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The Duke's Head is a warm and friendly pub situated by the Thames in Putney. Their bar is is stocked with a great arsenal of wines and speciality beers and if you fancy a spot of lunch they offer a cracking food menu.

If the weather is fine, head out to the patio and enjoy wonderful views of the river Thames.

Ranked #1316 of 2091 pubs & bars in London

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 00:00


11:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 22:30

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By S.

The Duke's Head's a bit of a gastro pub so if you're into that sort of thing it should suit you down to the ground. I don't mind it but to be honest I prefer simple, traditional grub.

It's not the cheapest place around but you could do worse than The Duke's Head.

By Steve W.

Went to D H with some friends on Saturday lunchtime and was served Otter ale which was off and in plastic glasses when we were drinking inside. Paid £5.50 for a soggy pork bap.Appalling !

By Roger B.

We took a friend from overseas to the Dukes Head for lunch today. It is a lovely spot, and the dining area is bright and fresh. Our friend ordered the mussels with chorizo. It transpired that the skin and plastic had been left on the chroizo making it very unappealing. The waitress promised to inform the chef and manager. However, nothing happened. Neither could be bothered to come to discuss the matter in a restaurant with only 3 tables taken. Very disappointing and very embarassing for the waitress. It is a great shame because the pub is in a wonderful location, but a great pity that it is let down by an appalling lack of customer focused service. They lost us as customers today

By Jan A.

Horrendous for vegetarians. Choice ( well no choice) for veggies at a recent pre boat race bash was Starters: beet root with a little bit of creamy oats cheese, Mains: goats cheese tart with a little bit of cold mash. No salad, no veggies, no garnish. Pudding: a third of a bowl of scruffy crumble. Too bad if the vegetarian doesn't like goats cheese. And this cost £30! Lovely position but what a waste not to serve lovely food.

By Nicola N.

The location of the dukes head is great. I like the way that it has been refurbished so i was so dissapointed when I went in thier yesterday with 4 friends and opted for the Sunday Lunch with all the trimmings..... it was dreadful. It was drenched with what looked and tasted like tomato soup - certainly not gravey, the parsnips were boiled and the roast potatoes tasted like they had been deep fried. Good pub over all but don't order the roast!

By Alice V.

The location is just perfect. Right on the river and lit up like Christmas it is really romantic in the evening. The interior is well decorated. The wood gives it the ye olde look but it is done in such a way as to feel modern and up to date.

For a Wednesday night it was packed out with a really buzzy atmosphere. We were served immediately at the bar but the concept of starting a tab seemed a little beyond the bar staff. They took ages sorting the tab out before getting us our drinks which was a little irritating.

As there were no free tables we squeezed in with another couple to have our drinks. I had to track down a waitress to ask for a table and we were told 15 mins for a table. It was closer to half an hour in the end but that was okay as we were not in a rush. Our waitress Amy was brilliant. Really smiley and chatty and very helpful. She recommended the salmon fillet with creamy dill sauce from the specials board and the Young's Beer Battered fish and chips. Both were bloomin' marvellous! We had the bread and olive board to share to start with which was a little massive. It would have been better if they did one for 2 as opposed to the huge generic size. We couldn't fit in a pudding as we were so full!

By Nathan W.

I went to The Dukes Head the other night and had a splendid night. Friendly staff and reasonably priced drinks. Exactly what you need after a long day in a hot non airconditioned office. I will be going back.

By Tim W.

Set in an impressive grade II listed Victorian building, the Duke’s Head is a grand riverside establishment in the heart of Putney. Spanning three floors, it offers a traditional pub atmosphere, a dining room and plenty of entertainment options in the evenings and weekends.

The Venue
The Duke’s Head is located just off Putney High Street and offers a relaxing location by the river away from the traffic.

The main bar area shows off the old Victorian style with dark brown wooden décor whereas the restaurant almost feels like an upmarket tea room. The restaurant’s high ceilings give it a really spacious feel and it is warmly lit with contemporary chandeliers and a marble fireplace. Downstairs, you will find a basement bar (which is part of the Rowing Club) and this hosts comedy evenings. An additional function room on the first floor can be hired for business meetings or weddings

There is outside seating but the tables are in high demand in the warmer months, even more so when the Boat Race is on as it overlooks the start point.

The Atmosphere
There is a wonderfully relaxed but upbeat vibe to the place and the venue attracts groups of all ages. The clientele is mostly young professionals from the surrounding area with a few older locals propping up the main bar. The modern and sophisticated feel of the restaurant, in particular, make it a perfect venue for large groups as well as couples. The staff are also very friendly and attentive making for an all-round welcoming experience.

The Food
The bar menu offers a variety of food and names most of the dishes after local landmarks and the Boat Race. Sharing platters are on offer from £15-£18 or opt for the classic British dishes such as Guinness Welsh rarebit and London Gold-battered fish and chips. They also serve hearty snacks such as sausage rolls and black pudding scotch egg as well as cockles and whelps for the more sea-faring palate.

The restaurant serves from 12-10pm every day. Starters are priced between £6-£8 and the choices range from rare pepper crusted fillet of beef to salt and pepper Cornish squid to the more adventurous devilled kidneys on toast. Mains utilise British ingredients to provide high quality steaks, burgers and fresh fish. The sumptuous Bombardier chicken pot pie is highly recommended.

The Drink
The restaurant wine list has a good selection and features quality but not expensive wines from Europe, Chile, New Zealand, Argentina and Australia. Most of them fall within £17-£28 price bracket. If you are in celebratory mood there are also a few prosecco and champagne options ranging from £23-£46. Real ales (largely Young’s own), lagers and cocktails are readily available too.

The Last Word
A prestigious venue that’s perhaps best known for its prime position at the start of the annual Boat Race, the Duke’s Head isn’t just a one-day wonder – it’s a great pub all-year round.

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