Quaint terraced houses line Jubilee Road and its nearby streets. That is, until the Duke of York. An explosion of colour and walls covered in art, depicting a surreal ocean of sorts.
The sun shines over the pub on a recent summer evening and clusters of people wait to go inside. The Duke of York doesn’t open until 5pm on a Thursday and as soon as the door swings open, those gasping for a respite from the burning sun and the promise of a long, cool drink all rush inside.
If the exterior was an assault on the senses, be prepared for inside. Old posters stick to the ceiling, postcards, scrawled letters and stickers cover the walls. A shelving unit (that looks suspiciously like a coffin) hosts a book swap and old liquor bottles hold melting candles.
The bar staff are cheerful and welcoming and ordering a diet coke (£1), it’s easy to while away the minutes in the corner of the pub watching the range of people coming through the door.
Families with young children, people stopping by after work in flowing summer dresses and denim clad young adults in Doc Martens all head to the bar and are welcomed with a friendly “Hello! How are you?” from the ladies behind the counter.
There’s a limited range of spirits, but the Duke of York serves an impressive range of local beers: Butcombe Original, African Mango & Orange Pale Ale from Cocksure Brewing Co, Prescott Super 6 and Bristol Beer Factory’s Beam Me Up.
Nestled in the corner next to the book swap, the Duke of York is a feast for the senses, and a great place to find a new favourite book as well as a great local beer.
The Duke of York, 2 Jubilee Road, St Werburgh’s, Bristol, BS2 9RS
0117 941 3677
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