The Dukes

The Dukes

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Hours
Sun
10:00 - 18:00
Mon
10:00 - 23:00
Tue
10:00 - 23:00
Wed
10:00 - 23:00
Thu
10:00 - 23:00
Fri
10:00 - 23:00
Sat
10:00 - 23:00
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
£3.00 – £25.00
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Dining bars
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
meals, features
Is this restaurant a hidden gem or off-the-beaten path?
About
At The Dukes we believe in traditional, excellent formal service while creating an atmosphere that is casual, friendly & unpretentious. We offer high standards, quality ingredients, real ales, cocktails & home cooking. The Dukes is a Georgian thatched property built in 1736, originally 2 cottages and converted into a pub 10 years later. The main bar has 2 areas separated by the fire place that once separated the 2 cottages. The newer conservatory restaurant offers romantic dining & a menu which is prepared fresh to order. We host lots of events, such as birthdays, weddings, funerals, meetings, trainings, classes, fundraisers & more because we never charge for room hire. We believe a public house should be free for the public to use.
PRICE RANGE
£3.00 – £25.00
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Dining bars
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles228 reviews
Excellent
179
Very good
33
Average
7
Poor
6
Terrible
3
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Chris M
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
We booked this at last minute as its close to Rushmere park, purely on the basis of the reviews and were more than pleased with our decision. Very welcoming and friendly staff who delt with my fussy requests ( ie to turn music down a bit ) and even checked back to see if it was ok! Then on to the meal which was lovely...particularily the garlic mushroom starters ( a meal in them selves) through to the homemade crumble..all delicious.
Written 3 February 2020
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D73PMsarahs
Thank you, for you lovely review. We do hope you will be back soon.
Written 2 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

cktheobald1524
St. Neots17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 family
Soon as we got there the headwaiter I think all owner was there to greet us really professional friendly couldn’t be more attentive. Brought us water and menus really quickly. Looked out what the vegetarian options were for myself. Explained everything is cooked fresh for possibly 15 to 20 minutes wait and offered us olives and bread which was lovely. The food was delicious my daughter had roast pork which she said was excellent. Only criticism is the portions were massive!! Lovely place nice and relaxed restaurant quality cross pub.
Written 16 January 2022
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Sharon W
Hertfordshire7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
Thank you to Sarah and all the staff, you made my birthday meal so very special. Everything was spot on and some very special dietary requests were met plus some. The room was set out to Covid restrictions which was very good. Every one enjoyed their meals and the age range was from 11 - 73yrs. Will definitely be back here to eat. Thanks again to Sarah and all the staff that looked after me and my party that day. Sharon W
Written 12 June 2021
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Foodiemumofboys
Leighton Buzzard36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 family
Visited for Sunday lunch with my husband and two children. Had arranged to view the function room which we had provisionally booked for my parents anniversary next month. We had 2 adults roasts and 2 children’s, 3 desserts and a bottle of wine and the bill was £85. We’ve paid similar prices before but the portions were much smaller than expected and food pretty average. The service was a bit slow but friendly. As planned after the meal I asked to see the room. I was told they didn’t have time (there were only 3 tables eating). Considering I had made this trip specifically for this purpose I was very disappointed. I felt now they had got my money they weren’t interested. Won’t be going through with the party booking (which incidentally they couldn’t find in the diary despite email confirmation from Sarah the manager - who was also present at the time we were eating but never spared the time to speak to us). They’ve lost out on business, very strange way to treat a customer! Won’t be returning.
Written 23 February 2020
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D73PMsarahs
Hi Keren, Wow! This is a massive misunderstanding. I am shocked to hear your version. I have checked the bookings on the day of your visit and the email correspondence I had with your brother which started 7 days before regarding booking the function room. Your brother emailed us at 2:17pm on Sunday 16 Feb enquiring about a party, which I responded to the next day, asking if he would like me to provisionally hold the date. I had no response. On 23 Feb at 9:24am you booked a table online for 4 people for the same day. You had not arranged to see the function room and you had not proviosanally booked it because your brother did not respond to my email asking if he would like to make a provisional booking. Christian, who served you had three tables to look after when you asked him to show you round and because we like to give you our undivided attention for such an important booking, he suggested that you make an appointment so we can do it properly. You gave him the impression that you were happy with that and you gave him a tip. I didn't know you were there at the time because you only made your booking that morning and as I was already preparing Sunday lunch in the kitchen by then. I did not send you an email confirmation of your party booking because I hadn't heard back from you to say that you wanted it. We would never intend to make you feel like we have treated you in a strange way. We are just people behind a business trying to do our best. 3 tables may not seem many but we are fully booked with only 5 or 6 tables and we take a lot of pride in our levels of service by keeping the numbers small. How would you feel if you were sitting at one of those tables and the person serving you disappears to show someone round the function room? We never charge for function room hire so we do get a lot of enquiries, we treat all of these as very important. I am sorry that you felt so strongly about all of this that you feel it necessary to try and jeopardise my business over a simple misunderstanding. Reading between the lines I am pleased you found the service friendly.
Written 2 March 2020
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Stuw
Wakefield2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 family
Booked a table for evening meal, tried to impress my family members working with my recommendations after a visit earlier in the year when we had a great meal, looked after by Mr Spanish guy. The beer was inert and flat tasted watery( full refund after speaking with the boss) . The meal wasn't great the dauphinoise potato had no cream and the potato was conspicuos by its lack of quantity 2 or 3 pieces of potato is not enough the chicken was fine. My pork was overcooked and small, crackling very small portion, chips were overdone, didn't eat them. Had the service charge deducted paid the bill after discussion with the owner left the premises still hungry. We were given a £25 voucher if we go back to reduce our next bill. Shame, I enjoyed my first visit back in stormy February. I recommend the spaniard has a speedy return and let's do it again.
Written 5 September 2022
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Katherine Luna G
124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 none
We just wanted to express deep gratitude to Sarah for allowing us to film a scene for our proof-of-concept video for a film fund, on Sunday 26th of June, in the cottage across the road. Not only she was super approachable in terms of communication and professionalism, but she trusted us from first contact. By the time we finished at 2pm, after shooting all morning in another location, we were quite tired and hungry, and decided to have lunch at the pub. And that was the cherry on top of the cake, for two out of four of us are vegan, and she had lovely options for us to choose. The food was delicious and we all left feeling replenished and very well looked after. We couldn't have had a better host! Thank You so much. Luna :)
Written 10 July 2022
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Vicky D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 none
The Dukes hosted my Birthday Lunch on Saturday for 15 adults and 7 children. As they requested we ordered our food in advance so there was no food wastage. We totally approve of this. The meals were fantastic. There was a large and varied choice of dishes including vegetarian, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed them. The Yorkshire puddings were especially yummy. Cannot praise this restaurant highly enough. We were made very welcome and the attention to detail was terrific. A brilliant place to eat. We will be back!
Written 11 April 2022
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julienphil
London318 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 couples
Came here for Sunday lunch - our waitress was VERY attentive but the waiter looked like he didn’t really want to be there. Sunday dinner was passable ..we were very disappointed. Five small roast potatoes which were very hard.. beef was nice but not enough gravy, cauliflower cheese was good but small bowl containing a few carrot batons, small amount of red cabbage between two people wasn’t enough. Frozen Yorkshire pudding was burnt! . Ginger crumble has very little filling.. It’s rare to leave a pub still hungry after a Sunday roast! Also cutlery very cheap and cheap wine glasses .. sorry we won’t be returning but I wish you well. Unfortunately my own roast dinner is so much better !! We were also overcharged .. desert should have been included in price .£50 for two people is excessive..
Written 4 March 2023
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Ian S
Leeds4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 none
My wife and I stayed overnight at The Dukes as I had a flight simulator experience booked in Leighton Buzzard. As it was just one night we decided to book for dinner that evening. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the service friendly and slick. The room that we stayed in was very compact but had everything that we required. If we were staying any longer than one night, it may have caused a few issues, however, it was immaculately clean and the bed very comfortable. Breakfast was not for the faint hearted: coffee/tea, juice, cereals (homemade), cooked and then followed with croissants/pastries! Suffice to say, I didn't see anyone attempt everything... Overall, I would definitely recommend The Dukes.
Written 21 August 2022
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Mary J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 family
Booked a table for 2 the night before. The dining area was so cosy and we were seated next to the real fire. Though the Sunday lunch menu has fewer options than maybe other places, if you're looking for a roast you"re spoiled for choice, including a vegan option. We both ordered the beef brisket which was unbelievably tender. The assortment of vegetables were delicious and cooked perfectly. I can't speak highly enough about our waitress who was friendly and efficient. Over-all a great experience and reasonably priced. Highly recommended a visit.
Written 4 December 2022
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Janet L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 none
My friend and I were given a very warm welcome by the owner Sarah. We were only after a light lunch following a walk at Woburn and we both ordered club sandwiches. Sitting first on the terrace in the sunshine and then inside too when a heavy rain shower appeared we both enjoyed our visit. The sandwiches were very tasty, especially the good quality, well cooked bacon. I had never had a fried egg in a club sandwich before and it went really well with the rest of the ingredients in the sandwich. We were both impressed with the quality. It is good to still find a pub with lots of good sandwiches to choose from at lunchtime but for those with a heartier appetite there is also a full menu. We would not hesitate to return. Thank you Sarah.
Written 17 May 2022
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Fiona233
Leighton Buzzard7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 family
I booked The Dukes after seeing them advertise venue hire. This was perfect for my mums 60th birthday party. All the team were very attentive on arrival. It was decorated brilliantly (I didn't even ask for decorations) and this was done stunningly, with the fairy lights and banners. I ordered the buffet (classic finger buffet, sausages, sausage rolls, chicken skewers, spring rolls) which was amazing. Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed the food, and it was the perfect amount too with hardly any leftovers. The lad behind the bar was lovely, same as the young girl. We kept asking them to put in certain songs and nothing was too much trouble, even though they were serving behind the bar they were really good, and very quick serving us too. Thank you to Sarah for sorting this for us. Everyone had a brilliant evening.
Written 17 September 2023
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Lindsay W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
I attended today as a guest for a business meeting and was greeted by friendly and welcoming staff. I ordered a vegan shepherds pie and although I am not vegan, i will certainly be happy to change if every meal tastes that good! I will be more than happy to attend here again and will recommend to my family and friends and clients. A big thank you to all staff for their hospitality.
Written 16 March 2022
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Foodiestar2013
Buckingham25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
Good service, comfortable bar and delicious food. We both had the roasts from the ‘specials’ board, my husband had chicken and I the nut roast; all plentiful, well presented and very tasty. And how good to find a pub with decent food open on a Monday! Thank you.
Written 25 March 2024
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Christopher C
Dunstable1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
The food was excellent- Sarah went to huge effort to cater for my dietary needs. The pub itself is lovely and welcoming and the staff could not be more helpful. The location is also beautiful. We will be coming back. Many thanks
Written 20 March 2022
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