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Dog & Duck

Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out

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.

Venue name: Dog & Duck
Address: 18 Bateman Street
Opening hours: Open 10am-11pm Mon-Thur; 10am-11.30pm Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served 10am-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube

Average User Rating

2.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Stuart P

Poor service, flat lager and had run out of pretty much everything on the menu when we were there! One to avoid I'm afraid.


Unusually, I haven't been yet but I have to say that it is typical of some peoples carelessness that they criticise a venue for "putting lights on to maximum" at 10.21pm on a Sunday when the pub states food closes at 9pm and bar at 10.30pm on Sunday!. Give them a break! I shall visit on the basis of the other more reasonable Reviews.


A clear "go to" whenever I stroll around Soho. Nice little pub with stunning interior; friendly and helpful staff (never been rude to me as some other reviewers have written). Awesome (weekly) changing selection of ales and great place to drink before going out somewhere else in Soho. I come back frequently.

martin  broadhurst

stonking place full of character and no tourists, great place to unwind and spent all sunday afternoon soaking up the great ales and atmosphere - bring it on!!


Found the pub to be a delight! Ate upstairs and the bartender was superb. Very attentive and helpful about the beers and dishes. The food was fantastic! Their roasted vegetable tart was amazing.


What a terrible pub. Staff are extremely rude. Avoid it and go and check out another


Great pub, great beer, shame about the staff. Got a drink for myself and the wife at 10.20 on a Sunday evening. 10.21, all lights were turned on to the maximum in the pub and felt like we were sat on a stage. When I enquired about this I was told it was for my own good so I didn't nod off! I won't ever be going there again and I strongly recommend that all others take their business elsewhere where it might be appreciated.