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138 Upper Richmond Road
Early-evening sessions at the PoW are packed with a young, suited & booted Putney crowd enjoying a drink on the way home from work, often staying for a bite to eat. Service can be slow – the
main bar gets crowded & the staff snowed under – but for a tasty pint (from Black Sheep to 1664) or classic cocktail, it’s probably worth the wait. The surroundings, either in the beer garden
or the attractively gastro’d interior, make a pleasant backdrop for a chinwag. The kitchen is capable enough – oysters sold singly, or own-made Scotch eggs, make sound bar snacks; there’s gastropub
fare for more formal meals (pumpkin soup with Parmesan croutons, steaks, & chilli squid noodle salad). The wine list is no great shakes: best walk 100 metres to Putney Station for a decent
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138 Upper Richmond Road
East Putney Station 208m
East Putney Tube Station 208m
Goodrich Theatre 565m
Odeon Cinema Putney 652m
Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Mon 4pm- Fri-Sat -12M Sun -10.30pm)
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Food + drink: 3
The restaurant was not full but a good atmosphere. We ordered mains, a bottle of wine, shared a pudding and had two mint teas and the bill was £40/head. Food was tasty but too expensive for a midweek supper – the main courses are £14-£18 not what you should pay in a pub in Putney. Service was good and we had an enjoyable evening.
Food + drink: 4
With new a new pair of hands in the kitchen, the very talented and beguilingly relaxed Michael Goeman (from the Harwood Arms no less) is producing dishes of such quality rarely found in high-end restaurants anywhere in London let alone a converted local Pub in Putney. The space created here is also unusual in that diners have room to breathe. None of our not too near neighbors intruded at all. I do hate being packed in cheek by jowl where you have to say excuse me to the next table just to get up. There is too much on offer to describe in full here to do every dish justice, but here are some of my highlights on a tasting menu visit: Fresh Cow’s Curd on Toast with Truffled Vinaigrette, Lavender Honey and Basil Cress. The Sweet Honey perfectly balancing the Curd’s naturally sour tendency. The creamy finish of the Curd was left curiously upbeat on the tongue thanks to the Basil Cress. Bliss on toast for just £6. Another stand out dish was a tumbler of Broccoli Soup with Mustard Cream and Soda Bread. This was a revelation of the senses. As I sipped the hot soup the cold Mustard Cream resting on the top slowly melted to combine and make a kind of hot – cold – velvet – acidic experience. A simple but genius idea performed superbly for £5. The main dishes were no less enjoyable. Roast Fillet of Wild Bream with Glazed Pig’s Cheek, Crushed Curried Turnips and Coriander was a triumph of the unusual – surf ‘n’ surf with a twist of a mild curry that gave a feeling of warm satisfaction to the last mouthful – £14. There was Roast Rump Lamb with Aubergine and Miso Puree, Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette and Basil. Finest quality meat and a harvest you must not miss out on: The hay and tea Smoked Tomatoes must come from another world, maybe Heaven such was their beauty and clarity of taste. It was as if they had packed a summer barbeque into a jar and just released it before serving. At £18 it was truly wonderful. It’s worth mentioning that the cheapest dish on the menu will set you back a mere £1.50 and the most expensive only £19. There was also a Buttermilk Pudding served with Rhubarb Three ways, although I can’t think of three ways of describing it so I’ll settle on one – glorious. The delightful staff made the whole business of eating here a complete pleasure. I’m a very big fan of the ‘unobtrusive’ school of service. The Prince of Wales excels at this. This is a relaxed, confident, genuine culinary Utopia. It’s such a bargain for the quality of food on offer. Oh and did I mention that Michael as well as being very relaxed smiles a lot – I’m not surprised, he has a lot to smile about. Well just go and see for yourself! If I gave marks out of ten this would rate very highly.
Food + drink: 2
Last night (Mon April 5th) I came into the pub at about 9.15 and ordered a pint of Doom Bar bitter. After I had paid for it I realised that the barman had served it in a mug so I asked him politely if he would mind transferring it to a straight glass. He said he couldnt do that as he didnt have any ‘Doom Bar’ glasses. I said I didnt care about that and he could pour it into any straight glass he liked. He then said he couldnt do this as it was illegal to put beer from one supplier into a glass for another. I thought this was pretty bizarre and silly as even if it is true I've often been served beer in ‘different’ glasses. When I pointed this out he said , 'Well I don't' in a rather supercilious manner. I then noticed some plain straight glasses on the bar and asked him to use one of those. He said he couldnt do that as they weren't pint glasses ! I said that didnt matter as I could top the glass up when I had drunk some of the beer but he still refused. At this point I was kind of dumbfounded and went and sat down to read the paper. I was waiting for my girlfriend and when she arrived I opted to leave half my pint and get out of the place. Having to pay an exorbitant £3.50 for a pint of bitter and then be told I can't drink it out of a glass of my choice is the pits of bar service as far as I'm concerned. I've since mentioned this incident to several regular beer drinkers I know and nobody finds it anything but incredulous. I can't believe this guy is doing this business any favours which might be borne out by the fact that there were only about 2 other people in the bar at the time.
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