Duke's Head

Greater London South West - Putney

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

8 Lower Richmond Road
SW15 1JN

Tel: (020) 8788 2552

Email: dukesheadputney@youngs.co.uk

Website https://www.dukesheadputney.com/

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Putney

Station Distance: 600m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Putney)

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

A touch of Victorian pub splendour where you can enjoy a drink and a meal overlooking the Thames. It was built in 1864 and then altered in 1894 which is no doubt the date of the impressive set of interior fittings. The pub comes in three distinct areas, now all interlinked but a century ago there would have been no such free-flowing spaces. Each outside door would have led to its own separate drinking area. The names ‘public bar’ and ‘saloon lounge’ survive in etched glass in two of the doors. The rear room has no counter and is now primarily a dining area with impressive views over the river. A full-height screen, with large panes of etched glass, mark it off from the rest of the pub. The front parts of the Duke’s Head have an island servery. Its central stillion has a modern base but Victorian upper parts with pretty coving ornamented by floral swags. A screen slices through the back part of the servery and is filled with etched and cut glass with flowers and swirling decoration which are to be found in other glasswork here. The bar counter is divided into broad panels, each of which has the characteristic London feature of opening (in this case drop-down) doors. You should also note the glass advertising the entrance to the club room which is located upstairs. The most recent alterations to the pub were in 2006 which opened up the circulation and involved, sadly, cutting an unnecessarily wide opening in the screen located nearest the corner of the pub.

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