrance.
The bar was manned by a very friendly barmaid and a proper old-school landlord in shirt and tie, who popped over to say hello to me and seemed to have a great rapport with his locals. He had three ales available from four handpulls - Youngs Ordinary, Greene King IPA and Taylor Landlord. My pint of Landlord was spot-on and although the majority of punters seemed to be on the lager, there was still a fair bit of throughput on the handpulls, which is always an encouraging sign.
I really liked this place, which felt like the sort of proper pub it's increasing hard to find these days. The pub clearly won't suit everyone - it's a very male-led environment with an emphasis on sports, but as a male who enjoys sports, this wasn't an issue for me and I felt very comfortable here, chatting to the locals and enjoying some well kept beer.

On 13th January 2019 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Dog & Duck

This is a good traditional boozer that hasn't lost any of it's charm. The layout consisted of the bar over on the left hand side, with a row of green velour bench seating with low tables and chairs along the opposite wall. There was also a snug like seating area at the rear of the pub, just enough room for about four people, to have a drink and a chat. The local after work drinkers tended to congregate around the top of the bar in front of the wall mounted TV. Four pumps with three on, TT Landlord, Youngs Bitter and GK IPA. We all went for the Youngs, which was decent enough. The local drinkers were all friendly and welcoming. This was mostly a blokes pub in my opinion.

On 7th November 2018 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Dog & Duck

This is a fairly simple single-room pub, but at some stage it must have had two rooms. The only doorway in use now is on the right, unusually with two doors, both with what looks like original Victorian glazing - one to the Saloon Bar and the other to the Saloon. Possibly one had been re-sited from the unused doorway on the left? There's little inside of any heritage value, but I did spot a couple of glazed panels in the bar back that looked to be of Victorian vintage.

This is another comfortable carpeted pub with no tall tables/tall stools - just a bit banquette seating plus normal tables and chairs. There was a gas (imitation coal) fire alight, which was welcome on a cold day. We could see a garden at the back but the weather wasn't really appropriate for sitting outside (unless you're a smoker, when I guess the need for nicotine trumps a bit of personal discomfort).

There were four ales on in here - GK IPA; Timothy Taylor Landlord; Young's Bitter; and Wells' A Good Stuffing. Three pint of landlord, and one of the Wells came to £16, so average £4 a pint. They didn't do food on the Wednesday lunchtime we were in.

This is another decent little pub in this area. I preferred the Orange Tree, but this one is in the same general area of ranking.

On 8th January 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Winchmore Hill, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Palmers Green, 0.77 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Grange Park, 1.48 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Dog & Duck, N21
13th Jan 2019, 12:18
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
7th Nov 2018, 18:17
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray

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  • WiFi : Yes last updated 13 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
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