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|Address:||237 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1HJ|
|Tel:||020 8788 0640|
|Price: £37.00||Wine: £13.95||Champagne: £45.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-12M (Sun -11pm)|
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This is one of my favourite gastropubs in London.
I go to this place just for drinks as well as just for food. I recommend going to it for Sunday lunch and any other time. The service is always attentive and not smothering. I first heard of this place as I moved to the Lower Richmond Road and nearly two years after moving out of the area I am still going back. The food menu changes regularly and the chef is very capable and serves gutsy, tasty, reasonably priced food. Main courses include rabbit and butter bean stew, grilled herrings with spring greens and bacon, whole roast chicken on a sunday, roast pork on a sunday and steak and chips (highly recommend the chips). There is an extensive fish selection here as well if you like fish – which I do.
There are a number of spirits, bitters, lagers and ciders on tap and bottled. The house wine is rather nice and I've not had reason to venture away from it.
The service is better if you get there earlier. This place tends to fill up quickly and I suspect it is because of the highly residential area sitting between the end of Putney and leading into Barnes (just on Putney Common).
The decor is very simple with wooden floors throughout, wooden bar, chalk menu (and printed menus) and a separate area with couches, books etc. It has a very cozy rustic feel but more of a wine bar feel than something out of Surrey, West Sussex etc.
The only problem with the Spencer Arms is the location. Unless you live locally it is a little bit of a mission to get to but maybe that is half the charm as well as people who go here do go here regularly and know that it is a gem.