Duke of Wellington

Bars and pubs De Beauvoir Town
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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


Nice pub in a quieter street very close to Kingsland Rd. It can get crowded, but it usually has a quite calm vibe (in a good way!); friendly bartenders, good options of beers and drinks, good music. I’ve been there for a few gigs too, and they have a nice space for that. I had some food there as well, and it was really good. But last time I went it had a new menu – these temporary residencies that are so ‘in’ now –, and wasn’t so impressed with it (haven’t really tried the food, though).