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user reviews of the Green Man, Putney Heath

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A Youngs pub. Decent selection of well looked after beer, friendly staff and a cosy atmosphere inside. Good and large outside area for smokers with heat lamps for the colder months. I didnt order any food but many other tables were tucking in and it looked half decent. The beer garden catches the evening sun nicely.

Beer is probably overpriced for the location - I've paid less in more central or picturesque locations in London. Having said that the ale if far better kept than other local pubs. The toilets are disgusting and, when I visited, stank of urine.

The feel of a country pub inside and standard Youngs beers on offer, worth a shout if you dont want to go too far from Puntey Heath.
massive_gannet - 18 Dec 2013 19:50
outside this pub in 1789 prince fredrick duke of york and lieutenant colonel charles lennox fought a dual one had called the other unworthy of being a gentleman.yes i like this pub.Its youngs enough said,clean and has always been well run.very south west londonish.
easystep73 - 5 Jun 2013 15:20
Nice little pub, with a beer garden out back that looks like it could be a great spot in summer.

Only recently visited pub as only just moved into the area. The regulars seem friendly, as long as you stand to the right end of the bar as your facing it. It has a good mixtuer of people all seem to communicate with each other. Did spot one couple who seemed to be scowling at anybody and every body, but then every pub must have one odd ball in it.

Friendly staff behind bar, they even delivered my beer to the table when the barrel had to be changed. Nice touch as most pubs would make you wait at the bar.

Food menu seems reasonable and I have been told by a couple of regulars that I must try the Sunday roast.

All in all a nice little boozer, one that I will be visting again and can quite happily see this becoming my regular.
chrisinnes - 2 Jan 2013 16:11
Went to The Green Man in June, and have to say the food and the beer was excellent. It was on a saturday afternoon, and it was avery peaceful place to come and chat with friends. Youngs was good nick, and the staff were nice.
wbafc_beer - 17 Sep 2011 01:54
Pleasant Youngs pub, would meet many peoples expectation of an olde english pub, but with usual modern touches. Youngs was above average, staff and customers pleasant.
mtaylor40 - 5 Aug 2011 20:41
A pleasant pub with a good selection of beers and a friendly barman when I visited. Also has one of the poshest looking pub gents' loos I have ever come across!
ace1973 - 9 Sep 2010 08:24
If I had a penny for each hour that Ive spent in this inn
Id give the pennys to a boy and behold my joy begin
The boy would sing a song of love for all the world to hear
and I would sit in harmony refreshing of my beer

Freda Dumass 1842
SillySam - 15 Aug 2010 10:30
wow, i worked at this pub more than a decade ago and their was a couple of guys barred for terrible behaviour.

A hate campaign ensued .... with young's receiving letters from several unknown individuals with bogus claims against the managers.

Some of the posts on this page remind me of that.

Strange LOL

pubsnstuff - 13 Jul 2010 20:51
Good to know am not the only one having to listen to others 'language'. Trouble now is that they (usually 4/5 in number) have moved inside! Maybe one day management will issue a "YELLOW CARD" - even then it wouldn't be long before they were shown the RED!!! It's a shame that a minority spoil what used to be a great pub atmosphere.
discerningtaste - 30 Dec 2009 15:39
Yes - I can appeicate the previous person posting their comment. I really don't know if I have seen the same person/persons, but it is possible, and I have heard rather flowery laguage at times inside and outside. I drink on my own in the Green Man but have got to know some decent people, but I certainly woudn't want to take say a girlfriend to hear the language indicteted by the previous Emaler.

Can I suggest the management simply show the individual/s a YELLOW CARD. and then take it from there? I think most people are very reasonable - but if they continue to use language that is obcene then the management of the Green Man must decide what the impcat is on othes.
daisy1 - 14 Nov 2009 18:50
Wife and I been regulars for years, great pub. Food greatly improved. Pity about a small group over indulging and using foul language; its disgusting and embarrassing infront of ladies. Often my wife and I have left early because of this and now she doesn't always want to join me. Have complained to staff but to no avail, the offenders still use the pub and are still swearing not only outside but inside the pub as well. Anyone else experienced this?
discerningtaste - 19 Oct 2009 17:17
Pub No 5 on our all day crawl. The weather was foul but still enjoyed the excellent beer garden sitting under a massive brolly. Tried the Youngs 'Kew' brew, and very nice it was too. Well heeled (not high) friendly staff, the average punter was similar too. Inside was large with various rooms. A good pub to combine with the Bricklayers, just hop on the 93 bus, especially when its pouting down.
rob372 - 4 Aug 2009 07:44
Epitome of a decent boozer. Food and atmosphere ok, beer mostly good if variable. In the space of 3 days I had probably the best pint of Youngs since brewing departed Wandsworth, and .... then one of the worst. Difference between this, and say, the Bricklayers, is that a duff barrel wouldnt stay on long there. But if this was the minimum standard for all pubs, sites like beerintheevening wouldnt be necessary.
ciniglio - 24 Jul 2009 19:45
People living up near the Heath basically have two choices of local – the Green Man and the Telegraph. I would say they are pretty close in quality, but the Green Man shades it for me – better value, better staff and better food. The garden is really nice during the summer, although it doesn’t get a great deal of sunlight. It is indeed a cosy little pub, and I’ve had several really nice days/evenings down there.
radar - 3 Apr 2009 15:07
Was taken here by friends last night. Never realised what a cosy little place it is.

The food was amazing and there was great banter with the staff (esp the barmaid). Hope to be back for the quiz on Tue for the jackpot as she also hosts the quiz she said....
softers - 16 Mar 2009 15:52
Cheers! I rock!
arctral - 16 Mar 2009 00:21
Well done to arctral !
beerlager - 11 Mar 2009 10:11
Was recommended to play the quiz last Tuesday (my first visit too!). Great, if challenging, quiz.

What a great little find this was. Was so impressed that brought my parents here on Sunday. V v tasty food (esp the roast beef!) and service v friendly. Putney seems to be an area for sexy barmen!
groovychick - 10 Mar 2009 14:12
Although I'm new to the area, I got this one wrong, very. Lunchtime today, the service and food were unacceptable, just not good enough. Staff not really interested. When I posted last, I mentioned a backlash (which from previous contributors is normal for this pub). Guess what, arctral tells me (in a private message) I can say what I want! Thank you. I will. 4/10. But will return, after the rugby at the Telegraph next week.
blackgander - 8 Mar 2009 18:13
A great pub, but it seems I upset a regular. i still beliebe it is a great pub and long may it continue as a decent public house in an oasis of bars that have no charachter.
daisy1 - 8 Mar 2009 17:13
On a recent crawl around Putney, we came across this pleasant pub with friendly staff and regulars. Beer quality was excellent and we found it difficult to fault the place. But having then read the contributions here, I doubt if we would dare fault it for fear of a vitriolic backlash from some apparent customers who don't appear to accept even the mildest of criticism. The pub is not perfect but fairly close. It should come into its own during the summer. 7/10, only as we haven't yet tasted the food. Will review again later this month.

blackgander - 7 Mar 2009 11:16
You're right about that - I'll stop posting. Got a little annoyed. I've actually asked the administrators to clean up the Green Man's entry (including my own posts) and monitor the IP addresses of the 5 people I think are the same bloke.
arctral - 6 Mar 2009 14:54

Well, well, I still don't know how you know what my message to "beerlager" said, given that you only post as "wolfdog".

However, you joined within the same couple of weeks as the other 4 posters (beerlager, waltvault, lostparker, BeerDrinkerMark) earlier this year. Your profiles said that you were all 'Male' and 31 years old. You all make the same spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and hamstrung assertions in almost every single post. You know ? Like this ! No one else does that. It's just you and you've been caught in flagrante delicto. Give it up.

This is not difficult "Poirot"-esque detective work: it is simply the ability to read and catch a flim-flam man red-handed. One who is evidently not even smart enough to cover his tracks or disguise himself properly on a simple pub website for crying out loud. You have no one to blame but yourself. Now you're throwing your toys out of the pram because you're embarrassed: a petulant child who won't admit he's stolen the last biscuit.

Are you sure you want to go to the Green Man tonight? One of my fellow reviewers on this very page called it an "average boozer, similar to many in the area", "a quite mediocre pub" and "a pub that is nothing special." Hang on, that was you.

Do make up your mind son. Or have you forgotten who you're supposed to be posting as this time? You're currently posting as "wolfdog". Do keep up.

This all begs the question of why you're attacking me just for defending what you claim is your local. Is it really your "local" or do you just go in to spit venom at people, throw a strop and storm off home? I'm sure Joel and Aggie could do without "locals" like you, especially ones who try to damage their hard-fought business for a personal grudge. With friends like you who needs enemies?

I say it again - Go away.

PS - If you think I've been offensively abusive at any time please report me to the site administrators.
arctral - 6 Mar 2009 14:49
To wolfdog - if you have read any of my posts, you will see that I haven't always described the Green Man positively. From that point of view, you can't really accurately describe me as having a bias towards the pub.

Well done arctral on your forensic deductions. Curious to how the various posters you highlight with similarities all refer to the Green Man as 'the GM', which appears to be a rather telling consistency...

Maybe there is some single individual out there with an agenda. Either way, it should be confined to emails rather than on here. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this designed to review pubs than act as a bitching forum board.
Cogitoergosum - 6 Mar 2009 13:52
Arctral... that's odd, like you. I received that abusive message and the insulting one yesterday. For the record, I don't know any other BITE poster (I only post as wolfdog) and have decided, that as you are obviously a lunatic, to ignore you (I'm probably not the first!). But not my local, the GM - where I shall be as usual on this Friday night.
wolfdog - 6 Mar 2009 10:09
The long, rambling personal message I sent out was to "beerlager", not you. Now, how on earth would you know I sent that to him? Oh, that's right, you're the same person. Go away.
arctral - 5 Mar 2009 13:27
Arctral...who has now started sending out long, rambling and abusive personal messages through this site now accepts he's a 'saddo.' Obviously one with paranoia.

5/6 posters who dare to criticise him or the GM are the same person! This is based on his well known Hercule Poirot techniques - at least he's good for a laugh, before he must return to the Home. The sooner the better !
wolfdog - 5 Mar 2009 10:33
Let's add "waltvault, male, 31" to that list too. And probably many more too. I wouldn't be surprised if a "drinkthink" or similar pops up to slag me and the pub off as well.
Despicable and amateur. What a cretin.
anonymous - 4 Mar 2009 21:04
Being a bit of a saddo I've done some checking into some of the people who have left recent defamatory reviews.
Beerdrinkermark, male, 31
Lostparker, male, 31
Wolfdog, male, 31
Beerlager, male, 31
All these different "individuals" seem to punctuate - incorrectly I might add - in the same way. The odd use of hyphens is the same and, damningly, they all generally leave a space between the end of their sentences and an exclamation or question mark. Like this ! Or this ?
If you have a problem with a pub or its staff be an adult and don't create different aliases to attempt to damage a business. You are beneath contempt. Now go away.
arctral - 4 Mar 2009 19:47
wolfdog and beerlager:
All I've asked for was a review of the pub from people who haven't reviewed it properly. Can someone please review the beer, or at least give an alternative pub? I will gladly try it out. Oops, there I go being all "extreme/vulgar/unbalanced/foulmouthed" again... sorry.
And wolfdog did say that I'd commented over a dozen times:
"Three posters - in less than a year - have commented very favourably over a dozen times. These are arc, daisy and Cog" - is what he said. If he didn't mean me precisely he should have made himself clear. So is lying or being foulmouthed worse? Shall we drink in the local monastary? Does it serve good beer? Tell me!! ;)
arctral - 4 Mar 2009 14:37
After calling BDMark 'an angry little man', arc now calls him (and his post) 'obviously homophobic (even though BDM stated that he had no issue with that), strangely reactionary, malicious and specious.' All because BDM gave his opinion - an honest and accurate one.

Then arc turns his wrath on wolfdog; he rudely/inarticulately insults me as a contributor - and refers to me as mean-spirited. Arc also seems incapable of understanding, hence his second post.

I'm so glad you don't live in Putney arc - but you seem to know Billericay well. It would better suit you there; find a local that will take you - and try not to put off more local customers as you have from the GM.

Even though arc has said that Cog and daisy should reduce their input, I wonder will they support his extreme/vulgar/unbalanced/foulmouthed rant ?
wolfdog - 4 Mar 2009 12:15
Well done to wolfdog for enticing arctral to show his true foulmouthed colours ! With regulars like this, the GM might be best avoided at the moment.

BTW arctral, wolfdog did not say you have commented 'over a dozen times.' I believe I type for many when I say - 'I hope you won't....'

This hope is held as you admit that the others (posters) 'should probably reduce their input.' No doubt your fellow posters are grateful for your advice which you might consider taking yourself.
beerlager - 4 Mar 2009 10:26
And how have I commented "over a dozen times"? I've not rated this place since last year, and only commented to take issue with reviews that have little constructive merit. Plus I've been critical where necessary - music is shite and intrusive for example. I admit the others should probably reduce their input, but still...
arctral - 3 Mar 2009 20:07
To wolfdog:
I am indeed "biased": weirdly enough toward good pubs serving good beer and having friendly, helpful staff. Odd that. Because I react to an obviously homophobic and strangely reactionary post from a malicious, ill informed and specious commentator I must therefore be compromised? What Vulcan-esque logic.
I am not a local and live some miles away but will seek this gem out whenever I'm in the area.
This is a website called "BEER in the evening." If you ever have a comment to make about beer, or ever qualify (ie explain) your views on pubs then I will pay attention to you. Until then you join the ranks of who-gives-a-f*ck contributors. Justify your opinions so people have something to go on; don't just join a site to be mean-spirited.
Looking forward to a review - arc
arctral - 3 Mar 2009 19:55
I live in Putney and know the GM to be an average boozer, similar to many in the area. However, it is noteworthy that three posters - in less than a year - have commented very favourably over a dozen times.

These are arc, daisy and Cog; they never have a negative word for this quite mediocre pub - and quickly take to task those who do. BDW was called 'an angry little man' - just for pointing out a few deficiencies ( and a 'wan%#er' by another poster).

Bias reigns in the GM - at least for these posters who may even have a second agenda, so far are their biased views off the mark !? Now that their bias is outed, BITE readers can ignore this obvious contrivance to 'talk up' a pub that is nothing special.
wolfdog - 3 Mar 2009 13:02
BD Mark is obviously an angry little man. As far as real ale pubs in the area go this is the best of a good bunch.

I won't comment further as it's been addressed in previous posts but I will take the comment on the food as being "nutritionally poor" to task: it's a pub - what the hell do you want? "Oh my burger didn't have enough rye and the chips weren't made out of tofu." Suggest you go home and play with yourself over a picture of Gillian McKeith, you strange creature.

Anyway, pub excellent, beer consistent and food lovely (if a little high in saturates and low in poly-unsaturates as I'm sure BDMark will point out).

One complaint- if I wanted the type of music they currently play in there I'd move to Billericay, call myself Kev, use too much gel and buy a Vauxhall Corsa with a bodykit. Not Putney at all. Tell whoever chooses it to sort it out.
arctral - 2 Mar 2009 18:45
I can't add much more than my first Email on this topic. A great local pub with dedicated regulars and new people coming and going, and returning, so keeping a healthy mix of cutomers. Look forward to using the garden in the spring/summer.
daisy1 - 14 Feb 2009 16:40
Am sure the managers will be surprised as I am that the Green Man appears to have been twinned with the Crown in Westcott as that's where most of those who have grievances with the Green Man recently also appear to drink.

Curiously coincidental...
Cogitoergosum - 14 Feb 2009 13:40
If the recent GM posters have'nt heard of/don't know about the gay barman's well (self) published plight, they really deserve their own club !
waltvault - 12 Feb 2009 17:27
Fantastic, love the Old Soaks Club idea that the true regulars, who are all still drinking there, are putting together. Overheard them talking about it just the other night.
bdmark despite obviously being a wan%#er with some unresolved personal issues, who clearly feels the need to voice said issues whilst hiding behind an alias instead of in the pub, I think you and your friend ‘lostparker’ …
{yes it really is that obvious as neither of you have commented on BITE before and just happened to at the exact same time, even slagging the Green Man off on the Spotted Horse’s page. Just a low blow.}
… have done the Green Man a favour.
Although I have been drinking there for nothing like 20 years I do pop in a good few times a week and must agree with Al B, it is the best pub in Putney ,by far.
I see the same faces there a lot of the time and imagine that your comments will only harden their resolve and bring a close pub even closer together.
If you haven’t already noticed the ‘Old Soaks’ who frequent this pub that has ‘gone down hill’ are more than a little protective of its reputation, even is said reputation isn’t very good down the hill in Putney, which I doubt.

I suggest you either tell the manager if you have a problem or vote with your feet. You shall not be missed.

nowarmbeer - 11 Feb 2009 23:47
Inspired by BD Mark's comments, the real regulars of the Green Man are delighted to announce the establishment of "The Old Soaks Club". Since a requirement of membership is that you have to have been a regular drinker at the pub for at least 20 years, BD Mark is unfortunately not eligible for some considerable time. And lest this gives the impression that the regulars are indeed 'old', many of them started using the pub in their mid-teens (easier to get away with in those days), and all are young at heart.
Roselady - 11 Feb 2009 11:27
I have read the last few comments with interest and a fair amount of amazement.

I have been a regular at the Green Man for a good number of years. Am curious how someone who started drinking there a couple of months ago can describe himself as a 'regular' and claim to be able to accurately describe the behaviour of such regulars when, as far as I can tell, the same faces always seem to be there whenever I pop in - all as happy and cheery as ever. I guess we must be all the 'old soaks' referred to by BD Mark which I personally find distasteful.

As to the behaviour of any the staff described by BD Mark - I personally have never witnessed anything of the like. I have a shrewd idea which barman is referred and find the assessment of him impossible - usually it is difficult to hear him as he mumbles far too much, far from him declaiming his sexuality 'very loudly'. I have heard the occasional banter with the regular faces which is all well and good and to be expected, welcomed even rather than the drunken ramblings of others at the bar who use expletives every other word. I would much personally prefer the former repartee to the latter bawl. From that point of view the comments have the air of a personal attack (and it is rather shameful choosing to 'out' a member of staff on a public forum rather than taking a sensible approach and choosing to air grievances to the managers - obviously as a 'regular' BD Mark would know exactly who to approach).

Interesting to note that BD Mark describes his profile as 'Like a decent in a decent pub, where the staff are friendly, the beer good and the food edible. Attitude pube need not apply.' If the regulars who have, and continue, to patronise the pub for many years are described as 'old soaks' then it appears BD Mark had soaked up many a glass when he chose to write that.

I will confess that my recent comments on my little local haven't been the best but there has since been a marked improvement. On almost every occasion I have popped in recently the service has been flawless and you would still have to travel far to beat the Sunday roast. Other pubs (such as the Telegraph) have chosen to rest on their laurels whereas the Green Man has chosen to up the stakes of late.
Cogitoergosum - 10 Feb 2009 15:10
I am a pretty cheesed at being referred to as an ‘old soak’ by BeerDrinkerMark a long time Green Man regular - since December 08! As an ‘old soak’ and one who has been a Green Man customer for over 20 years and who can remember the previous 8 landlords I can say with some authority that the pub has never been a better place to drink.

The Green Man under Joel and Aggie and their hard working team has never been better, rather than take my word or that of Mark visit the Green Man, it really is the best pub in Putney.

Al B

AL.B - 10 Feb 2009 09:42
Totally agree with BDMark; I had the very same experience with the bad service and gay barman - telling the almost empty pub about his plight. you have a reason for your comments ?!
lostparker - 6 Feb 2009 18:41
Totally disagree with last comment. A fine local with a healthy mix of regulars living near the heath, and new trade due to its location with the bus stop. I have never seen the staff being provocative as suggestted below. Is there perhaps a more specific reason for these comments???

Looking at the choice of alternative 'good' pubs you list Mark I don't think they have ever rated that highly. The Spot is a simple High Street joint only saved by it's central location and the Jolly's used to attrcat 20 year olds from the city - not sure now. The Green Man has to work at it's business and from what I have seen it does a great job - and has a great massive garden adjoining the Manor Fields Mansion Estate. It's even noted on the Bus signs as a destination! I suggest next time just having a chat to the manager if there is an issue.

daisy1 - 6 Feb 2009 18:29
I first visited this pub in December. The bar was friendly, both locals and staff. The beer well served. And the general standards of the pub good. A little disappointed by the food menu, little imagination used and nutritionally poor. However, the beer and service made up for it and the bar was busy.

What a difference a few weeks can make. I visited again last week. The staff grudgingly served, that is when they finished there conversation at the end of the bar (or the manager turned up). The service was appalling. Not to mention the one member of staff talking very loudly about his homosexuality, you had no choice but to listen to him or leave the pub – I have no issues with this, I just don’t want it rammed down my throat when having a beer. The pub was empty.

It’s a shame the pub itself has gone down hill. The reputation of the Green Man in Putney is not very good. Regulars now drink elsewhere, and only the old soaks remain in the pub. A pub to simply meet up with friends for a single drink before moving on. Not recommended for a night out.

BeerDrinkerMark - 5 Feb 2009 11:43
Not sure what's happening in the Green Man of late, but the mood appears to have changed over the last few weeks not seemingly for the better.

Not quite as friendly as I remember. I thought all Aussies were happy shiny people but this appears to have some who are definitely suffering the winter blues and missing the sun. Pity as I had high hopes of the new managers - maybe they've burned out already?

I thought the funeral parlour was down the Vale, not at the Heath.

Cogitoergosum - 15 Dec 2008 16:16
Very good place - new managers are excellent. Ideal for a couple of beers after getting off the bus opposite. Massive garden and useful upper deck area at the back. When they refurbed it they didn't spoil the soul/spirit of the place as Youngs did with the Dukes Head that was formerly an excellent pub catering from everyone from local tradesmen to QCs who could happily mix together.
daisy1 - 21 Oct 2008 18:43
Very good, usual Youngs products that are fine-small buliding with a great atmosphere, proper pub.
PutneyPubEnthusiast - 19 Oct 2008 18:35
Have popped back in a few times and still pleased to see that in the main things are still going well with my little local.

Had the roast last Sunday and wow - best one I think have ever eaten! Didn't see any evidence of 'jenga' chips, just well set out and well tasty food!

On the down side, it seems that they may have a few staffing issues. A number of times when have been in there's only one person manning the bar leading to lots of customers waiting at the bar (and occasionally walking away). Classic example - came in last Friday to take advantage of the nice weather and they were busy with what appeared to only be two (guy and tall bubbly lass) working. They were trying their best but you could tell they were suffering.

Nevertheless this is still the best pub in Putney in my book.
Cogitoergosum - 23 Sep 2008 11:54
Although I'm not normally a lover of Youngs' pub refurbishments, this place works. Lots of interesting nooks & crannies, good seating (front & back), decent food & good beer. Only criticism is the food is a bit poncey, particularly the chips set out as some form of jenga game.
Wilson_MacDonald - 1 Jul 2008 13:59
Went there yesterday to check out the garden - wow!!

What a place for a sunny Sunday afternoon, and no wonder they were packed out. The only downside is that they can't have music in the garden (which the guy I asked said was something to do with the estate to the rear of the pub not allowing them to put on - boo on them!).

Wasn't able to resist a burger from the bbq, and guess what? It was amazing. Also like the fact that they now open the garden bar so you don't have to walk far for your Pimms.

I agree with the comments by PDWR about the team. Never been served by anyone who wasn't down to earth and friendly. They have a lot more staff than they used to and it shows. I think they are doing an amazing job. All credit to Aggie.
Cogitoergosum - 9 Jun 2008 15:32
I'm going to this pub more and more often and introducing a lot of people to it too. I've eaten a couple of times and it's been really good. I asked about Kew Brew (no longer available) and the next time I visited the replacement (not quite as hoppy)Kew Bond was there. This is a pub that listens to its customers and responds to their requests, plus they've got a good team on board. Even the music last night was brilliant, so much better than before. Go along and give it a try - you won't be disappointed. I know that Aggie the manager reads these reviews so please Aggie, keep up the good work and well done so far.
PDWR - 29 May 2008 13:04
Very friendly and convivial traditional Youngs pub, 2 minutes walk from the excellent Telegraph. With these two pubs in such excellent form a visit to Putney Heath is a must!
Seant - 26 May 2008 14:01
Great place - even post re-furb. Well done.
daisy1 - 3 May 2008 20:44
Have known this pub for many years. Can't understand the negative comments about the place post refurb - it's still got that cosy pub feel whilst having been updated for 21st century (and I suspect some of the customers are still living in the 19th C)

The staff are still amazingly friendly and attentive (which is a rarity in most of the places within walking distance where robots or lazy layabouts seem to be the norm). Have to say that the new management team have their heads screwed on right - keep it up guys!

With fab food (better than ever), good beers and an amazing new decking out the back (roll on summer!) what more could you ask for?
Cogitoergosum - 1 May 2008 11:57
Much better.............well done!

Refurbished in Youngs style but avoiding the 'restaurant' area that seems to be dominating so mmany of these refurbs. A very pleasant place for a pint - would be great to see some guest beers please.
Seant - 16 Apr 2008 23:16
Further to my last post, forgot to say that there are a couple of chubbers blocking the bar. Recommend harpoons. Otherwise it has the feel of a real country pub in London. Free wifi please!
anonymous - 10 Apr 2008 21:17
Post-refurb: stripey wallpaper. Avoid.
Unless you like good beer and great staff of course. Lovely place and I travel over a mile to come here regularly. Expect the beer garden to be amazing come Summer. The new décor is subtle as far as a lot of recent Young's refurbs have gone, much to my relief, but may well take some getting used to.
New management excellent and can't wait to see them develop the place to realize its full potential; they seem to be on course.
arctral - 10 Apr 2008 21:11
Since the last review the pub has closed for refurbishment and re-opened last Friday evening. It has been done in the style of a lot of Youngs pubs. However, it ain't too bad. The music on Friday gave it the air of a wine bar but when this was changed it was much better. The decor is mainly crushed velvet chairs and comfy sofas with the walls painted in cream and aubergine that wrestles with a turquoise paisley wallpaper. Beers on offer were the usual Youngs pumps and Wells Bombardier plus Deuchars IPA. I drank the Double Chocolate Stout (which I had been told by another pub had been discontinued) because a number of the regulars had requested it. It's so refreshing when pubs listen to their customers. Food was free canapes on the night and they will start serving meals again soon. A new management team (I think this may be their first pub)who are very keen to impress and do well. I hope they are successful and the new landlady, Aggie, is lovely. My mate Pete who was with me on Friday night said 'she would get it' but didn't stipulate what.
PDWR - 7 Apr 2008 18:17
Don't really understand the phalanx of negative comments on this page...the beer's good, the place is warm and comfortable, and small enough to be cosy without feeling crampled. I've yet to go there in the summer but their huge beer garden looks like a winner to me. Staff were absolutely fine, no problems at all. Hardly going to set the world alight, but who wants a pub that's alight anyway.
DaveMere - 19 Mar 2008 18:28
I used to use this pub when in the area. A great local to visit after work. Beer always good, and the food was ok too.

It is also the pub noted in 'War of the Worlds', and Patrick Kieller's film, "London". So there you go.

wbafc_beer - 21 Dec 2007 19:18
Good the staff and some of the regulars did something for an old regular that passed away with little close family - see last week's local free Gaurdian paper. I did not know him personally although have seen him in there. Would not happen elsewhere in Putney, other than perhaps the Half Moon which I understand retains a strong locals following.
daisy1 - 7 Oct 2007 21:47
Regarding the comment posted by spotcheck in june can i just say that we do our best and try to accomodate anyone in a wheelchair as we have a disabled toilet and the slight ramp going into the pub helps. We do apologise if you dont feel that you have been helped on any occasion you have visited the Green Man. We have alot of visitors from the hospital who dont seem to have any problems when @ the Green Man. Please if there is anything we can do to help just give us a shout.. Regards Liam & Karen Sandford - Managers
KARENSANDFORD - 4 Jul 2007 14:41
Very nice pub and much improved since my last visit many years ago. This was highly recommened by a friend and a good evening had by all.
Bombardier in fine condition
Service from staff exceptional
Will be returning to try the Sunday menu

mikegooch - 24 Jun 2007 08:49
Lovely bar and great atmosphere but think you should try cater for those in wheelchairs seeing that Putney hospital is only over the road. I visited many times with my friend who was in rehab there for a number of years and it was very difficult for us to bring him for a beer.
spotcheck - 20 Jun 2007 14:43
What a lovely little pub.. Had a nice meal on sunday with my family, its was quite busy but the service was good.. Will visit again i came in there as the pub down the road was not doing food in the middle of the day so Im glad as this was much nicer..
JADA70 - 20 Jun 2007 13:49
Good choice of beer, excellent food. A bit smokey - but this will improve from June onwards. Beer garden OK-ish, but can't compare to the Telegraph Inn just up the road (which, in turn, scores lower on food & beers).
nfrei - 7 May 2007 14:29
What the curious little country pub poised on the edge of Putney Heath. Young's Special not altogether brilliant. But for a Saturday afternoon when the whole of South West London seemed on the move, it was good to kick back and then walk from here along the Heath road, between light and dark. The Green Man did not have the character of the Angel, but then perhaps it doesn't have the characters, either, or I was sitting in the wrong place.
beeronaut - 16 Dec 2006 20:40
Haven't been here since Summer 06, but then it was the same charming place with young's ordinary (my favourite) that I had been going to (and drinking in) since I was at Sixth form at the local school (great for a pint in your lunch break! Classy pub, with friendly staff and great times, not to mention the fabulous beyond fabulous beer garden!
bluesboy - 7 Dec 2006 15:28
Popped in for a swift one on Saturday night and it is sad to see how things have changed. The open plan design has destroyed the atmosphere of the public/saloon rivalry where to go from one to the other was regarded as a holiday! The beer seemed a bit thin and far too cold. I am sorry to give a pub that I spent my youth in such a low rating.
anonymous - 28 Nov 2006 16:33
I am disappointed to read the previous comments as I have really enjoyed going to the pub over the last year. There is a real family spirit there and the bar staff, chef and owners have been nothing but helpful, polite, charming and accommodating. It is rare to find a pub in London that still makes time to engage with its customers and have laugh with them. Perhaps the anonymous customers submitting such unfounded and spiteful comments would do best to stop critiquing other people and question whether perhaps they are a customer the pub would wish to have
georginachittock - 18 Aug 2006 20:00
I have used this pub several times over the years and have to say that the knocking comment earlier is very close to the truth. The last time I was there my wife and I ordered a couple sandwiches for lunch. When they arrived we were offered a couple of Ok-ish sausages but in commercially sliced bread with a dry salad, no butter on the bread and the catch-all "throw-some-crisps-on-it", the same delightful additions were also added to the cheese sandwich my had. For this they wanted £5.00 a sandwich! When we complained the girl serving uttered the immortal words "Well, no else has complained" - well, I bloody-well am! The landlady then came and seemed very put out that we had had the temerity to complain... At other times I've seen the sullen bar staff grouped around one end of the bar enjoying a chat while customers are left to wait until the staff can be bothered to attend to them. Can't say that I've met the landlord but if the snotty nosed fat lady and the other bar girl with the supercilious attitude are his idea of appropriate staff then there is little hope for this place.
anonymous - 2 Aug 2006 08:34
In response to the last comment posted i also was a customer when the last landlady was in residence and no-one sung her praises then just different complaints her dogs, her husband etc. As for the new management the music has stopped for the summer, if you dont like the food dont eat it or if it is a constructive criticism im sure the management will do the utmost to correct it if informed. The quiz is a bit of fun and speaks for itself otherwise people wouldnt come back week after week.
anonymous - 31 May 2006 19:30
First time in the pub tnite great food,great garden clean tidy.Call back for food and a drink again.....
anonymous - 3 May 2006 19:42
This used to be great, went there last week, oh dear, what a shame, staff chewing gum and scruffy, the manager needs to 'buck up' his ideas and quickly. Such a shame to see another pub sliding down hill
cask_king - 10 Mar 2006 00:00
We recently came to the Green Man for the first time and the experience was great the landlord and landlady were very pleasant and also the staff were great.. Will definatley be back well done!!

jappud - 30 Jul 2005 22:34
Good pub, good beer, great beer garden but the staff.... unplesant is an understatement.
BenEd - 25 Jul 2005 14:23
Our second visit to the Green Man, and we were pleasantly surprised. The new management, and new chef, it seems to have made all the difference, if compared to our last visit. The beer garden is always good when there is sunshine, and on this saturday it was full.
We ordered off the specials menu, sharing the baby back pork ribs with smoky barbeque sauce. They were outstanding! Flavoursome and falling off the bone tender. For mains my partner ordered the spiced chicken salad with rocket, beetroot, apple and caramelised orange dressing. All fresh and delicious. I had the wild boar sausages with beetroot mash, grilled pear and red wine jus, which was very satisfactory, although quite heavy for such a hot day.
Maybe i should have gone for the crayfish salad? Unpretentious and seemingly quite consistent, we have certainly had worse in much higher priced "Gastropubs". Definitely worth a revisit.
jappud - 25 Jun 2005 19:55
Nice pub if you've been out for a stroll. Good garden if the weather's sunny.
rah - 2 Jun 2005 13:08
This is a case of "can do better". The pub itself is gorgeous and the outdoor BBQ out the back in Summer was fantastic.

On the down-side this is one of the squashiest pubs I've ever been in. Almost impossible to move around inside. There are tables right outside the ladies loo and tables that block the disabled loo!

Gorgeous house doggies walk around the place but the way the (female) landlady talks to them is just not on!
benfuller71 - 30 Jan 2005 15:06
The beer is well kept at the Green Man, although if it came to a push, I think this is probably its only redeeming factor. The management are on another planet; Rude, obnoxious and down right unpleasant. The serving staff on the other hand are extremely courteous. The garden is OK, although fills up with yobbos in the summer - all sweating in their nylon tracksuits. They do have an outdoor bar and barbecue - am yet to try this but I think it could be good.... Seating wise, I'm afraid it's another case of cram as many tables as close to the loos as possible. I would go back, but there are plenty better in SW15.
Mr_Flash - 21 Dec 2004 14:42
well well. where to start. the bar manager is one of the rudest people i have come across in a pub. also the landlord's wife? is pretty rude as well. food is ghastly although some of their sharing platters are okay. a good pint of ordinary though - once you get it....
mr_lunch - 21 Dec 2004 13:56
This pub is a perfect case of "Could have been good" but haven't worked it out. Good points: 1) Beer's quite good 2) Some of the staff (older, more experienced hands) are very good 3) not a bad re-fit as re-fits go BUT...
4) Good across the board selection of locals - not too snobby, not too oikish...

Bad points are:

1) Pub tends to be run for the Landlady (apparently there is no Landlord) and not the customers
2) The food while not bad, is far, far too expensive for what it is...
3) The biggest crime is that it that the re-fit has put food before beer to the extent that the bar is too small (and, curiously, too high to sit at) and when it is busy the staff (particularly the newer ones) simply don't have space to manoeuvre.

Go there! But not for the food - there are better "gastro pubs" who sell proper food at sensible prices and who also have room for the traditional customer at the bar...

when will these "wanna-bee" pubs learn that it's the customer that pays their wages - not the Publican who allows some or others the benefit of their largesse.......
BRF - 2 Nov 2004 19:11
Further to earlier comments, the (female) bar manager has now reached new heights of rudeness the like of which I have never experienced. Shoving customers out of the way, complaining that glasses were not returned to the bar (though they were), adopting a sneering and patronising tone in speech...I would veto this pub if I didn't live so close to it! have written to the brewery to complain - it is a shame, the licencees and other staff are extremely friendly and helpful.
Mr Lash - 28 Oct 2004 14:29
Much better since the refit at the end of last year. Youngs Ales v well kept but the lagers are a bit variable. Pub quiz on Tuesdays is OK but can be unnecessarily loud which is irritating for those not taking part. Great sharing platters (try the beef & Stilton) but the chips are pretty ropey as they strive a bit too far towards being 'real' the potatoes are unpeeled! Bar staff and landlady generally very friendly, with one notable exception of (I think) the bar manager, who makes the smallest of requests (such as for shock! horror! to ask for cashback) appear akin to asking her to paint the forth Bridge. Still, all in all a friendly and comfortable place to drink good beer. What more do you want?!
Mr Lash - 24 Sep 2004 14:11
I had the misfortune to eat there this Sunday. The food was appalling. The starter was meant to be prawns and mushrooms in garlic butter - a soup bowl full of warm butter with still frozen tiny prawns and thinly sliced mushrooms - it was revolting! Even the waitress was surprised it left the kitchen, and that was before I tried it! After asking me why I hadn’t eaten it, the waitress said "oh".

The service was shambolic - I eventually had to go and look for my main, which had been sitting in the dumb waiter for 10 minutes as the bar staff couldn't remember where it was supposed to be going.

Once the main had arrived, it was equally disappointing. The cost being at over £16 per person was frankly disgraceful. It is not surprising you have to pay before receiving your food, as you would refuse if you had to pay afterwards.


Adrian B - 5 Jul 2004 19:21
I haven't been since it was remodelled, but it used to be quite charming in a rough-around-the-edges way. Bar is split in two, with a saloon and a lounge on either side, and two outside areas. Reasonably priced, tasty beers. A good place to spend the evening if you want to down some ales and stagger home across the heath.
Sam - 23 Jun 2004 17:44
come along thursday and sundays to see great live music there!
Janie - 6 Apr 2004 13:23
Renovated recently. Good for a meal and a quick pint or two. Not for a session though!
Guy - 25 Mar 2004 16:15
Good pub. A nice change from the usual Putney bars. Nicely done up, decent food, good beer.
Buddy - 3 Mar 2004 15:42
its just had a refit and is a totally different place. I had dinner up there the other night and expected the usual pub grub. the food was great. The atmoshphere really works and i think you'd be hard pushed to find a better pub in the area right now

great work!
james turnbull - 13 Jan 2004 16:40
Actually not a bad pub at all. Young's Ordinary and Winter Warmer was on good form when I drank there with mates just before Xmas.

The locals and most of the staffs are friendly, but the older woman behind the bar could do with cheerin up a bit!
lad_newton - 31 Dec 2003 09:16
A traditional pub! You'll either like it or loath it!
Daniel - 30 Dec 2003 20:36
Let me ask you:
Do you wear a flat cap?
Do you often leave the house in your tartan M&S slippers?
Do you smoke a pipe?
Do you use a bone-handled walking stick?
…if you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, then this is the pub for you. Otherwise leave it another 50 years until you feel the need to drink in these surroundings.

indie - 24 Dec 2003 15:56
Steve the barman is a true believer - he did the nearest pub to every tube station on the map. Took him 2 1/2 years. Very Tony Hawksesque.
Techno - 6 May 2003 14:55
great pub - cruisy and convenient local
nick - 11 Oct 2002 11:27
Big time old mans pub in the middle of no where. It is also minute and opposite the bus turn around. Classless.
Chris - 6 Sep 2002 16:38
it's very nice outside but you have to go all the way round the front to get from the big beer garden to the bar, or to get from one side of the bar to the other side of the bar. confusing.
anne - 2 Sep 2002 17:19

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