The Duke

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£26 to £40
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Gastro Pub

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Pre/post Theatre
Casual
Great Beer
The Duke opened in December 2007 – it’s Richmond’s only true gastro pub, just between the High Street (Jigsaw is on the corner if you are looking for us) and Richmond Green. We are conveniently close to Richmond Theatre and the train station - and not far from the rugby at Twickenham either.
The Duke offers possibly the best food in Richmond from the kitchen of our Head Chef, Primo, and his talented team. We offer fresh and seasonal dishes, a lovely dining room and a really beautiful Victorian bar if you want to meet friends for a drink. A great place for lunch and dinner, for a drink and fabulous Sunday roasts with the whole family. It’s a little treasure and a great respite from the bustle of Richmond’s town centre.
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M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Had to ask the waitress to order. Drinks were a long time. My beef was poor. One toilet out of order and no paper in the other. And it’s not cheap. When I complained the waiter didn’t even say sorry. Avoid. I’ve been lots before but will now avoid

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service are always good but the restaurant has very poor sound quality.

DB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fast friendly service, good pub food, lively atmosphere.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I suggest when host/hostess welcomes arriving customers he/she should walk the customer to their dining table instead of telling the customer where their table is.

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great spot for some tucker and a few beers before heading off to Twickenham. Think the pub had been let down by staff not turning up and were a little stretched but still did a great job serving us.

CG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service we received was friendly, polite and attentive. The selection of music played is excellent!

CT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good, better than I expected for the environment. A big group sat next to us and sort of took over the place and then we seem to have lost our service and ambience.

SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good except for inedible leeks. The service was ok but would have been better with more staff. We were early there evening before the theatre and had to hurry at the end. You may want to take a close look at the ladies toilets. They were fairly clean but the walls need a good scrub.

AM
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Duke is always great. It has a nice choice of beers for a pre-dinner drink and a good choice of dishes for a tasty, great value dinner. I always love going there, it never lets me down.

SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Have no real complaints only the noise. It was difficult to talk to my friends. The Todd was good and the service was fine if a little slow on the night.

FG
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very happy with my Mother's Day lunch here. I asked for modifications to my meal and they got it right. I'm impressed as that never normally happens at other restaurants and I have to send the food back. Food was delicious. Waitresses very good.

DJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prompt and attentive service with good food at reasonable prices.
Would definitely return for another visit.

DF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service fantastic, though have had far better roast dinners.

The Merlot wine was sub optimal.

All in all, ok. Meh. Won’t head here again for a roast

VH
London
30 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Staff and pub itself were lovely but the food was quite poor. I had a lentil roast and everything was very dry. The lentils looked like a brick and were covered in a grey sludge that looked like cement (so quite a good combo in other circumstances!)

DB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

The Duke is a good place to go with friends for a drink with friendly service and a nice atmosphere. But at least on this occasion, the food was disappointing and, though we’ll definitely go there for a drink again, we won’t be returning to eat.

MC
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed my recent Sunday lunch at The Duke the quality of food and drink were really good.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with very good food

W
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Food was very good but we wondered what was going on with the service because the staff were very offhand. When we arrived they pointed into the restaurant vaguely where we should sit, so we just went in and chose a table unaccompanied, and then we felt like we were an inconvenience throughout our meal. The restaurant was very quiet at 7.30pm so it wasn't like they were run off their feet. All in all very odd and I shall not be going back!

S
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our 2nd visit and the food was just as good as we remembered it. It was a little noisey due to a big party behind us but nothing really bad. Other than that it was totally enjoyable.

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great. The only thing that spoiled it was that the toilet seat in the bathroom was broken and the dryer didn’t work. Small details but takes something away from the experience.

m
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Convenient place for pre-theatre snack, with friendly service, but not a great gastronomic experience.

NG
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sunday lunch in February. A tad cold sitting by the window, but the heater was next to us and we were told how to switch it on. Friendly, prompt service. Good food. I would happily eat there again.

CT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Staff were lovely but food was awful!!! Great venue for buggies and dogs however!

SC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great venue close to Richmond Theatre. Friendly staff but tend not to look around to see people trying to get their attention. Overall good place, though.

JW
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Another enjoyable mea with good service before the theatre.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have been to the duke quite a few times before with great results but this particular visit was substandard poorly cooked food. We were too tired to complain but really we should have.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This pub has a nice interior but smelled so bad we had to leave before we even ordered

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu is good and the food is very nice. The sticky toffee pudding was cold, which was a shame as it would’ve been better hot. Nice atmosphere in the restaurant/pub.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place and good comfort food. I feel comfortable bringing my baby here

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a warm welcome on arrival. The service was friendly and the food good. It's an ideal venue for dinner before going to Richmond Theatre just around the corner.

G
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good service and decent food pre- theatre. Pleasant staff. On a chilly night it needs to turn the heating up though.

GG
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was quiet and we were really just looking for food rather than a posh meal. However it was really excellent with very nice friendly service.

The food was lovely. Great starters of halloumi and crafter kipper pate. Then a fish platter. Yummy. Great choice of wines by the glass or bottle.

A great find and worth a visit.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Menu presemted on Open Table was not the one in the restaurant at which table was booked
There are two restaurants at the duke
In this case the spp failed to guide me the result was a disappointing date
Not happt

M
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The pub food was delicious and the service was akin to a restaurant but in an informal atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it for Sunday lunch. It was quiet when we got there but it quickly filled up. Close to the green but unfortunately no outdoor space.

p
London
12 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We booked for 6 people based on the Prix Fixe menu. Nowhere on your app did it mention the Prix Fixe finishes at 7pm. We booked for 7.15pm and were told it was a la carte or nothing. This is a fault of your app.

The food was tremendous as always, and luckily we didn't really need much service as there were only 2 people for all the tables.

TE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Given that it was a Monday evening and we were eating after the show at the Theatre Royal, Richmond, it was very quiet at Duke's - only 1 other table that was coming to the end of it's meal. However - the very good natured staff had no issues with the fact that we barely got our order in by the advertised 'last orders' of 10:30 which meant that the hoped for 'early night' was scuppered. They were attentive and willing to accommodate all our requirements. The 'sharing board' that 3 of us indulged in instead of Starters was utterly wonderful! Plentiful and varied and looked a treat. Great good value! Our Mains were well presented and ample - if I'm honest the Burger I had could have been larger and it would have been nice to be offered the option of how I like it (bit over done for my taste) but the skin-on thick cut chips were very good (might like to think of crisping them up a bit more - but that's just being picky!) We didn't have deserts but all 3 of us requested different coffees and all were readily available - including macchiato which is sometimes not on the menu at some of the pricier places! I would definitely return to Duke's as a pre/post theatre venue - at £30 a head including a bottle of wine this is not bad value at all!

D
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The staff were attentive, but the steak was overcooked. We asked for medium and it was well done inside. We were offered a swap, but didn't bother. My lentil curry was watery and lacking in any curry taste. Lentils in slightly currified stock. The sticky toffee pudding was nice, but the chocolate torte wasn't very chocolatey, oddly, and really doesn't go with lemon sorbet. Probably won't bother coming back here - lots of other good restaurants in Richmond. We've tried it three times, so it's not just an off day. We came back because the menu offers good value and is near the theatre, but the food just isn't that good. It's also a shame that they don't offer the full menu until 7pm - some of the things on there look quite promising.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2015
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Went here for a pre theatre supper on the 23rd June. My husband is a diabetic. We asked if he could have cheese and biscuits or a piece of fruit instead of the other choices for pudding. The waiter said no, wasn't even prepared to go and check. I said I was happy to pay more, but he said at that time of the evening they only offer the choices on the fixed menu. How much trouble would it have been to get a few grapes and some cheese together?
Not impressed! Spoilt what would otherwise have been a tasty meal in a good setting. I chose not to take it further on the evening, as it was my husband's birthday, and we wanted to remain in good, upbeat moods!

AS
Berkshire
32 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was recommended this by a friend and booked at the last minute.
The service was acceptable, not attentive or quick enough, but fine.

The food was excellent - very surprised.

We ordered the Sunday Roast platter for 2. Plenty of food, in fact too much!
Reasonably priced.
Happily recommend and go back!

T
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

You can't really go wrong with the Duke. Menu has changed recently and to my own personal taste not at good as it once was. That said re theatre prix fixe was good value and fast. So just what we needed. Can sometimes become a bit of a crèche at times but not different to the rest of. Richmond

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