We spotted the Duke of Wellington pub from our room at Holiday Inn when we checked in, so when we came across it during our walk along the South Wall remnants of the old city, we stopped in for a drink. It is a beautiful old building with wooden floors, doors, beams and furniture. Full of charm complete with creaking floors and low beams and door frames you've ot to bend slightly to go through. Quaint!
The pub has had a tumultuous history dating all the way back to 1220. The foundation and cellars of the original Stone House still remain as the base of this pub (794 years!). The house was damaged in several wars but lovingly restored. It carried the name ‘Bere House’ from circa 1490 for roughly 325 years until it was changed to The Duke of Wellington sometime after the Battle of Waterloo post 1815.
It was so relaxing sitting on leather armchairs by the fireplace. It felt very homey. Service was excellent and the ambience made the experience more enjoyable. If we had more time in Southampton we would have loved to return for a meal in this historic pub!
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