I was up in the Big Smoke again, this time to witness my football team get thumped by the Arsenal 6-1, so as you could imagine I was on a bit of a downer. What could possibly cheer me up? Beer and meat? Hell yeah, that would cheer me up no end! As we were in the Highbury & Islington area we wanted to head somewhere close, so we opted for Duke’s Brew & Que, a stones throw away from Haggerston over ground train stop. I’ve heard postive things about Duke’s, so it’s been on THE list for quite some time.
Duke’s is not your typical restaurant, it leans towards being a pub, that sells BBQ/American food, so much so, the beer menu is much bigger than the food menu! We arrived and it was quite busy, which is always a good sign, some people driking, some people eating. They manged to sqeeuze us in, but for future reference I would book a table to avoid dissappointment. The very friendly front of house manager gave us food and drinks menus and explained a bit about the place, the food they served, the specials that were on, and a bit about the beers that they had. The beer menu is pure heaven, lots of craft beers by the bottle, and beers that they brew on site by Beavertown Brewery. I’m always up for trying local produce, so I went for Beavertown’s Smog Rocket which is robust smoked porter and it’s fucking awesome, those Beavertown boys should be proud of that one. Honestly, I could of spent the day in there trying out all their different beers, if you are not a beer drinker they had a very good spirits menu and a few cocktails on offer, so a good all round bar menu.
After mulling over the menu and scouting around what other people were eating, the beef ribs seemed to be popular, so I went for them with pickle and slaw, with a side order of fries and fried pickles & okra with ranch dressing. The ribs came out on a metal tray with grease proof paper underneath, proper American style, with four enormousness ribs, I was very pleased with my choice. The ribs were slow cooked in a Memphis style glaze, which made them really tender, when added with some home made B&Q barbecue sauce, it was melt in your mouth stuff, really good bbq. The sides were good, the fries had been sprinkled with something, maybe smoked paprika or something along those lines, they weren’t great fries, but weren’t bad either, now the deep fried pickles/okra were really good, lovely a crunchy and when mixed with the ranch dressing this just enhanced the flavour.
With the meal coming to a end, I was really glad I gave Duke’s a go and it really brightened up my day, love the décor, the staff were really helpful and pleasant, did their up most to make our dining experience a good one, prices were OK, worked out about £26 a head, which isn’t bad at all, especially in London and for the quality of food we had. So if your a hipster and find yourself hungry or in need of a stiff drink, head here, you won’t be disappointed.
Duke’s Brew & Cue Web site - http://dukesbrewandque.com/