This place is another representation of how amazing the food offering is in Haggerston. Whilst this area is not central or in the busier parts of North/East like Shoreditch and Hoxton, it still holds its own for the locals.
Duke’s Brew & Que could be said to be similar to Berber & Que which popped up under the arches next to nearby Haggerston station, but no, it’s different. There is room for both of these kids. Duke’s has an outside area and feels like a upmarket warm pub as opposed to the more industrial and contemporary style of Berber & Q. You can book at Duke’s to guarantee your spot or mosey on down to Berber & Que for an impromptu session (with a bit of a wait). They do both offer big brash meaty dishes, but Duke’s focus is on a great selection of boutique beers, where Berber has an enviable cocktail list.
Basically, you get the picture that I like the both of places. On a hot Saturday early evening, we had booked and headed for Duke’s, as my other half craved their burger which looks amazing on the web. Probably not the best choice of food when you are hot, but it had to be done as their grub is finger licking good. I had the pork ribs with a side of mac n cheese. I had two, but you can have more if you are brave. We were served by this wee lady who reminded us of Kylie. All the staff there are cute as buttons with their unique and individual looks and cool service style. The other half was content with his Duke’s burger which was 6 OZ of beef served rare, with pickles, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayo and mustard. You get to choose the cheese, so he opted for blue cheese. The burger came with seasoned fries, coleslaw, pickled and red onion.
We also tried their beer tasters, where you get three small glasses from their selection. We had Gamma APA, BS Electric and Neck Oil. Great names! Interesting tastes too, all were different. Not being a beer connoisseur, I would not be able to describe them any better than one was fruity, one was full bodied and the other literally tasted oily. I was so full afterwards, a siesta would have been in order, but it was too nice an evening to go home. We went for a little walk along the canal which is nearby to settle our stomachs.
Duke’s is lovely and laid back, will definitely go there again. It has pipped Berber & Que to the post being my favourite, due to the lovely staff.
Duke’s Brew & Que
33 Downham Road
De Beauvoir Town
London N1 5AA
T. 020 3006 0795