28 Redenhall Road
Open all day
A traditional boozer in the largest town around. There is a basic atmosphere here, which belies their love of well kept real ale. The single bar is accessed to the left of the single entrance. Its not big and the bar stools which are usually full of people can get in the way of being served, but that makes for a traditional atmosphere - on a football weekend men tend to crowd a portable TV near the door - how 20th century of them.
The bar is dark wood as is all the furniture and is not long - though it does have a bend in it and you can get served in the other small room on the way to the beer garden.
The Duke is mainly a locals pub and not for the tourists which come to this part of Norfolk. Seating is mainly small round tables and stools/chairs. The floor is carpeted. Not much by way of bric-a-brac or pictures on the walls. There is a beer garden out back, but is concrete with picnic benches and not overly welcoming. Kids seemed to be playing here at the time, but were not allowed in the pub.
Up to five real ales are available - on this occasion Woodeforde’s Wherry best bitter, plus guests. All were served without sparkler and in great condition.
Food is not served here (you might find the odd filled roll available), but there are plenty of other good pubs in Harleston which do serve food and allow children in.
Along with Cardinals Hat and the J.D. Young Hotel, this is one of the best pubs in Harleston. But also try the cherry tree on the way out to the A143, it has a big beer garden and serves Adnams - what an unusual thing round here!
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From: D:£27.50pp, S:£30