Overlooking Acton Green and with an amazing beer garden within back, the Duke of Sussex is a good looking 1890s Victorian boozer that was offered a thorough gastrofication in 2007. Now had by its then operators Real Pubs, it offers lasted really.
The club side is lively and serves good alcohol (including deep Star’s smokily sweet-bitter Art of Darkness and Triple fff’s Rock Lobster), nonetheless it’s the gorgeous restaurant area that basically sticks out, almost the complete ceiling forming a giant ‘skylight’ – with cherubs to acknowledge its loftiness. The menu majors in Spanish food, with a decent range of tapas plus significant meals, frequently with twists on familiar – like the quince aïoli that accompanied a pork cut, which had an adequately unctuous thick fat layer and included garlicky sliced up potatoes ‘a lo pobre’.
Various other features had been the cheeseboard (manchego, yes, but additionally a smoky Basque idiazabal and picos de europa blue), coming with a Kilner jar of crackers and membrillo. The menu has some non-Spanish pub favourites – rib of beef and potato chips, pies, black colored pudding hash cake under an egg – but there appears little part of wandering definately not the Iberian peninsula.