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Unless you live nearby, it’s a ‘bit of a mission’ to get to The Spencer Arms, on the edge of Putney Heath. But locals count themselves lucky. Drinks as well as the food are good here; the wine list has plenty to offer the curious, though most punters stick to the ‘very decent’ house wines or one of the beers on tap. The reasonably priced menu of ‘gutsy’, ‘tasty’ food changes regularly, but quality and lack of pretension are watchwords. Select several tapas-sized dishes to share – devilled whitebait, grilled asparagus, and Cornish yarg with pickled onion all might feature – or eat more formally by ordering pies, sausages, risottos or Sunday roasts. The normally efficient and friendly service can slow down under pressure on summer evenings and at weekends, so arrive early.

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The Spencer

237 Lower Richmond Road ,London SW15 1HJ

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Oct 2011

It's been my regular for some time but have always had a problem with the quality of the staff. Then today I encountered various lame excuses for short measuring in a plastic brim glass. If it's a brim glass the beer (not including the head) should be to the brim. They serve it at least 12mm short as a result. At around £4.30 a pint that's probably around 40p I'm being overcharged. When I complained I was given excuses such as ‘customers expect a head’, ‘the head keeps the beer cold’ and 'if I'd...

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Dave R.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 2

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The Spencer

237 Lower Richmond Road ,London SW15 1HJ

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Nov 2010

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I went to the Spencer Arms today for the first time in a couple of years and was bitterly disappointed. My friend wanted a roast dinner and I'd booked the Spencer Arms as I remember the food as being brilliant, tasty with generous helpings. When we arrived our waitress brought us half pint drinks when we'd asked for pints. I drank my drink and asked for a pint again, whilst my companion asked for a 1/2 pint, this time we both got pints, but my friend was told she would only be charged for a half. It...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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The Spencer

237 Lower Richmond Road ,London SW15 1HJ

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Apr 2009

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...

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Liam C.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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