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The Bricklayers Arms, Putney, SW15

32 Waterman Street
SW15
SW15 1DD
Phone: 02087890222
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John Bonser left this review about The Bricklayers Arms

Update - July 2014

Called in yesterday lunchtime ( Monday ) - only 5 beers on, of which 4 were from West Berks Brewery ( with the 5th being Bruce's Dogbolter ). This is not the first time in recent weeks that the beer range has been poor, by earlier standards

Quality was good, but, yes, I agree with Moby - this pub seems to have lost its way. It's still worth calling in when in Putney, but it's not the destination pub it used to be and it no longer warrants a specific journey from further afield.

Marked down from 9 to 8.

Update – July 2011

As Roger has already told us, this pub no longer offers Timothy Taylor beers On two recent visits , a good range of microbrewery beers were on offer, all in good form ( eg – Dark Star Hophead, RCH Pitchfork, Triple FFF Altons Pride, Gravesend Shrimpers).

This is one of the few pubs where the “regulars” appear to be the staff – Pattie, Sara and Andy – but I’ve never seen any customer in the pub that I recognise from an earlier visit.

The pub has recently won the CAMRA South West London Pub of the Year Award.

In my earlier review below, I expressed the view that “it’s well worth making the effort to visit”. This pub goes from strength to strength and this comment is even truer now than it was then.

December 2009 review

Multi award-winning pub situated down a side street close to the River Thames and Putney Bridge.

In terms of awards, the pub won the Greater London CAMRA Pub of the Year Award in 2007 and also made the last 16 of the CAMRA National Pub of the Year Competition in the current year - but didn't progress to the last four which were announced recently.

The pub is larger than it looks from the outside - a single horseshoe - shaped bar with bare brick and wood panelled walls decorated with evocative black and white street scene photographs of Putney in days long gone. Note in particular a splendid 1902 large photo over a fireplace showing a works outing leaving from outside the pub. Furniture consists of scrubbed wooden tables and seats and bar stools. Unusually, pub games are available such as shove halfpenny and devil amongst the tailors, although I can't ever recollect seeing anyone playing. There's no TV's or fruit machines, but there is background music played.

The Bricklayers Arms is the oldest pub in Putney, dating back to 1826, although the original fixtures and fittings were sadly lost during a period of closure. The pub last re-opened in mid 2005 and, although a free house, acts as a Southern showcase for Timmy Taylors beers. Read more about the pub and its history in the June/July 2006 issue of London Drinker - a framed copy of which can be found on an inside wall. Regular beer festivals are held, including an Annual Yorkshire Beer Festival.

The full range of 5 Timmy Taylors beers - Landlord, Golden Best, Best Bitter, Ram Tam and Dark Mild - are usually served along with several guests which, on my visit last Sunday, included 2 Downton beers plus Sambrooks Junction from the local Wandle Brewery. The Sambrooks Junction - named after a certain railway station - is a spicy, darkish hoppy bitter and is well worth sampling if you get the chance.

The pub sometimes feels a bit cold and stark to me, but it's virtually unique in Putney in being principally a drinkers pub and it's well worth making the effort to visit

On 22nd July 2014 - rating: 8
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moby duck left this review about The Bricklayers Arms

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Disappointed to find this pub empty apart from myself and a lone barman at lunchtime, last Friday afternoon,even more disappointed to find only three of the 12 pumps clipped and in use, all were from Windsor & Eton and the Eton Boatman was very good indeed,I have always liked this pub and continue to do so, but it seems to have lost its way somewhat,given many of its local competitors were bustling at the same time of day, a little tucked away maybe but I would have thought its reputation would overcome this.

previous review 18/6/13
Very quiet on my latest brief visit but it was a Tuesday lunchtime, of the 12 pumps seven were in use ,six beer and one cider ,can't remember what the cider was but from memory the beers were Red Squirrel -Red Dawn Mild,Titanic- Nautical Mild, Downton -Forest Dark, XT -4 and XT - 8 also Triple fff - Ramble Tamble. It seemed a bit heavy on dark beers to me ,but a decent selection and I found both the Titanic and Downton offerings in good form.I still like this pub very much but I feel its not quite the destination pub it used to be , but always worth calling in if in the Putney area.

On 29th June 2014 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Bricklayers Arms

It's a small pub but the outside is adorned with signs showing off the various CAMRA awards that have been collected over the years,so my expectations were high on a visit before a Fulham v Palace match over the river.Few Fulham fans inside,but the modest interior was rammed with Palace fans,no doubt attracted by the 2014 GBG entry.The interior is unchanged from previous reviews and the beer garden is quite large and can accomodate a lot of overflow if the weather is good.The owners had decided to show case Cotleigh ales with Tawny Owl,25,Commando Hoofing,Barn Owl.Honey Buzzard,Old Buzzard and Long Eared Owl as the only real ale options.I found this policy somewhat strange,I have never rated Cotleigh beers and on sampling three of the choices my drinking companions and I came to the same decision that their beers are predominately malty,with little difference apart from strength.The very definition of booring brown beer.Maybe the owners are Fulham fans none too keen on away supporters,but their ale policy on my trip had the desired affect,we pushed off in search of better options.
It is quite possible we were unlucky,but I would be wary of a return if the team here feel that Cotleigh is a decent brewer.Now if they had been showcasing Marble..................................

On 12th May 2014 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Roger Button
Putney, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Barnes, 1.28 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Wandsworth Town, 1.63 miles, 31 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Bricklayers Arms, SW15
21st Jan 2015, 13:01
Review submitted by train man
 
22nd Jul 2014, 11:04
Review submitted by John Bonser amended by John Bonser

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 14 November 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
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  • Car Park : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 14 November 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 14 November 2013 by Aqualung .
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  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Karaoke : No last updated 14 November 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 14 November 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 14 November 2013 by Aqualung .
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