During February 2012 a refurbishment took place at this pub; but we were pleased to find on revisiting it post-refurb that the charm of the place unaltered.
A Soho landmark for generations, the Dog & Duck is known chiefly for its literary heritage and for its ever-changing ale selection.
Some of the beers will be familiar, the likes of Sharp’s Doom Bar, Fuller’s London Pride and St Austell Tribute, but others are more unusual: the selection might take in rare but worthwhile brews such as Black Dog from Whitby.
Most of the surroundings remain authentically vintage: etched mirrors, carved mahogany and so forth. The George Orwell room upstairs (the writer sometimes drank here) usually offers more space, although some punters prefer to spill out on to the pavement.
The only slightly irksome thing about the new look is the slightly hamfisted branding of the menus and awnings from pubco Nicholson's - these details make a pub of otherwise good character start to look like a motorway service station caff.