The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh
10801 N. Wolfe Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
408.446.DUKE
theduke.com

Scores:

  • First Timer Friendly: Yes/Yes
  • Food: 7/5
  • Beverage: 9/8
  • Atmosphere: 8/7
  • Overall: 8/7
  • But is it a pub? Yes/Yes
Overview:
The Duke of Edinburgh is a great little oasis in the middle of the fast-paced Cupertino. I need to admit that this is my go-to pub as it is relatively close, so I will attempt to be unbiased and select just the most memorable of our trips there for the review.  Last year on Christmas Day, my father and I needed a place to grab some dinner. The Duke was one of the few places that was open and fit the bill just right!
Chris’ Opinion:
As I mentioned, this is my go-to so it is a bit tough to review objectively. For our Christmas day dinner I could not think of a better place to relax, have some comfort food, and drink some good beer.  This place is very friendly and cozy, if not a bit dark. The “imported from England” interior is nice, though I can’t help but feel it is a bit too gimmicky. The food is always terrific but is pretty much just your traditional “pub fare.” On this day in particular I had the Bulldog sandwich. The beer selection is great and the fact that they have “Old Speckled Hen” on tap is awesome. The selection of single-malt is also pretty stellar; this Christmas Day trip is actually the trip that got me turned onto single-malts.  You (males) should definitely all check out the puns above the urinals, they are pretty entertaining. I also strongly recommend throwing some darts, they have great areas for it.
Karl’s Opinion:
The fact that the founders of The Duke felt it necessary to have the place built in England and reassembled in Cupertino makes me feel like they were trying just a bit too hard.  Why don’t they also make the staff speak with English accents?
For me (a vegetarian), the menu is quite limited.  This isn’t that important as I don’t go to a pub for fine cuisine-but a selection would be nice.  The beers are good and the waitress and bartender conferencing over our request for a “peaty” whisky was nice.
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