Pubspy: The Duke's Head, Wallington
Did you know that the average bra size in the UK has increased from 34B to 36C since 1992? No, neither did I until I saw this fascinating fact written on a chalkboard in the Duke’s Head last week.
Well, the first thing which struck me about this boozer is, if it’s jugs you’re after, then this is definitely the place for you.
There’s a wide variety of tankards and Toby jugs hanging from low wooden beams which gives the place a cosy, traditional feel – a rarity in this area, especially when pubs are getting refitted and revamped seemingly every five minutes.
The last time I had a glass of ale here I was a young whippersnapper, enthusiastically making my way in the world of booze.
I enjoyed many hours, sat on the green, soaking up the sun while supping a beer with the boys. We had a right laugh.
Last week’s spell of blazing hot sunshine meant two words were at the forefront of my mind – beer garden. So, with that in mind, I thought I’d head back to the Duke’s Head for a beer and sit on the green for old time’s sake.
The boys weren’t there this time though. They’ve all moved on in life, so I sat and supped on my own. It’s ok, I’m used to it now. Friends have come and gone, and the laughter has stopped, but ale has never let me down.
There’s no doubt about it, this Wallington watering hole has got a bit of character.
It’s a large pub which doubles up as a hotel and the clientele consisted of locals, regulars and guests.
There is a small bar on one side which, on my visit, was frequented by a cackling crowd of old soaks absorbed in the Daily Star’s horse racing pages.
Needless to say, I bolted round to the other side of the pub faster than Pour Moi raced towards the finishing line at the Epsom Derby last weekend.
The interior of the Duke is generally quite dark, which suits me down to the ground, but gets lighter towards the dining area and the beer garden at the back.
The walls are lined with large brass plates and old pictures including a nice one of the pub covered in snow circa 1880.
If I were you, and you’re probably glad I’m not, then I would head down to this boozer the next time the sun is out and enjoy a pint or two – whether you’re out with the boys or Billy No Mates.
The Duke’s Head, 6 Manor Road, Wallington, SM6 0AA
DECOR: XXXX Dark, cosy and well lived-in.
DRINK: XXX A selection of Young’s ales.
PRICE: XXX Young’s Special was £3.20.
ATMOSPHERE: XX Quiet, most people were outside.
STAFF: XXX Pleasant.
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