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The Duke's Head, Putney, SW15

8 Lower Richmond Road
SW15
SW15 1JN
Phone: 02087882552
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Will Larter left this review about The Duke's Head

A large and magnificent hotel, with large and magnificent views of the river. With many apparent entrances, I was not sure which way to get to the bar, and when eventually arriving was told by the barman to "sit anywhere", though all tables were set for dinner. I tried not to get my half pint of Youngs Original mixed up with all the wine glasses...

The room is light and airy, with cut glass screens splitting it up into smaller portions, though it was still possible to partake vicariously in what seemed to be a job interview going on at one table on the other side of the room. This is a historic pub interior on Camra's national database, and worth a visit for that, but the Youngs Ordinary lived down to its name, being just as awful here as elsewhere in Putney, and at just the same price too.

Date of visit: 3rd November 2021

On 24th March 2022 - rating: 5
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Tris C left this review about The Duke's Head

Dating from 1894, this place features on CAMRA’s list of pubs with historic interiors, this being of National Importance.
I was a bit of a regular in here in the late ‘80s when a friend lived nearby. Overlooking the Thames, I remember watching the Boat Race here in 1988, which was probably about the last time I visited. The fine interior is best appreciated on the pub’s and CAMRA’s websites, but it’s really rather chintzy compared to my last visit, the front room – where you’d most like to drink – now a rather froufrou dining room. There’s a downstairs bar and upstairs function room, which was well attended.
Ales are from the Young’s stable, all on, with Proper Job the favoured option at a steep £2.80 a half and good, served by a friendly barman.
This is still a fine, richly decorated boozer, though it was better in years past, but still remains a must visit if in Putney, especially when paired with the Bricklayers over the road.

On 11th March 2022 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Duke's Head

Substantial Thames-side pub, with a noteworthy interior having plenty of interesting features (especially the engraved glass windows and interior glazed panels referencing the former Billiards area, Club Room, etc.). Splendid front room - now the restaurant - and the upstairs 'Wolsey Room', both overlooking the Thames. The main seating area has been opened up at some stage to form an island bar, but one of the dividing screens still remains. As a Young's house, I found Ordinary and Special plus Doom Bar and Wimbledon Windmill spring ale as guests available the two banks of four handpumps on this visit. There is also the Rowing Club bar and patio downstairs (which usually dispenses into plastic glasses for those outside by the river). With its heritage interest complemented by efficient bar staff and well-kept beer, this one is well worth seeking out.

On 6th May 2018 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Putney, 0.52 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Barnes, 1.3 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Wandsworth Town, 1.68 miles, 32 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Darts : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 11 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Six Nations. - last updated 11 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays - last updated 11 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 February 2013 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 11 March 2022 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes - Young's WiFi: form required - last updated 16 December 2018 by Komakino .
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