The Duke of York
Mon-Thu 11-11; Fri/Sat 11-12; Sun 12-11
The Duke of York
The Duke of York is particularly special being the oldest inn in Lichfield, itself a medieval town with a great history. The Duke sits at the top of the town, on Greenhill, many years ago this was 'the' trading area but this is now further down the hill, some call the Duke 'the top shop' as a consequence. It is bang opposite the new giant Tesco but this doesn't in anyway detract from its enormous charm, it's just jolly convenient instead.
The oldest pub doesn't disappoint, the ancient oak beams span the old bar and seem to defy gravity as they have settled over the pub's 400 year story. The front bar is pretty much unchanged in that time, a big inglenook, oak benches, wide oak timber floor and of course a lovely real fire. There is also a lower bar which was once the cottage next door, but is now home to the dart board and more cosy places to sit.
The rear bar used to be the coaching stables and has been known as the back room for years. It was the extra smart room, totally separate and the beer used to be two pence more. Now the beer prices are the same but it's still a shade quieter than the old bar and also has its own real fire.
Food is served here at lunchtimes only Monday to Saturday 12-2.30pm. Monday night is pie night 6-9pm. The pub will also be able to cater for small functions during the week where the back room is available if required.
The Duke also has its own bowling green and an active club.
Easy parking at the rear and plenty of outdoor benches for drinking, eating, smoking.
Can be expensive, more so than its sister pub The Angel in town.
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Pauline Duval's Guest House
23 Dam Street, Lichfield
Staffs WS13 6AE