The Duke

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165 reviews
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Gastro Pub
The Duke opened in December 2007 – it’s Richmond’s only true gastro pub, just between the High Street (Jigsaw is on the corner if you are looking for us) and Richmond Green. We are conveniently close to Richmond Theatre and the train station - and not far from the rugby at Twickenham either.
The Duke offers possibly the best food in Richmond from the kitchen of our Head Chef, Primo, and his talented team. We offer fresh and seasonal dishes, a lovely dining room and a really beautiful Victorian bar if you want to meet friends for a drink. A great place for lunch and dinner, for a drink and fabulous Sunday roasts with the whole family. It’s a little treasure and a great respite from the bustle of Richmond’s town centre.
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m
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Convenient place for pre-theatre snack, with friendly service, but not a great gastronomic experience.

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NG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sunday lunch in February. A tad cold sitting by the window, but the heater was next to us and we were told how to switch it on. Friendly, prompt service. Good food. I would happily eat there again.

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CT
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Staff were lovely but food was awful!!! Great venue for buggies and dogs however!

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SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great venue close to Richmond Theatre. Friendly staff but tend not to look around to see people trying to get their attention. Overall good place, though.

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Another enjoyable mea with good service before the theatre.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have been to the duke quite a few times before with great results but this particular visit was substandard poorly cooked food. We were too tired to complain but really we should have.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This pub has a nice interior but smelled so bad we had to leave before we even ordered

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu is good and the food is very nice. The sticky toffee pudding was cold, which was a shame as it would’ve been better hot. Nice atmosphere in the restaurant/pub.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place and good comfort food. I feel comfortable bringing my baby here

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a warm welcome on arrival. The service was friendly and the food good. It's an ideal venue for dinner before going to Richmond Theatre just around the corner.

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G
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good service and decent food pre- theatre. Pleasant staff. On a chilly night it needs to turn the heating up though.

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GG
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was quiet and we were really just looking for food rather than a posh meal. However it was really excellent with very nice friendly service.

The food was lovely. Great starters of halloumi and crafter kipper pate. Then a fish platter. Yummy. Great choice of wines by the glass or bottle.

A great find and worth a visit.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Menu presemted on Open Table was not the one in the restaurant at which table was booked
There are two restaurants at the duke
In this case the spp failed to guide me the result was a disappointing date
Not happt

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M
London
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The pub food was delicious and the service was akin to a restaurant but in an informal atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it for Sunday lunch. It was quiet when we got there but it quickly filled up. Close to the green but unfortunately no outdoor space.

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p
London
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We booked for 6 people based on the Prix Fixe menu. Nowhere on your app did it mention the Prix Fixe finishes at 7pm. We booked for 7.15pm and were told it was a la carte or nothing. This is a fault of your app.

The food was tremendous as always, and luckily we didn't really need much service as there were only 2 people for all the tables.

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TE
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Given that it was a Monday evening and we were eating after the show at the Theatre Royal, Richmond, it was very quiet at Duke's - only 1 other table that was coming to the end of it's meal. However - the very good natured staff had no issues with the fact that we barely got our order in by the advertised 'last orders' of 10:30 which meant that the hoped for 'early night' was scuppered. They were attentive and willing to accommodate all our requirements. The 'sharing board' that 3 of us indulged in instead of Starters was utterly wonderful! Plentiful and varied and looked a treat. Great good value! Our Mains were well presented and ample - if I'm honest the Burger I had could have been larger and it would have been nice to be offered the option of how I like it (bit over done for my taste) but the skin-on thick cut chips were very good (might like to think of crisping them up a bit more - but that's just being picky!) We didn't have deserts but all 3 of us requested different coffees and all were readily available - including macchiato which is sometimes not on the menu at some of the pricier places! I would definitely return to Duke's as a pre/post theatre venue - at £30 a head including a bottle of wine this is not bad value at all!

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D
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The staff were attentive, but the steak was overcooked. We asked for medium and it was well done inside. We were offered a swap, but didn't bother. My lentil curry was watery and lacking in any curry taste. Lentils in slightly currified stock. The sticky toffee pudding was nice, but the chocolate torte wasn't very chocolatey, oddly, and really doesn't go with lemon sorbet. Probably won't bother coming back here - lots of other good restaurants in Richmond. We've tried it three times, so it's not just an off day. We came back because the menu offers good value and is near the theatre, but the food just isn't that good. It's also a shame that they don't offer the full menu until 7pm - some of the things on there look quite promising.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2015
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Went here for a pre theatre supper on the 23rd June. My husband is a diabetic. We asked if he could have cheese and biscuits or a piece of fruit instead of the other choices for pudding. The waiter said no, wasn't even prepared to go and check. I said I was happy to pay more, but he said at that time of the evening they only offer the choices on the fixed menu. How much trouble would it have been to get a few grapes and some cheese together?
Not impressed! Spoilt what would otherwise have been a tasty meal in a good setting. I chose not to take it further on the evening, as it was my husband's birthday, and we wanted to remain in good, upbeat moods!

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AS
Berkshire
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was recommended this by a friend and booked at the last minute.
The service was acceptable, not attentive or quick enough, but fine.

The food was excellent - very surprised.

We ordered the Sunday Roast platter for 2. Plenty of food, in fact too much!
Reasonably priced.
Happily recommend and go back!

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T
London
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

You can't really go wrong with the Duke. Menu has changed recently and to my own personal taste not at good as it once was. That said re theatre prix fixe was good value and fast. So just what we needed. Can sometimes become a bit of a crèche at times but not different to the rest of. Richmond

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I
London
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good value. The drinks were more expensive; but they will bring tap water if asked. Nice atmosphere. Great chunky chips.-88

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W
London
29 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good first nights meal in Richmond on a Twickenham weekend

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L
London
17 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose this eatery based on personal recommendation. Typical gastropub décor but the friendly helpful staff and excellent pricing make The Duke stand out.
Perfect pre-theatre venue for the Richmond Theatre which is a very short walk away, it has a light and airy dining room with attractive and comfortable furniture.
The menu has a small but interesting selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, with a prix-fixe option. We found the food to be well-presented and delicious. There is a decent and reasonably-priced wine list.
We arrived over 30 minutes early for a pre-theatre dinner, but the staff were more than happy to seat us at once, and we found them to be friendly and helpful without intrusion. Service was prompt, so we were able to enjoy a relaxing meal while still arriving at the theatre in good time. By the time we left, the dining room was full, but noise levels were still fine and there was a nice atmosphere. In all regards, a good experience, I would highly recommend and would certainly go back should I find myself in Richmond again.

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pre theatre meal, quick service, value for money

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was tasty and well presented. Good size portions too! Friendly staff. Would definitely recommend!

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JT
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good Sunday lunch if you like the.pub environment, good for families and friends wanting a drink. It's not a place to go for a relaxed afternoon it is quite noisy

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The staff were very polite and friendly although the service was very slow considering it wasn't very busy. Lovely food.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great country pub feel in the centre of Richmond.

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D
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Prices are a little high - but I suppose that is Richmond for you!

Not all staff are great but the majority are friendly and attentitive.

It gets very busy on Sunday's for lunch so book early to avoid dissappointment!

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l
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I really like this pub and it looks great, the staff are friendly and it looks like it should have a good atmosphere.
Sunday lunch with the family was a disappointment though. Only pork or beef on the kids menu, where chicken is surely always the easiest option for children? Plus the beef was quite fatty. Then only ice cream for desert - just felt a bit lacking.
The gravy on the adult meals was thin and tasteless, the chicken a little pink, only 2 roast potatoes and not enough veg for the price. We didn't even look at the desert menu for the adults but went elsewhere.
Id still come again as I have been before and it was lovely, but this time didn't quite hit the spot.
good luck!

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T
London
26 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great time at the Duke - it was relatively empty in the restaurant area on a Wednesday night, but the service was good and the food delicious.

Handy location too.

We'll be back!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Dinner here on a very busy evening. Valentine's a Day and also Rugby at Twickenham.
Nevertheless the staff were efficient and friendly throughout.
The food was really good and excellent value for money.
It's attached to a very busy pub but separate enough to not be a problem

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I
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Easy to book via Open Table. Booking checked by The Duke the evening before, very helpful. Busy on Twickenham Match day so book early, Very friendly staff, speedy service. We asked for one burger to be well done but it came medium rare, so we had to swap meals - not ideal but I enjoyed the burger anyway! Nice buzz about the place too - I would definitely go back and good range on lunch menu.

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A
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

good food and nice restaurant but the service was a little slow. Restaurant area was a little crowded and tables weren't laid out in a practical manner.

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f
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

love this cosy pub iN Richmond, I was sat by a heater on a cold day which was lovely!

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CP
London
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Unable to find our booking when we arrived but we spotted it on the screen. Unable to vary vegetables accompanying a main course. First choice of wine had run out at 6pm on a Friday. Wrong colour wine served. Food was good and served efficiently.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff very attentive, food was yummy! Numver of children and babies were a bit much but that couldn't be helped! Staff were even kind enough to spare some bread to feed to ducks! 😊

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The staff were welcoming and helpful in sorting-out our table and the food and drink were excellent!
We brought new friends to the Duke and they were suitable impressed - well done to all the team we will be back!

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X
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The service here was very poor - slow despite the fact it was an empty restaurant. Guy behind the bar couldn't make a Bloody Mary. No limes or lime cordial left. Or Rioja. Wine didn't come until after the food had arrived. Bill came without bar tab included. Then bill came with bar tab but minus creditcard which had been left at the bar. Left sitting with empty dishes for ages whilst staff chatted amongst themselves.
Food was ok, but steak was well done not medium. Good toffee pudding. Overall the food was fine, maybe a bit overpriced but the service definitely needs to improve - I would not recommend visiting until this improves significantly..unfortunately I was embarassed to have been the one to pick this as the dining choice for my group of friends so I would give it a miss

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J
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great choice of roasts, nice atmosphere, busy but service coped well.

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