Putney’s riverside pubs and bars may be particularly hot property on boat race day when the fierce competition punts off in the area, but they prove just as heaving on non-race days. Locals and visitors to the area vie for an outdoor seat to nurse a peaceful pint. But that’s just by day. By night, Putney’s bars and pubs transform into hotbeds for live music, stand-up comedy and happy hours aplenty – students and well-heeled adults are all taken care of in this upmarket part of town.
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The Prince of Wales
Situated in Putney, south London, The Prince of Wales is a pub with a truly diverse offering. Whether you visit us for lunch, dinner in our restaurant, or a drink in the bar, you will find a wide selection of lagers, real ales and wines, modern, fresh cuisine and one of the best selections of spirits in London. Our team is young, passionate, knowledgeable and above all friendly.
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Kitchenette is a friendly café, bar and brasserie in Putney and the first London site for the restaurant which is already thriving in various locations spread over Istanbul, Moscow, Baku and St. Petersburg. The restaurant provides delicious food and a relaxed dining experience, offering an all-day dining menu with a wide selection of Modern Turkish dishes. Created to satisfy a range of tastes and preferences, the all-day menu combines dishes such as Musakka, Sumac Lamb Kofte and Falafel, together with international favourites such as Ribeye Steak, Chicken Schnitzel and Kitchenette Beef Burger. Kitchenette also offers a wide selection of breakfast and brunch items including Eggs Benedict, Gozleme and pancake.
With a 1st site opening discreetly 7 years ago in Battersea, GAZETTE continues its gentle expansion with the opening of GAZETTE in Putney, adding to the successful GAZETTE in upcoming Balham which opened in 2008 and relocated to larger premises 2 years ago.GAZETTE is described by owners Pascal Even and Walter Lecocq as a rural style of French brasserie, one you’d find in Provincial areas of France. Both want it to reflect the spirit of local French cafés and offer a cuisine that is simple, generous and vivacious, with lots of daily specials and on-going food events, and where transpires the warmth and cordiality of true French cuisine.Behind GAZETTE are Walter Lecocq and Pascal Even, who have been part of the London restaurant scene for well over a decade.Pascal is a true “Breton” born in the small fishing village of Paimpol, he started his career with local gastronomic restaurants before making the big move to Paris where he spent time with world class chefs and Parisi
We arrived on a rain-lashed Wednesday evening to find this long-standing Putney local positively buzzing. In keeping with its name, Enoteca Turi has a particularly strong all-Italian wine list packed with treasures – our recommendation, an elegant pecorino, was spot-on. Pleasingly, there was none of that over-pouring designed to push diners into a second bottle either. After discovering that both the mozzarella and cuttlefish on the £32.50 set menu had run out, we made a rocky start with under-seasoned grilled squid with chilli, and a fiddly, insubstantial dish of sautéed clams. Mains proved a better bet. Lemon and rocket risotto was fresh, vibrant and perfectly al dente; calf’s liver with sage and speck proved rich and satisfying. Confusion over our final order meant we finished with a delicious almond and ricotta cake from the à la carte at no extra charge. Enoteca Turi’s kitchen could do with more consistency and a few wow factors. The drcor feels a little dated too, but the restaurant’s plus points – a convivial atmosphere, great wines, faultless service and a warm heart – are proving a winning formula in a neighbourhood overrun with soulless chains.
Mediterranean cuisine is the name of the game at Alquimia, a relaxed Putney boite with heaps of Spanish kitchen cred. Having honed his skills at a number of Michelin starred restaurants in Spain, Head Chef Sergio Ferrari specialises in tapas both hot and cold. Mains, too, including lobster, sea bream, oxtail and beef. Keep an eye out for the appropriately extensive Spanish wine list.
Things to do in Putney
Bars and pubs in Putney
The Duke's Head is set in a Victorian grade II listed building right next to the river Thames. It's particularly attractive due to its big outdoor space, which gets really busy on sunny days. The menu features gastropub classics such as burgers, mussels of the day and chicken pot pie, but it's the steaks that the kitchen really specialises in.
Half Moon Putney
When this seen-’em-all pub and music venue successfully campaigned against proposals to transform it into a gastropub at the end of 2009, its PR war relied heavily on its heritage. Having hosted live music since 1963, the Half Moon named but three groups in its plea (the Rolling Stones, U2 and Kasabian), thus covering five decades in a perfectly concise way. You won’t see anyone as famous as that lot here today, but there are still notable shows from old-timers to be found in schedules rich in acoustic music and singer-songwriters. Nudging your way to the bar, you’ll find Young’s ales, served by staff adept at pouring promptly before and after gig time. Food’s a bit of a moot point but there are basic pub meals, weekend breakfasts and Sunday roasts.