The Crabtree

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A pleasingly posh Victorian boozer between Hammersmith and Putney bridges offering some of the best riverside drinking in London.

Situated on a fine stretch of the riverbank between Hammersmith and Putney bridges, this vast Victorian venue is within shouting distance of Craven Cottage, the homely home of Fulham Football Club.

It's been given a grandiose, gastro-tastic going over, and is the latest feather in the bow of posh boozer specialist Realpubs. We've also been mightily impressed by two of their other venues recently, The Queen Adelaide in Shepherd's Bush and The Pembroke in Earl's Court.

Housed beneath the huge high-vaulted ceiling is the big lounge bar framed by deep, maroon leather banquettes, weighty wooden tables, a smattering of stools, paintings, old photos and all the ornate accoutrements you’d expect.

The locals approve, and on a sunny day can be found in their droves enjoying some of the nicest waterside drinking in the city. The seats under the weeping willow deserve especial mention.

As well as a restaurant bathed in white linen at the rear, there’s a gorgeous, gigantic beer garden, bedecked in wood and stylish shrubbery, which flows down to the riverfront. It’s really rather lovely, if truth be told.

As befits a chalk-board clad boozer, the wine list is extensive, with bottles beginning at £13.50. Ales available include Doom Bar, Theakston Best (a little lacklustre on this occasion), Spitfire and Deuchars IPA, the often-seen Scottish session sip. There’s cider from Aspall or Symonds, Duvel lurks in the chiller while lager drinkers can opt for Sagres, Birra Moretti and Bitburger.

Food-wise, in addition to a barbecue menu (burger, gherkin, aïoli and chips) and a rotisserie option offering informal eating, diners can tuck their napkins in tighter for the slightly dearer dinner menu showcasing pan-fried calves liver, Coq au Vin, or chilli and garlic prawns.

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Venue name: The Crabtree
Address: Rainville Rd
W6 9HA
Opening hours: noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm.
Transport: Tube: Hammersmith/Barons Court
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The Crab Tree is a posh Victorian pub situated straight on the riverside between Hammersmith and Putney bridges. Plenty of outdoor seating with a pleasant big and very green garden, buzzy atmosphere. You can also sit by the river side if you are prepared to eat from the restaurant. Just be aware that because of the lovely big trees, you can’t really enjoy the river view so I think it’s better just to sit in the main garden area and then have a walk by the river. Food is good but a bit overpriced. It’s an amazing place, which also offers Comedy Nights. We decided to go for the show.  It was unbelievably hot in the show room upstairs even though they put 2 fans and opened the windows. There were 2 comedians, where one was average, second was between ok and good. We did laugh at some points.😁 It's one of my favourite pubs by the river.


One for the roast dinner fans and outdoor beer garden fans!

The Crabtree is a 15 minute walk from Hammersmith tube and right on the river. It offers a table service or bar service depending on what you prefer.

The garden offers a delightful BBQ menu but if you read my other reviews you will see I am regular Sunday roast reviewer!

I was first to arrive so I was shown to our nice indoor table in the dining room and got a good read of the menu. I am a big roast beef so it's usually my choice and today was no different, it was around £17

I'm northern therefore I have had an exceptional amount of roast dinners in my time and this is the best roast beef I have EVER had! This is not an overdramatised statement I even had to give some beef to my brother for him to confirm this.

I don't normally revisit a roast dinner pub but I could be tempted for this beef. The Yorkshire pudding was a giant and the gravy was lovely and happy to give extra. Veg was green beans, roast carrots, couple of bits of broccoli and swede. I wasn't a massive fan of the swede as it was mashed and covered all the veg which sort of ruined the flavours however the veg was good but I would have liked more of it. The roast potatoes were ok, I've had worse and I've had better, I feel like I am still searching London for the best roast potato!

The lovely outdoor area is great for a post roast tipple, really nice area.

Service was great, staff friendly and good delivery prompt.

If you go please order the roast beef, here's hoping your cow is as tasty as my cow!


If Carlsberg made the perfect Sunday pub it would be the Crabtree, if there was a sixth star available they would deserve it. Just a great all round cracking pub, they serve proper roasts with Yorkshire puddings the size of your head, everything is hot and tasty and most importantly the gravy is spot on. The decor is modern and tasteful and not trying too had. The staff are very professional and personable, enjoy a stroll through beautiful Bishops Park along the river and stop off for late lunch. 


A proper traditional British pub by the river Thames. What more do you want?

Simple and traditional, there’s no faffing around with all the hip happenings elsewhere in London. Just traditional comforting British food. Come in the summer where you can take advantage of the big beer garden by the side of the pub, and get your tan on on a sunny day.

If you’re keen on catching a glimpse of the annual Boat Race when Oxford and Cambridge university compete for rowing bragging rights, then this is a great place to catch a piece of the actions. Arrive a good 4-5 hours before the start of the race though - The Crabtree is a very popular spot for the race.

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There's a few good pubs along the river, this is a great contender, food always really good and with a lively atmosphere 


Write a review...Write a review...The Crabtree has really lucked out on it's location. Not only is it right on the river but it sits in a very residential area and lacks any real local competition. Go on a pub quiz night (Tuesdays) when it's raining and the place will be rammed.

It has a huge and beautifully kept beer garden which serves BBQ food during the summer but there are only a few tables right by the river. It's food is perfectly acceptable if slightly over priced. It caters well for ale drinkers with constantly chaining brews on offer but falls short on its wine list. Bar staff have always been very friendly but I have had awful service in the restaurant before. 

Best enjoyed with a cold beer in their garden in the summer.

This is my local and I love it! The pub has been transformed since I first started going over 10 years ago. It has always had a great location right on the river between Hammersmith and Putney but the food used to be disgusting. The Crabtree is now a great place to go for a drink in the sunshine (there is a fantastic beer garden) but is equally good for Sunday lunch or evening dinner. On Sundays there are often a lot of families who have booked out big tables so if you mind children roaming about this is not the time to go. On match days, (the pub is less than 5 minutes walk from Craven Cottage) there is often a football crowd but the pub accommodates but putting on a different menu and the atmosphere still feels friendly. They also do a quiz night on a Tuesday which is fun but one to avoid if you want a quiet dinner with a mate which is what I tried to do.

The staff are all really friendly and food is good, serving typical gastro dishes. I will continue to go back regularly.

This place was great when it was owned by the guys who set it up - they were responsible for some great pubs across west London. Sadly, it seems they have sold them to a big brewery chain which explains why it's lost its way. Nice place for a pint and a burger though.

we arrived mid afternoon on a busy day. 3 staff walked passed us without acknowledging us while we waited to be seated at a table. The service throughout the meal was mediocre and the staff were quite disinterested. When we asked if we could move into the sun for desert, they were unhelpful. We all ordered roasts. Which for the price were disappointing. I have certainly tasted better. I cannot believe this pub rates in the top 10 waterside pubs in London. I certainly won't be going back.

My family and I went today to try this pub for Sunday lunch.we didn't have a reservation. They gave us a table in the back patio as we requested even though they were quite busy.. The staff was very welcoming. Our waitress was new and didn't know what comes with the roast. she kept having to ask someone else. All 4 of us chose Sunday roast beef. No starters. The food took a long time to come. My food was cold, really cold. So I told the waitress and she offered to Chang my plate. The rest of my family were really hungry and didn't want to wait longer for another plate. But their food was cold also. The roast beef was not bad but I've had much better ones. Then it started to rain so we asked to be moved in for desert. Since we did not have a reservation we were told that we will not be given priority for a table. But in fact they did find us a table and accommodated us nicely. Th staff may not all be very professional but they were all nice, The sticky toffee was great. In general it was a pleasant experience and I would repeat it although it was not the best of everything.

Out of date review. The restaurant side of this business suffers from staff who are not trained, food cooked poorly and a distinct sense of resting on its laurels thanks to location. Fine for a burger off the bbq and a few drinks but a waste of money to eat from the more expensive restaurant menu. Reviews seem consistently bad on here and on Trip Advisor...Time Out needs to update more frequently as 'best of' lists are not what they used to be.

Very very bad reservation system! Totally unfaithful I have called 3 times to book a table, they've told me they would call me back 3 times as it was too early to book and then because the manager was just back from holiday At the 4th time, they just told me there was no place left!!!!!

Great Pub, Great Sunday Roast, Great Barbecue!! Sun downer in the beer garden is a must on a sunny day!!

Dined at The Crabtree last night. Food is definitely overpriced for both quality and quantity! Staff are slow, unhelpful and rude. The location on the other hand is great. It's a pity it's managed in such a way...