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Duke of Sussex (Bar, Restaurant)

Picture of Duke of Sussex in Chiswick & Brentford, London

75 South Parade, Chiswick & Brentford, London, W4 5LF
Cuisine: Gastro Average Price: £20.00
Tel: 0208 742 8801 | Email to Duke of Sussex | Transport: Chiswick Park | Write review

Duke of Sussex Review

Opinions are divided on life’s many little quandries: are the New Zealand rugby team the world’s greatest underachievers; should we put Britney out of her misery and have her spayed; is the old ‘chicken cross the road’ joke just a poignant metaphor for human existence.

The newly refurbished and totally unrecogniseable Duke Of Sussex in Chiswick is no exception, either. Opinions are sure to waver somewhere between “who is to blame?” and “by Jove, my trousers have fallen off!”.

For the people that don’t know better – namely, all non-Chiswick residents – The Duke of Sussex will be a bit like the planet Mars: populated with alien life forms, a tad difficult to get to and surprisingly underwhelming when you finally arrive.

To the locals, on the other hand, it’s all about the subtle differences. They’ll be lauding the recent tonal transformation from the gaudy orange and greens of yesteryear to the colour of the future….brown. Although, in the immediacy, this might not seem to fill your heart with glee, the locals will be quick to hail the splendour and the sparkle that accompanies the brown - chandeliers, solid red drapes, the bounty of ornate cherubs circling the dining hall, the grandiose garden bar complete with fairytale trellises and Victorian lamposts – such is the Duke’s new regal character. It’s worth noting at this point that Chiswick is 100% pure grade Posh. Residents have included the likes of Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Stewart and Felicity Kendall. Sparkling brown is bound to be popular.

The division in opinion continues with the untimely death of Elvis night, leaving fans of The King ‘in the ghetto’. Likewise sports fans should be prepared for a mauling: pool tables, out, dining tables, in; enormous plasmas, out, piddly TV, in; large back room showing Spanish football, out, large back room serving Spanish Fabada, in. This is what happens when a borough’s favourite sport is rowing.

For food lovers, the dining experience will do just enough to ensure you’re utterly confused. Whilst perusing the big rustic Spanish-Brit menu you’ll want to use words such as ‘unusual’, ‘interesting’ and ‘weird’. But then you’ll realise there’s no recognisable difference between starters and mains, be it monkfish, rabbit or ‘red’ themed salad. The prolific use of lentils, fish and black rice will fuddle your muddle completely, but at least the staff can warm your cockles with their courtesy and their “I picked those blackberries myself” banter.

And then there’s the wine lovers. Those championing the Old World order, there’s a carafe full of laughs for you. 375ml servings mean sampling is almost mandatory – Mas la Pierre Muscat Sec, Vega Real Crianza, even a Gloucestershire white. But all you New World lovers with your oversized carbon footprint, sorry, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

As for freelance journalists, they’ll all agree that the addition of free wifi and a tidy sum of interesting beers means they choose to remain opinionless about the Duke of Sussex. 7 out of 10 if you’re local, 6 out of 10 if you’re not from Mars.
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Customer Reviews for Duke of Sussex

Average (based on 4 votes): 4 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Great charm, excellent customer service and food. I especially enjoyed the salt beef. This place oozes with character and it is also dog friendly which matters a lot to me. I highly recommend the Duke - you will not be disappointed.”
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Jacqueee, Chiswick (7 years 10 months 21 days ago)

“Best Tapas this side of the Bay of Biscay. Great white wine and superb selection of real ales. It should be at the top of every CAMRA members list.”
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Len, Winchester (9 years 3 months 16 days ago)

“Just had lunch here and it was fabulous! The prawn soup was full of flavour, the fattoush absolutely fresh and crunchy, and the mullet escabeche was very very tasty. Being fans of a certain venue in W.6, this comes very close and we will return soon. Lovely service from an efficient gentleman who quietly coped the ever growing number of tables with good grace. We loved it! Thank you. ”
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Libbie Barr, London (10 years 2 months 6 days ago)

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“Great pub! Love the atmosphere and the food is perfect. Maybe a bit hard to find if you're not local but i think this simply makes it more exclusive! Highly recommended.”
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Dave, London (11 years 8 days ago)

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Food

The menu features a mixture of British and Spanish dishes, all prepared using seasonal and well-sourced produce from responsible suppliers.

Updated 13/09/2007

Drinks

The old world wine list features a quirky collection of whites and reds carefully sourced from a number of different suppliers. The vast majority are under £20 a bottle but also come served in 375ml carafes, giving customers the flexibility to pick and choose different grapes and drink at whatever pace they choose.

Updated 13/09/2007

Additional Information

  • Cuisine Type: Gastro
  • Average Price: £20.00
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: Real Pubs

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