REVIEW: The Duke Of Wellington, De Beauvoir Town
WHY GO? A Victorian pub in Dalston, this place has true personality, serving real ale and craft beer throughout quiz, comedy & film nights. Staff are wonderfully friendly, there’s a regularly-changing roster of kitchen residents and they show the majority of big football matches – quite dreamy, really.
Modern British diner Bacchus provides simple dishes, lovingly executed (served 5pm – 10pm weekdays, Saturdays 12pm – 10pm), the A La Carte menu boasting the likes of salt and pepper squid, buttermilk battered chicken burgers, falafel & sweet potato burgers and a huge plate of braised BBQ spare ribs. Of particular note is the Sous Vidhe 10oz Rump cap steak, served with roast cherry vine tomatoes, rocket salad and shoe string fries for £16 – well-cooked and a great portion size, this was seriously impressive pub grub.
The sides menu is full of upmarket, savoury stodge to line the stomach – try Chilli cheese fries for £5 or vegan beer battered onion rings at £4.
There’s a good selection of draught beers (try the Goose Island IPA, a heady 6.9%) and the bottled beer list is even longer – we loved the German Schneider Weisse, a banana and caramel flavoured wheat beer and the Trappist ale Orval.The wine list is short and sweet (we thoroughly enjoyed a bottle of red Pierre Et Papa, full of fruity, ripe flavours) and there are a handful of cocktails to tempt you. Packed to the rafters, there’s a lovely buzz about the place – we bonded with three French locals over a driver attempting to park their car across the road for a full on twenty minutes, and they pretended not to mind when we spilled a drop of red wine just a little too close to their dazzling cream overcoats.
We’ll be back to try the Sunday lunch, said to be ‘epic’ by everyone we spoke to (not just the staff, but they were buzzing about it, too). Speaking of our waitress, we left tipsy, with full bellies and an emphatic recommendation to try her nude neon painted life drawing classes. Only in East London (and yes, we’ve already booked it in).
Amy was a guest of The Duke Of Wellington