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The Spencer

237 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, LONDON, SW15 1HJ

Formerly known as The Spencer Arms, this landmark pub occupies a lofty position on green and leafy Putney Common and its close proximity to the Thames Embankment makes it one of the best vantage points for watching the annual Oxford and Cambridge boat race. The beer garden here is part of the common and the pub's 25 picnic benches are hotly contested in the summer by those in search of an alfresco lunch. A light, bright and airy interior belies the rather traditional look of the place; revamped a few years ago, the emphasis is on good dining in a stylish environment where locals are still welcomed to sup at the bar, with Timothy Taylor Landlord and Fuller's London Pride among the pick of the beers. Meals, in the bar or restaurant area, are a modern take on traditional favourites, such as a starter of garlic and herb mushrooms on toast with a rocket salad, or parfait of chicken livers with toasted brioche and apricot chutney. Mains take on a seasonal look to reflect the desire to use only the freshest ingredients; look for smoked haddock and salmon fish pie; rump of lamb with roasted vegetables, and polenta with red wine jus; or sweet chilli chicken and haloumi salad with avocado and rocket. Typical desserts might include poached whole pear with cinnamon and marsala wine syrup or apple and blackcurrant crumble. Sunday roasts and rotisserie free-range chickens are a favourite with families, and children get to choose from their own well-priced menu. An extensive breakfast menu (available 9am-noon from Monday to Saturday) is a popular option with early morning dog walkers and cyclists.

Further information

Tel: 020 8788 0640
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Principal beers

Fuller's London Pride, Sharp's Doom Bar, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Guinness


All day all week
Mon-Sat 9am-mdnt (Sun 11-11)


Children welcome.
Children's play area.
Dog friendly.
Coach parties catered.



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Corner of Putney Common & Lower Richmond Rd, opposite Old Putney Hospital

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