Historic pub called Duke of York may change its name over Prince Andrew scandal

A historic boozer called the Duke of York could change its name in the wake of the Prince Andrew scandal.

The Duke of York Gastropub in Marylebone in west London will hold a meeting on Monday to discuss a potential name change.

The manager, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We won’t decide either way until next week in a meeting amongst the owners.

“It’s a business change of name with the bank, and on credit card machines, so it’s not just straightforward, but no decision has been made on that at the moment.”

Dozens of pubs across the UK bare the name of historic royal title. Pub-goers have argued that while Andrew holds the dukedom, most boozers have held the title longer than the Queen’s second oldest son.

Meanwhile, some landlords of pubs called The Duke of York distanced themselves from the current holder of the title in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse against the royal, who denies all the allegations made against him.

George Cork, the general manager of The Duke of York pub in Southwark, south London, said he would not be changing the name of his pub.

He told the PA news agency: “There’s no plans to change the name. The Duke of York has been called The Duke of York for a long time now – it’s about a title and the original Duke of York from the 1300s.

“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but he’s not affiliated with us in any way. The pub’s been around for a long time and there are 52 pubs around the UK that probably feel the same way."

Poppy Bosher, 29, drinking at The Duke of York pub in Southwark, south London, said: “I don’t think it’s 100% necessary for pubs to change their names. Pubs have been around for a long time and it’s not Prince Andrew’s name up there.

“I do think if pubs were to change their name it would be a big statement regarding the allegations, but in terms of business, I run a business, and I feel it could be difficult in terms of marketing.

“We didn’t realise the name of it when we came here – it wouldn’t stop me going in a pub because it’s not related to the pub itself."

Greene King, which owns a Duke of York pub in Hanover Square, Westminster, said the pub was not named after the present Duke of York and had held the name since the 19th century.

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The Duke of York pub in Fitzrovia in central London bears an image of Andrew and has not removed its connection with the duke.

The pub did not wish to comment on Friday regarding whether it would change its name or branding.

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