Newly reopened, The Duke of Clarence has undergone a contemporary, yet charmingly kitsch renovation – unveiling a modern eatery fit for its prestigious address in the Royal Borough of Kensington.
Without removing any of the traditional character we’ve all come to associate with a quintessentially British gastro-pub, the traditional exterior opens up to unveil an intimate, yet design-led interior – not quite the picture we’d all typically associate with what’s essentially a pub. Deep woods and bold, yet complementary upholstery and textiles alongside curious artwork make for an ideal conversation starter – nice spot to meet the inlaws?
The food, in keeping with the elevated gastro theme, is not the typical pub grub fare. While British in essence, a dynamic menu featuring a host of well priced small plates ideal for sharing or a quick bite, alongside a variety of Sunday hangover obliterating plates make the Duke of Clarence an ideal spot for a laidback meal – regardless of your appetite.
PAUSE opted to try out the roast cod and duke cheeseburger main plates, both of which were mouthwateringly tasty and came in proper pub sized portions – no going hungry here. Alongside the exciting food menu, you can expect an alcohol menu to rival any mid-level restaurant. A host of spirits, an impressive wine menu, ales, draught beers and a set of fine, classic cocktails make the Duke an ideal contender for a few bevvies with friends as much as its more culinary ambitions.
The team are also worth a mention, incredibly warm and welcoming, however, a particular mention goes to Kiki who simply couldn’t do enough for you – as well as having a fantastic sense of humour. It’s all the above that makes the rejuvenated Duke a fine new, superbly priced spot for locals or passers-through alike – well worth a visit.
Call 020 7373 1285 to book or visit www.thedukeofclarencesw5.co.uk for more information.