REVIEW: Duke On The Green, Parsons Green
Weekends are about getting up and out and there’s nothing better than rewarding yourself with a roast dinner after hours of pottering about in the chilly air.
After eyeballing antiques on the Kings Road, Parson’s Green is the perfect place to wrap up a Sunday, with no shortage of posh eateries – but let us draw your attention to Duke On The Green, which manages to straddle both pub and restaurant, homely and modern and the trickiest of all – family-friendly yet cosy for couples.
The bright decor, beaming staff and hearty selection of beer draws well-to-do weekenders for a drink in the main pub, and a separate dining room offers a slightly more formal space for a family meal.
The menu is available throughout the venue, so get there early to nab an armchair by the crackling fire, dinner served on a low table.
The Sunday lunches sailing past our heads showed us we needn’t look at another menu, choosing one pork roast (the manager informing us there was but one left) and one chicken with buttered kale, potatoes and a giant yorkie each. To drink, something crisp from the vast wine menu – a Riesling Mission Estate from Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand 2013.
Portions were astoundingly large, the influx of rugby players around 4pm suddenly making complete sense. Meat was tender and well-cooked, the pork a stand out dish encased in a thick layer of crunchy crackling. The chicken was doused in a mouth-watering sauce dotted with whole garlic cloves that we should not have eaten, but did without care.
Somehow, we found room for dessert (impossible if you’d ordered a starter too), greedily sampling a warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream and a Damson Bakewell tart. Eyes too big for our bellies, we could barely manage a mouthful – but the flavours were as expected, a warm rush of British brilliance. Much like the rest of this pub, actually.