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I was pleasantly surprised. This is a village pub not a gastro pub which is reflected in the prices. My cod and chips cost £5.75. The Greene King IPA was excellent . The decor of the pub is 1970's. The staff were both friendly and polite.
AshfordRambler - 10 Sep 2013 15:52
It seems clear to me that the positive reviews here have been posted by the proprietor. Because this is an awful place and the previous posts, which we wish we'd listened to, are spot on. The landlord has a serious attitude problem and new business is discouraged. His wife (?), who also doubles as a cook for the unappetising looking food, is no better. They both were unpleasant verging on the rude. The lady was positively obnoxious.

We had planned an afternoon at the Duke's Head but, without even finishing our first pint, we decided to walk to the Woolpack Inn at Warehorne instead where the staff were lovely and the beer spot on.

It's heartbreaking that so many pubs across England are closing. And that publicans are struggling. But one can't help make the connection between the most inhospitable of people and their misplaced attraction to the hospitality industry.
benfurnival - 8 Aug 2013 14:23
A great family run country pub with friendly staff and accommodating publicans. Good beer and honest pub grub. I can't understand some of the comments on here, as I have used the pub numerous times and have never seen anyone unhappy. The Dukes Head is the heart of the village, with pool teams, dart teams, quiz and crib teams too. Just a great place to meet up.
brianbeecroft - 5 Apr 2012 22:52
Met a friend there for a drink. We sat down and had a smoke outside because it clearly stated "No Smoking" inside.
By the time we had smoked out cigarettes we where harassed by the Manager several times. We ended up feeling unwelcome.
My friend quickly went in for the drinks we drank them and made our way back home.

We will not be returning. The managers attitude leaves a lot to be desired.

On a plus side the price of the drinks where fair and the bar staff where friendly.
mentalabilities - 27 Apr 2011 23:48
We didn't even get to try the pub! HIKERS STEAR CLEAR!!!
We had planned to get to the Dukes Head for lunch at 12:30 as we were walking the last stetch of the Greensand Way and would finish at the Dukes Head for lunch. We parked in the totally empty carpark at 9:30 am and waited for our taxi to take us to the start of our walk. The pub was still all locked up!! Therefore no-one to ask.
As we were leaving a very irate and rude man came out of the Dukes Head and told us we couldn't park there. We explained that we were coming to lunch but he rudely told us we had to park elsewhere! And was unpleasantly unhelpful about other suggested parking.
So when we finished the last place on earth we would visit was HIS PUB!!
It is the only time since we have been in Britain and doing these trails that any pub has not wanted us to park in their parking lot. We obviously always give the pub our custom. SO BE WARNED, NOT A NICE PLACE!!!!
bettyfennamore - 16 Sep 2010 15:12
I have to disagree with some of the earlier comments, the Dukes Head is a nice, friendly village pub thats well worth a visit.

It makes an excellent base for walkers and cyclists alike, and is a great place to sit and enjoy the village in the early evening.

The staff are pleasent, the food is great and it seems the "foul mouthed guys" have moved on.
andyo - 18 Jun 2010 14:49
My wife and I rode our bikes from Hythe with the intention of reaching Appledore but instead we found ourselves here. At 2pm on a weekday, there were perhaps five customers so deadly quiet. The Adnams Broadside was excellent and we shared Coronation Chicken sandwiches with real chunky chips. The food was really reasonably priced. A really nice stop during out twenty mile ride.
Paul_Rochdale - 5 Oct 2009 07:57
This pub has a fine selection of food and a display of local paintings for sale on the wall. It is a shame that accommodation isn't available at present but hopefully this will return one day as the village makes an excellent base for ramblers exploring the three long distance footpaths.
It is pleasant to sit on the benches outside and watch the world go by, and the real ales vary (current ale = Trafalgar). Bottled Leffe is also available.
The pub is a community pub and therefore does get quite loud at times but then this is surely more healthy than an empty pub waiting to be turned into a cash cow residence - a fate that has awaited numerous Romney Marsh pubs. There are many local teams from darts to pool to quiz teams. The big screen isn't my thing but does seem popular as no other pubs in the area cater for this market.
Oh yes, and the curry house across the road from here is truly excellent!
Pick up a free walking guide from the pub and explore the woods, canal and four other local pubs today!

agc2070 - 31 May 2008 15:43
Lively local in the centre of Hamstreet. Good food, juke box, pool table. Guest real ales. Great base to begin exploring the local pubs by footpath.
anonymous - 28 Feb 2007 23:14
Not a great example of the village pub. Not particularly friendly staff - seems to be the watering hole for the same 10 foul mouthed guys the 4 times i have been there. I've never seen a woman in there. The beer however is pretty good although i'm not convinced that would be a draw in itself. The restaurant was average but all you can hear is the swearing and jeering from the main bar area.
clive walker - 11 Oct 2004 14:03
Nice village watering hole with some real ales on tap. Beer garden at the rear and the food is excellent
Stuart - 27 Apr 2004 17:23

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