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By Elling Lien.

23 April 2009

  1. halibut · April 23, 2009

    The Scope’s 2008 Breakfast Face Off Results:
    $12.02 for traditional breakfast with free coffee refills.Served weekends12pm-3pm. Recommended breakfast: Fishcakes. Price includes tax.

  2. mattG · April 23, 2009

    Excellent fish and chips and all my favourite beers on tap. All that and a creepy jester statue to boot.

  3. Lisa Dyer · April 23, 2009

    The mixed grill is devine!

  4. greggie · April 23, 2009

    I’ve heard that they have the best fish and chips in town from several people. and somehow I’ve never tried. I really should soon. I’ve actually tried twice, but both times I had missed the kitchen by half an hour or so. Until I taste otherwise, Leo’s is still number one for fish and chips in my heart.

    As a bar/pub, this is a classic. service is always excellent. a real gentlemans place.

  5. John Feltham · April 23, 2009

    If you’re looking for a nice variety of pub food, or just the quick and dirty fix of grease, there’s not many places that I’ve been that can compete with the Duke. I’ve always had a great experience with the staff, and the good arrives on time and is delicious. Of course, I don’t need to comment on the atmosphere, all around good choice.

  6. Christine · April 23, 2009

    It truly is the best place for Fish and Chips in the whole metro area! I never would have thought to come here, and once I was introduced to the F&C I can’t stop coming back! Every time I have visitors from out province who want some F&C this is where we go! Numerous other restaurants say they have the best Fish and Chips in town but they were wrong! Way better than: Ches’s, Leo’s, Buddy’s, Smitty’s and Fabulous Foods – Trust me I’ve done the taste testing.

    p.s. Scope Editors, add the Duke of Duckworth to the Fish and Chip listings where it belongs!

  7. Elling Lien · April 23, 2009

    “add the Duke of Duckworth to the Fish and Chip listings where it belongs!”


  8. Liam · April 23, 2009

    The fish and chips were decent, but not worth 5 stars. The fish lacked flavour and the chips were a bit over-cooked. I’ve certainly had better elsewhere in St John’s.

  9. Joe Beuys · April 23, 2009

    Another fake “Irish” bar in St. John’s! Hilarious with a regal name! Bet Princess Anne will drop in for a pint of bitter.

  10. Frank · April 23, 2009

    Uh, it’s a pub, on an island with 500-year-old Irish roots. What were you expecting?

  11. Molly Godarkly · April 23, 2009

    Good stuff for the most part. The burger I had was nasty mess though! Fish and Chips is a safe bet and the the happy hour snack menu rocks

  12. Keano · April 23, 2009

    I found the Duke to be OK. That’s really the best I could give it.

    Went there at three different times. Breakfast I found was bloody awful, the service was probably the saving grace of it.

    Food was OK, I really enjoyed my fish n chips, but I’ll have to try a couple other places before it gets the best for the declaration.

    It gets really busy during supper time, service kind of drops off a bit, but it is a pub environment so you might half expect that.

    Oh, and Joe, the title “Duke” has Celtic origins…and the owner was actually born and raised and Ireland. It serves food, and has sports on TV. Sounds like a legit Irish pub to me.

  13. Dr. Johnny Fever · April 23, 2009

    Best Fish n Chips in town, maybe with the exception of Leo\’s! A bit pricey though. You may be lucky enough to be there when the sexy ladies from Republic of Doyle stop by after wrapping up shooting. Quite a fun time indeed!

  14. Lance · April 23, 2009

    I ate here over the weekend, the atmosphere was great and I enjoyed the pub food.

  15. Drovski · April 23, 2009

    Ok. I’m going to write this review based on two experiences and a few different menu choices. I ate there two weeks ago and had a great experience from the lunch menu. I ordered wings for an appetizer (not recommended, much better wings to be had elsewhere). But then I ordered a clubhouse sandwich and french fries with a caesar (drink). The clubhouse sandwich was HUGE. I am not a man who leaves food on the table, but this sandwich was a behemoth. Fries were standard, and there is brown vinegar (not malt) which I really enjoy. Service was standard, except the waitress seemed like she was having the worst day of her life, on repeat, Groundhog Day style.

    So, based on a great experience I tried my luck and went back last week. I had the fish and chips which are supposedly the “Best in St. John’s”…….. Yeahhhhhhhhh right. My fish was completely overcooked, in a flavorless batter, anyone who says this is the best fish and chips in the province or even in St. John’s really really needs to get their head on right. Besides that, the gravy is terrible, the waiter this time was so bad it pained me to be there and we contemplated getting up and leaving. Food came on time, however we weren’t checked on for drink refills, he didn’t do a quality check to see if our food was alright (I would have sent my fish back), and he didn’t bring us our bills and we had to get up and get them from the cash ourselves.

    1st experience: 5 stars, get the clubhouse
    2nd experience: 1 star. You can get better fish in the dumpster at the plant.

  16. Andrew Mercer · April 23, 2009

    The Duke’s fish and chips are awesome!!

    Does this qualify as a review?

  17. Nick · April 23, 2009

    Not a bad place for some drinks, but getting pretty “sceney” with all the hangers-on from Republic of Doyle — a show which honestly is average, just like this bar.

    I have found the bar staff to be a bit standoffish as well, which is unexpected. Don’t smoke before you go in or you’ll get the evil eye — this place is definitely a sanitized version of what downtown used to be all about.

    Better place to eat the same food — Ches’, Leo’s, Big R.
    Better place to drink without the pretense — Bar None, Erin’s

  18. Anonymous · April 23, 2009

    Best place for pub food in the city. And you can trust me on this, I’m saying it without any “sceney”/hipster bias. The menu selection and prices are in line with similar establishments, however the food is better, the portions larger (very important when it comes to greasy pub food), and the decor unique. Enough has been said about the fish and chips, so I’m going to recommend the burger, definitely one of the best in town.

    I wouldn’t recommend it as a place to do any serious drinking other than a few pints to wash down a plate of delicious greasy food. I agree with Nick on this, there are better places to drink, unless of course you’re into this sort of scene. That said, based on the food I give it 5 stars. It’s exactly what I expect from a pub meal.

  19. Roger · April 23, 2009

    they have since gave me a sincere apology and set me up a certificate. They explained that there was confusion between the wait staff and kitchen staff which caused the soggy old food I received. Can we please remove this comment?

  20. Mr. Pattern · April 23, 2009

    Friendly, but not over-bearing, service. Decent pub food at good prices. It gets busy in the evenings, so you’d do well to go during the day or for a late lunch.

  21. Robert Sands · April 23, 2009

    Beer was great but the food was nothing special to write home about. But the joint has that very British colonial feel to the place. If Brits are looking for a place to feel at home this is it NL’s number one UK style pub!

  22. op · April 23, 2009

    The food is pretty good! Nice portions but not a lot of flavour. This is really a pub though and they surpassed my expectations of pub food. The atmosphere is friendly and the drink varieties are great and reasonably priced.

  23. Ryan · April 23, 2009

    Great food and great service every time i have been in …

  24. sc · April 23, 2009

    I rate the Duke 5 stars because we arrived close to closing time which is at 8:00; were graciously accomodated and the fish, fries and gravy was fresh and delicious. Plan to go and enjoy another good feed there soon but have recommended to so many people probaley won’t get in (lol)

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