Public Houses in Richmond (Surrey)
42 The Vineyard
lovely place i would like to go back again in place
A User - 07/10/2008 | report this review
Finally set foot in the Dukes Head after living up the road from it for a couple of years. The interior is cosy, with a bar in the middle and the seating area divided in half, with what appeared to be a dedicated dining area on one side. I think there may be a small beer garden too.It was Sunday lunch, and it was fairly quiet when we arrived, so we took our pick of tables in the dining area. The tables were fully laid, complete with serviettes sticking out of wine glasses, and cute Dukes Head placemats. Our table, which was set for four people, was surely too small for four to eat at comfortably, thankfully there were only two of us.The barmaid/waitress who served us was very smiley and friendly, and it didn't take long till she came over and took our order. There was a very short Sunday lunch menu, with three starters, three roast options, and four desserts. You may have been able to order off the regular menu as well, but we didn't enquire as we wanted a Sunday roast anyway.We started with a bowl of Homemade cream of tomato soup with freshly baked bread. The soup was very creamy and had a good roasted tomato flavour. Some of the bread we were given, although it did seem freshly baked, was seemingly not freshly cut as it had dried out a little.For main course we both had the 21 day hung extra mature roast beef with all the trimmings. The roast was served on a very large plate, which was filled with a decent serving of nicely cooked beef, a good Yorkshire pud, tasty roasted parsnip, carrots, potatoes, creamy cauliflower and even some red cabbage. Oh, just a couple of complaints - the music was terrible, to my taste anyway, some sort of classical/opera which I found too heavy and depressing for Sunday lunch. And I think it is time to get some new toilet seats in the Ladies, and a toilet paper holder wouldn't go astray either.Minor issues aside, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the relatively cheap prices, and may well put the Dukes Head on our Sunday lunch rotation.
A User - 05/10/2008 | report this review
The Dukes Head has recently undergone a major facelift and is now one of the most stylish bars in richmond.The menu covers all styles and taste from a tradational bar menu lunch time to a la carte in the evening and the best sunday roasts in richmond their are three plasma screens for the sporting minded 3 star bed and breakfast accommodation and a fantastic selection of wines,ales and lagers definetly worth a visit
A User - 02/10/2008 | report this review
I stayed here over the week of family celebrations. We chose it because it was convenient and not too expensive. It was very friendly and helpful, but one or two negative points should be mentioned: the ensuite shower room was tiny, the shower itself a slow trickle, slow to start and slow to stop. The toilet roll holder kept falling off as it was missing a few screws (it fell into the toilet once!), and there was nowhere except the toilet cistern to put your toiletries. In the bedroom there was a double socket which was hanging off the wall, though it did work! The third bed (we were 3 in the room) had no bedside light, and there was no radio at all. The TV had poor reception and was not digital. The scrambled egg at breakfast was to be recommended, but there was no fruit, either dried or fresh, and no yoghurt, just fruit juice and poor quality meusli, cornflakes and weetabix, followed by your choice of an excellent cooked breakfast. Some of the waiting staff did not understand English. But I suppose it was reasonably priced (not sure how much as it was paid for me by someone else). I think next time I would pay a little extra for better facilities.
Norah Brown - 15/09/2008 | report this review
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