Duke of York, St. John's Wood
Half restaurant, half-pub, the Duke of York is exactly the kind of place you'd expect in salubrious St. John's Wood. Tastefully stripped-out, a smattering of the Eastern-style decorations from before a refurbishment are still present; we particularly liked the metal filigree panels over the windows. There's a discreet restaurant section, separated from by the main area by a curtained doorway and the back of the pub had tablecloths and cutlery, indicating some kind of unspoken eating area rule. The food looked good, but tagged at the not unexpected NW8 prices, we gave it a miss. Consequently we sat at the front - the only bona fide drinking area, watching a mix of locals go about their lives. It was if nothing else representative of the area to see two made-up young ladies flicking through the Sunday tabloids to see if they or their friends had featured in the gossip sections that week.
02 Apr 2013
Had the worst experience last night I have ever had in a pub. Arrived with two friends at 8:30 - no proper beer, just IPA on keg at almost £4 a pop. After getting our second round in, they decided to just close the pub, came round and took the candle off the table, put all the chairs on the tables around us and switched all the lights up to max. How unwanted and unwelcome can you make guests feel? Would customers be treated that rudely in any other country. Probably not. This has to be the worst idea of customer service I have ever encountered and I certainly will not go near this pub again until and unless it changes hands. A snazzy website, blaring musak and a candle does not constitute ambience or customer service.
2 St. Ann's Terrace, St. John's Wood, London, NW8 6PJ
020 7722 1933
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How to find the Duke of York pub
Turn left out of the tube station, cross the road, turn right and walk down Kingsmill Terrace until you reach Circus Road. Turn left and the pub is on the next corner.