The Duke of Clarence

148 Old Brompton Road, Earl's Court, London

The Duke of Clarence
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8/10 from 4 user reviews

A great pub on a very social corner of Chelsea

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Address:148 Old Brompton Road
Earl's Court
London
SW5 0BE
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Public Houses & Inns
Region:Earl's Court
Nearest Station:Gloucester Road
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Mon: Open: 11:00 Close: 23:00
Tue: Open: 11:00 Close: 23:00
Wed: Open: 11:00 Close: 23:00
Thu: Open: 11:00 Close: 23:00
Fri: Open: 11:00 Close: 23:00
Sat: Open: 11:00 Close: 23:00
Sun: Open: 12:00 Close: 22:30
About: The Duke of Clarence serves gastro pub food at lunchtime and during the evening and has a good wine list, many of which are served by the glass. A sister of the Builder's Arms on Britten Street in Chelsea, the decor is much the same. With many windows, this is a bright and airy pub, with comfortable sofas to sit in as well as many tables and chairs.

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"A great pub on a very social corner of Chelsea"

Review Rating: 9 / 10
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Returning to the D of C after a prolonged absence was like catching up with an old friend.

I used to be a Monday evening pub quiz regular but at some point decided that fuzzy headed Tuesday mornings were not all that great and decided to quit. The food and drink were good back in those days and nothing has changed.

This Geronimo Group pub follows the well-proven template of a good and well-priced wine list, a simple and wholesome menu of what I would call great value food, and friendly staff.

With the sun shining for the first time in months it was hard not to be cheery on arriving at our table and the very friendly and efficient staff kept the mood up throughout the meal. I had a starter from the specials list of tomato, avocado and Cornish brie covered crustini which was absolutely delicious. Nice warm, creamy brie with ripe avocado (not guaranteed by any means), tasty beef tomatoes and all in a perfectly dressed little green salad. My dinner partner had chicken Caesar salad which was exactly as it should have been. The chef was not trying to be clever and reinvent the wheel but served up moist chicken (and plenty of it) with crunchy lettuce leaves and lovely anchovies, topped with shaved parmesan and again dressed perfectly.

For the main course I had the grilled rib-eye steak, wild mushroom sauce and hand-cut chips. This was the most expensive main course on the menu at £17. All other main courses were under £11. My meat was cooked medium-rare as I had requested and was juicy and very flavoursome. The hand-cut chips were a fraction undercooked for my taste but I am told I like my chips slightly crisper than most. The mushroom sauce was good and all in all the dish was delicious. The other main course for our table was a special of leg of lamb with couscous. The couscous was a little stodgy so that it didn't separate fully and wasn't as light and fluffy as perhaps it could have been, but it had little vegetables within it which added colour and flavour. The lamb was cooked to perfection and was a big hit. A side order of crunchy green beans added a healthy touch to the course and put big smiles on both our faces.

Normally I would have called time at this point but being reviewers we had to go for puddings, so I went for the Bramley apple and cranberry with cinnamon crumble and my companion went for sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream. My crumble was golden on top and hid a very generous helping of apple and cranberry beneath. Perfect. The sticky toffee pudding was moist and drenched in delicious sauce. Both puddings were £5.

Having washed the food down with a good bottle of Sangiovese at £20.50 we then had coffee and fresh mint tea and sat back to reflect on being well fed and watered in buzzy but not obtrusively loud surroundings and with great service.

The bill rounded off the meal at a very reasonable £40 a head. This is a great pub with a good bar area on a very social corner of Chelsea.


All In London reviewed The Duke of Clarence on Tue 25 May 2010


The Latest User Reviews of The Duke of Clarence


User Rating: 8 / 10
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Emir, London
Added: Apr 2012
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Great pub, great food and great ambience... Like anywhere else in London, take care of your belongings as someone stole my expensive Paul Smith rain mac when went to bar to get drink.

Name: Emir
Location: London

User Rating: 7 / 10
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captaintom
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Have been invited twice here for lunch by a regular. Layout and ambience is good and the normal Geronimo style formula on display. The service and attitude of the staff is very good. What does spoil the place is the officious bad attitude of the Manageress. Some iffy local gangster types on display at the bar in leather trousers and long leather coats.

User Rating: 8 / 10
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A Customer
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Really decent gastro pub in South Kensington with a welcoming atmosphere and comparatively reasonable prices. It would be helpful if they had slightly more vegetarian options (though there is always at least one), but my meat-eating friends are always happy with the food. I have never had anything but a lovely experience at the Duke of Clarence.

User Rating: 9 / 10
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A Customer
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Nice modern place with the quirkyness of an old well suited street pub. Very good food - especially the chicken and leek pie. Reasonably priced with easy access from Gloucester Road tube station. Would recommend for a drink and a bite to eat whether it be after work or on the weekend with your partner.

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