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Now closed forever. Plans to be a Tescos Local.
TomN - 24 Nov 2014 08:33
No longer a Jim Thompsons. It is caverously large, has some good draught beers and a garden. Also a pool table, table tennis (why not!!) , dartboard. It is a bit marooned away from other other pubs in the area and customer volumes probably suffer because of this. The new management are good and this place deserves to do well. Friendly and accommodating staff.
Beerscape - 12 Oct 2012 01:25
Now the Captain Cook. Apparently the new owner is a New Zealander.
I wish him luck, he is going to need it. The pub appears to have very customers.
Not helped by the fact that when I visited the off duty staff were lounging about on the sofa's with their feet up the walls. Not particularly inviting which is a shame as the re-fit must have cost a few quid.
ericstadd - 5 Mar 2012 13:30
cranfield - 4 Oct 2010 18:52
As previously mentioned, this is now called the Northumberland. Decent pint of Flowers, although it was served short. Sports on two TVs (not my thing).

Later on, I ordered a pint of tap water (along with a gin and tonic and a J2O). Landlord refused to serve me tap water, instead wanted to flog me bottled water, and tried to justify it by saying he only made 10p profit on it.

A pub which doesn't offer free tap water is irresponsible at best. Avoid.
anonymous - 21 Mar 2010 12:25
Now back to being the Northumberland - and what a difference a name makes!!!

Popped in a few times now, Flowers on HP & very well kept (they also have Bass on Hand pump) good range of lagers, wines & spirits
This is more of a traditional style pub serving good food which for what you get is very reasonably priced, the beer, I was on the flowers IPA, is well kept & at £3 pint perfectly acceptable.
The staff & owner are very welcoming & the place now has a very nice feel to it, they have three big screens but even when there is a football match on it's not to intrusive if your not watching, the open fires & sofa's give the place a cosy feel even though it has very high ceilings.
All in all a VERY nice pub ! well worth the visit.
Stevethebar - 5 Feb 2010 15:55
That should have said West Ham - Arsenal on the TV but not intrusive etc.
carstenp - 26 Oct 2009 18:36
Now appears to be The Northumberland (Just missing the Arms to have gone full circle, anyway it's a step in the right direction).
Two handpumps with Bass and Flowers IPA. Unfortunately the Bass was off, so had what was probably my first pint of Flowers this millenium.

Complete waste of £3.

However, the pub itself was perfectly pleasant, with West Ham on but not intrusive and separate dining area it feels like a pub again. Not great but an improvement.

carstenp - 26 Oct 2009 18:35
Dire ..

Now called the West Putney Tavern, for some reason it has been repainted 3 times in the last 12 months first gray, then yellow, now .. some other colour that escapes me.

No atmosphere, food is overpriced (particularly when you consider that the Arab Boy is 300 yards away and has superb food).

Toilets are disgusting.

This place should be good and as the closest pub to my home I'm disappointed its not.

Will no doubt be closed soon.
sfb - 16 Oct 2009 11:21
Went with 3 guests like earlier poster Cranfield on Mon 20th. The food was awful: A tasteless tuna salad with no dressing whatsoever! A so called Fillet Steak dish that contained no fillet steak whatever but instead inedible rump steak cut into tiny slices. When we complained they then made a deduction from the bill but tried to charge us £8 service.
The place is a nightmare. Avoid at all costs.
TomN - 30 Jul 2009 12:19
Went in last Sunday and had a tragic experience akin to the previous reviewer. Food seemed ambitious but very poorly executed. Roast was about 80% fat and had to send it back as it was cold anyway. Not a single real ale (or even keg bitter) on either. Virtually empty and deservedly so - a shame because it's a decent space. And....£3.75 for a pint of orange & lemonade ? Probably only a matter of time before the doors swing shut.
ciniglio - 24 Jul 2009 19:31
Went last night and the food was the worst I and all the people eating there have ever had. Cheese burgers with no cheese. Pasta with sliced tomato...sauce advertised but not given.....we was told the cook is just learning !!!!
Avoid at all insult to many was last night...everyone eating had major complaints. This pub is a huge joke....oh we had to wait 1 hour for the food.
cranfield - 21 Jul 2009 12:19
haven't been here before, just find the place by accident. Food is delicious, I've tried belly of pork, portion is huge and not very expensive. Nice place, very friendly bar and floor staff...
Probably will come back
andrewsaye - 20 Mar 2009 22:46
Now the ealing park tavern, went in for last night for a drink and ended up taking part in the quiz night. The menu was well thought out and definatly well above your usual microwaved/deep fried pub fare, after trying the 'rare breed survival trust' steak and my wife'sCod, it was defiantly good restaurant standard but at good value. Usual selection of beers, but not at all expensive. Nice place, definatly worth a visit.
andrewsaye - 19 Mar 2009 16:44
Visited the new "West Putney Tavern" a few days ago. Not much has changed from it being a Jim Thompsons. Attracts a small number of locals but I can't honestly see it surviving for long. Adams £3 a pint, loads of perpetually unoccupied tables and very pretentious and expensive food. Whatever make over stylist recommended painting the ceiling dark purple needs to be sacked! Apparently this company have bought a load of JTs. This is a locals only pub with no real parking this place cannot make money!!
TomN - 13 Mar 2009 11:07
Now reincarnated as 'The West Putney Tavern'. As far as I could make out the only cahnges made are coat of grey emulsion. The large dining area at the back ahs been feebly screened with a bit of green curtain. Two barrels of Adnams perched on the bar are its offering to real ale enthusiasts. Bar team all looked a bit lost. How can this place be saved?
southfields - 13 Mar 2009 09:52
Sad to hear that it's closed, I guess that it will become yet another block of 'luxury' flats. This used to be my local in the 70s, when it was known as the Northumberland Arms. It was never exactly special, but was friendly enough, and there weren't many options nearby even then. Those options - the Red Rover and the Maltese Cat - also closed some time ago. I never really thought that this would be viable as a Jim Thompsons, as it was too far off the beaten track with no passing trade. I suppose that it did manage to last a few years, but just how many pubs are closing every week?
CountryBoy - 9 Feb 2009 15:42
it finally went last week.....closed own...the pub became a joke...what a shame for the area...gonna miss the beer garden in the summer.
cranfield - 9 Feb 2009 15:08
I quite liked it in here even though, as mentioned a few times before, it is very food orientated with a large restaurant area at the rear.

Granted I didn’t get into a deep and meaningful conversation with the Scottish landlady(?), but I did find her very friendly and helpful. No real ale is on offer and there are only a few standard lagers etc. There is a small plasma screen in the bar and a nice beer garden out the back.

I wouldn’t want to stay here all night, but I would pop in for a couple if passing or hungry.
Strongers - 12 Nov 2008 16:07
I went here last night for the quiz (starts 8pm ish not 9) and all the bar staff I spoke to were polite, didn't see any of the problems other users have reported. Bit rubbish on the ale front - just John Smiths, no real ales.

Had a good evening, the quizmaster is great, enthusiastic and it's all for charidy which is nice.

Also had some of the Thai food which was really good.

Seems a bit like a pub trying to be a restaurant which i really hate as it tends to kill the atmosphere but that aside i'd happily go back for the quiz night.
extraordinary - 18 Apr 2008 11:16
davidpc, how right you are! Rude Manager is an understatement........ I think she should go on a customer service course! What a shame that it has come to the fact that my girlfriend and I who used to go in to this pub all the time, will not be returning due to her not knowing how to smile let alone deal with customers.

We will not be returning and also spreading the word.
beerintheevening1 - 16 Apr 2008 19:41
Hi, This used to be a great pub, then for some reason they have lost the great bar staff and friendly smile. We moved to the area a few months ago and really enjoyed having a chilled out local with great food and extremly friendly staff.

However recently this has all changed, we have been welcomed by a moody, unpleasant so called land lady who would be suited in a dark dirty pub near the Glasgow docks serving people who do not care for customer service or simple manners.

I would avoid the pub until they hire new staff who suit the great surroundings the pub has and hopefully the battle axe behind the bar will realise that she is better suited behind a desk or in the kitchen, not as the face of a great pub.

You will understand the above when you visit.

Good luck.
davidpc - 30 Jan 2008 11:48
post refurb, business appears to have picked up, with some new customers appearing on the scene, in addition to the regulars.

No tellies any more, therefore Arab Boy for football.
evers. - 4 Sep 2007 20:52
Does do real ales (not on at time of visit) and the usual range of lagers plus Tiger (Anchor also perhaps? Can but ask). The South East Asian colonial theme is a bit of a hoot but why not? It's comfortable and some of the bar staff are stunning. It is technically a pub despite selling itself more as a restaurant.
beeronaut - 29 Sep 2006 23:59
I celebrated my 20th birthday here and the food and service was excellent. The atmosphere was lovely also, the waitresses wore authentic thai clothing adding to the ambience of teh restaurant.
I would definetly go there again!
I would reccommend this restuarant to anyone just be prepared to wonder in awe over the options on the menu!!
Food_lover20 - 17 Mar 2006 10:27
Food is great. Not a good place for football as the layout is all wrong. Great rear garden.
spiky_mikey - 19 Nov 2005 16:23
Lucky me, this is now my local and unlike most other Putney pubs, it's not full of accountants or braying Sloanes.
A few Saffas, a few estate boys, a few regulars, a few students and many diners for the Thai food restraunt to the rear - bar food also available.
Pleasant bar staff, atmosphere and decor makes this an easy venue to enjoy - just don't go there and spoil it for me.
evers - 19 Nov 2005 12:23
Gone downhill badly. Avoid
pbnconsulting - 3 Nov 2005 12:23
This is an odd yet very endearing place. I liked it as soon as I walked in. Great cocktails, mad decor, very London and not in the least pub-like at all except in the fact that it's serves alcohol to the public. I liked it, would definitely go back. Only stopped for a couple of cocktails on a friend's birthday but it intrigued me enough to go back and have another selection from the cocktail menu or try the Thai food. Nice chairs - just like the very arty hand chair in the ladies' in Up n Under in Twickers! When I've tried the food and had cocktail no. 3/4/5, I shall review!
Cleversaz - 3 May 2005 00:28
Ikea-d up pub alert - If you could call it a pub..
TheGP - 27 Oct 2004 13:31
English pub with Thai Restaurant The Gov - is a top Bloke, the place is warm and friendly and very comfrtable - the locals are very funny, and the Fosters is the best on tap in the area.
Rod Prendergast - - 18 Sep 2004 13:14
it's under new management now (as of Feb/Mar 2004) and there isn't as much shit inside, has a new garden out the back, new bar menu (as well as the main restaurant). all in all, a great place... especially for the summer!
benners - 14 May 2004 11:59
snazzy place to have lunch and hungover cokes on a sunday... sterling establishment just on the 430/337 bus route! Pukka!
Sarah Abbott (Of Financial Assistant Fame) - 7 Oct 2003 02:09
it's not really a pub. It does cocktails and drinks but is mainly a restaurant. Not really the right atmosphere for a pub crawl/p**s-up but the food is fantastic!
Alice - 23 Jul 2003 13:48
lots of what used to be rainforest carved into big nobs, fairly pricey but ok
anonymous - 10 Jul 2003 00:06
It is open - you may be thinking of the Thai Blue Dragon on Lower Richmond Rd, ehich is very very closed
Graham - 3 Oct 2002 11:08
I walked past tonight and it looked very open
Techno - 3 Oct 2002 01:09
Hasn't it closed down ?
Jonathan Mole - 30 Sep 2002 16:30
Not really a pub - the restaurant part does fantastic food. Expensive ish, pub the food is worth it.
Chris - 6 Sep 2002 16:36

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