Duke of York
Big place with reasonably priced bistro-style food and nice garden
The good pub guide review
This popular red-brick pub is set in spacious, pleasant gardens. Rather a grand building, the open doorways and stairs cleverly divide up the spreading rooms, while big windows and mirrors keep everything light and airy. There's a relaxed atmosphere and an eclectic mix of furniture on tiled or wooden flooring, hundreds of prints and photos on cream walls, fireplaces and thoughtful touches such as table lamps, books, rugs, fresh flowers and pot plants; background music. Served from an impressive counter by friendly staff, the fine range of drinks includes St Austell Brunning & Price Traditional Bitter plus guests from breweries such as Leighton Buzzard, Redemption, Sambrooks, Tring, Twickenham and Weltons on handpump, 20 wines by the glass, 30 gins and a large choice of whiskies. The garden is particularly attractive, with a range of seats, tables and picnic-sets on a tree-surrounded terrace and lawn, and a tractor in the popular play area.
The good pub guide food review
Brasserie-style food includes sandwiches, chicken liver pâté with apricot chutney and granary toast, summer vegetable risotto with broad beans, radish, asparagus and lemon, a charcuterie board to share, maple and rosemary-roasted squash with herb and lemon quinoa and fennel salad, sweet potato, aubergine and spinach Malaysian curry with coconut rice and pak choi, steak burger with toppings, coleslaw and chips, slow-braised lamb shoulder with dauphinoise potatoes and gravy, and puddings such as triple chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice-cream, and lemon cheesecake with raspberry ripple ice-cream.