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This was once a great, rocking, located on the Green. Now it is a pretentious gastro jobbie. It is full of middle class locals drinking coffee and reading the Guardian haveing been to the estate agent and pushing their buggies two abreast along the pavement as it is the nanny's day off. This is not a pub. Truly tragic.
ruperockroll - 24 Aug 2011 10:23
Large high with high ceilings overlooking Chiswick Park. Had a pint of Sambrooks Junction that went down faster than a whores knickers. Had another ale from Camden brewery so it was good to see some local brews on offer.

Food looked vey good but needed to be as this is derinitely a restaurant style pub and I guess that the food wasnt coming cheap. The only gripe was that there was distinctive smell of piss eminating from the gents and as the gents is located by the entrance when you walk in you are greeted by the lovely aroma of freshly cooked tapas with just of hint of stale piss. . . . .kinda puts you off! ! ! !

Come on guys....sort this small problem and this will be a decent pub with a big garden for summer evening imbibing! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
BeerGutt - 27 May 2011 17:25
Went to this because it was in the Good Beer Guide, but I was really disappointed with it. Expensive beer (£3.40 a pint) and both times I was given incredibly short measure (by the same barmaid. She must have either been under instructions or incredibly stupid. The fact all the other bar staff seemed to be giving short measure too suggests the former). The pint of We'll Get It Right I had was borderline undrinkable, although the Seafarers was OK. And the place was full of yelling babies and kids rushing about.

If you're in the area, I'd stick to the Old Pack Horse on the other side of the Tube station.
paul154 - 21 Jun 2010 11:37
A pleasant gastropub on a corner overlooking an area of parkland. Many people were there for the football and a drink, whilst others were there simply for the food. This made for a fairly mixed clientele. Service was efficient. Two Cottage beers were on - We'll Get It Right and Champflower Ale, alongside Skinners Betty Stoggs. As I remember, the cider was Aspalls. The large central bar, frosted glass partitions and huge windows providing plenty of light, make for a relaxed and comfortable drinking environment. My only slight criticism was the lack of seating. But this was not too surprising given that the football was on. Far better than its 3.7/10 rating suggests.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Jun 2010 15:56
Great selection of real ales
boomer - 3 Mar 2010 23:07
An obviously busy and popular pub. The menu has a lot of tapas-style stuff so you can have a couple of small dishes with your ale - or a full-blown meal. It's more restauranty at the back. The food is unusual and very tasty. We did have to wait a while to give our order at the bar - but not because the staff were slacking - they were busy!

Beers on offer were Greenwich Meantime IPA (new in cask), Wells Bombardier and Adnams Bitter.

Roodeye - 6 Nov 2009 13:02
Previously had a good meal here, so went there again last week. The two staff who were chatting to regulars didnt acknowledge us until i went to the other side of the bar and looked at them both directly. "are you waiting" was the response i got.
When we were finally served we sat in the garden and waited for someone to take our order. After ten minutes and no acknowledgement of our existence, i walked to the bar to confirm that food orders are taken at the table andwas told that somebody will be with us shortly.
After fifteen minutes, we finished our drinks and left. still no acknowledgement form any of the five or so staff that were on duty.
I run pubs for a living and for me to see such a great old building occupied by people who just dont get it, saddens me. You may have an attractive bar, but if you dont do the basics right you will not survive.
After wasting 50 minutes of my life, we went down the road to the swan, wich was excellent as usual. Duke of Sussex staff do yourselves a favour and take a trip down to The Swan and see how its done.
rebeccahall - 26 Aug 2009 08:43
this was by local when i lived in chiswick before i was out priced by the rich mob still have your tramps in there from behind you know who you are deal with it ant & decs local these days dodge like the pig plague
alf123 - 22 Aug 2009 18:26
Went for the second time last weekend. Enjoyed a drink here before but never had food.
Very pleasent garden but very busy. Friendly staff seemd hurried but didn't have to wait too long. Ate tapas style and thought it very good.
Definatley going to go back if the we get the long hot summer we are promised.

boomer - 24 Jun 2009 19:22
This rating is pretty much spot on. Went there last Sunday. Staff look rather shabby and are not very attentive or enthusiastic. The menu layout was terrible and we were given the wrong menu twice. The food is very over-priced. My steak was average (but costs £16). The veg was rubbish, no greens with the steak or the roast dinner, just red cabbage, a boiled carrot sliced in two and naff potatoes (I think the chef had used the wrong variety for roasting). Salted cod as a starter was just mushy bland fishcake. The beer garden is overcrowded with cheap garden furniture. I think this place is a bit above it's station and either needs to improve pretty much everything or lower their prices. The toilets are a reminder of what this place used to be like. Dirty old pool bar.
Funkyhomo - 10 Jun 2009 10:41
I went here yesterday with my husband. We usually go to The neighbouring Swan but my husband, being a licensee wanted to try a new venue. We liked everything about the place. The food was very good honest Anglo/Spanish grub. Cooked very well. Ales and pimms were excellent.
Only negatives were that the garden became a creche anf the ocopus could have done with a little more acidity.
well worth a visit.

Rebecca & Stephen Hall
rebeccahall - 26 May 2009 15:03
Good points 1st about this pub! 1.
It has a beer garden out back.

Bad points.
The food and drink are both indeed over priced, the chef seems to know what he's doing but the prices do not reflect his small salty portions. The staff are very laid back, looking like poorly dressed students, if i'm going to be charged the amount i was i'd at least like the staff to make an effort! As for there attitudes? Very clicky, snobby & snooty, my waitress was trying to smile but it obviously didn't come natural to her. Dirty and uncomfortable tables and chairs which looked like they had been taken from a 1950's school. Needless to say i will not be returning.
Pubwatch181 - 11 May 2009 13:42
The current rating (3.5) does not reflect the quality of this pub. I have been here several times now and have been pretty impressed on each visit. The service was good and the food too; my boyfriend enjoyed the black sheep as well!

Great beer garden, and beautiful dining room.

Highly recommended.
heidir - 13 Dec 2008 11:22
good sunday roast, not cheap but good quality, staff were veering on the snooty side although they all wore jeans and t-shirts and the place seems to promote a laid back style. stuck to lager for hangover purposes so can't comment on the real ales, good wine list, would return for the food.
sprungmonkey - 21 Oct 2008 16:52
Good beer selection and friendly, efficient, staff.

Excellent atmosphere, as it's not gone too upmarket, although it's very smart. High quality chips and dips that are worth returning for.

There were three different real ales on during my visit, as well as real cider. There's also a board of upcoming ales.

Nothing like the pub it once was a long time ago, so the present rating is NOT a true reflection.
Roodeye - 12 Sep 2008 12:50
Great beer garden but the food there is terrible! I ordered fish and green vegetables expecting my veg to be brocolli, beans, peas or somthing similar instead I got half a boiled cabbage! It was disgusting! The portion sizes were tiny too.
I'd give it a 7/10 for the beer garden but a 2/10 for food.
pub_gurus - 2 Aug 2008 21:40
I was greeted by a friendly barman when I ordered my £3.60 pint of Heineken (ouch, this is the 2nd pub in a week that has charged me this). Upon sitting down I noticed Black Sheep, Bombardier and Spitfire all available along with a selection of premium lagers. There was also a blackboard hanging from the ceiling behind the bar with this week’s ale listed, which were Youngs, Oldwagg, Daleside Legover, Everards Tiger and Deuchars IPA.

There is nothing wrong with this pub, but I personally don’t think that it was worth the detour from the High Road. Having said this though, it is better than the current 3.4 rating the pub has inherited from its previous incarnation.
Strongers - 30 Apr 2008 17:13
Went back to try the food at the weekend having seen quite a positive review in the weekend papers. I had to agree with the critic - it was impressive for a pub that hosted elvis nights a few months ago. I had a delicious steak with chips and bearnaise, washed down with a pint of Addlestones and followed swiftly by treacle tart with clotted cream. Think I will take my soon to be girlfriend on a date there.
wibbler - 25 Sep 2007 10:30
Its now called Duke of Sussex and is serving a decent collection of real ales as well as wine by the carafe. Think I'm gonna go back and try the food - it didn't look too shabby at all.
anonymous - 12 Sep 2007 15:06
No more pooltable or tv's. Went in for a quick drink and to watch football. No luck. Place looks nice though. Beer tasted heaps better.Food looked ok.
anonymous - 5 Sep 2007 10:27
Elvis has gone, long live Elvis. I am told that the pub is under new management and that they are "going up market" i pressume it will be converted into yet another of Chiswicks allready saturated market of Gastro pubs. I am also told that they will not be showing sports once they re-open after their redec! so losing the sports, lets hope they also lose the foul beers and lagers and replace them with ones that taste decent. We wait to see....
anonymous - 9 Mar 2007 14:02
always used this place as a stop-in on our way to somewhere else, good for a quick beer, maybe a quick bite to eat before you head out for the evening....
anonymous - 5 Dec 2006 14:09
very few people use this pub, but the food is very good. pity about there taste in TV channels, every time i have been in there it has been ITV1, which im not a fan of. and the pool table costs £1.20!
moomin86 - 18 Sep 2006 20:26
Chav central, but quite a cheap boozer!
popplepops - 13 Sep 2006 16:40
yep this place is up to its eyeballs in chavs. I acknowledge that the life of a chav is just as important as my own, they have hopes and dreams and God loves them too...but i don't want to be around them more than i have to.

Brother_Number_One - 1 Aug 2006 22:13
Been only the once, so don't want to judge too quickly.
Good, polite service from a couple of the girls, and the manager was nice too. Served me a lovely pint of Amstel.
Ordered Sunday lunch, but "chef" was on his break (girl pointed to lad sat at bar, eating).
10 mins later he toddled off to the kitchen, food was with us within the next 10 mins, and was very nice.
I can confirm it's very loud (music), even when not packed out, and I did note a number of chavs. Well at least it keeps them out of my local.
I'd happily return, but likely with a few lads, rather than the wife again.
Graam - 10 Apr 2006 19:30
Horrible place,very loud, food took ages and loads of chavs.
anonymous - 9 Aug 2005 15:51
Newly arrived from Australia and have hit the pub scene. Had a fantastic night at the Duke - exactly what I expected from a good London pub...and more. Great feed, friendly staff, and the beer garden and big screen made my evening! Wicked atmosphere for a weeknight and will definitley be coming back with my mates! Cheers for a great night!
anonymous - 27 Jul 2005 11:49
Fantastic, have recently started drinking here and am glad to finally see a pub that caters for all!! there's a great beer garden, brilliant garden parties and Elvis is the best!!! I would recommend it to everyone!
anonymous - 17 Jul 2005 17:16
Two years or so ago this was one of Chiswick's best. Two years is clearly a very long time in the pub game
as i'm afraid it's now one of the very worst.

I'm afraid I can confirm that the cask ales are quite foul.

realalesnob - 10 Jun 2005 14:34
Dirty, unfriendly, smelly and unpleasant. AVOID.
anonymous - 4 Jun 2005 13:44
Since the new manager has started, this place has been MUCH better! Looking forward to the new menu too. Elvis is great for a Friday night out.
anonymous - 12 Apr 2005 20:22
If you're an ale drinker, don't go here. Their cask ales are incredibly disgusting.
anonymous - 29 Mar 2005 16:29
Elvis night is worthwile of your visit, but they've stopped doing their two-for-one deal on Tuesday nights. God knows why? It's killed their trade.

The manager doesn't seem to know what he's doing, walking around in a half-trance and avoiding all questions you ask him about the pub (Elvis nite, two-for-one, etc.)

Busy for football, but the Elvis night is the only thing that heavily recommends this pub.

CheekyShepherd - 29 Mar 2005 16:28
Not a big fan of this one. Live really close too, so it's a pity.

It's two for one on bottled beer on Tuesday nights, and they have quite a good selection including things like Delerium Tremens and the like, so it might be worth a look if that's your thing.

But the real ale is generally disgusting (go to the George IV instead) and the food (although cheap) isn't any better. Shame - the burgers here used to be excellent. It has really gone downhill in the last year.
Al - 28 Oct 2004 15:01
This pub started off really well a couple of years ago after it was re-furbished. Lots of real ale choices and attentive freindly staff. I assume that the owners have now made their money and left the running of the pub to the steady stream of aussies/south africans etc. Last time I visted: The place stank as if the floors hadn't been mopped for a year, the staff were surly (when they bothered to appear) and the food looked slapdash and boring. What a shame. Waht a waste.
James - 19 Oct 2004 15:41
For a pub that serves so many real ales and guest ales etc, the beer is surprisingly poor. Never had a decent pint in here, so tend not to bother with it. The Stag up the road is much better.
Johnno - 16 Jul 2004 15:54
This is a beer house, plain and simple. Watch out for the drunk in the hat.
thedoghector - 21 May 2004 17:54
Been in this pub couple of times, each occasion have heard people complain about the beer (More than one customer!)Elvis night very good, but after couple of times gets boring, why not try something different. Had food once, was not nice at all, and it was only a breakfast. Prefer The Stag, down the road, better beer and atmosphere.
anonymous - 28 Dec 2003 19:39
Drove past the Duke for years before finally going in a while ago. Had a nice modern, dark vibe that appealled, and the Xmassy 'Rosy Nosey' beer last year was rather fruity. Should go back one day. Mind you, if that Lamaar fellow does actually go there as reported below, I may end up accidentally knocking into his massively over-inflated head with my fist, repeatedly.
Ruby - 5 Nov 2003 11:16
Great pub, love Elvis once a month. Packed,packed,packed. Mark Lamaar haunt.
Anon celeb Emmerdale - 5 Nov 2003 01:02
Great Pub, love the toilets.
Raj Mehra - 22 Oct 2003 11:20
Was so chuffed when this was reopened as it is so near my house, spent last summer enjoying the food, the garden, the pool tables and the great beers. However it has now gone so downhill I don['t go there anymore, prefer the Swan just up the road. The food is TERRIBLE! It wouldn't take much to add a bit of greenery to a plate. I once took my sister there and we had sausage sandwich - you wouldn't think you could go wrong with that, but oh my goodness, it was as if they had been boiled, they were insipid and grey and disgusting! I once had lasagne, it arrived, dumped in the middle of a huge plate, dried out and rather lonely, not even a bit of parsley let alone a salad garnish! why oh why do they think that people will be happy to accept this kind of thing? It would take so little effort and cost to bring the food up to standard here - I bet they are loosing so many customers to the Swan for better food, better staff and a nicer garden!
christine - 16 Jul 2003 09:36
They don't sell TT Landlord any more :-(

Robin - 19 May 2003 10:17
Yummy Timothy Taylor Landlord beer. Good music, food, huge beer garden out the back nice for summer. Pool tables, are OK. Nice atmosphere, cool pub.

Stephen - 2 May 2003 21:47
The only decent pub within walking distance of our house that also has satellite football - (we're the ones who always make them put Forest on). Regular guest beers include Tim Taylor's Landlord & culinary delights include fish finger sandwiches. There's lots of seats and a nice garden in the summer.
Miranda Oakley - 2 May 2003 08:41

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