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The Watermans Arms, Barnes, SW13

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375 Lonsdale Road
SW13
SW13 9PY
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Watermans Arms

This is one of the more recent additions to the Big Smoke Brewery stable of pubs. Like all their other pubs, the range of ales available is impressive - this one had the standard 10 ales on. I went for the Big Smoke unfined Solaris session ale, which at £4.40 a pint is not particularly cheap for a low 3.8% ABV ale. But of course with the loyalty card, which is usable at any Big Smoke pub, you do get a free pint when you've bought nine. The weekday lunch menu has some reasonably priced pub grub options, such as the full English breakfast, or sausage & mash, both at £6.50. I went for the honey roast ham and mustard sarny at £5, with chips an extra £1.75. Apart from my usual moan about the chips coming ready salted (is this a new fad? - I don't remember it being a thing in the past) my only observation (not a complaint of course) was there was too much ham in the sarny! It must have been half an inch thick! I've had smaller gammon steaks. But the ham was delicious so I had no difficulty in disposing of it. There were what looked like good value daily meal deals advertised for a meal and a drink, in which the drink could be any pint of real ale.

The pub occupies a prominent corner site next to the iconic Bull's Head. But inside it's smaller than it appears from the outside. There's a very nice restaurant area upstairs (all tables laid for diners) with doors that can open onto a balcony. The main downstairs bar has a handful or so tables with a mix of fixed bench seating, small stools and normal chairs, plus a few tall stools at a ledge by the window. Unfortunately the sounds we were subjected to were a bit discordant, with the TV on with sound enabled showing the rugby, competing with some Wings album playing over the sound system.

But I'm prepared to forgive these minor inconveniences for a pub with such an impressive beer range. I've never been in a Big Smoke pub I've not liked, and I would be very happy to visit this one again

On 14th October 2019 - rating: 7
[User has posted 2524 recommendations about 2442 pubs]


john gray left this review about Watermans Arms

Nice traditional styled pub with upstairs dining/drinking and a great but small balcony overlooking the Thames Quite small bar to the left as you enter.10 cask beers and about 10 keg beers.Friendly barstaff.Tried a couple of halves of tired beer then a superb pint of Oakham -original pale.Busy pub considering it recently opened.Loyalty card for regulars.

On 16th May 2019 - rating: 8
[User has posted 902 recommendations about 890 pubs]

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Map location corrected by john mcgraw
Barnes Bridge, 0.14 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Barnes, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Mortlake, 0.93 miles, 17 min walk (show)
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14th Oct 2019, 11:21
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
 
2nd Oct 2019, 19:29
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 May 2019 by Tris C
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 May 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 21 May 2019 by Tris C
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