Duke of Wellington

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De Beauvoir Town

The 2009 conversion of this corner pub is a textbook example of how to update an old local for a younger, 21st-century clientele. In many ways, the Wellington hitches its wagon to tradition.

There’s an emphasis on real ales: Sambrook’s Wandle is supplemented by three guest brews, and twice-yearly beer festivals bring in a broader selection. The decent and fairly priced menu (pies, burgers) won’t frighten any horses. And the decor keeps things tastefully, handsomely familiar.

But there’s more: Saturday brunch, twice-monthly movie nights, occasional music, a broad range of spirits and late hours all add value for twenty- to fortysomething Dalstonians who find the scene on Kingsland High Street too messy for comfort. The friendly bartenders occasionally get a little over-enthusiastic with the stereo’s volume dial, but this is otherwise a great find.

Venue name: Duke of Wellington
Address: 119 Balls Pond Road
N1 4BL
Opening hours: Open 3pm-midnight Mon-Wed; 3pm-1am Thur, Fri; 11am-1am Sat; noon-11.30pm Sun. Food served 5.30-10pm Mon-Fri; 11am-5pm, 5.30-10pm Sat; noon-8pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Dalston Junction or Dalston Kingsland rail
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wayne m
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Surprised by the negative reviews. Like this place, beer choice is very good nice Its light and airy and lots of space so usually find a seat. Music is good though too quiet to hear really. Have not had problem with the bar staff myself so was surprised at the comments about that Solid choice id say