Tuesday, 19 May 2009

The Dukes Head

Although we spent 30 minutes driving around trying to find a parking space (and have since learnt there was a carpark), I can honestly say this is a damn fine pub.
The Dukes Head has the perfect balance of traditional character. It's hasn't tried too hard to modernise, and yet it manages to avoid old-man-syndrome. Being tucked away behind the station on a quiet residential road, it's great if you wish to avoid the high-street crowds. Groups of young and old, comfortable seating, proper ale and a bartender who looks like she'd not take any crap from anyone.
A hidden gem for sure.

This is defiantly one I would like to return to (and indeed have since our initial visit and must add the food is also good!). Defiantly a proper pub by definition of the word. Quite off the main road through Richmond this doesn’t see much in the way of passing trade and seems to reply a lot more on their regular locals which adds to a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere which seemed to be good for groups of all types and ages. If you’re looking for a place to sit down with friends and enjoy a few drinks then this is the place for you, if not then it’s probably wise to stay nearer the high street.

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Real ale
Bar snacks
Sports screens
Outside seating

Pint of Youngs, two J2O's, orange juice and lemonade:

Alex - 8.9
Alison - 8.75
Andrew - 8.9
Oliver - 8.0


rob's uncle said...

This is my local and the best one in Richmond. Eric, who attends the final session in the upper bar every evening, is 93 and wearing well, so buy him a drink if you see him.

Note that the name 'Richmond upon Thames' applies to the whole borough; you are evidently only going round the town, which is called 'Richmond'.

Alex said...

Thanks for all the comments!
We're planning to cover the surrounding areas too, not just town :)