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The Duchess of Cambridge is a smart pub on the site formerly known as The Brook. The venue features an extensive range of both local and national independently brewed real ales. Six hand pumped and nine gravity poured real ales and nine cask ciders. The Duchess of Cambridge also boasts a comprehensive choice of more than 90 whiskies.

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Opening Hours
Mon-Thur 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-24:00
Sat 11:30-24:00
Sun 11:30-22:30

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By Richard S.

Very recently under new management - suffering from very poor customer service, extremely slow service for food despite the pub being reasonably empty and employing some members of staff with limited ability in taking simple food and drink orders correctly and efficiently. W6/W4 offers a wealth of very good pubs, I would strongly recommend trying all of these before venturing back here.

By Jim S.

Must offer a different view to this writer. I drink in The Duchess of Cambridge regularly and know this "bolshy" manageress. She is polite, professional and a joy to be served by. I wonder if this writer has a problem with a younger female being in a position of power perhaps? How much of a free drink do you want to have to taste 1/2 and pint a 1/3? The shot glasses they use are fine for tasting. And why has it taken you from September last year to may this year to write about it!?! The pricing policy is completely transparent here. With discounts readily available. With over 97 whiskys, regularly changing craft lagers, up to 15 real ales and good value food this is a great boozer! Oh and keep an eye out for the cool beer festivals. This is a great boozer - come and give it a try!

By Andrew M.

I live locally to this pub, and have been a regular for 15 years under it's various guises. As an enthusiastic real ale fan I was very excited when they re-opened as The Duchess and visited within a few days of their opening last year. What a truly awful experience! Having announced that I practically lived opposite and was a big real ale fan, the bolshy manageress explained the bizzare pricing policy, gave me a tiny thimble of ale to taste, and begrudgingly served me a pint. I sat down feeling very uncomfortable, then realised the beer was off! I struggled through half of it, but returned to the bar to tell her it was off. She said it wasn't (without even tasting it), and declared that she "had racked it herself", as if that makes any difference. I said I wasn't being funny, but as I had struggled half of it down, I only expected her to replace half, which she promptly did! The taste of the replacement confirmed how off the previous one was and I mentioned this in passing to a barman, as she had stomped off. However, she just caught my remark, came over to me with a face like thunder and said "right, your barred!". I have never been barred from anywhere before, and felt humiliated. I tried to contact the owner, but he did not reply to my emails. I very much wanted to find a way around it so I could enjoy real ale on my doorstep, and an apology would have got me back in there with my friends (who won't go in because I can't) and spending money. With the appalling track record of failure associated with this site, and the really stiff competition in the area, it beggers belief!

By Al M.

Awesome, just what the area has been crying out for. Somewhere you can have a drink with friends without being made to feel that you should be having 3 courses of their gastro fare surrounded by diners. The food may be to the more basic end for west london but it is all good quality and perfect compliments the fine beverage selection.

By Ray R.

I simply must offer an alternative view. I am also a local, and have visited the Duchess in its previous incarnations, and the Duchess is by some distance the best I have known this location; friendly, welcoming service, a SUPERB collection of beverages not limited to the fantastic and changing array of ales and a layout that is infinitely superior to the previous versions I have experienced. The staff are all young, vibrant and most importantly seem genuinely enthusiastic about not only the products they're serving, which increased my enjoyment. Whilst this pub may not be everyone's cup of tea, as a 30something with a newfound appreciation of ales and an eclectic taste in music I cannot recommend this pub highly enough!The previous poster seems to have a problem with having not been consulted & seems unable to view the pub objectively - I can guarantee my gf is not a standard CAMRA enthusiast, nor are my friends, & we've all had a great time there; readers, I recommend you give it a visit & make up your own mind if tasty beers & good service appeal to your sensibilities!

By J E.

As nearby residents we had high hopes for the latest incarnation at this corner establishment. It was The Brook and before that The Med.....nothing seems to last long at this location sadly. If my three visits so far are anything to go by, this won't last either. It's pitched very much at the hairy CAMRA member with its accent on obscure beers displayed behind the bar. Fine if that's what you want, but it is not a great formula for a residential area of west London (with whom there has been NO direct communication at all) who want some style, comfort and some buzz. The food is now a stripped down menu affair - perfectly adequate but uninspiring. The decor includes a garish red and there is absolutely no atmosphere at all, unlike at local rivals like The Eagle or The Raven.

By Ted K.

As a resident of Chiswick I had frequently passed by this location in its previous, frequently changing, guises. Whilst recently perusing through the London Drinker publication I noticed an ad for The Duchess of Cambridge and therefore decided to pay them a visit to make my own assessment of the place. Being a real ale fan I was literally gobsmacked by the selection of ales - both gravity poured (8 ales, not including ciders) and hand pumped (5 choices as I recall). The selection was excellent and on subsequent visits it is clear that new ales are regularly introduced (a lot of them local). All I can say is it's now become my favourite local watering hole simply as a result of the aforementioned. Real ale fans, you will love this place. Also just to add that the staff are extremely friendly as well.

By Mark O.

As real ale and craft beer continues to flourish in the capital, winning new fans everywhere from Dalston to Deptford and Hammersmith to Highgate, the people behind one of the long-standing favourites among seasoned ale drinkers, the Bree Louise pub in Euston, have opened up this new outpost in W6, bringing hard to find ale and obscure bottled beer to Fuller’s backyard.

The Venue
With Fuller’s brewery nestled down against the Thames some 20-minute walk from this pub, it’s unsurprising that a lot of pumps in the area offer the Fuller’s range, with one of two ales from the likes of Sharp’s, St Austell or Young’s the usual alternatives. Notable exceptions are the The Swan, a Nicholson’s pub in Hammersmith, the Defectors Weld in Shepherd’s Bush, and The Tabard just down the road from here by Turnham Green. The Duchess of Cambridge is a game-changer for the area as it has nine gravity pouring metal casks behind the bar, offering limited edition brews from micro-breweries and ales from more established names, plus a huge selection of beers from around the world in bottles.

The venue itself is an imposing sight on the corner of Goldhawk and Stamford Brook Road. It’s a spot that looks like a good location but has actually had a fair amount of failed ventures previously. The new owners have kept things simple with a lick of paint, a new name (one that surely pays tribute to this year’s royal wedding) and some comfy leather furnishings. Retro beer posters are dotted around the walls and it’s a big old space that’s split in to two: one side offers squishy sofas and the service area for the bar; the other provides a couple of window-side booths plus wooden tables and chairs for larger groups. Gaping windows allow natural light to flood in and confirm an easy way to get to the pub: the 94 bus stops right outside. In addition there’s an open fire at one end for colder months, and an outdoor terrace at the other end for smokers or warmer weather.

The Atmosphere
This is a nice part of town where Hammersmith blurs into Chiswick and, as a result, there’s a fair amount of families with children in tow – especially during the day. Older couples, thirtysomething friends chewing the fat and young professionals are also present. Once word spreads expect curious beer aficionados from the capital’s beer trail to also seek it out.

The Food
The menu is made up of traditional pub offerings like fish and chips, burgers, and pie and mash. Prices are cheap for the area with most of the dishes under the £10 mark, but the quality needs to improve as demonstrated by the pork belly: it’s dry and has an anaemic colour without any sign of crispy crackling. Much more enjoyable is the cheese board – it’s great value (£8.50 for two people, including a selection of three types of cheese from a list, plus biscuits, grapes and quince jelly) and the cheddar, Shropshire Blue and blue brie are all of very good quality. Overall, the food offering is a work in progress.

The Drink
The unique selling point for this pub is most definitely the beer and cider; it has the best selection for miles around. A recent visit provided options like Twickenham Ladies, Adnams New Zealand IPA, Windsor and Eton’s Knight of the Garter and a very rare chance to sample a limited edition IPA from the London Brewers Alliance, one of only a handful of casks distributed around the capital. All the options are scribbled on blackboards with their strength and price tag, which are based on the strength of the brew. Pints cost £3-£4, not cheap but fairly standard for the area, and you’re encouraged to try little tasters before you make your mind up. Cider drinkers are also spoilt for choice with around ten options including tipples from Black Rat, Millwhites and Orchard Pig. Bottled beers continue to impress: Delirium Tremens and Bruges Zot from Belgium join the likes of Little Creatures Pale Ale from Western Australia.

The Last Word
With the capital’s thirst for real ale seemingly becoming unquenchable, the Duchess of Cambridge is a significant opening for ale-loving west Londoners and anyone who follows the capital’s beer trail. A very welcome addition to the area.

By George D.

What a great find! 9 gravity ales and wonderful choice! No draught lager yet and no handles but they are coming next week apparently. Bottled beer selection very interesting! Sunday roast was awesome but it seemed they struggled when very busy at 3.30 with the live jazz! We will definitely go back, very friendly staff, great decked garden and can't wait to see it when it's finished! Oh and they are putting a small brewery in the bar in December

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