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The Duke of Edinburgh pub and restaurant was the dream of three Englishmen and one American who wished to build a pub and restaurant in California with the same atmosphere as the pubs in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In order to insure that the setting was authentic, a pub designer from England was brought to California to help with the design. After approval by Vallco and the City of Cupertino, the plans were sent to England where the complete interior of the pub was built. Everything inside - the bar, the ceiling, the carpet, the wallpaper, the lamps, EVERYTHING, was made in England.

When completed, the pub interior was packed in containers and shipped to California. After arrival, it was only a few weeks before the Duke was open for business. With the large population of British and Irish expatriates in the Bay Area, it didn't take long for the word to get around that there was an authentic pub in town.

Since opening on Halloween 1983, the Duke has become the local pub for both expatriates and Californians alike. The atmosphere at the Duke is the same as you would find in any pub in the British Isles, full of friendly patrons who come in to talk, play darts, have a pint or two, and eat a meal. With the help of additional partners, we think we've accomplished our goal of building an authentic pub in California. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.