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The Duke of Hammersmith, Hammersmith, W6

238 Shepherds Bush Road
W6
W6 7NL
Phone: 02087483231
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Tris C left this review about The Duke of Hammersmith

A late Victorian pub, the original name of the Laurie Arms can still be seen to the first floor, which would have served those visiting the Hammersmith Palais until its demolition in 2013.
The frontage is attractive, with its stained-glass leaded lights’ Fleur de Lys motifs, the interior though is very modern. Bare boarded of course, there’s smoky grey paint to the dado, then plain white walls or white brick with a dark ceiling. There’s much tubular steel here: bar gantry and shelving (with obligatory white tiles), pub shelving and stools. My tall stool didn’t have a footrest, leaving my legs dangling uncomfortably in the air. Otherwise, furniture is fairly conventional, with fluted fawn banquettes to the periphery and sauce bottles on tables. Décor comprises framed prints of the area from yesteryear and knickknacks. Customers were mainly young and rather trendy, some old dears looking rather out of place, sipping glasses of wine; perhaps they came here for the rather loud music and somewhat industrial lighting.
This is now a keg-only establishment, with three unused pumps, though by no means just BrewDog’s beers, but I plumped for a half of Punk IPA at £3.05, served by a friendly barman.
Though less industrial and gloomy than other BrewDog outlets, this isn’t a great place, but it’s like a tranquil village pub compared to Belushi’s down the road; I don’t envisage a revisit as the Dartmouth Castle rules the roost in this neck of the woods.

On 9th February 2022 - rating: 4
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Pub SignMan left this review about Draft House Hammersmith

Formerly the Laurie Arms, situated directly next door to the former Hammersmith Palais dance hall (now demolished), this two-room pub is now a branch of the ever-expanding Draft House chain. You enter into the right-hand side of the pub – a bare boarded room which forms the main bar area, with an L-shaped servery to the rear with a nice checkerboard tile floor around the whole bar area. The front windows are set in nice dark wood frames and have attractive stained-glass decorative uppers that appear to be survivors from the pub’s former guise. Banquettes run beneath the windows and there are lots of chairs and low stools in support through the rest of the room. The bar has a tongue and groove counter, a basic bar back which incorporates a window looking out to the beer garden, and a modern, metal-framed gantry. A TV to one side was showing muted coverage of an England football fixture, although no-one seemed to be paying it much attention. Moving through to the left-hand room, you enter a long rectangular space with mixed patterned tile flooring, high tables and stools to the front, a long banquette down the left wall and standard seating pretty much everywhere else. A bare brick wall to the left has the slogan “Home of the Third” painted across it in huge letters, presumably a reference to third-pint measures, whilst the right-hand wall has a mix of dark tiles and shelving hidden behind metal mesh covers. A screen to the rear of the room was showing the same muted football match and a door to the rear leads out to the aforementioned garden, with a nice pavement seating space available to the front. As I was finishing up, someone came by my table to see if I wanted to join in with the pub quiz, which seems to take place in the left-hand room on Tuesday evenings.
Three handpulls offered the rather meagre selection of Tring Pale Four and a Seacider cider, with the remaining pump left unclipped. As tends to be the case with this chain, the keg range was more interesting than the cask options, with a good selection of micro-brewery options across a long row of taps. The Pale Four was a well-kept, if rather unremarkable pint and the bar staff here seemed friendly enough.
I quite liked this place, despite the rather limited cask ale selection, and thought it definitely benefited from being a former pub rather than a shop conversion or the like. They have created a smart, comfortable venue in a prime location which seems to hit a lot of people’s pub-going requirements and is definitely worth a look when in the area.

On 29th November 2019 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Draft House Hammersmith

This was easy to find when heading down Shepherd's Bush Road, as there is a painted notice on the gable end of the building reading "Beer Here". Pretty much common practice for this company and have noticed it on a few of their pubs.
This is now a good sized two room pub, with the added left hand side extension constructed from a red painted steel frame, with a glass panelled roof. I always find the staff to be very welcoming and helpful in these Draft Houses, so no exception here, the young manager was great. Three pumps serving Rooster's Maypole, Dark Revolution and Sinners Prayer DDH pale ale. The barman explained to me that DDH means Double Dry Hopped. So we went for the Roosters and the Sinners Prayer, both of which were in good order.

On 26th June 2019 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Kensington (Olympia), 0.98 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Shepherds Bush, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
West Brompton, 1.74 miles, 33 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Duke of Hammersmith, W6
9th Feb 2022, 17:19
Review submitted by Tris C
 
28th Jul 2021, 18:09
Web Link submitted by Rex Rattus approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Rear patio - last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 09 February 2022 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 09 February 2022 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 09 February 2022 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 30 April 2016 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : No last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 09 February 2022 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : No last updated 09 February 2022 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 09 February 2022 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
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