Duke of Sussex, Chiswick

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When the Duke of Sussex revamped itself in the latter half of 2007 from a yoof-oriented and rather raucous place, it signalled the almost complete blanketing of Chiswick in upmarket gastropubs. Of course, like anything else, no two are identical - even if they are aiming for roughly the same demographic - and often what can differentiate them is what remains of the old boozer they replaced. In the case of the Sussex, this was clearly once a grand Victorian pub and happily some of this grandeur still remains - ornate bar, acid etched glass and high ceilings are the order of the day. The rear dining room, which was probably the billiard room, benefits from quite stunning triple height ceilings and intricate decoration. After many years languishing, it appears to have been sympathetically restored and for that we must be grateful. The menu has British and Spanish influences, but we weren't in the mood to fork out the mid teen prices to sample it. Drinks wise, there's a good wine list (served in carafes, if that's your predilection) and three ales on, well kept. It's proving popular and was pleasantly busy on our visit - ultimately a good pub for the residents of South Acton.
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21 Jul 2010
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Having found the Swan closed 200 yards up the road, we moved on to the Duke of Sussex. A fine building to look at, but at 2.10pm on a Tuesday afternoon it was a complete waste of space as there was not a single person drinking there. Indeed, there were only two people eating.

There was nothing wrong with my cider (Aspalls?), or my friends Amstel, so is it just the case that the drinkers of South Acton only come out in the evening or at the weekend. If not, I cannot see how this pub can afford to survive.

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75 South Parade, Chiswick, London, W4 5LF
020 8742 8801

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