The Duke

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236 reviews
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£25 and under
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British

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Sunday Lunch
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We're a neighbourhood pub and dining room off the high street in Wanstead; voted TimeOut's Favourite Pub for Leyton, Leytonstone and Wanstead, 2017.

Bespoke menus for special occasions, a private dining area, co-working on Tuesday mornings with free breakfast and evening events throughout the month (check the online diary).

Tuesday to Saturday - Evening Menu
Tuesday to Friday - Lunch

Tuesday : Vegetarian Night
Thursday: Steak Night
Saturday: Brunch and Lunch
Sunday: Sunday roasts and Live Music

What 236 People Are Saying
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CS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Highly recommend.

LD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A great midweek lunch at The Duke with friends. Food was very good!

L
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're not even vegetarian but absolutely loved Tuesday veggie tapas night!
our fave pub!

CR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the special on the menu tonight, it was absolutely amazing, extremely tasty, well done Chef, thank you.

N
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely evening at The Duke. Absolutely fantastic service and very good food. Love that our kids and our puppy are accommodated

s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

It took half an hour to get a steak sandwich and a cold salad. The cold salad was wrong and not as advertised. The hot sweet was also not as advertised, but that was offered as an apology so not so important.
I had to go back to the bar after 20 minutes to get the drink I had ordered. The staff did seem more interested in preparing for the next day.

I love the look of The Duke, the interior sets it apart from other venues in Wanstead and I have generally enjoyed going there. Some years back we had our daughters christening lunch for 30, which was catered for very well.

JB
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Sunday lunch and the service was personal and attentive. Would highly recommend

DI
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We were four of us for a dinner at the Duke and we were all excited. I and my fiancé moved to the area and we thought this will be our weekend local pub.

The food was inedible. I ordered lamb rump and it was very poor-quality meat. I ordered apple and rhubarb crumble for dessert. It was super sharp and soggy (no crumble ☹)
The bill surprised us all. We couldn’t believe the charges on the alcohol and cheap quality food.
The bill was as high, as a good restaurant in the West End.
We will never visit the pub again.

AA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great roast selection, brilliant to visit a pub and have table service. This has changed since the last time I visited. Service was great and quick. Yorkshire puddings were really tasty!

SY
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We both had Sunday roasts which were lovely! The roast beef was succulent and my free range chicken was beautiful. The desserts, however, were disappointing. My partner had sticky toffee/date pudding which was very bland and I had the elderflower mousse which was pretty much the same.

JK
Essex
37 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pub, great staff, great atmosphere and great food.
This was a return visit for me, but first for my friends. They will definitely return with more friends

OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch on the outdoor terrace with lovely Japanese theme. Beautiful.
Service was great. Toilets were clean. Definitely recommend!

CR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food lovely, service great, my favourite local pub

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely ambience and even better as local

GD
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy going to the Duke. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars for the food was because they'd run out of cauliflower cheese!

B
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and vibe.

WIll definitely be revisiting.

Thank you

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great roast, great atmosphere and very helpful staff

M
London
11 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

As usual the food was very good, their meat is excellent. However the service was slow, there seemed to be rather long delays waiting to order. & between finishing a course & the next one arriving. It may have been busy in the main restaurant area but as we were sitting in the bar area it was impossible to see.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Nice atmosphere and lovely staff however, they only had on vegetarian main (veggie burger) which they were out of when we went. We asked if we can have something off the brunch menu instead as there were several egg dishes and we’re told it’s only from 11-4pm (we ordered at 4:30). We understood that there is a timeframe for brunch but given that they had no other veggie mains we thought it would be nice to try and accommodate us. Overall it could have been a better experience.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great Sunday roast at the Duke - food was cooked beautifully & tasted amazing! Staff were a bit slow at clearing our table etc but otherwise they were lovely. My brother had potatoes missing from his plate & we had to ask twice for sauces but we were given a bowl of potatoes & lots of sauce to make up for it. Would definitely go again!

AB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice food, great service, but very pricey for a pub.

IT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Duke is perfect if you want to enjoy a proper Sunday roast. We enjoyed great wine and a buzzy atmosphere. Will definitely come again

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday lunch at the Duke is great! Buzzy family atmosphere, pub was full with diners. Food was lovely, good size roast, with every choice of meat. Interesting choice of starters and desserts. Staff were attentive and helpful. Had a nice Bloody Mary to start the meal too. Worth a trip!

SG
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing from every member of staff, as soon as we arrived. On a date - we were actually discussing how great the place was and what a great find it was. We were made to feel special and welcome, the staff were friendly and helpful. We were well catered for. The food was also delicious! We will definitely be coming there again. Thank you so much :-)

D
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Utterly disappointed with our family Easter Lunch.
The pub was a third full yet we waited nearly 2h with 3 children to receive our meal. Sadly when the food did arrive it was poorly cooked, and bland.
The steak was not cooked as asked for so had to go back to the kitchen
My vegan polenta roast was bland and inedible plus the brought out extra meat gravy when I’m vegan !?
The chicken was dry and bland.
The brownies hard and over cooked
The service was a mixed bag with some good staff and some that were badly trained and inexperienced.
For me the place needs to be managed much better to ensure everything thing runs as it should. There is no excuse for such bad food and service. We won’t be eating at the Duke again!

g
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food , good live music would definitely recommend it for a drink or meal.

T
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The pork belly was delicious, and the gf date pudding exceptional.
The staff are all very helpful, welcoming, efficient and polite.
It can get quite noisy in there on a busy day but adds to the atmosphere.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday lunch for Mother’s Day. Always a great meal, fantastic service and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very good lunch. We shared the smoked salmon with the poached egg and I wish we had not. It was excellent so I would have liked my "own" portion. The Cod was superb. All in all a very good lunch. The Duke was quiet .

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food. Super service and great atmosphere. I would always recommend The Duke for food or drinks.

AF
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

All very good....just don't have the linguine! Def will go back....nice food and atmosphere

GG
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb family atmosphere, great Sunday Lunch. We would definitely be back.

BN
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place good food and atmosphere.. Good price on cocktails and gin

V
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic roast at The Duke. Beef was listed as medium rare and it really was! Was eyeing up other tables starters and all of them looked amazing. Will definitely be back for Sunday dinner and food in general. Good attentive service and the live music was a bonus.

OT
London
36 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!

DF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Service started off well but then our waitress was on bar duties so we got left with no replacement found!! Understanding that everyone needs to be part of a team but left diners with no level of service!! Strange way to treat customers!!

RF
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars and love everything about the Duke. The only thing I would say is that when the rugby was put on the television was so loud we couldn't even hear each other. Had to speak loudly even to the person next to me! Might be worth telling people when they come in if that is what the plan is in the future. To be fair they did turn this down when both our table and the one next to us complained

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding we have found our regular Sunday lunch the food was delicious we waited an hour but we didn’t care the service was fabulous

n
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food and service but the music was a little bit loud.

PK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the best food in town - have never been disappointed !!!

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