The Duke of Clarence 1

148 Old Brompton Road , London, SW5 0BE

The Duke of Clarence London South Kensington pub bar restaurant

SquareMeal Review of The Duke of Clarence

Owners Geronimo Inns have treated the Duke of Clarence to a right royal makeover aimed at the affluent denizens of this swish neighbourhood. The new look sees the sober faux-Edwardian interior opened up, jazzed up and punctuated by ‘Rowntree’s fruit pastille’ lights – a comfy-cosy backdrop for sips such as Little Bird (gin) Negroni, Bulleit Old Fashioned and Chocolate Espresso Martini. Wines include some juicy Iberian reds, while beers range from Truman’s Runner, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Camden Hells on tap to a selection of bottled craft brews. You can nibble on lunchtime sarnies, Scotch eggs and sausage rolls or mix and match some small and larger plates – kedgeree, rabbit and burnt corn cakes with tomato jam, guinea fowl, bacon and cabbage pie with whiskey gravy, gussied-up burgers and steaks from North London family butcher Godfrey’s. Finish with similarly trad British tarts, crumbles and ices served by a bevy of cheerful staff.   

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Gloucester Road Tube Station 431m

Earls Court Tube Station 575m

Address

Address: 148 Old Brompton Road , London SW5 0BE

Area: South Kensington

Opening times

Mon-Sat 11am-11pm Sun 12N-9.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

Old Brompton Road 69m

Earl's Court Youth Hostel 248m

Details

Telephone: 020 7373 1285

Website:

Cuisine: Gastropub

3.5

Food & Drink: 4.5

Service: 6.5

Atmosphere: 6.5

Value: 3.5

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 0.0

Tor M. 15 June 2014

I don't know what happened in this pub a week last Friday (6th June) but it must have been a near meltdown in the kitchen. It's rare to go to a pub these days and be served food as filthy as we were given. In no particular order: 1) they got two of the orders wrong (the special said sea bream but mackerel came instead and we were told there would be a 20 minute wait if we wanted the correct fish!) 2) the burger was so dry, it was like dog food 3) the pasta was so overcooked it had to go back, untouched 4) the scallops were raw – when we sent them back, the kitchen obviously microwaved the plate as it came back scorching, scallops still raw 5) the bread was stale – admittedly they did replace that when we pointed this out. To be honest the saving grace was one of the waitresses, who was sweet and attentive. The manger did also exercise a degree of discretion and take 20% off the bill and choose not to charge us for two of the plates. But really? If I owned a pub and served food of this quality, I might just say – have this one on me – after all, this is food served in supposedly high class West London, at between £11 and £17 a main course. It's unacceptable and I won't be going back. I don't normally turn to online reviews to provide criticism of this level but if you've offered a restaurant an opportunity to rectify their mistake on the night and they choose not to, there's very little else that you can do.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

London Gourmet platinum reviewer 26 January 2013

A good pub food offering with decent service. Look out for the daily specials as they can offer some good quality surprises.