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Seeing there are no recent reviews of this place thought I'd better add mine. Having been here all week and observed it it really is a local only pub. Each night had the same couples slanting each other at the bar in a Jeremy Kyle style, bar staff just ignore this without intervention. Rest of the locals encourage it and sit back. Really surreal place. Only positives are that the London Pride is good and the decor has been refreshed over previous comments but the carpets ate still very poor. All in all one to avoid unless you really need a beer
parksy - 10 Oct 2013 22:55
Great karaoke on Friday & Sunday nights with the usual accompanying pikeys and disturbances

Wouldn't really sit down on the furniture also but to be fair the beers are quite cheap

No lights in gents toilet or in the pub as a whole! The smoking area is nicely done out so nice the local rats seemed to have decided to move in

On a whole probaly the worst pub in acton now that's an honour in itself wouldn't you think!!!
Smooreacton - 22 Sep 2011 13:49
Very friendly pub, well worth a visit, gurt lush, proper people mind. Although there was one person from brizzle who was so not joking, he was serious.
pizzaman - 4 Mar 2011 07:38
Struggled to find this pub at first. Even the Police Community Support Officers I asked had never heard of it. I took that to be a good sign. It turned out to be a few yards from where they were standing! This is a Fullers pub with Gales Festival & HSB and London Pride. The carpeted bar is decorated with strange flowery wallpaper. There are old adverts on the wall. England flags abound, including one blocking a 10 foot high window. The clientele were also clearly football fans, supping lager and getting excitable at the TV! The barmaid wasn't going to tell me the price of my drink until I asked. She was expecting me to hand over a note without knowing the price. This is one of my pet hates in a pub, and it was the only pub where this happened to me yesterday. Comfortable enough. But I don't foresee a return visit.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Jun 2010 15:17
i am in complete agreement with lisawestlondon. well worth a visit!
yorkshirebelle - 17 Jun 2010 23:02
The duke of york acton , is a brilliant pub , outside covered area for a smoke and a chat extention with pool table darts ,st georges night was brilliant this year kareoke pie n mash the regulars are great once u get to know them make u feel very welcome,as they have done with me , some really good nights going on at this pub jaz nights ,bands, kareoke ,a great all round atmosphere in this pub fridays nights are the best ,Petes kareoke, Jim the one running it now is an excellent guvnor knows the staff and customers gets involved every one likes Jim I wouldnt wonna go any were else now .......just give the pub a chance if your go regular u will see wot a great pub it is Decors not every thing .......
I LOVE IT so do many others
lisawestlondon - 20 May 2010 17:25
Great pub, was there a couple of weeks back. There is new management now and they have live music there every now and then. Coming Saturday the 22nd of May they have Live Jazz from 8pm onwards. You may have heard of the modern jazz saxophonist Andrew Mckay and his quartet before and now he is back at the Duke. Would be great to see you there on the night. I will be there :)
housemaus - 19 May 2010 22:31
popped into the duke a few sundays ago and had a great time, it was a much friendlier place to drink than when i last visited a few months ago. ladies loos are much improved and you dont have to que for ages now. bar staff were friendly and efficient and the pub had a happy atmosphere about it.
will visit again soon.
kathysbadlisp - 17 Aug 2009 22:18
Really nice old style english pub. I was there fpr the firs time and i felt home after 5 minutes: both customers and barman were very friendly.

I really suggets this place and of course il be back there if again the area
Grapheeze - 12 Jul 2009 05:51
Iím a big fan of good old fashioned boozers so I was always going to like it in here. I found the barmaid to be very friendly and my pint of Pride was good. Old Speckled Hen was also available alongside standard lagers and some draught bitters. There are a couple of plasma screens and the pub shows Sky Sports and Setanta.

There is a dartboard around the side of the bar heading out towards the paved area out the back that has some covered and uncovered seating.

I would go back here again if in the area.
Strongers - 9 Apr 2009 07:24
Fluffy white ass? Not exactly sure what you mean and anyway if you are going to respond to my comment at least be a bit more mature about it.

Anyway no i didn't report it to anyone. If you read the post again you will see that neither customers or more importantly staff seemed to care about the racist conversation so it would have been pointless refering this to the police or indeed management!

You are obviously annoyed by my comments so i would imagine you are either a local or part of management. Either way perhaps you should take my comments a bit more serious and maybe think about becoming part of the solution as opposed to part of the problem.

There is no excuse for what i heard in the bar that day so if you are going to respond to this reply i would expect some sort of strategy from you as manager or at least agree it is wrong if you are a regular drinker there.

One last point. What makes you think i am white?

darragh - 11 Feb 2009 10:52
If Darragh feels strongly about the racism he witnessed, did he report it to police, the management...anybody?, Or did he just sit on his fluffy white ass and ignore it. I suspect the latter.

A response would be polite.
tenebris - 10 Feb 2009 03:36
Thankfully I didn't see any unpleasantness of the kind the below reviewer describes. This is a sizeable local's pub off the beaten track near Acton High Street. Despite the fact that it only had two real ales on, and the one I was served was not particularly drinkable, I nonetheless liked the pub: as another reviewer notes, it's got a very old school interior which I doubt has changed much since 1970, and had a very relaxed and friendly ambience when I was in there, with eight or ten locals dotted round the bar and the quiet hum of chatter. There was also a rather sweet little dog in evidence. I'm not sure I'd go back soon, but I hope this kind of pub continues to survive.
grecian - 6 Jan 2009 10:47
Good luck with the new management but went in there for first time recently and thought i had stumbled upon a bnp meeting. There were two guys at the bar whose racist conversation would make the kkk blush. Totally appalling and made worse by the fact neither staff nor other customers seemed phased by it.

Didn't have food so can't comment on it but the beer wasn't too good. Overall a tired old pub that has stayed in the 70's ( you had a refurb according to previous posts? if so i would sue the builders!)

wouldn't dream of returning and your cause isn't helped with those two racists propping up the bar. Good luck anyway.

darragh - 24 Nov 2008 14:27
popped in again last friday night and found it very quiet and hardly recognised anyone in there. most of the regulars were missing and i didnt like the atmosphere. kareoke was on but the singing was dreadful. not much has changed or been done to improve the decor inside and the ladies loo leaves a lot to be desired.
looks like this once good pub has had its day. there are plenty others in the area that are much better and modern.
this pubs not for me.
kathysbadlisp - 21 Jul 2008 11:29
The bar is regularly left unnattended leaving you waiting for service. The bar stools are matted with dirt and stick to the dirty carpet.If you are lucky enough to get served don't expect a smile or thankyou.

coronaz - 2 Jul 2008 15:31
Oh what a night, and I'm not talking about December '63 but April 23rd, St. George's Night at the Duke of york.

When I arrived just after the start of the second half of the uninspiring footie the pub was reasonably crowded but a little muted. However, once the football was over resident MC and maestro of the Karaoke Peter White, resplendent in his white t-shirt and red shorts, began the evenings entertainment with many punters happy to get up and give us a song or two. The evening included rowsing renditions of "Jerusalem", "Land Of Hope And Glory" and other patriotic tunes more in keeping with The Last Night At The Proms than your average local. There was also free "Pie & Mash" (with gravy or liquor) to add to the Englishness of the evening. It was without doubt another triumph for new manager Petra and her fantastic team of staff.

Just to answer 'kathysbadlisp's comments in the previous posting, as far as I'm aware, the pub is licensed to midnight every night of the week (except Sundays) so you don't get thrown out at 11.45pm and I have already mentioned the planned upgrade of the toilet facilities, promised by the owner himself, in my previous posting. It is also my understanding that the pool table is out of action and will be removed to make way for the planned new ladies toilet and the dart board has not been usable for the past 2 years at least, the area now being used to store the karaoke and disco equipment used at the weekends, which begs the question, when was 'kathysbadlisp's last visit to the Duke?
tworockslondon - 25 Apr 2008 17:29
good pub if you like getting kicked out at 11.45pm. great kareoke nites on fridays and sundays but finish far too early.
beer prices are a bit pricey compared to other pubs in the area.
good atmosphere on fri,sat,sun,but beware the pikeys.
pooltable and darts if you dont like kareoke, lovely barmaids.
a few charachters visit this pub and a good time can be had.
ladies toilets need improving.
but an enjoyable nite out nonetheless.
i will be back.
kathysbadlisp - 22 Apr 2008 21:04
The Duke of York came under new ownership last year (2007) and under new management only 2 weeks ago. The new manager is the young but very capable former bar person Petra, who along with her team of dedicated staff, has set about giving the pub a thorough spring clean and spruce up. The pub now offers home cooked food at lunchtimes and evenings provided by the new cook Lynne, who just happens to be Petra's mother. The garden is also undergoing extensive revitalisation and provides very adequate facilities for families and for smokers during inclement weather. (Note: children are welcome up to 8pm each evening) All major sporting events are shown on the large screen TVs and entertainment is provided by Peter White's excellent Karaoke on Friday and Sunday evenings and by The Best Disco In Town on Saturdays, all of which run from 8 'til late. The pub is also scheduled to have a major refurbishment over the coming months starting with improvements to the toilet facilities in the next couple of weeks. All in all this is a much improved establishment with good facilities for all the family.
tworockslondon - 22 Apr 2008 12:09
Decent enough old man pub with sky sports to catch the footie. Beer is good and fairly priced but food is a little disappointing as it is only served up till 6pm. Good atmosphere and very traditional with a nice beer garden out the back.
abacus3 - 31 Jan 2006 11:49
Happy days are here again at the D of Y, after a slightly subdued patch of a few years. Might it even return to the rip-roaring era of Richard and Stephanie Sell, long retired to the south coast? They'd fix you sausage and convincingly lumpy mash shortly before closing time, as long as you could successfully negotiate your order through Maggie, the delightful but feisty barmaid. No Thai restaurateurs they. Karaoke and quizzes were never my cup of tea, so thank goodness for the conservatory-extension on the west side. Not sure if Tony, the fat controller, and chums still meet there for talk of astronomy and working for the BBC, but two faces from the old days were familiar and even recognised me. Modest, paved beer-garden rings to peals of Aussie laughter in summer. Situated on a kind of traffic-island created by road-diversions, next to a plant-hire depot, the countryside isn't worth looking out at. More real ale would be nice, and food in the evenings, like old times.
pauldanon - 10 Aug 2005 14:41
Lovely family run pub. Nice atmosphere, Karaoke is great on a Thursday, watch out for Calvin, great karaoke singer in there sometimes. Great drink, and food aswell. Also good live music over the weekend.
phoenixashes - 6 Jun 2005 01:01
this is a nice old fashioned pub. friendly inside and you could imagine the blitz here. its great (once in a while).
stoichkov - 12 Jul 2004 14:56
nice pub, 2 for 1 deals on bottled beers on tuesday, including those fruity belgian ones. but once a bird shat on my head in the beer garden...
anonymous - 23 Feb 2004 17:21
have just put up Christmas decorations and it's great, feels like you have just walked in to Narnia......
anonymous - 11 Dec 2003 14:04
very nice in the summer, beer garden could be cleaner
anonymous - 15 Oct 2003 15:28
pool / darts / proper friendly locals / excellent staff /crap telly /decent sit down food are /
beer garden/ unpretencious in the extreme .
maz - 15 Oct 2003 11:29

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