On the spectrum of pub dining, the Duke of Wellington lies firmly at the gastro end of the scale. Every table in the main bar is laid out with knives and forks. While drinkers will be as warmly greeted as diners, it feels a little bit rebellious. Those who find such conditions intimidating in a pub can grab a bar stool or sit on one of the outside benches.
Two or three ales are on tap, but the real prize here is the wine list, which would put most restaurants to shame. Food is the heart of the place, though, with pub classics downstairs and richer offerings in the smart upstairs dining rooms. In either quarter, you'll pay more than most pubs, but the quality is unimpeachable.
On most Sundays, the option here is either beef or lamb, but don’t let the lack of choice deter you. We’ve found the quality of the meat cooking to be among the best we’ve tried, and the roast potatoes are perfectly crisp on the outside, fluffy within. The Sunday special of three courses for £14.95 is another plus. The pub is also brilliant in its bustle, though can lean a little towards the yummy mummy crowd, we’ve found.