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78 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“Super clean little pub. Quick service, 5 hand pumps including Ram tam and Mild, which was excellent. Great if you want Timothy Taylors in London, but obviously a little out of the way from the City Center.“
jonno 432 days ago
50 /100 PUTNEY WHARF TOWER, BREWHOUSE LANE
“I came here on the day of a Fulham v Newcastle match. Stood outside as no room inside. It took me 15 minutes to get served and then I was given the wrong beers. By that time I didn't care. Although I'd just ordered one of the 2 or 3 beers I could see as I could not get a view of the bar. As I drank my beer I realised it was still 3 hours until kick off so decided of ticking and not bother with match and, more specifically, another few hours at this scrum.“
BeardedAvenger 519 days ago
76 /100 122 PUTNEY HIGH STREET
“Commercial description: "Situated in the middle of Putney High Street & a stone’s throw away from Putney station, we’re a must visit any time you are in town! The Spotted Horse is a traditional high street pub and has been for over 250 years. Welcome to the all-new Spotted Horse. After months of work, we’ve opened the doors to a totally transformed pub, with a focus on the best things in life: expertly crafted cocktails, lazy brunches, indulgent sharing dishes and a rooftop gin bar that is fast becoming the most talked-about hidden gem in Putney." I am amazed that this attractive pub was not listed at RB already - maybe because it has been closed for refurbishment? A Young's pub, it has of course the traditional Young's cask ales that you expect, but also several guest cask ales. I had Purity Mad Goose, forgot that I had rated it before. Also several interesting keg beers, and some bottles. I could easily get 8-10 ticks here .- if not time and a health issue had prevented me, The food menu looks interesting too - but my boring choice was an all-day Full English Breakfast, which was plentiful. In case the pub's food manager reads this: drop the American-style thick-sliced bacon, it is too smokey. Traditional English bacon is better. And I'd prefer toast in stead of untoasted white bread. Little details ... More important, the staff was very friendly. I'd be happy to visit here again. “
Sigmund 1222 days ago
60 /100 PUTNEY WHARF TOWER, BREWHOUSE LANE
“Quite smart Spoons with nice river views on the ground floor of a modern riverside apartment development. Range a bit smaller than the Spoons norm - three festival beers from eighlht handpumps. Beer condition was good. Also three London kegs - Sambrooks, Portobello & Trumans. Service a bit clueless - the obviously newly recruited barman tried to charge "four point three" for a half.“
chriso 1811 days ago
72 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“Visited numerous times over the years. The best option in the area although, given the proliferation of top notch beer places in London, it’s no longer a destination worth going out of your way for. They do have a couple of beer festivals a year (usually in February and September) that are worth looking out for - 60 plus beers, usually featuring a particular county, with most of them stillaged in the yard outside. There are often some very rare beers on offer at these festivals. At other times there are about ten beers (plus a couple of ciders) on handpump that will usually include a few of interest. Sambrooks Wandle is the only permanent beer - they used to, uniquely for London, stock a full range of Timothy Taylor beers but that is no longer the case - but you will often find something from Downton too. The pub itself is a basic, but comfortable bare boarded affair, tucked away down a cul-de-sac, with a villagey feel despite the urban setting. Worth a vist, especially when there’s a festival on.

UPDATE 20/08/2015
The beer festivals appear to have ceased and I’d heard rumours that the pub was up for sale. The pub website now contains details of a proposal for a residential extension as "an alternative source of income which will prevent the closure of the pub. Unfortunately, the pub in its current state is financially unsustainable – this extension will ensure economic sustainability". This, no doubt explains the paucity of beers on offer recently.“
chriso 2023 days ago
68 /100 93 LOWER RICHMOND RD
“Visited on a Sunday night in July 2015 for a gig (Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff). This has been renovated in recent times, it’s a large bar area with seating all around, a large patio and room for gigs in the rear. The beer range is nothing special but focuses on mostly local cask beers and a couple of craft kegs and Camden Town Cans. It’s a nice pub, I generally only visit for gigs and wouldn’t necessarily go for the beer. It’s decent enough but a rater wouldn’t be likely to pick up something new although that doesn’t disqualify it from RB.“
WingmanWillis 2053 days ago
52 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“Visited on a Sunday evening in July 2015. I doubled the number of customers in the bar on my arrival. It’s a nice pub, real fire, pkenty of seating and a large beer garden. Only 2 beers on handpull which has happened before. The front of the pub boasts of award winning glories which seens so far away. Inside there’s beer festival posters too. All seems a long way away based on this visit which is sad. I’ll be back at some point but be wary the pub has gone downhill quicker than Franz Klammer“
WingmanWillis 2054 days ago
78 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“Stopped in a number of times when visiting Putney. It’s a great place for Real Ale, with a pretty good selection and a talent for good cellarmanship. Nice beer garden in the summer, too.“
thepatrickman 2072 days ago
60 /100 PUTNEY WHARF TOWER, BREWHOUSE LANE
“Visited for Sunday lunch. ’Spoons located beneath an appartment building, with a broad view on the Thames. Hasn’t got a nice authentic pub-feel to it, despite carpeted floor etc.. Order at the bar. Nice selection of beers, some cask ales from the annual fest, decently filled fridge with for me lots of ticks (e.g. stuff from Sixpoint). Food wasn’t great, but it’s good value.“
Borresteijn 2162 days ago
68 /100
Normanby (Bar)
PUTNEY BRIDGE ROAD
“There is continuity between the daylight scene and the evening approach: the staff’s energy is well-channelled and no-one feels unwelcome, at any time. Wandle and Doom Bar are the main attractions. A range of bottles provide suitable alternatives for the less able. Seating is provided at no extra charge and the vast majority of tables are high enough to eat from with little discomfort. Darts, an outside area (small), American pool and three high-resolution screens showing a range of obscure sports act as beacons to South-west London’s sports fanatics. The floor is usually clean and the toilets perform the necessary duties. Friday evenings are dominated by teaching staff from local primary schools: expect a bawdy atmosphere and little room at the bar.“
NancyBoyDIY 2244 days ago
84 /100 138 UPPER RICHMOND RD,
“Netter Gastro-Pub in Putney, London. Ein Teil ist Pub, ein Teil Restaurant. Neben recht normalen Tab-Bieren gibt es auch eine kleine Auswahl an Craftbieren von Brewdog, Steam Anchor und Brooklyn. Das Essen ist sehr gut, aber auch etwas teurer.“
Fisler 2322 days ago
76 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“Nice pub in a quiet street in Putney. Cask selection is very good, service is friendly and there is a (coal?) heater to enjoy during the winter months. I should visit more often really as it is fairly convenient.“
The_Osprey 2377 days ago
72 /100
Spencer (Bar)
237 LOWER RICHMOND ROAD
“I only popped in here a couple of times during the 12 months I lived in Barnes, but it’s an appealing light and breezy large single room pub with a mix of traditional furniture and sofas - and given it’s a Taylor-Walker pub the ale range is always good.“
ManVsBeer 2611 days ago
60 /100 160 PUTNEY HIGH STREET
“I don’t usually comment on other folks reviews but its worth pointing out that London Gargoyle who gave FULL MARKS is either the owner/manager/employee or they really need to get out of their hood, or even their coat in full, and learn what makes for a full marks venue. Oh yeah - I feel fully justified in making those comments as LG’s sole contribution was to join the site on 21st June, review this bar, never logged in again. Shit - you had us fooled ... I digress. Located opposite Putney BR station and part of the Lost group the beer selection on tap was pretty mediocre compared to Ales and Tails Twickenham (also part of the chain). 2 cask pumps, only one on - something average looking from a Sussex brewer and 6 craft taps of which only 4 were on. Nothing too exciting here either aside from Toccalmato Re Hop, however as is the case with A&T on occasion they don’t list their beers properly !!! It was simply listed as "Birarre Hop". If you’re going to play the ’craft beer’ game at least list the bloody brewery name if nothing else! Fortunately the girl behind the bar, who was heplful and friendly, knew it was Toccalamato so I managed to work it out! The place was trendy cafe style in layout and pretty dead at 5pm. Bottled menu was OK, akin to A&T - see the beers added above. Worth popping in for a drink I guess if you’re in Putney, but by no means a go to destination.“
Theydon_Bois 2675 days ago
100 /100 160 PUTNEY HIGH STREET
“Proud to be the first to review my favourite beer-joint in my ’hood! Straight across the road from Putney train station, a really friendly and bustling place that opens its windows onto the street whenever the weather permits. Carlo and the guys really know their craft beers and they have a top selection of stuff on draft and by the bottle (good cocktails too if that’s your thing - if so how come you’re on this website?) They always have something interesting that’s not even on the beer-list if you ask them "anything new brewing?" And if you’ve worked up an appetite then they do fantastic stone oven pizza (two for the price of one on weeknights) and a chilli-dog that’s worth coming to Putney for even if you don’t live here. Through the wonders of technology I’m typing this as I eat a spicy Marrakech pizza and drink a bottle of Weird Beard Brew Company "Mariana" pale ale that’s not even on the list. What could possibly go wrong.................“
LondonGargoyle 2812 days ago
70 /100
Telegraph (Bar)
TELEGRAPH ROAD, PUTNEY HEATH
“Hidden in a little London oasis away from the hustle and bustle, this is the pub of Putney Village high on the hill well away from the main commercial area down by the river. This can feel like a country pub as there’s little traffic or people passing by, although there’s no shortage of people that know about this place. It places a high emphasis on food although real ales are well cared for here too. Inside it is decorated to a high standard and it’s more than a comfortable place to be.“
ManVsBeer 2889 days ago
68 /100 PUTNEY WHARF TOWER, BREWHOUSE LANE
“Set back from the main road and behind the church, it occupies the ground floor section of a new-build set of apartment buildings overlooking the River Thames. It’s setting can’t be matched by other London Wetherspoons as a semi-circular room at the pubs far end offers superb views across the water - a great place to eat or drink. There’s a patio too which offers the same vista. The bar itself is a tight affair with little room to order as between it and the wall is a row of tables, but this is also the least attractive part to sit in. That said it is well decked out and despite it being in a modern building the furniture has more of an early 20th century feel to it in design. It’s soft furnished and very comfortable. It has two rows of real ales to choose from and plenty of different area to sit in.“
ManVsBeer 2906 days ago
76 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“The Bricklayer’s is located on a quiet street in Putney. The pub has one of the bigger patios I’ve seen in London. The vibe’s pretty rundown, but cheery. It reminds me of the Bree Louise quite a bit. The selection’s large, with about 12 casks on offer. The pub’s known for featuring many beers from the same brewery at the same time. This practice is a bit of a two-edged sword; the selection lives and dies by the quality of the brewery on offer when you visit. On my visit, Arundel brewery were prominetly featured. The beers were pedestrian but in very good condition. I’m suprised to read that many have complained about the pricing. All of my pints were about £3.50, which isn’t unreasonable considering the location. Overall, not a bad pub. It’s not a place to find cutting-edge beer, but there’s worse options if you want to drink more traditional styles.“
jackl 3075 days ago
54 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“A village pub in Putney, hard to believe but true. We sat to the left as you walk in, past the bar and into what reminded me of a boatshed, wooden ceiling and painted panels on the walls. The floor is wooden too, so plenty of wood then! An orange glow comes from the wall mounted lights to add an olde worlde type feel, guess what the furniture is made of? You are correct, mostly wood. The place was fairly busy (May Saturday at 17.00), sadly a loud, know it all American was sat across from us and he kind of ruined the atmosphere for my party of three. The beers were all fine, the full range of TT, plus two from Saltaire (a small new brewery from Yorkshire). Old bald bloke behind the bar was a bit rude and ’offish’, the young chap was fine, hence the low score for service, plus the toilets are very poor. Nowhere except Sam Smiths and Weatherspoons are cheap in London; but this place is above average in price, even for London. “
BlackHaddock 3261 days ago
78 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“The Bricklayer’s Arms is on a small street about 500 feet west of the Putney Bridge (south side). It’s somewhat hidden, but relatively easy to find if you know where you’re going. It has a classic English "pub" atmosphere with alot of old neighborhood pictures on the walls, and a nice patio on the side of the building. I found the service to be very friendly and attentive on a Sunday afternoon. They had a good selection of casks and regular kegs, and a few ciders left over from their cider festival. One big negative, however, was some diacetyl problems. I had a Meantime american brown, which was not too bad, but I then had a Freedom Four organic lager, which was horribly infected. It was so bad that I couldn’t even finish a 1/2 pint of it! Overall, the value seemed decent and it’s worth a stop if you’re in the SW part of London. I’d be willing to go back to see their selection, and try a few more cask beers.“
eku28 3380 days ago
84 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“Neat place. Large selection of fresh cask beers. No problem sticking around for a couple of half pints.“
YULbier 3444 days ago
82 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“I visited for the first time during one of their regular beer festivals. Has a great country pub feel, even though it’s in Putney (I particularly like the hops hanging everywhere). There is a nice patio area at the side, when the weather is kind to you. Pleasant service. Usually there are 12 cask ales on and some above average kegs from meantime and the like. Negative points - they didn’t take credit cards and prices are slightly above usual for London. Still well worth a visit.“
Scopey 3445 days ago
82 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“Great pub. I came here for the February Beer Festival. The selection was very good, although there weren’t any really outstanding beers. Plenty of solid ones, though. The prices were alright but a little bit more than I would expect. (No pint under GBP 3.00) What I loved most was the ambience. The bar is a semi-wraparound and the main seating area is beneath a charming arched roof. The patio section outside was very nice, especially with the unseasonably warm weather of the day. The pub is a little bit of a trek outside the city center but definitely worth checking out, especially or the Festival.“
Leighton 3659 days ago
72 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“Good, classic English pub in Putney with a heavy presence of Timothy Taylor ales. Twice I’ve been here, one during February for their winter beer festival and one recently for their cider festival. Range is always very good during festivals. Normally they go a little further to get the micros in. Have had the pleasure of Crown here which generally speaking is hard to get. Their conditioning is very good, the Pilsner Urquell on tap is the best I’ve had it in England. The staff are prompt and friendly but I imagine it can get busy. “
tdtm82 3777 days ago
72 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“When You enter this relatively well-hidden rural pub, You may not believe that You are in a London suburb close to the river Thames ! The simple furniture and the quite spartan decoration create quite a cozy atmosphere, "crowned " by the opportunity to sample (nearly) the whole range of well-kept Timothy Taylor ales. Worth a detour!“
pivnizub 4056 days ago
76 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“.From the handful of visits, Ive found the vibe friendly enough ,with usualy around 6 or 7 cask beers on and various Euro lagers . I attended their Yorkshire /beer festival in Febuary -an impressive 80 or so ales available -under a gazebo tent in the beer garden..... Not tried their food.“
Gary 4171 days ago
30 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“tRULY BAD SERVICE IN WHAT IS A GEM OF A PUB, THIS PLACE COULD BE SO MUCH BETTER BUT FOR THE STAFF. GOOD BEERS THOUGH AND WORTH A PUNT IF YOU’RE DESPERATE.“
rabidbarfly 4303 days ago
66 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“(Visited on a quiet Saturday afternoon in late November 2008) Nice pub not far from the Putney Bridge (south side). Friendly and efficient service. On my visit they only had four Timothy Taylors beers (which is not bad), but there was plenty of room for guest beers. It seemed the place had been recently refurbished, with a smell of varnish hanging in the air and with new and clean toilets. It was a really slow afternoon (with Chelsea playing at home only a mile away), but enjoyable. Will visit again to see what happens on the guest beer front. Handy to combine with the White Horse in Parson’s Green.“
Svesse 4425 days ago
76 /100 32 WATERMAN STREET, PUTNEY
“Certainly the best range of ales from the Yorkshire brewery Timothy Taylor in London (three of them on during my visit), added several pumps for guest ales. Got the CAMRA award for the best London pub 2007. Horseshoe bar, grey-yellow panelled rooms, kirchenfenster, open fireplace, relaxing music and attentive barmaid. No food before 17.00. Has got their on beer festival in February. Informative and updated website. Well-run place. Highly recommended (18.03.2008)“
Rune 4681 days ago