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user reviews of the Iron Duke, Victoria station

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Now renamed and refurbished - and the most expensive in the Victoria area.

For example, a double Smirnoff (50ml) with a splash of coke is £7+. The same drink, at Wetherspoons - a few yards away - is nearly £4 cheaper!

Just trying to take advantage of busy commuters and tourists. Avoid.
randolf7 - 4 Mar 2015 10:13
The drink is fine.

The music is WAAY TOO LOUD! It's 17.30 in the evening i am waiting for a train. I do not need nightclub levels of noise.

Call me a boring old fart if you like but looking around here a cosiderable amount of the clientele could join me.

Let me hear myself think! please
CMaryB - 3 Oct 2014 17:37
I actually found the ale very drinkabkle in here.As the poster below said,its a station pub,so used only for convenience.but i really didnt think it was that bad
tottenhamsean - 2 Jun 2014 15:27
A station pub in the largest one in the UK - what do people expect?

Try the Shakespeare across the road. Its a lot dearer and an awful lot worse!
mandraker - 28 May 2014 23:07
Rubbish pub. Watery beer, rude staff who don't show you the bill before swiping your debit card, and have to be begged for a receipt (which never came!). Swerve this one at all costs.
lise7176 - 28 May 2014 22:37
Utter crap. Don't bother, just walk past.
Widgeridoo - 3 Feb 2013 16:02
Ordered a pint of Guinness. Head was too big. So member of bar staff topped the pint up with water. 4.20. Wouldn't go there again if I was on the verge of death from dehydration.
drinklessinpimlico - 19 Jun 2012 20:45
Makes a song and dance outside on its a board about the value for money you get on certain lagers. Isnt til you tatse them that you realise why.
Had a truly awful pint of Heineken and was so bad that I left half of it despite having ample time for my train.
Great to have aggressive pricing folks but only if the product is at an acceptable standard....
usererr0r - 1 Apr 2011 19:47
Rubbish pub. Over-priced, poor selection of beers and rude staff. Have to be a first class safe cracker to get into the toilets.
alcohol1c_anonymous - 11 Mar 2011 14:11
Obviously crap, a place you rush a drink down surrounded by drunks and teenagers stealing tables to eat McDonalds............junk.
adamwalsh - 9 Jan 2011 20:40
Station pub , if you need a drink and desparate fair enough! You need to crack a combination safe to use the loo though better pubs a short walk accross the road try the "Stage Door" pub.

poor !
steviewonder - 18 Nov 2009 13:15
The Pride was OK on my fleeting visit here and Youngs Ordinary and Bass were also available alongside a selection of standard lagers. There is a plasma screen in the downstairs bar and another on the wall in the upstairs seating section and both were showing the Sky Sports news feed which was muted.

The barman was pleasant enough and this station pub has access to some outside seating which means that you can have a cigarette.

This place is OK for a pint if there is not enough time to leave the station.
Strongers - 26 May 2009 11:24
Left full drinks at table for 30 seconds, which was enough for the bar staff to swoop and grab everything including all my papers. The Beer Nazi, ie, the manager, is the most aggressive, unpleasant person I have ever encountered. Customer service is not on the menu. Avoid at all costs.
scotsman75 - 19 May 2009 20:22
I vary between this one and Weatherspoons with the view and cheaper prices - but mostly here for the train wait pint. Not nice in any way, but gloomy - which gives some character, and with entrances from street and staion, so the people flow and hurlyburly is part of this place at rush hours - staion pubs should be. dont'cha think? London Pride on here, couple of TVs on news channel. City & commuter life all around.
gonetolunch - 5 Apr 2009 09:24
Plastic station pub with transient eastern Europen bar staff that ask you if you want crisps or peanuts every time you order beer. You need a code for the toilets, which causes great theatre watching people who haven't got the code trying to get in - well I supopose it's cheaper than 30p per slash at the station toilets.
Useful only for a sodit-I've-missed-the-train quick half, but if you want proper beer you're probably better off going to Wetherspoons. This place has a door to the outside so you can dive out for a fag if you need.
Impossible to recommend, use only as a quick in and out

lobster56 - 25 Mar 2009 22:53
Typical station pub. But does what it's there for which is really for anyone wanting a quick drink before getting train. Staff were friendly and offered good service.
nobbythesheep - 2 Nov 2008 14:39
I would advise crossing the road for the stage door, unless you are pushed for time then its ok for a quick pint.
Womble - 19 Mar 2008 09:08
Absolutely no reason to drink here unless you need a pint badly and it's only a few minutes before your train leaves. The last pint I had there was more or less undrinkable, but I drank it anyway...
Not recommended.
earlydrinker - 29 Apr 2007 22:36
Typically awful station 'pub'. Only redeeming feature - less crowded than Wetherspoons (but less choice and much more expensive).
rpadam - 17 Jan 2007 22:20
since the demise of the mighty Reef I've been carefully weighing up the remaining Toria station contenders... it's come down to this baby and the Mash Tun on the other concourse.. was in Sunday night afore going to the Fratellis gig (ooh look at me.. it was brilliant if anyone cares) and had a pleasant enough 2/3 pints. neither of the barstaff would have won mastermind but that's to be expected i guess. one of em poured my first pint, taking his eye off me for only a second, and promptly handed it to the only other geezer at the bar... who was a good 5 yards away and looked nothing whatsoever like me! made me laugh. dunno how the other punter felt
steveo500 - 7 Nov 2006 13:14
Was in on Saturday night for one drink before going to theatre, sat upstairs which was clean enough and staff were friendly, but the toilets have security codes ... says it all really. Typical station boozer.
anonymous - 16 Oct 2006 11:27
I popped in here a couple of times when working in the area a few years back and my last visit was earlier this year. Unlike some other station pubs, at least The Iron Duke has a traditional feel to it and is fairly comfortable inside. However, that is where the positive differences end. Like many of the others, its prices border on the ridiculous. I seem to recall paying something ludicrous like 3.30 for a bottle of Grolsch. Its okay here, but with a cheap and cheerful Spoons situated almost opposite, I dont know if youd want to bother.
HTM69 - 5 Oct 2006 16:05
Expensive, a bit soulless and given there's a Spoons across the concourse if I were going for a quick drink at Victoria station I know which one I'd choose. Inoffensive, and right next to McBastards for some "sustenance" if you're hanging around the area, but not the best place you could choose to go for a beer in the vicinity of Victoria.
man_of_kent - 10 Jul 2006 21:53
The Reef Bar is cleaner, nicer and the beer is better. However, I guess this place serves to a specific clientele - but it could 'try' harder.

Best avoided unless your desperate and like the tramps - who tend to frequent the bar (given its on the Station concourse).
FattusBlokus - 5 Feb 2006 11:20
I use this most nights for a quick one before the commute home. What is there to say? It's a station pub that expects its customers to have just the one and then go, so it doesn't go out of it's way to be anything special. To be fair, the staff work hard, even on a busy night you will not be kept waiting.
cackgsy - 1 Aug 2005 16:58
Used to know this place as Coopers and had a few in there but that was in pre-Reef days. Now there's simply no point going in here.. do yourself a favour and nip over to the other concourse and join the Reef party
shw500 - 30 Mar 2005 09:41
This baby rocks. Just what you need to drag you up from a 1 to as much as a 3.5.
tanderson7 - 30 Mar 2005 09:35

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