Just around the corner from the historic Richmond Green is The Duke, owned by Food and Fuel. But don’t be put off – The Duke has enough charm to get away from feeling like a chain.

We were sat in The Dining Room next to the main bit of the pub which, on one of the sunniest days in March, was brilliant. I had initial reservations about sitting in a pub on such a warm day, but the conservatory-style ceiling and glass front made sure that light streamed into every crevice.

It being a Sunday, we went for the roast dinner, which costs around £15, or a little less for the nut roast. I had the chicken and my other half had the beef steak.

The best part was without doubt the roast potatoes and the Yorkshire pudding. My main gripe with many pubs is that they tend to rush these important extras and concentrate only on the meat. But The Duke’s potatoes and Yorkshire puds were both huge and perfectly cooked. The chicken tasted lovely and the beef was matured and full of flavour.

Chicken Sunday lunch at The Duke in Richmond

Chicken Sunday lunch at The Duke in Richmond

The only thing that let this place down was the gravy – there was plenty of it (a big plus for a gravy-lover like me) and tasted great but was too watery to stick to any of the food. Otherwise, it would have been perfect and well worth the Richmond prices.

Anything else to report? Very quick service and lovely staff – we were in and out within an hour.

Good for: Sunday home comforts, whatever the weather

Budget: Under £15

More information: www.foodandfuel.co.uk/our-pubs/the-duke-richmond