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The Duke, E17

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112 Wood Street
E17
E17 3HX
Phone: 02085219347
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Komakino . left this review about The Duke

Little has changed from Aqua's review two years ago. (I had no idea I was setting foot in his manor!) Internally it's very much style over substance and the darkened decor asks the eye to take a moment or two to comprehend its surrounds: limited lighting is providing by dimmed electric bulbs built into the overhead fans. Lots of in-pub advertising via posters, boards at the bar and laminated signs on the tables peddling their burger menu, quiz night, range of Bloody Marys and 2-4-1 cocktails. A poor show on the beer front, with just Signature Session Brew available (description handwritten in white gel-pen on a black slate), accompanied by Lilley's Strawberry Cider on a second pump (a third was unclipped; a fourth reversed). The Signature was palatable, but as Aqua mentions below, the £4.50 I was charged for a pint seems steep for this area of London. A musical of Motown standards were enough to keep the curmudgeon in me at bay, and a young barmaid was pleasant, but it's a definite 'could do better' from me.

On 19th November 2017 - rating: 5
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Aqualung . left this review about The Duke

This place re-opened a week or so ago and now seems to be just called the Duke although the old Dukes Head gold lettering currently remains on the outside. The large single room now has bare boards and a small rug with benches around the walls, some tables and chairs and sofas. The dart board remains and there is now an old pinball table. There is still a small stage area at the front. Whoever came up with the colour scheme has been playing too many Rolling Stones records as the exterior is completely black as is the ceiling inside.
The new bar retains four hand pumps but only three were in use on my visit. These had Signature Brew Backstage IPA, Hogs Back TEA and Wild Card Jack of Clubs. I tried the Backstage (£4.10) which was cloudy but tasted reasonable and the Jack of Clubs (£4.30) which was clear but pretty rank, it had obviously been in the cellar too long. I thought the prices were ridiculously high.
It's worth a couple of points for the refurbishment but other than that I thought it was a complete joke. If they are going to charge Central London prices for real ale then the least they can do is look after it. I've lived in East London for over 40 years now and this was my first ever visit to this pub, it will almost certainly be my last despite being my second nearest pub.

On 21st August 2015 - rating: 3
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Dukes Head

A large open plan interior devoid of much furniture and just waiting for the disco/live music to start.It's a souless place,there is a darts board but thats probably just decoration.At least it has real ale with TT Landlord (decent),Hobgoblin and GK IPA

Not on my list for a revisit.

On 23rd March 2015 - rating: 4
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Aqualung .
Wood Street, 0.15 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Walthamstow Central, 0.85 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Walthamstow Queens Road, 1.07 miles, 20 min walk (show)
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19th Nov 2017, 21:43
Review submitted by Komakino . amended by Komakino .
 
15th Nov 2017, 17:23
Review submitted by Komakino . amended by Komakino .

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 13 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Darts : Yes last updated 23 March 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 20 August 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : No last updated 13 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 15 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 13 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : Yes last updated 20 August 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 15 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 15 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 15 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 November 2017 by Komakino .
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