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The Duke Of Cambridge is the only Soil Association certified Organic pub in the UK. Over 140 years old, the premises have been carefully restored, retaining many original features. The ambience at The Duke of Cambridge is relaxed and welcoming. All food is certified organic.

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Opening Hours
MON

12:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 23:00

FRI

12:00 - 23:00

SAT

12:00 - 23:00

SUN

12:00 - 22:30

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By Andrew M.

The Duke of Cambridge is a nice space, shame about the inhabitants-condescending, rude, offhand, slow and more interested in completing their chores than taking orders and serving food, or even taking the money.

50 minutes to get served and there were 5 people in the pub, 20 minutes before we saw the menu and 20 mins to pay the bill. The waitress at The Duke of Cambridge did not want to explain the menu and everyone was 'dear'. Two out of three plates were OK but over-priced, the third was too salty and the olive oil was coarse. Do not go to The Duke of Cambridge unless you are very patient and thick skinned. Fortunately, service is optional.


By Laura R.

As ‘Britain’s first and only certified organic pub,’ The Duke of Cambridge sets itself a foodie agenda it has tried to uphold since opening in 1998. And while this focus on sustainability and ethical sourcing remains admirable, it’s a wonder if the pub may have taken its eye off a few other key factors along the way.

The Venue
Down the backstreets of Islington and close to Regent’s Canal, The Duke of Cambridge has stood proud since 1998 and cuts a fairly fine impression on the corner thanks to white paint illustrations of sea creatures and barnyard animals on its windows. This modern feature marking the pub’s foodie status is in stark contrast to an old-fashioned portrait of the Duke – not the dashing figure of Prince William, but rather a silver-haired incarnation of Prince George. The pub is divided into bar and dining room. The bar is all old oak furniture and white walls bathed in plenty of light. Pendant lights are suspended above the bar to help it stand out and the room is stripped-back and pretty enough. But the restaurant could use a fresh look and a lick of paint. A skylight ceiling keeps it light and airy and old feature mirrors and chalkboards add interest, but the clash or faded red walls, slate floor tiles and dusty orange brickwork is a bit more shabby than shabby chic.

The Atmosphere
Much is done to boast about the organic credentials held by the pub and all available wall space, especially on the way down to bathrooms, pays testimony to origins of produce used in pub grub. This ethos attracts the granted hippy element, as well as a few intrigued Islington foodies, while the rest of the restaurant seems dedicated to canal ramblers who have probably found the pub in a walking guidebook or had a tip-off from fellow canal folk. Despite these elements coming together, the restaurant can remain quite peaceful at night time and never really takes off early on in the week. The bar is usually well occupied, though, with beard-stroking ale enthusiasts and older Islington residents making up the core of custom.

The Food
Carefully sourced, seasonal food is the name of the game, and inshore fishing fleets and small local farms are relied upon for produce that makes The Duke of Cambridge 100 per cent organic. The menu changes twice daily and is scrawled up on chalk boards for curious customers. While this is all very noble and promises food as fresh as it comes, it’s no good if the menu proves uninspiring. And you can also expect the understandable price tag, too. On a typical summer’s menu you may find crab cake, buttered rainbow chard, spinach and salsa verde (£15.50) which is a small portion for a main course, complete with over-buttery greens and a slightly overcooked and dry fishcake. The crab meat is lovely and sweet though, and set off well by a punchy salsa verde. Even less accomplished is a strange, unappetising vegetarian option of pan fried mushroom schnitzel with potato salad and baby gem (£12.50) – veggies may be better set with a dish of chilli sin carne (£12.50) instead. Some of the meat options - such as slow roasted shoulder of lamb (£17.50) - do sound more tempting but when so many good gastro pubs in the Islington area already put some careful consideration into respectfully sourcing ingredients and create dishes with more vigour, and indeed flavour, you have to be truly dedicated to the sustainability cause to take this pub to heart and make it your regular stop-off for an evening meal.

The Drink
Even the wine is organic, all bottles from small, independent vineyards with many biodynamic options listed. The pub has streamlined the list, but it still makes for something of a read as characteristics of each bottle are explained in some detail. In some cases this isn’t necessary, as the quality of these wines does speak for itself – the house white Verdejo from Spain is £4.40 by glass or £17.50 by the bottle and is light and citrusy – but it’s useful for food pairing, nonetheless.

Ales are supplied on draught by St Peter’s Brewery from £3.75 a pint, which is a pretty reasonable price point in this part of town - Duke of Cambridge organic bitter is definitely one to try. Bottled craft beers are from the UK too, and include tipples from London’s Kernel Brewery and Warwickshire’s Purity.

The Last Word
The Duke of Cambridge is an idealistic Islington pub. Should the same passion and drive shown in the sourcing of organic produce go into the conception and creation of menu items, this backstreet boozer may elevate itself to its days of former glory.


By Sofia G.

I have been going to this gem of a pub for years. It offers a real alternative to drinking the same beers that are forced upon in every other pub. The only issue I had with this place was the staff which had until recently all been there since the beginning of time. They were more concerned about completing puzzles in the papers than acknowledge your existence. This has thankfully changed recently and I can not fault the new team which have breathed new life into this fabulous pub.


By Chris K.

Smug. Bland. And ridiculous. I went here for a friend's birthday on Friday and one of our party had baked a special birthday cake. But when they tried to bring it into the pub, they were barred. The reason was that as an organic pub, no non-organic food could be consumed on the premises (due to their organic certification). We countered that saying the cake hadn't been made in the pub kitchens, hadn't been sold by the pub and that their kitchen was closed anyway. But no. We then asked if we could at least cut the cake and sing happy birthday inside. But again no, non-organic food could not be cut or sung over on the premises. In the end, we had to go outside and serve the cake in the freezing cold and rain. Nice. Otherwise, the service was surly, the food overpriced, the atmosphere ordinary and the cider terrible. If you want a good pub that serves organic ales, go to the Charles Lamb down the road.


By K.

I recently went to the Duke of Cambridge because of the fantastic reviws I had seen else where. The food was so nice and the wine was also very tasty. I thought the service was nothing short of helpful, friendly and very efficient.

The atmosphere was great. I would have no hesitation in recommending The Duke of Cambridge to anyone for a great night out.


By N.

We went to The Duke of Cambridge for a change, first-timers for my sisters birthday. What an utter dissapointment.

It was freezing cold as the place is so big, without adequate heating, and The food was burnt. When I sent my chicken salad back because it had pieces of chicken in it that were black and tasteless, really disgusting, the waitress asked: "Was it too hot or cold?" I wondered if I was speaking English.

The service at The Duke of Cambridge was utterly dissapointing, a real let down, and they weren't joking about being completely organic, the toilets downstairs smell like manure!

Very unpleasant.



By G.

The Duke of Cambridge is an organic pub - even the beers are organic. It's a nice space and the food and drink are good, but sweet God in heaven, the staff are rude. In a rudeness competition, they'd definitely beat all comers, even if pitted against Parisian waiters and Asda checkout staff. Short of throwing your drink at you they couldn't actually be ruder. Astonishing behaviour.

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