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Duke Of Buckingham, Kingston Grove, Kingston Upon Thames

104 Villiers Road
Kingston Upon Thames
KT1 3BB
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Rex Rattus left this review about Duke Of Buckingham

I dropped in here again the other day and found it unchanged from my previous visit a few years ago, which is a very good thing indeed as it's on the CAMRA Regional Inventory of pubs with historic interiors. The public bar on the left is still very basic; still bare-boarded; and contains a pool table and dartboard, and furnished solely with tall stools at ledges and at the bar. The main saloon bar on the right is still by far the more comfortable room, as it's still carpeted and furnished with normal tables and chairs. I saw an advert for free Wi-fi.

They are still serving GK IPA and Old Speckled Hen, which they are offering at £2.95 a pint Mon-Fri 11 AM - 3 PM. There was no sign of any food Wednesday lunchtime. This is still an unpretentious locals' pub. Visiting here is a bit like stepping back in time 40 years. Nothing wrong with that of course, although now things have definitely improved on the ale front.

On 30th April 2015 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about Duke Of Buckingham

There has been some improvement since Rex's review below, mainly due to the addition of a couple of real ales even if they were Old Speckled Hen (£1.55 a half) and GK IPA from that modern shiny font. The pub retains two rooms, and many original and noteworthy features, not least the double half glazed and curved entrance doors to each bar off the main lobby. The Public Bar is boarded and contains a pool table and dartboard, the Saloon is larger, L-shaped and comfortable with a decent carpet and new looking well upholstered banquettes. Decor in here includes cases of beer taps, and cricket and golf artifacts. Light lower walls and a red ceiling. The front area of the bar is effectively split by an unused fireplace. A few TVs about, one of them on early evening showing horse racing from somewhere. A sign advertises food but I didn't see any menus or evidence.
Genuine and friendly bloke behind the bar, not too bad really for an out of town local.

On 3rd January 2013 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about Duke Of Buckingham

They had no real ale on – just some bog standard lagers. This is quite a comfortable pub – it's a bit like stepping back to the 70s with its separate public and saloon bars, and metalwork bar gantry. If only it had some copper-topped round tables. I wouldn't want to turn anyone against this place as it's a pretty decent pub, but the absence of a decent real ale is the kiss of death for me.

On 23rd March 2009 - rating: 4
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Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Berrylands, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Surbiton, 1 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Kingston, 1.02 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Duke Of Buckingham, Kingston Upon Thames
30th Apr 2015, 16:28
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
 
3rd Jan 2013, 21:58
Review submitted by Malden man

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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 10 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 10 August 2013 by Malden man
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Darts : Yes last updated 10 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 10 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 April 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 10 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Toilets on ground floor. - last updated 30 April 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 April 2015 by Rex Rattus
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