“ Address: Scotch Common / Ealing / London W13 8DL / Tel: 020 8991 7820 „
The Duke of Kent in Ealing, West London, is affiliated to the Fullers brewery. It is a large building located on Scotch Common, by Pitshanger Lane, with a car park at the front and extensive beer garden at the rear. You can reach it by bus from Ealing Broadway and Greenford.
Until recently, the Duke of Kent was one of my two local pubs, which I visited with friends and family who came to stay. Being a Fullers brand pub, it does only serve Fullers ales, but these still offer a reasonable selection. You can also choose from draught lager and cider, wine, spirits and soft drinks. Drinks are priced at the higher end of the scale, with pints coming in well over £3.
The Duke of Kent is a large pub, and has plenty of seating inside and out. They have a very good menu, offering good quality pub grub with a few more interesting dishes. Every day they have specials listed on their blackboard, and there is always a good selection of specials - in main courses there are usually 3-4 specials, including one vegetarian. The main menu includes meat, fish and veggie choices.
I would happily recommend any of the dishes I have tried at the Duke of Kent. I have sampled their fish and chips on more than one occasion, because it is just right - perfect batter on the fish, soft and fresh but with a slight crispiness to the outside. The fish pie is also very good, but not ideal for a hot summers day! My favourite meal there would probably be the "fish finger" sandwich, which is actually fish goujons in a crusty baguette served with chips and salad. Absolutely delicious - my mum was slightly baffled by the idea of a fish finger sandwich but she could soon see that it was very tasty indeed. I have also tried a vegetarian risotto, which was cooked to perfection and beautifully creamy.
The service at the Duke of Kent is always surprisingly quick given the size of the place - and given that most of my visits have been at teatime on weekends. The staff are attentive but discreet, and never overbearing.
Aside from the great food, I love the Duke of Kent for its garden. If you sit inside, you can sit at one of the large windows overlooking the garden, usually with the window open in summer. The garden has a number of large round tables, all with parasols, where you can sit and enjoy the summer weather. There is a large open space at the bottom of the garden where during the day on weekends there is usually a large group of children playing. The Duke of Kent is an ideal family pub, yet I have never visited with children and it suits me too. They often have barbecues in the garden on summer weekends, although I have never tried any of the food from this.
The Duke of Kent may be outside central London and so not somewhere that many visitors will end up, but if you are in the Ealing area and looking for somewhere to eat, it's worth hopping on the bus and trying the Duke of Kent.