Fancy a night out in Southampton?

Days out in Southampton regularly receive recommendations offering advice on a great night out in Southampton 

In this article, we offer some of that advice for a great night out in Southampton, specifically the “Duke of Wellington Pub”

Located in the heart of the city and close by to Mayflower Park, Southampton Terminal 1 and easy walking distance to Queens Park. 

Many visitors may have taken time to visit the Titanic Restaurant Memorial or the medieval Merchants house.  

Located on Bugle Street, this area of Southampton is known for the Tudor buildings, limited parking space and best accessed by foot or taxi.

The Duke of Wellington for a Great Night Out In Southampton 

A position of historical interest as originally built in 1220 and was first leased out to a Benedict Ace, who became one of the city’s earliest mayors. 

The Duke of Wellington has seen many of the city’s historical times pass by and even shared its hospitality in times of these great events.

In 1494 the building was purchased by the brewer Rowland Johnson who repurposed the building as it became a public house for the first time. 

Rowland Johnson named it Bere House or Brew House.

Named the Brewhouse because Johnson, who was a native of Holland imported hops and brew equipment from his homeland and became the city’s first brewer and set up the city’s first brewery here. 

A Tradition of local and fine ales continues today with a wide selection of real ales and beers available.

An establishment on any visitor from the new world’s list of places to see as the building was passed and may have been used for food and refreshments for the Pilgrim fathers on their way to the Mayflower, which sailed its maiden voyage to the New World from the bottom of Bugle Street, in 1620 

By 1771, Southampton was building sea-going vessels on a large scale. The pub was renamed the Shipwrights Arms serving the many local shipbuilders.  

Whilst the city has maintained a nautical tradition to this day, in 1815 the Pub was renamed the Duke of Wellington to celebrate the Duke of Wellington’s victory over Napoleon, at the battle of Waterloo.  

The Duke remains a National hero today, with many traditions remaining from this magnificent victory.  

The Queens Guards continue to wear with pride the famous “Bearskins” taken from the elite french troops and a battle honour at Waterloo.

The pub has a quaint atmosphere, and was described by The Times Online in the night-life section of an article on Southampton as: “A lovely old beamed pub by the Tudor House.”

From The Bar at The Duke of Wellington 

  • Wadsworth Real Ales including Henry’s IPA,
  • Swordfish, Horizon, Wadworth 6X and
  • Bishop’s Tipple plus some special
  • seasonal ales are also often available.

Cask Marque accredited Ensuring that the cask ale you drink is in perfect condition.

The Duke of Wellington keeps a wide selection of wines, and are sure they have something for everyone, wines are sold by the glass or bottle.

The Bar also offers a Try before you buy option on any of the 9 real ales in stock 

Beer Taster Paddle

Try three beers for the price of one with the beer taster paddle. These paddles come with three third pint glasses for the price of one beer!

Find the beer for you from the real ale range.

From The Kitchen

Food is available to order from Monday to Saturday 12 noon until 9 pm.  There is typically a Lunch menu, an evening menu and snacks are also available to order from the Kitchen.

Sundays the Pub offers a Roast from 12 midday until 8 pm, advanced bookings are recommended if you wish to reserve a table 

Gluten-Free options are available for those intolerant to Gluten and ingredients are available upon request.

Discover a great night out in Southampton at the Duke of Wellington

Address: 36 Bugle Street, Southampton, SO14 2AH – 

Phone 023 80339222

Opening Hours 

Monday 11 am 12 Midnight

Tuesday 11 am 12 Midnight

Wednesday 11 am 12 Midnight

Thursday 11 am 12 Midnight

Friday 11 am 12 Midnight

Saturday 11 am 12 Midnight

Sunday 11 am 10.30 pm

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