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Dog and Duck, Winchmore Hill

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First pub of the day and my first every visit to Winchmore Hill. This pub is located in a side street. There was some decorating work in progress on our visit. But they were happy to let us in just before midday on Saturday. The single bar seemed nice. But we were tempted by the rear garden. Ales were fairly standard - Greene King IPA, Youngs Bitter & Timothy Taylor Landlord. Looks like they normally have Pride. But this was off on this occasion. I went for the Stowford Press. My fellow drinker enjoyed his Landlord. One other drinker had arrived by the time we left. Ok. But would be nice to have a different ale on.
blue_scrumpy - 31 Aug 2015 13:47
3rd pub to tick and after a short walk down Green Lanes & along Woodbury Avenue I'm at the Dog and Duck.

This Irish owned pub appears in both the 2014 and 2105 GBG's.

Small one bar pub with an emphasise on sport as one side of the bar is adorned with various trophies. I didn't take a closer look so I cannot comment on what they are for. Lots of golf pictures on the wall and posters advertising sport on television.

4 pumps serving GK IPA, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Fullers London Pride and Young's Bitter. My drop of Landlord was very good.

Walled beer garden and smoking area to the rear.

Another very nice old fashioned pub that appears to serve the local community well and another tick for me.

lezford - 29 Dec 2014 16:23
Superbly looked-after ales (Timmy Taylor) and of course Guinness. Old school Irish boozer - no food and no women and no discernable closing time.
FranklyspeakingMarc - 25 Jul 2011 22:45
one of those pubs I always forget about due to not living locally, but looks good and might combine with a visit to the Orange Tree which isn't too far away one of these days. Both pubs look to be in good order with decent beers.
mally_drinker - 29 Dec 2010 13:31
The Dog & duck is one of those increasingly rare things these days, a locals pub, a friendly pub, a traditional pub all combined within a London suburban environment. Its as close as you are likely to get to being in a country pub in a city. Better still you get a devoted manager who takes not only his job seriously but links it to sustaining the immeasurable value that atmosphere has to the pubs success. Small pubs like this are usually the first to be considered unsustainable but you see here how the right approach and friendly dedicated staff who rarely seem to change can bet the odds and show the way for others. The beer is always good, the screens, even when showing various sports not too obtrusive, the garden a delight on a summer's afternoon and a wonderful round of sandwiches on a Saturday just adds the cherry to a great pub experience. There is nothing quite like it in the area.
spyinthesky - 11 Nov 2009 13:48
Visited again yesterday lunchtime with no1 Son who was treating me to a fathers day pint.
The Hopback Summer lightning was top notch and a good job they do not do food on Sundays or that would have been me in for the rest of the day.
Gann - 22 Jun 2009 11:57
This is a great pub with friendly clientele and even friendlier staff. The Landlord was very good and Summer Lightening and Greene King IPA were also available although the 6X was off.

There are a couple of plasma screens for the Sky and Setanta and there is also a projector screen over the front window that was rolled up during my visit.

Out the back is located a very nice beer garden that will be great during the summer months.

This place is exactly how a back street boozer should be and long may it remain so.
Strongers - 27 May 2009 12:20
Gann, parking is not normally as bad as you seem to have experienced - it's a good local, well kept ales and the guvnor Don "Donnacha" is one of the best.
senny - 23 Dec 2008 17:54
Wonderful back street local boozer for local people. (local, because you have to walk to it as there's no chance of parking anywhere near it in its residential setting of Hoppers road. )
One bar pub with a nice beer garden out the back, which has now found a new lease of life post smoking ban.
I stopped going here because for a non-smoker I used to find the pub got too foggy due to its small size.
But now there's nothing to stop the enjoyment of the excellently kept ales, which on this evening were Timothy Taylor's landlord, Green King IPA, and Wadsworth 6X.
A small piece of heaven in N21...
Gann - 22 Dec 2008 10:17
Lovely little place, nice pint, friendly staff. Good starting pub for a fri or sat nite before go setting off for a more serious session. Been here during the week and enjoyed the place. Would def visit with in laws etc.
guinnesshead - 2 Dec 2008 11:39
Went there to watch the recent Arsenal vs Spurs game. Great atmosphere and banter, without a sniff of trouble. At half time, the Landlord handed around 4 large platters of sandwiches which were eagerly hoovered up.

Bar Staff are brilliant and serve upto 4 people at a time. Even when busy, you don't have to wait for ages to get a drink.

All in all, this pub is a real pleasure and run the way all pubs should be, with pride and passion. Thank you very much for a most enjoyable afternoon, even if Spurs did get hammered! Brilliant stuff, keep it up.
beer_monster_66 - 11 Dec 2006 18:04
Great local boozer. Well kept ale and friendly staff.
insekt - 28 Nov 2006 02:18
Bloody awesome, just don't let on to too many other folk!

A proper pub, the way it should be. Only downside is it is dead easy to get too comfortbale and waste a weekend there.

Wish more pubs were like this!!!!!
beer_monster_66 - 1 Nov 2006 13:10
I'm an Aussie. I lived a few streets away from the Dog and Duck in 1977. It was my local, and was an outstanding pub way back then. So friendly and cosy. I returned in 1999 and 2001 and found little has changed - which is great. no doubt, five years further on, it is just as friendly a place. We used to wash our clothes in the nearby laundromat, then duck into the duck for a pint. Usually, our clothes were very clean !!
pauldogs - 3 Aug 2006 15:23
A superb pub with an excellent beer garden. The beer is well kept and the place very friendly. Located just a bit off the beaten track which probably explains the 'local' feel. Well worth going to if you're in the area and on the lookout for a good ale in a friendly atmosphere.
MonkeyHanger1968 - 21 Apr 2006 18:35
The only pub for miles showing the Lions game. Opened at 7.30 am Sat morning. Complimentary tea/coffee and sausage and bacon sandwiches. My first time in and was made very welcome.

It's amazing how much Guiness you can drink at that time of day if you really put your mind to it. . .

Fantastic pub.
minezarf - 1 Jul 2005 15:23
Probably the best pint of Guiness outside of Ireland. The "Best" bitter is also fantastic. Small but cosy beer garden which is a Godsend on warm nights.
The D&D is a 1st class local pub that seems to attract the 30 - 50 yrs range. No lager-louts here, Donnacha just wouldn't allow it!
Alfie - 6 Sep 2004 13:47
A great local pub, an excellent landlord ,good drinking atmosphere with stunning barmaids.Does good ale and an excellent pint of Guinness. No bubbles at all. It is dfinitely worth a visit.
Seamus - 11 Aug 2004 13:07
Donnacha is one sound bar manager. The best staff ever especially on thursday and sunday.Good alcohol, lovely Guiness does this man brew or something. Brilliant
a regular of the great D&D - 12 Jun 2004 20:17
classic local back-street boozer, couple of ales, proper pub atmosphere, landlord who gives a shit . very nice beer-garden, worth a visit .
dan - 19 May 2004 12:07

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