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Rotterdam’s first English gastropub opens its doors

By Mathilde Simon
August 03, 2021

A new hotspot has opened in the middle of the bustling Witte de Withstraat, namely the first English gastropub in Rotterdam. The hotspot Dutch Dukes wants to introduce the city to the casual British pub atmosphere.


Typical English

Photo: Wendy van Bree

You will be welcomed here by the smell of typical English dishes, such as fish & chips and steak & guiness pie, but you can also opt for appetizers such as avocado fries and beetroot ‘bitterballen’.

The high-quality dishes are freshly prepared daily, the drinks menu is filled with British beers, ciders and gin tonics, of course. But in addition to the food and drinks menu, the interior is also as you would expect from a gastropub. With a burgundy, oak and brass colour palette and stained glass, it will feel like you’re in London for a moment.


Casual pub atmosphere

Photo: Wendy van Bree

With countless restaurants, tokos and cafes you can see, taste and smell the cultural diversity of Rotterdam. No shortage of choice in this city. But an English pub was something rare in Rotterdam. For that reason, Rotterdam entrepreneur Frank Roolaart (owner of HAL4 aan de Maas) opened the city’s first English gastropub.

“In the past, English pubs were known as dark, smoky cafes where people hung out at the bar. These old-fashioned pubs have since been elevated to quality gastropubs where friends, colleagues and acquaintances come together. Rotterdam deserves a similar place where people discuss their working day, enjoy fresh dishes and toast to life,” says Frank Roolaart.

At Dutch Dukes you experience the authentic casual British pub atmosphere in combination with a raw Rotterdam edge. Will we see you there?

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