The Duke of Sussex is a Victorian era boozer with a large dining room at the back facing a garden. There are booths along each side of the room as well as tables in the centre, with the tiny kitchen tucked away in one corner. The cuisine is mostly Spanish, with a few pub staples thrown in. Hence they serve paella, but also fish and chips. There is a fairly basic wine list, but for £10 corkage you can bring your own wine.
Quail with a salad of puy lentils and harissa was unusual and interesting, the quail served on the bone. The spice of the harissa lifted this dish out of the ordinary (13/20). A green salad on the side had fresh leaves but a somewhat basic dressing (12/20). White sourdough bread was, as ever, made from scratch in the kitchen and had pleasant texture (14/20, pushing 15/20).
Fish and chips had reasonable batter, the chips quite crisp (12/20). I liked the passion fruit sorbet, which had good texture and plenty of fruit flavour (13/20). Staff here are friendly, and at £24 a head for two courses the prices here are very fair indeed, especially when compared to central London. If you share a bottle of wine then your bill might reach the dizzying heights of £35 a head for three courses. Although the cooking is not completely consistent here, it is a place that I often return to for a simple, inexpensive meal.