• Roxii Hoare-Smith

The Duke’s Head on Putney Riverside

The Duke’s Head in Putney reopened earlier this year following a refurbishment.  The 150-year-old pub, is located along the River Thames, and hosts live music, comedy nights plus it is fully licensed venue for wedding ceremonies.

The Duke’s Head’s location is absolutely fantastic overlooking the Thames which meant we had a lovely view from our dining table. The dining room is bright and airy decorated in gorgeous mint green tones. The Duke’s Head has kept it’s traditional pub vibe through style and decor but with a modern twist.

Young’s are keeping a traditional with their pubs but adding a boutique style to each them. I love that each pub has it’s own character and personality as each have been individually designed. It’s proving successful as this year City AM reported that Young’s revenue is on the up. Young’s have to be my favourite pubs, and I’m not being biased being a shareholder! But you can always guarantee great service, stunning decor and good grub. So I wanted to see what The Duke’s Head had to offer…

The extensive menu caters for all tastes and dietary requirements with the recent addition of many new vegan dishes.

I went for the vegan option (this is becoming quite a trend in my recent reviews!) of Beetroot tartare with rocket, radish and pear (below). A refreshing and tasty light dish and definitely a dish I would order again.

My guest Chloe ordered the picture perfect Asparagus wrapped in parma ham topped with a poached egg and Hollandaise sauce sprinkled with pink Himalayan salt (above).

For main course, Chloe decided on the Chickpea, soya bean & chia seed filled aubergine, sumac & coriander, rainbow salad for main. This colourful dish was full of so many interesting flavours and a fantastic, healthy alternative on the menu.

I went for something heavier and more traditionally English, I opted for the ‘Pie (mince and onion), mash & Liquour’ which has to be THE BEST pie I have ever had. I was so full but just couldn’t bear to leave any on my plate so I allowed myself to become uncomfortably full.

GO for the pie. It is an absolute must.

Although it was the hardest dish to photograph, it definitely won the award for tastiest!

You cannot leave The Duke’s Head without sampling their puddings. We ordered the Triple chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream, and Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, salted caramel ice cream. Both were incredibly delicious. I’m more of a brownie fan usually but my favourite had to be the Sticky toffee pudding, oozing with a sickly sweet but very tasty, thick toffee sauce.

This is probably the most full I have ever left a restaurant. I was still full all the next morning, which is unusual for me. But I had absolutely no regrets, what a feast we had!

So we took a slow walk back to the station were lucky enough to see this amazing view, the sun setting over the Thames.

The Duke’s Head is perfectly located being on the start line of the Oxford and Cambridge boat race. So similarly to Old Ship which I recently reviewed, there’s one reason to make a return.

The Duke’s Head is now one of my favourite watering holes in the capital – we had such a fantastic evening!

The Duke’s Head 8 Lower Richmond Road London SW15 1JN

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