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“Not as good as it thinks it is...” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Duke Pub

The Duke Pub
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Not as good as it thinks it is...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

We ate here one weekend and reading the menu/looking at the website, we thought it would be pricey but well executed gastro-pub type food. In its defense the food was nice, nothing fantastic, but nice food cooked pretty well. The real failing was the service, they got our drink order wrong THREE times, as well as coming back after we'd ordered to ask us what had we ordered because "I can't read my own writing" - pretty fundamental for a waiter. It wasn't very busy and there were several staff mooching about so it wasn't as if they were under pressure. The bar/pub section looked nice and cosy, but the whole place has as bit of a pretentious "designed" feel, rather than a real atmosphere. They're the bad points though, the food is nice and you will have a good evening, you'll just feel as if it should have been better.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Nice bar, and the food good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is a bar and restaurant and is centrally placed in Richmond. The bar is very good, it has atmosphere and the beer is good. The food is okay, and again the service is friendly.
A nice place to hang out with your buddies.

Visited October 2012
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Thank CJTW
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A great find !!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Duke is a Richmond pub with dining hall attached serving first rate, good value ("gastro") pub food. The staff are without exception, friendly, helpfully, well trained & eager to please. Additionally & of equal importance to the food quality (& unlike all too many of their competitors) they have a pretty decent, inexpensive selection of wines by the glass.

I had actually walked past this place for many years without venturing inside, but during the summer, when looking for a "non pubby" Richmond venue to host a small wedding/drinks reception, had the good fortune to be introduced to Egle & her team who in every respect exceeded our expectations!

I have since returned on any number of occasions to eat - the menu seems to change weekly at least, which for me is a good sign - or just for a quick beer & (with the exception of the Sunday roast which I felt was not up to their usual high standard), view this place as in many ways a breath of fresh air on the Richmond pub/brasserie circuit !

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Teddington_Towers
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london
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Friendly staff average food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Staff were very friendly and efficient and 3 of the meals were ok but the breast and leg of duck was truly awful - it must have been a really old bird as it was tough as leather and so I hardly got any meat off it at all. It was the most expensive of the 4 meals we had and definitely not worth the very expensive price. The pub has a good friendly atmosphere but it is unbearably noisy and so not really a good place to spend much time in unless you want to spend your time shouting at others!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank paulinee800
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London, United Kingdom
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1,101 reviews
776 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 462 helpful votes
“on my way”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

the duke pub the service was good and friendly but noisy full of prams. kids noise, and and mums talking loud and dads playing stupid games. if you like babies. kids. this is the place for you or go late when they have gone and its more like a bar restaurant

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank jamesthewedge
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