Dog & Duck

Bars and pubs, Pubs Soho
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Dog & Duck (Rob Greig / Time Out)
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Dog & Duck (Rob Greig / Time Out)
Rob Greig / Time Out
Dog & Duck (Rob Greig / Time Out)
Rob Greig / Time Out
Dog & Duck (Rob Greig / Time Out)
Rob Greig / Time Out

This venerable boozer is now owned by the Nicholson’s chain, and some won’t appreciate the branded menus – they’re reminiscent of a theme pub rather than a Soho one-off of great antiquity. But ignore them and look around you, at the lovely tiled walls, big mirrors, original light fixtures and well-seasoned wood.

The D&D remains incredibly popular, though weekday afternoons are relatively leisurely for a quiet pint chosen from a small, changing list of real ales. At night: you’ll be lucky to get a seat and even luckier to get one at the prized copper-topped tables at the back. In any weather more clement than a typhoon, the crowd spills out on to the pavement. They love the place, and so do we.

By: Richard Ehrlich


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
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In my view has always been a great pub, plenty of character and charm. The current staff are friendly, charming. They have expanded their choice of beers, made the bar itself a bit bigger. The interior seems untouched for 100 years. A great pub in soho that is not as rammed as others, even when the sun is shining.


A great pub for after work drinks in Soho. It's pretty busy after 5 whatever day of the week though so don't expect to get a seat!

Despite being part of the Nicholson chain, the Dog and Duck somehow manages to create the feel of a local in central London. From the friendly bar staff to the tiles wall and traditional seating, you'll soon feel at home!

The food is exactly what you'd expect from pub grub - but tasty none the less!! 

The benefit of it being part of the chain is that it's cheaper than a lot of the other pubs and bars you see in Soho, so it's a good little starting spot on the weekends too!

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.

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.