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Duke

(formerly Duke of York)

7 Roger Street
Bloomsbury
London
WC1N 2PB

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - 11.00 pm
SaturdayMidday - 11.00 pm
Sundayclosed

Meal Times

12 - 3, 6 - 10
closed Sun

Owner

Star (Heineken UK)

About the Pub

A CAMRA Heritage Pub for its outstanding interior; Art Deco features date from 1938, a part of an office and flat development with characteristic detailing and metal windows, what many inter-war pubs looked like before modern changes. The John's Mews entrance leads into a small wood-panelled lounge, used primarily as a dining area, whilst the corner entrance leads you into a larger bar decorated with artwork, but no longer with original lino flooring. The back room features a number of original private booths and there are two in the front bar added more recently. Now calls itself under the abbreviated Duke but (of York) features still on the pub sign. In nearby Doughty Street can be found the Charles Dickens Museum, the author's only surviving London home. Other examples of beers sold - Redemption Hopspur, Windsor & Eton Windsor Knot.

Historic Interest

Grade II listing:- designed in 1937 by Denis Edmund Harrington and completed by 1938. Minor later alterations. The PUBLIC HOUSE has a strong period character and it is very likely that most of its fabric is original. A basic floor plan of the pub interior was published as part of the architects' designs for the building and shows the two main rooms, labelled 'Saloon Bar' (now the restaurant) and 'Public Bar' (now the main bar), with a small 'Private Bar' partitioned off from the public bar in between the two. A door now closed off by the booths in the main bar indicates where this private bar was originally located. The bar counter in the basic plan curves sinously in the main bar, and differs from the current arrangement. It is not unlikely that that the inclusion of a bar counter in the plan was intended to give an indication of the room's function, however, rather than being a detailed design. Indeed, the fabric evidence in the public house suggests a different arrangement was created when the pub was fitted out, perhaps under the direction of the first landlord. The jazzy pink, white and black-patterned lino is in a design and condition that suggests it is original to the building. The lino follows the profile of the current bar counter in both rooms, suggesting it too is original. The joinery of the bar counter and bar front in both parts of the pub is also consistent with a 1930s date. Booths and panelling in the saloon bar are likely to be original too: they are in a design of the period (stained timber with darker raised bands) and form a coherent ensemble that appears purpose-fitted in this room. One partition has a fluted glass transom, another convincing period detail. The saloon bar also has an original fireplace, shown on the architects' plan, with a brick surround and timber mantelpiece. The booths in the public bar are known to be late-C20 sympathetic additions, but the panelling here matches that in the saloon bar and so may be original. The fabric evidence of the interior strongly suggests the current fixtures and fittings are original to the building.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Black Sheep Best Bitter
  • Sharp's Doom Bar
  • Whitstable East India Pale Ale

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Source: National

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Duke, London

Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited
  • RealHeritagePub Heritage Pub

    Regionally Important Historic Interior

Facilities

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden

    Street-side tables.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Downstairs room can be hired.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Board Games.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Smoking Smoking Area

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Duke

7 Roger Street
Bloomsbury
London
WC1N 2PB

Sat Nav Reference

51.5227, -0.1165

Transport

  • <Station Close to Railway Station
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Station (900m)

Farringdon

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (550m)

Russell Square

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