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Putney area guide

Explore Putney's boat race bars by day, and rip-roaring comedy and live music by night

The Toy Shop, Putney

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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Kashmir
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Kashmir

Full review coming soon. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Tried & True

A breakfast, brunch and lunch café. Give their pulled pork eggs Benedict with jalapeno cheddar cornbread a go.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
The Beer Boutique
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The Beer Boutique

Specialist beer shop that makes your local’s selection look very shabby indeed. As well as the glorious nectar, they also stock home-brew kits and various beery ephemera

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
The Prince of Wales
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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.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in Putney

Kitchenette Putney
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Kitchenette Putney

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.

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Gazette Putney

Gazette Putney

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

Enoteca Turi
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Enoteca Turi

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Alquimia
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Alquimia

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.

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Things to do in Putney

Theatre

Putney Old Burial Ground

A mid-18th century cemetery which hosts kids days and occasional theatre productions. Four of the tombs are listed, including those of Harriet Thomson, an 18th century novellist and Robert Henry Wood, a traveller and author.

Art

Putney Arts Theatre

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5 out of 5 stars

Bars and pubs in Putney

Bricklayer's Arms
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Bricklayer's Arms

There’s something of a village-pub feel to this hostelry: Putney’s first, it started life in 1826. Although it’s since been surrounded by a modern housing estate, the historic prints and games of nine-pin skittles and shove ha’penny lend a rustic feel. The old-world ambience is amplified by the range of classic handpumps that draw from a daunting range of a dozen ales, often focusing on a selection from a particular guest brewery (or three). Lager drinkers may opt for Budvar, San Miguel, Pilsner Urquell or Staropramen; cider from Somerset’s Perry is also available. A regular winner of CAMRA awards, the Bricklayer’s has had to struggle to retain its independence of late, but the battle appears to have been won. ‘We have no desire to be themed, modernised, sanitised! There’s not a drizzled sun-dried tomato in sight,’ it proclaims. This is a free house through and through.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Duke's Head
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Duke's Head

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Half Moon Putney

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Citizen Smith
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Citizen Smith

Its wide-open windows facing Putney station, Citizen Smith (didn’t he come from Tooting?) frequently fills to the brim with young punters on the razzle and on the pull. It’s not so brash that Pimm’s or jugs of elderflower pressé can’t be advertised on the bar, but for the most part, a drinks selection that would be the envy of most bars south of Kensington is overlooked in favour of party-oriented hedonism. Shame. The beers are great: Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam and Lowrider are among the draught options, with Argentine Quilmes, German Augustiner Hell and other more prevalent global brands by the bottle. The wine selection isn’t shabby, either, and neither are the cocktails: mai tais with Myers’s rum, black Russians with Wyborowa and cosmopolitans with Skyy Citron vie for attention with the ‘Mojitos’ sign above the overflow serving hatch at the back, surrounded by urban murals featuring Grace Jones and other pop icons.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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