It’s a Friday and I have just moved from the lovely urban area of Clapham to the suburban area of Chiswick. After spending all of the morning and most of the afternoon tirelessly packing and unpacking, a large meal was in order to satisfy the growing growls coming from my stomach. Luckily, a short walk from our new house lies the Duke of Sussex pub….we had a little laugh at the name given the current affairs and swiftly entered.
Food - 8.5/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 8.5/10
Value for Money - 7/10
The Duke of Sussex has set a good bar for restaurants in the Chiswick area. Having just moved to the area I was pleased to see the Duke offered scrumptious food and excellent customer service!
Price range: ££
Telephone: 020 8742 8801
Address: 75 S Parade, London W4 5LF
Nearest Station: Chiswick Park
Now I must admit, when I had left the house I was craving for a Full English Breakfast and was gutted to see that the local cafe across the street from ours was closed. My disappointment continued when the dish wasn’t an option on the menu at the Duke either, a dish I thought was a staple for most British pubs. We started a conversation with one of the staff members who after finding out we had just moved to the area gave us a very warm welcome and offered some great advice on the best cafes in and around the area (obviously overhearing our English Breakfast conversation). At this point, we were too hungry to be overly picky so we went with something on their very detailed but hard to read menu!
We ordered the Squid (£7.50) as our sharing appetizer which comes with a tartare sauce dip. The Squid was crispy, lightly salted and cooked well, the dishes perfect blend of fried and seafood went down a treat and it wasn’t too long until the plate was empty.
We also received complimentary slices of white bread (with butter), the bread was soft and fluffy in the middle with a crispy and crunchy crust. Slathered with butter makes for an excellent setup and my plans to save some bread for the Pie were out the window, as it tasted too good! I am not sure if this a regular custom (getting fresh bread, I mean), or if it just so happened to come with our main, but given the positive impressions I am getting from this place so far, I am sure I will be returning several times to find out for sure.
We opted for the Chicken and Mushroom Pie (£24) to share between two, but after seeing it delivered to the table, it was obvious it could quite easily be shared between three people – it was that huge! The Pie itself was beautifully presented and had a wonderful golden brown pastry which crisscrossed across the plate and with a strong smell of chicken warming it really started to salivate our mouths. A spatula is provided to help with cutting and we slowly started digging away and removed pieces of the Pie onto our plate.
The Pie was sizzling hot, so be sure to restrain yourself from diving in as I did, as you will get a burnt tongue (Ouch!). Once cool enough, I took a bite and the chicken smothered in sauce with large cut vegetables was a delightful taste. The chicken was tender and the boiled vegetables struck the right balance from being not so firm but not so soggy too. The pastry crust was amazing, providing a good crumble and crunchy texture to my palate and it wasn’t long after that we annihilated this palatable dish. We were still left with a lot of sauce on the plate (if only I had left that bread alone), so we asked the staff if we could have some extra bread to sop up the remaining goodness and we were pleased to see it arrive at no extra cost.
The Duke of Sussex is incredibly spacious with large amounts of seating options available, with space around the bar and at the very back. As vast as the area is, it still has an air of cosiness and warmth to it, helped by the wooden architecture and large fireplace. In addition, on my way into the pub, I noticed that they even sport a large beer garden at the back too, which I can imagine will be great during a summers day (sadly today wasn’t one of those days).
The staff here are really friendly and considerate especially as they took the time out to tell us of a number of places we should try in the local area. The time waiting for the food was reasonable and the overall service was one which I welcomed.
A final big thank you to the Duke of Sussex pub for making my first meal within the Chiswick area a great experience. I will be sure to visit again!