400 University, Toronto ON, M5G 1S5
Call: (416) 640-3853
The Duke of Cornwall was recommended to me by my husband who went there with a friend. He told me that I would love it for its food and accessibility, and he was right! It is a great place to go with friends and family for drinks or to enjoy delicious pub-style food.
Duke of Cornwall is located downtown on University Avenue. The closest accessible subway station is Osgoode station which is just south of the restaurant. A half of a block north is St. Patrick subway station (which is in the process of getting an elevator put in for accessibility - finish date TBD – check TTC.ca for details). The restaurant has metered street parking outside on University Avenue, however, there are no accessible spots. There is green “P” parking which has accessible spots behind the restaurant on Simcoe Street. There are accessible buses running down Dundas in place of the inaccessible street cars until the end of the year.
There are ramps from the sidewalk at both front and back entrances of the restaurant which is at the proper incline level. The front entrance is off of University Ave. and has a large enough space to park and maneuver mobility devices. There are two 35” wide doors to enter, one of which has an accessible door opener and has no threshold. The back entrance is off Simcoe and there is also a 35” wide door with an accessible door opener and no threshold
The eating space has large windows that provide natural light. There are multiple seating options: 29” tables with benches, 36” bar tables and standard height (30”) tables with removable chairs located throughout the restaurant. There are hooks on the walls & coat racks that you can hang a cane if needed. The restaurant has flooring which is both non-slip wood and low textured carpet with easy transitions throughout. The restaurant can get busy on weekends especially in the evenings. Noise levels are low to moderate with music playing in the background.
The staff are very friendly and will help you with ordering if needed. The menu is at the front door and is easy to read with large font and Braille menus available! It is also accessible online on the website. Just to note, in a couple of weeks there will be a large wrap around accessible patio with 125 seating capacity with similar seating options as inside the restaurant! Also to note, they have semi-enclosed spaces for hosting events or large groups. These areas can be controlled for light and noise and are fully accessible.
On the main floor, there is a very large private accessible restroom at the back left corner of the restaurant. The door is 35" wide with a lever handle and an automatic button to open and lock the door. The manual flush toilet has one grab bar on the side at 30” high and another grab bar behind the toilet at 34” high. They also have an emergency button on the wall to the left of the toilet. The sink is 33” high with clearance of 30.5”. The soap dispenser and hand dryer is at an easy to reach height on the wall.
I have eaten here several times and loved it, so I decided to share my experience. If you go there, please let us know what you think!