Saturday 12 October 2013

The Duke’s Head, Lower Richmond Road, south London

A grand old pub overlooking the Thames, the Duke's Head can be rammed with prosperous Putney punters on a Saturday afternoon, even in October. If both the Duke's Bar and Rowing Club are packed, you can retreat with your pint of Young's real ale into the pleasant and quieter Coxswain dining room. If you are peckish, go to the bar and can get a cold sausage roll (£3.50), which is pastry-heavy and meat-light. It tastes surprisingly good. With its dark wood panelling, the Duke's Bar has retained the air of an old-fashioned pub, but the comfortable dining room has had a smart makeover.