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John Bonser left this review about The Duchess of Cambridge
Update - October 2015
This pub has changed hands since my previous visit in October 2011 - original review below
It is now owned by The Bermondsey Pub Co who, according to their website have 6 pubs up and down the country. Their website says that their pubs are " the place for groups of friends, couples and singles to meet, relax, and enjoy each others company in a friendly and vibrant atmosphere whenever it suits them"
My visit yesterday evening - after SWFC's visit to QPR - found the pub virtually deserted. A group of three left shortly after I arrived, leaving just me and a bored looking barman, who, although it was only 10.15pm, had already started to spray and wipe down all the tables.
I'm not familiar with any of the other Bermondsey Pub Co outlets, but real ale would evidently appear not to be a main focus and just London Pride and GK IPA were available on my visit. The 4 other pumps were unclipped and there was nothing to indicate that any other beers were coming on soon. Needless to say, there's no on site brewery, which, when the pub was under the same ownership as The Bree Louise, was intended. For the record, the London Pride was £ 4 and was OK.
I didn't see anything at all that makes me want to come here again. Marked down from 7 to a 5
ORIGINAL REVIEW - OCTOBER 2011
A full page advertisement in the latest London Drinker mentioning “16 hand pumped and gravity poured real ales and 11 cask ciders changing daily” encouraged me to seek out The Duchess of Cambridge recently one evening. It occupies a prominent position on the corner of a roundabout in a residential area of W6.
I never visited the pub in its previous incarnations as The Queen of England and Brooks Bar, but it looks like it’s had a pretty major refit recently and, although you can’t smell the paint, it’s got that rather new, clinical, character free stripped out feel that modern pubs seem to go for nowadays. There’s 2 adjoining rooms and, with an entrance on each street, I would imagine that it was formerly a two bar pub, although sadly there’s nothing original surviving that proves or disproves this. There’s some elegant cornicing in the room on the left, but, otherwise it’s the usual featureless mixture of sofas, tables and different seating types. Old half height wood panelling has been painted a deep red colour and the walls are cream coloured. There’s a few framed Punch cartoons dotted about, but the walls do look rather bare and stark and there’s a rather cold and clinical feel to the place. At the side, through a pair of glass doors, is an outside decking area with the usual outside style seating and large tall heaters.
A blackboard just inside the main doorway lists forthcoming events. These included an official re-opening party on Friday 21 October ( some three weeks after it did actually reopen ) and Halloween between 29-31 October where face painting and pumpkin carving are promised. Whilst real ale is now clearly a major feature here, the pub is clearly not putting all its eggs in one basket ( unlike, say, The Bricklayers Arms in Putney ) and there’s a reasonably standard pub menu, TV screens for rugby and an upstairs function room ( not viewed )
The advertisement in London Drinker refers to The Bree Louise as its “sister pub” and, on my recent evening visit, I was fortunate enough to get talking to Craig Douglas, the owner of The Bree Louise and who has now bought The Duchess of Cambridge as his second pub.
Craig explained to me that an on site micro brewery is planned for the New Year, which will supply beer to both pubs.
On the real ale front, there’s no handpumps yet – Craig explained that he was still waiting for them to arrive – but there were 9 beers available from casks racked up behind the bar, which is in the room on the right. Beers on included several beers from Rebellion, two beers from Twickenham, plus DowntoN Quadhop, Adnams Broadside and Arbor Ales Beech Blonde. Craig told me that when the six handpumps are up and running, they will serve LocAle beers – Sambrooks, Redemption, Twickenham etc. As at The Bree Louise, there will be a mixture of both handpumped and gravity beers. All beers are priced at £ 3.50p / £ 3.00p , with the 50p discount available to “students, NHS, armed services and CAMRA cards”. There’s bottled beers and ciders available, the latter including Black Rat and the intriguingly named Thistly Cross Oak Whisky.
I’ve made a mental note to come back here in the New Year to check out the micro brewery
On 21st October 2015
- rating: 5
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john gray left this review about The Duchess of Cambridge
Nicely presented pub but is rarely busy.Badly situated between Shepherds bush and Chiswick.Friendly staff and a big selection of beers but quality is very variable.Doubtfull that the proposed brewery will be commissioned unless trade picks up.Nice outside area with plenty of seating.location, location, location is still what makes a lot of pubs busy.
On 8th February 2013
- rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Duchess of Cambridge
Just a short walk up the road from Stamford Brook District line station, the Duchess of Cambridge is the sister pub to one of the capital’s best known ale houses – the Bree Louise in Euston. My visit also coincided with the Scottish beer festival mentioned below, but also with some sort of craft market which had taken over the entire left hand side of the pub, leaving only the bar area for punters to enjoy their Sunday lunches. The servery is on the rear wall and there was a mix of standard seating and sofas around tables of various sizes. The floors are bare boards whilst the walls are painted white, with a few red pillars breaking things up a bit, but on the whole it’s a bit bland – a matter not helped by the large open-plan layout. A few pump clips are starting to creep around the walls, so maybe given more time there will be more to distract the eye. There are some fairly large windows along the front wall and a skylight above the servery, but somehow the pub managed to remain gloomy throughout my stay and the mood wasn’t improved by an impossibly annoying world music soundtrack. A TV screen was showing a muted domestic rugby fixture, although no-one seemed to be paying it any attention. Menus on the tables showed that main meals clock in at around the £9 mark, with Sunday roasts closer to £11. Bar snacks included haggis fritter and battered black pudding.
Given the beer festival, the ale options were all from North of the border, with four on hand pull and six more on stilage behind the bar. Having had a few dodgy pints straight from the barrel in the Bree Louise, I opted for a hand pulled pint of Orkney Northern Lights (£3.50), which I have to say was a bit below par. Keg options included further Scottish beers from the likes of Brewdog and Black Isle. A vast list of German and Belgian bottles is detailed in the menus and I noted one hand pulled cider, a spiced cider (next to the mulled wine and DIY Bloody Mary kit) and about ten ‘bag in a box’ ciders at the end of the bar counter. There is also a long wine list and a mind blowing selection of spirits, so the place certainly can’t be faulted for not trying to cater for everyone’s tastes.
I had high hopes for this place, but left a little disappointed at the beer quality and general ambiance. Like its sister pub, I left with the impression that inconsistency is a major problem and that a repeat visit might provide entirely different results. I doubt I’ll make the trek out here again just to visit this place, but I would still give it another go if I happened to be in the area.
On 13th January 2013
- rating: 7
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- Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally