I'm a fan of the books 1984 and Animal Farm so how could I not come check out this pub that the man George Orwell used to frequent. It's somewhat a pretty typical bar in London. It's name is "Animal and Other Animal or Random Object," they have beer sponsors, they have a bathroom that's located down a staircase, the bartenders are nice, there are hand pumped beers.
I pretty much came here after dinner at nearby Dishoom and had myself a pint of London brew. I sat down at one of the taller tables and wondered what George Orwell ordered or how many times he spilled his beer or saw a bar fight or something that sparked an idea for one of his books.
George Orwell frequented or not, you can't go wrong checking out Dog & Duck because the least you'll get is some nice hospitality and a tasty cellar-temperature, drinkable brew. It's conveniently located near lots of other good-looking restaurants and pubs.
Good beers, friendly (and knowledgeable) staff, very intimate. Glad I wasn't there on a busy day, however; don't expect to get a seat.
On a rainy Sunday afternoon, however it was just what we were looking for :)
Every once in awhile, you find a little place that just makes you happy. That's Dog and Duck. Nice little pub and restaurant; an over all splendid place to while away a couple hours with a couple of pints.
The pub is just what you'd expect, a traditional pub with atmosphere and charm. The restaurant is perfectly delightful, albeit a tiny bit corporate (menu of expected offerings one expects to find in a pub, somewhat prefab food, but good none the less).
I always make a point of visiting when I'm in London.
We had a couple of fab nights here. Very special place, very charming and at a nice spot, excellent bear - love it!!
It's a really nice and quite the traditional pub. The food is menu is not exactly what you'd call an extensive one but the beers are great. Well, it's all about what you're in for; and it that's having a great time, the Dog & Duck surely is the right place. We caught it on a busy hour and a person from the staff literally woosh-ed by us in attempt to please all the customers. They were doing great but I think the place is a but understaffed. Our orders were taken and served on time and the food was amazing so all was good. We had a nice evening with quite the racket around us but we were in the mood for it.
A charming Soho pub that's tight and absolutely packed on weekends.
If you're just looking for a few drinks with friends, then you've come to the right place, so long as you don't mind standing and/or screaming to be heard over whoever's currently the drunkest patron.
The draught selection is a bit small, and the Nicholson's IPA was surprisingly weak in both color and flavor. The Gathering Storm porter however? Big win.
Dog & Duck is the quintessential Soho London traditional pub in my eyes. It really is charming, cozy and chocked full of character with glazed tiles inside. It's standing room mostly on the main floor although word is the second floor does have many more tables & seats. It's also known for having some well known people frequent it - John Constable, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Madonna and George Orwell.
When I went with my buddy, it was absolutely packed to the brims and spilling out the sides. Everyone bumping into each other as the drinks flow smooth & quickly - but that's all part of the fun, right?
The service was good, the ale was better.
I don't think Dog & Duck is necessarily a destination bar but a great spot along a list of bar stops on a fun night!
Awesome little pub we stopped into after buying some whiskey from Milroy's around the corner (stop by this place if you're a whiskey freak, this place has a great variety!). The NIcholson Pale Ale was refreshing, as was the inside where we sat and people watched. Since it was rather nice outside, there were a number of people hanging out on the sidewalk with their after-work beers and wine. Not bad for a random find after walking through Soho!
To overuse a generic, hackneyed phrase, this pub is 'steeped in history'. I know that most places in London are, but there is something so charming about this cosy little tavern. That is, if you can find somewhere to stand with your pint. And if you want to eat here - prepare to hover annoyingly over the busy tables, and use your elbows to shove everyone out the way who is doing the same thing.
The Dog & Duck specialises in two things. Ale and sausages. You can come here for an ale tasting session on a Monday night, and they have Timothy Taylor on tap. And the sausages! They are certainly not your average frozen Walls bangers. Sourced from high quality British meat, you can choose 10 different types of sausages if you are ordering a Sausage sandwich, Toad in the Hole, or Bangers and Mash. There is even a veggie sausage on offer. I used to be a vegetarian, but if you had seen me tear into the crispy sausages when I was here then you wouldn't believe me.
If you are not into Ale, keep an eye out for the wine menu. Bottles are so cheap! Get this - we had a perfectly decent bottle of Merlot - and it cost us £7.95! I think I have had glasses of wine for the same price in nearby restaurants. This pub has more than enough reasons to visit - so get yourself over here!
The Dog & Duck is a typical British pub, the type that American tourists flock to and Londoners who find themselves in Soho looking for a reasonably priced pint will head to as well.
There's not much seating downstairs but there's more on the first floor, the men's toilets are quite a challenge to get to (small steep staircase) even when sober and the food is clearly fresh from the freezer.
It's better to go there during the day as it has more character when empty than some of the trendy bars around the area. On a Saturday night, however, I will endeavour to stay away, the toilets were filthy but some thoughtful person thought it would be nice to leave a roll of foil in the cubicle - classy.
A comfortable place with great literatural background. George Orwell visited it to drink some ale and John Grisham mentioned it in his "The Broker" novel to poison one of characters.
The place has two floors and sometimes it's not bad to lift up to find some free corner in this usually crowded pub.
The Dog & Duck on Frith Street is a charming little pub very popular amongst the media crowd with large groups of people commonly hanging out on the pavement outside. The pub spreads across two floors, decorated in a very traditional pub style. Both floors are very crampt and so unless you have a seat or the weather's awful I would stand outside.
The bar is well stocked and the service is friendly. As mentioned it is crampt but this does seem to add to the atmosphere. The Dog & Duck is one of the better, more traditional pubs in Soho.
Additionally, if you're perverse they have pickled eggs for sale at the bar.
Solid pub with loads of snug dead in the middle of Soho. Not one to go out of the way for, necessarily, but a solid stop off in the area, avoiding all the lager-swilling-horridness that's all around there.
They've also been v kind to me and my need to wee, occasionally.
#1 on the Soho and Noho DW ale trail, on a corner deep within the area it provided great shelter from the rain. It's vary narrow on the main floor, I would not suggest taking a big group here unless you don't have a problem standing outside to enjoy your pint. (nothing wrong with that) It is tiny and always packed due to lack of space but nevertheless that factor kind of gives it charm.
A mate visiting from home was in town and this was our first stop in getting a ale trail T shirt. It was too full on the main floor so we ventured upstairs to the dinning room with is even smaller than downstairs. I think there are literary only four tables up there! The view out of the window of Soho was spectacular, it jolts you into realising just how far away you are from home. Take a minute and have a 'moment' the feeling is amazing.
The menu and drinks are the same as the others, service was good with the one waitress (there wasn't any room for someone else) Restrooms were rather tight, it seems everything was really squished inside this building or maybe people are indeed just growing bigger.
I'm sure this place would be fabulous during the less busy hours, but if you don't mind getting close to strangers it's a wonderful place to stop and have one pint. Move on to somewhere else after that.
Sadly, it took us forever to find The Dog & Duck, wandering through rain & wet streets. But when we finally found it, we immediately got a table in the corner of the cozy upstairs and knew it was worth the search.
Hubby & I shared the Fillet Steak Sandwich (pan-fried fillet steak and caramelised onion chutney served with with skin-on chips (fries)) & the chicken/bacon sandwich (grilled chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on toasted farmhouse bread with a side salad) and, of course, the Sticky Toffee & Date Pudding.
Everything was fantastic - especially the dessert! Light & fluffy and served with a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream. Simple and wonderful. nom nom nom.
Oh, right, the sandwiches... The fillet steak was messy but flavorable. The chicken/bacon was bigger and was a club (it had an extra slice of bread in the middle that we didn't expect). The waitress brought us the smallest cup of ketchup ever for our chips - we are huge ketchup people and really could have used more.
She was ridiculously busy - the room was packed and she was the only server - but was very nice. Even though we didn't get any beers or wine (I know, sacrilege!).
I would DEFINITELY go back here! Everything on the menu looked fantastic and the prices are so reasonable - even in pounds!
So, it's my first night in London, and my friend brought be here to eat. I loved the view over SOHO, and I loved the gammot and eggs I got. For what I got, I would say the pricing is average. Gammot and eggs were around 7 pounds. My friend got the sausage, and that was lamb and apricot. However, I've had better sausage. The sausage could have had more flavor, and the texture seemed a little undercooked to me.
BUT, I did thoroughly enjoy what I ordered. The food was good. What more can I say.
Also, happy hour sharing dishes appear pretty cheap. A sharing place for after work is only 5 pounds.
Tomorrow, I am going to try some English breakfast and maybe some local curry joint.
This tiny pub in Soho is a gem. Built in 1897 on the site of an 18th century pub of the same name, from the outside it looks like your average, traditional corner pub.
The interior, however, is an amazing survivor, with elaborate tiling and mosaics, and large mirrors. No wonder it is a Grade II listed building. As well as the ground floor bar, there's a small upstairs bar, named after George Orwell, who apparently drank here at one time.
Owned by Nicholson's, the excellent beer selection included London Pride, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Adnam's Broadside and Harvey's Sussex Bitter. Another nice facet of Nicholson's is the 'try before you buy' option, offering a taster. OK, nothing unusual there, but a good choice all the same. Food is also served, though I've not eaten here.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the clientele very mixed: gruff locals, students and assorted Soho media types. There are two downers: the downstairs is so small, not to say cramped at the rear, that you do find yourself tripping over coats and bags: and the Gentlemen's toilet. This is in the basement, and as you descend, there's a notice saying: 'Steep and Slippery Stairs'. They're not kidding. It's like the North Face of the Eiger. Definitely a challenge after a pint or three.
Overall, a nice little pub, especially if you can visit when it's a bit quieter.
The pub's name recalls the rather cruel sport of duck hunting, which had been popular when this was a far more rural area.
The Dog and Duck pub was built in 1718 and so little changed since the 19th century that the Victorian Society have applauded it as a rare if not unique survival of a small Victorian town pub. It's now a Grade II listed building.
The front bar is tiled to dado level with plain and ornamental tiles, some depicting a dog holding a duck in its mouth. Above this, large mirrors in mahogany frames, advertise mineral water and cigarettes. These are separated by columns of decorative tiles.
Author George Orwell came to the Dog and Dick to celebrate the fact that the American Book-of-the-Month Club had selected his latest novel Animal Farm.In fact pop upstairs to the George Orwell room (he used to drink here). One of the better places in Soho for a pint.
This is a charming little pub in the heart of Soho, but it can get packed to overflowing of an evening. They used to have a real fire downstairs, but last time I tried to pass through the downstairs bar it was so rammed I don't know if it's still there.
For a more relaxed atmosphere (and room to breathe), try the bar upstairs it's really cosy if you can get a seat. Windows overlook the street below and you quite often get into conversation with the people on the other tables (they're that close!). The wine is quite good too, unusually for a pub, and they do a nice Valparaiso chilean cabernet sauvignon.
If I'm meeting someone in Soho, this is definitely where I'd choose. But probably best for a one-on-one, as it would be difficult for a group to all get seats. Although, apparently, you can hire out the upstairs bar for private functions. Something I might consider in future.
We eat there last Friday 11th. We have to say that the food has improved immeasurably over the last 12 months, especially the starters. Our only disappointment is the lack of fish NOT deep fat fried. However the is plenty of choice for those of us needing to avoid saturated fats.
The atmosphere is just amazing whether your standing outside with the smokers watching all of Soho go by, jostling for a position in the tiny bar or relaxing in the George Orwell restaurant upstairs. All of our friends we introduce to the Dog love it and come back for more, and so shall we.
Ate there again two weeks ago ... Glad to say that the salmon is back on the menu ... Presented in a paper bag, unusual but excellent none the less. If looking for a red wine ask for Nottage Hill's Shiraz ... Few tannins so easy on the finish. Enjoy.
Jam packed, but after a few pints who cares?! You gotta hand it to the bartenders here cause they churn out a TON of drinks in a short amount of time. On a weekend or Thurs/Friday this place can get absolutely packed, but that's part of the fun. This is actually my go to spot to grab a few drinks at while waiting at burger & lobster.
A lovely old pub that was a favourite of Orwell and continues to attract a mixed crowd now. It's beautifully decorated and a good size.
The only small quibble is the awkwardness involved in reaching the downstairs loos. In addition to the inconvenience of having to squeeze between other tables to reach the stairs the walk down can be just that little bit perilous.
Well worth a visit though. It's definitely one of Soho's gems.
Lovely intimate pub in busy Soho
go on a Sunday for peace & quiet
Loved the atmosphere & it was conveniently located across the street from hazlitt's- where I was staying. My husband & I both shared a few pints before a table was ready for us upstairs for dinner. While they were out of several menu items, the dinner was totally delicious! I will definitely be back!
Nice boozer in Soho, tiny inside, so a good atmosphere at any time of day. A nice selection of sausages to choose from if you want some stodge.
Good to stand outside in the summer, the staff are either very quiet or a little too keen, but they have Staropramen on tap, so how bad can it be?
Small boozer with limited seating but best in summer when folk stand outside and people watch as there are shelves provided so you can stand and chat after work. Nice selection of ales but as its a busy pub sometimes you have to wait to be served. The loos are fairly clean too (rare indeed)
a friend and i were directed to the dog & duck thanks to her guidebook (the eyewitness travel one--yes, it's in a book, so beware of tourists, locals!). our first real pub encounter -- certainly quite different to be umm, just standing on the sidewalk having a drink in the bright of day!
it indeed is a great space--looks like it's been there for a long time and while not well-worn, was definitely worn-in.
be careful going to the bathroom, y'all. the door is at the bottom of a couple steps but opens directly to a staircase (no landing--kind of awkward).
btw, tip to fellow americans: they do not have sprite or 7-up. i asked for one and was told no, they don't have it, but they have lemonade. fine, i thought, i'll just have a lemonade (thinking i'd get what little kids sell on card tables during the summer). umm, yeah, so lemonade = sprite/7-up. O_O
This place is a very happening spot in central London any day of the night, specially during the week. Ideal for that pub crawl scene that is part and parcel of the London's professional culture, I recommend this place for its friendly service and its lively atmosphere.
With Soho's eccentric nightlife and bar scene, it is relief to find an established traditional pub in the area. Very pretty traditional interior with a worked wood and etched glass bar and molded tile. The bar serves a decent selection of beers, but not too much of a selection for the rest of the bar. But then, this being Soho if you want a fancy apple colada cocktail, or a sophisticated selection of wines you would go somewhere else. Here its about a hearty pint at the corner pub, and it delivers that.
We know it as Madonna's pub, because she was rumoured to come here for Timmy Taylors (just one of the best bitters ever!). I never saw her here but I have had many pints here and they were always spot on. Small, and often too busy to snag a table. On nice days stand outside and watch the fabulous parade that is Soho.
A lovely olde Nicholsons pub with a decent selection of beers. My only minor criticism might be regarding the lack of variety of styles (mostly if not all dark beers). It didn't bother me one jot as I supped a delicious cherry porter! There were some unusual beers in the fridge too, almost alcopopesque in appearance. Hadn't seen them before so had to have a taste. Was very easy drinking but not enough flavour to tempt me again.
11 years ago this used to be one of may favourite pubs...having been in the USA for 10 years i took a trip back this summer and i was not disappointed. Great beer, great service and still a great small pub.
Standard Westend boozer with actually rather cheep ale. It is pretty tiny though, so the pub is great for one of those let's drink outside moments but perhaps not so great when the weather isn't upto it. An area I tend to stay clear of, but this venue won't offend so I'll probably go back to it.
A great little pub, but it really is little. It gets very busy, which means drinking outside (weather permitting) or squeezing in amongst the one too many tables. Still great though.
Nice pub in the middle of Soho
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