The Duchess of Markham

Main St N, Markham
About The Duchess of Markham:

With a name like the Duchess of Markham, one may expect a classier place, but actually, this place has a nice historical charm and a pleasant pub atmosphere. This traditional pub is serving Canadian and pub-inspired dishes over a friendly atmosphere and can be found on 53 Main Street North, in Markham, Ontario.

There is street side parking for cars and bikes near the building, and there is outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi, TV sets that play sports and loud atmosphere. The ambience is casual, going with the style of the place, and there are weekly live music and full bar alcohol service. Duchess is a great place to hang out with friends and have some fried foods over a pint of cold beer.

It opens before the lunch crowd comes in, or at 11 AM and stays open up until 2 AM, every day of the week. It serves lunch and dinner, with a good selection on appetisers, salads, pizza, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, classic pub fare, grill dishes, and a lot more.

The Duchess of Markham has been the topic of review on sites like Facebook, Google Reviews, Yelp, and Trip Advisor. I’ve read through all of these to draw out the pros and cons of the Duchess.


  • Good pub-style menu
  • Comfortable décor
  • Weekly specials nights
  • Live music and a great atmosphere
  • Good beer choices


  • Notes about prices going up

The Duchess of Markham is a place that has been serving the Markham people since 1980. In the 39 years that it has been here, it has “suffered” through several renovations, but the spirit of the place has been kept on. The building has a Tudor-style exterior, and the interior is entirely pub-like. There is a beautiful wooden bar with bar stools, large TVs playing sports events, beer paraphernalia all over the walls, and comfortable tables and chairs.

The pub takes both floors, and they are usually packed with people that enjoy a beer. When the weather allows it, the place opens up their large patio. The menu is very good and holds many items that please even the pickiest of customers.

There is a good selection of salads, appetisers like nachos and calamari, poutine and a lot more. You can create your own pizza, or enjoy a wrap, a sandwich or a taco. There is a good selection of burgers, pasta and rice dishes, grill dishes like fajitas, pan seared fish, liver and onions, a steak dinner and several Duchess pies. The menu has a separate pub fare page with fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and quesadillas, and chicken wings served with fries and several sauces.

This pub offers an excellent selection of draft and bottled beers, as well as cocktails, wines, and spirits. There are weekly specials like Tuesday wing night, Wednesday rib night, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday is live music night. A favourite place for many people, the Duchess of Markham, has been the gathering place for a lot of generations of people.

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