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The Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton - pub details

Duke of Edinburgh
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Address: 204 Ferndale Rd, brixton, london, SW9 8AG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 349) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Brixton (0.2 miles), Clapham North (0.5 miles), Stockwell (0.7 miles)

Nearest train stations Brixton (0.3 miles), Clapham High Street (0.7 miles), Loughborough Jn (0.8 miles)

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Just really poor. Which is a big shame as we'd had two separate hugely enthusiastic recommendations prior to choosing it for somewhere close to Brixton Academy, with outside space and decent food in order to catch some pre-gig early rays and be fed and watered. The website proclaimed all boxes thoroughly ticked.

It gets the one point for the huge beer garden. The biggest I have ever seen in London. But you can have too much of a good thing. The surly staff seemed completely unprepared for one of the sunniest days if the year so far. I arrived first out of our party and those of us that hadn't been before soon all agreed that the beer garden (and Save The Rhino mural) were brilliant. It soon filled up and inside also became suddenly really busy - Man Utd v Bayern will do that to a pub with screens.

The menu looked fab - a sign of former glory perhaps? A couple of people have said the pub has changed hands recently. A really interesting variety of burgers in the main, all with pickles and salad, but also tempting salads and staples like fish & chips, all for just £9, including a side. Extra sides £3. I'd had the halloumi burger recommended so went for that with fries, plus a side of coleslaw. My sister plumped for the spiced chicken thighs with salad and a side of potato salad and others had traditional burgers and fish and chips. Well over an hour later, in danger of missing some of the gig the obviously harassed bar man plonked the most embarrassing excuse of a chicken salad - two tiny thighs, a pile of iceberg lettuce and a tomato cut in half - in front of my sister, saying there was no potato salad, but she could have chips. I got a burnt bap containing the tiniest bit of uncooked halloumi, no salad, no coleslaw and not a pickle in sight on any plate! It was dark by this time, but the advertised items were definitely missing. We asked for cutlery and were told we had to trudge all the back to the bar to get our own. There was only three forks and four knives - we needed four of each. I asked the same guy for an extra fork to which the reply was "We haven't got any." When I made it clear that wasn't good enough he finally, after finishing serving a huge round, returned with some plastic forks. By the time I returned to the table, my food was stone cold and the fish and chips eater had given up and eaten with his fingers! This was a couple of hours ago and I still feel sick. So disappointing.

Needing to get to the Academy sharpish by this point and with the bar being rammed, I didn't bother to queue to argue the toss over the three quid they owed me for the lack of coleslaw, being pretty certain if the reaction I'd get. But I won't forget and I won't be back. Shame.
LMNtry - 1 Apr 2014 22:07
This has been a post football haven for about ten years now. After initially wondering why we were going here I've come to respect this pub. I has had it's ups and downs but at heart its always been a relaxing place to drink good beer, watch the footy and listen to good music later in the evening. Recently the downs have been followed by further down culminating in the final insult this evening. The six beers advertised on the chalk board were all off. the only other non lager alternative was £540 a pint. The football was impossible to watch through the hoards of Knitting ladies. I think Knitting is a fine a worthy hobbie. But should a pub be taken over by it? No beer, and Knitting. We are going elsewhere from now on.
Mrsausages - 19 Feb 2014 01:38
I've lived just across the railway for nearly 20 years and never gone in. I'd noticed signs of new ownership but still never bothered until someone, actually, an estate agerixnt doing a valuation on my place mentioned it and called it a "destination pub". Given the general reliability of estate agents I'd not given much thought to it, but in a rare moment of sun this weekend thought why not.

I'm quite glad I did.

First the downside. Some sort of important football event meant the place was packed. Literally sardine style claphamites/brixtonites.

Plus points in no particular order. The back yard is massive and will be rammed come summer proper. Lots of benches, pergolas for shade, bean bag things. An outside bar. Probably outside BBQ in summer, and a big outdoor screen (which was fine until the soccerites demanded the volume up, and to be honest not that intrusive after). Eclectic decor.

They probably sell lager, but ale was Sam Brooks Junction (nice), Tribute (yawn) and a summer guest from Bath Ales (nice). Sunday roasts, including Brixton hat tip, 1/2 jerk chicken looked pretty good but I didn't eat. Advert up for Cider and Perry festival at the end of the month. That they referred to it as Perry rather than "Pear Cider" speaks volumes.

I don't have a local as such. The closest would be the Canton Arms on South Lambeth Road as it intersects my cycle ride home, but this might turn into one.

Giving 8/10. Brixton isn't big on decent pubs - particularly not in residential areas, and especially not 5 minutes walk from my place.
devlinse - 15 May 2012 16:34
They do seem to try hard. It's definitley much better than a weatherspoons. The inside is nicely decorated and the fire in winter is ace but the food is too expensive for what it is - Significantly dearer than the White Horse- and no Ales. The black furniture in the beer garden is shame - makes a potentially great space appear like a cross between back burnt scrub land and Grand Central station for the ghost train. Drop the food prices. Get some Ales. Paint the Furniture. Turn the football volume down. Or I spose I could just F-off and make a pub of my own.
Noelnoelnoel - 3 Dec 2011 11:12
Seems to change hands frequently. Lived in Ferndale Road fifteen years ago when Frank Henley (I think) ran it and was a frequent visitor over the proceeding years. The beer had got very pricey and has thankfully come down a bit. I had stopped going here because the bitter was frequently off or sour and the Guinness often fizzy. Popped in a week ago and the bitter was better so hope it will be better kept by current Landlady. PS not keen on paying to use a debit card. Garden great in the summer and at least its still a proper pub.
flombard - 29 Dec 2010 13:32

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