Duke of Wellington

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  • Gastropubs
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© Hayley Harrison
Marylebone

One of those smart venues that’s more restaurant than pub (just a few seats at the bar), the Duke of Wellington attracts a well-heeled Marylebone clientele to enjoy food a tad more adventurous than the gastropub norm – roast veal and lobster salad with endives and a sweet dill dressing, say, or a truffled mozzarella starter – alongside the genre’s regulars of fish, pork belly and confit duck.

On a recent visit, pea and mint soup was full of flavour but watery; steamed prawns was a generous portion of meaty crustacea, with own-made mayo. A main of slow-roast lamb shoulder with pomegranate was exquisitely tender, with warm, mellow spicing and a subtle sweetness, served with nicely dressed salad. But provençal fish stew (mussels, prawns, octopus and hake hardly swimming in half a centimetre of fish stock) was disappointing. The kitchen got experimental with pudding, offering a chocolate and beetroot brownie with horseradish and mascarpone ice-cream. Instead, we shared a superb lime and chocolate crème brûlée.

An excellent bottle of New Zealand sauvignon, a 12.5% service charge and a pound each for four bits of bread helped the bill to just under a ton.

Venue name: Duke of Wellington
Contact:
Address: 94A Crawford Street
London
W1H 2HQ
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat; 12.30-4.30pm Sun. Dinner served 6.30-10pm Mon-Fri; 7-10pm Sat; 7-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Baker Street tube or Marylebone tube/rail
Price: Main courses £13-£38. Set lunch (noon-1.30pm Mon-Thur) £14.95 2 courses

Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

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Tim D

Firstly I would to mention, in spite of the out of date write up and reviews here, I can see why this is in Time outs top roasts. We first went here on Mothering Sunday and it did not disappoint, it was very busy but that did not seem to affect anything! The Roasts were amazing and the wine list superb, the desserts.... wow sticky toffee pudding one of the best I've eaten, service is great, its not too much but friendly. We came back twice since and have not been let down the menu changes every time and is very imaginative. We are fans keep it up! 

Laura

Really nice cosy spot downstairs in the bar,however very overpriced and Sunday roast is rubbish, service is awful and quality of the food for the price is weak, no atmosphere upstairs....disappointing

Olivia

We came here on Time Out's recommendation one Friday evening before catching a train from Paddington to Cardiff. We were utterly disappointed. We were sitting in the bar downstairs which was very loud and busy but accepted that as it is pub. However, the menu is not that of a pub and neither are the prices! The service was appalling. There was a young girl serving us and she had not a clue about anything. I asked about the menu and she could not tell me about the dishes. I asked for a small glass of wine and I received what looked like a large one. When it arrived I said to the waitress that I had ordered a small glass of wine and she looked blankly at me and said that it was a small glass. She then asked if I wanted her to take it back and I said no that it was fine. I was however charged for a large glass. In short the whole experience was disappointing. The food was at best average and therefore way over priced and the service was sloppy and unprofessional. Not good enough I'm afraid.

richard

Delicious, decadent and interesting menu. A bit cramped downstairs but there's plenty of room on the 2nd floor. Great wine selection with a knowledgable staff. Great for a sunny afternoon in the spring, there's tones of outdoor seating. The only knock is that it a bit too expensive 4/5

Alastair

nice ambience and food but seating is limited and unless it's quiet it can feel rather cramped.