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Duke Of York, Mayfair

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Came in here 2 weeks ago after a function close by.

It was a Monday night and football was on the television (Aston Villa vs Arsenal), the place was pretty empty while The Loop across the road was much busier.

I wasn’t drinking so I didn’t sample the choice of ales that were on…3 in total…though my J20’s were excellent!

I have used this pub at various times over the last 18 years and have never had a bad pint here.

Worth a visit as it’s a traditional pub and not a gastro type like many area these days.
lezford - 17 Feb 2014 11:27
A lovely little pub if you're looking for a traditional standard boozer. It would be a gem if they filled the place with some extra character (including a dart board in the cellar).
London796 - 26 Feb 2013 11:15
Very nice food decently priced and freindly bar staff. If like me needed a pint to take you away from the stresses of shopping with the mrs on oxford st defo worth a look.
yamyampublover - 1 Aug 2011 10:14
Small rather anonymoous pub a (short) block south of Oxford St.

The smallish room is dominated by a spiral staircase that leads to both the upstairs and downstairs bars. The presence of the staircase means that quite a lot of the limited seating in the ground floor bar is quite cramped. The upstairs bar which seems mostly used for eating is airy and fairly pleasant - the downstairs one is quite but basically a cave.

The gents - I don't normally comment on the toilets but.. - are reasonable but appear to be located under Dering St.

Actually the most notable thing about the pub is the splendid traditional haberdashers' - MacCulloch and Wallis - across the road. Open since 1902 the facade is probably still the same.

No compelling reason to visit this pub but if you're on Oxford St and desperate it serves a purpose.
murgatroyd - 3 Oct 2009 20:37
This is one of the better pubs withing spitting distance of Oxford Street; and, let's face it, there aren't many such pubs. Fuller's Pride, Bombadier, and Brains Bitter on draught. Pride was very quaffable.
Waitress service too: Stand outside on a summer's afternoon enjoying the view and a barmaid will bring you a beer.
What more could you ask for?
roderick_alleyn - 27 Jun 2008 15:24
Not overly impressed. The pint of Summer Lightning I ordered was off; happily exchanged for a pint of Pride that was only just drinkable. Not a good start. I didn't think that the ground floor was very comfortable with no tables and chairs and only stools on which to perch at the bar or at ledges by the windows or round the central spiral staircase. Maybe the other bars were better, but I didn't visit them. So, dodgy beer, strange layout and friendly barmaid - could be worse I suppose, but I don't expect to visit again.
RexRattus - 4 Jul 2007 10:44
I came here Saturday night (Feb 10) just before 10 with my girlfriend while debating whether to go into nearby Loop bar. I found the atmosphere here warm and relaxing. The place was not packed and we were served immediately. A Jack Daniels/coke & blue WKD came to around 5.80 I think. Hardly any female talent, but as mentioned in an earlier review, they presumably are to be found in Loop bar. Not searching for H-Files tonight anyway, given my Greenwich H-File with the girlfriend!

The spiral staircase does take up considerable space, but my girlfriend and I found seats by the window looking out on Dering Street. The decor is nondescript and there are numerous TV screens.

I imagine this pub to be a useful meeting place Friday/Saturday night if you wish to move on to the nearby Loop or Bonds bar. The place, moreover, seemed to have a degree of character about it. Shame the same character is missing in the current West Ham side, ha ha!

Searching_for_H_Files - 12 Feb 2007 11:15
The Duke of York, is a small little 'old style' boozer, as 'Chief Idiot' points out it has an unusual spiral iron staircase in the middle of the floor (taking up half the pub!) If there's 20 people in there its full up, shoulder-to-shoulder beer drinking, and you're more than likely to get some of someone else's beer, it can be difficult to pass through to the bar when its busy!
However, most visitors put off by the 'footy' on the telly, or the bar full of ardent football fans, will miss the fact the pub has 3 floors! Ok, its a small pub but there might be no-one downstairs on the pool table, and you can get 12 people around the table easily, and watch what Tv you want to see without them upstairs knowing!! Some lunch-times the micro-lounge downstairs is empty, welcome solace from the hussle & bussle of Oxford Street! You can sip a drink down there, in peace & quiet...whilst mayhem rules in the department stores and high street shops a stones throw away!! Amazing. Try it out and see!! TJ
TeeJay - 25 Jul 2006 21:51
Hated this place. Out of the four handpumps two were labelled as being cleaned and another had run out. Beer wasnt bad but had to ask for a top-up, even though the froth was a good inch below the rim of the glass. Spiral staircase in the middle of the floor took up too much space in a small pub overcrowded by football viewers. Definitely wouldnt come back here.
Chief_IDIOT - 19 Feb 2006 10:52
This is a very nice pub in central London. Food is great, Beer is always top notch and the staff is very friendly. Worth a visit for sure!!!
SisseHJ - 28 Sep 2005 17:32
Great pub! Very Friendly staff, Landlady & assistant manager are fab!, food is average pub food, but always hot & fresh. Love the place & spend a lot of time in there!
Minxy - 26 Jul 2005 14:24
Not bad. Somewhat overshadowed by the revamped Hogshead opposite. Disappointed when I last went to see tattooed skinheads burping in there, not that they were any trouble. Totty count pretty low, but then they'd either be in the Hog or, more likely, the Loop Bar.
Ruby - 21 Nov 2004 21:58
Lovely little pub on 3 storeys which we've used a couple of times for Bond St. on Monopoly crawls. Can't tell you much else, though, as it's near the end of the board....
Piers - 13 Mar 2004 14:43

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