The Rocket , Putney - pub details
Previously called: Rocket Riverside
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|Came here after being disappointed by the Bricklayers Arms nearby, where the cider from the festival had run out the previous night, the plastic glasses were annoying (especially the small shards of plastic floating in the beer) and the crowds were excessive. Whilst the Rocket was still crowded, I could at least get a seat. Beers on were Banks's Howling Wolf, Coach House Gunpowder Mild, Sharps Doom Bar, Hook Norton Cotswold Lion, Greene King Abbot Ale & Ruddles Best. Ciders were Thatchers Traditional, Sandford Orchards Strawberry Lane & Westons Old Rosie & Marcle Hill. This place is tucked away from the main road. So it doesn't get quite as crowded as other places and is a good choice prior to a football match at Craven Cottage. It also has a great view of the river, which I could appreciate far more than on my previous evening visit. Do watch out for some of the bar staff short changing you though.|
blue_scrumpy - 4 Nov 2012 20:32
|What a difference a change at the top makes....new but very experienced young manager seems to have brought standards up. Staff attitude has considerably improved and a general air of vibrancy makes the pub feel very welcoming. Food waiting times have reduced, with beer....Doom Bar at £2 pint... well kept and knowledgably served by enthusiastic bar staff. This is a great pub in a unique location and would be just ideal for parties and other functions. Well done that team!|
doorstep - 15 Oct 2012 10:20
|The Rocket is a Weatherspoons flagship and much better than the other 'spoons up the high street (The Railway) . The venue is lifted by it's riverside location with views of Putney Bridge and the iron Fulham Railway Bridge. There is a good selection of well-kept regular and guest ales (you can get a good pint for £1.99. Lagers cost more, but are still good value. The food is also very well priced (a steak and a pint for under £9 or a beer and a burger about £6). It's a nice place for summer evenings. The staff are courteous and friendly and the place is well run. There is no music or screens. It is fairly busy on Sunday afternoons, but it is a huge pub and there is nearly always a table free even at the busiest times. It goes head-to-head with it's nearby competitor "The Boathouse" But the beer is nearly half the price and The Rocket has the prime location, Recommended |
Beerscape - 12 Oct 2012 01:06
|So, London, land of a billion bars.|
There are 3 Weatherspoons within walking distance of each other in and round Putney, with plenty of competition. The Rocket, however, has the best out side area, overlooking the Thames, between Putney road and rail bridges.
If it hadn't been for the weather being quite good, and my internet dying at the house I was staying in and the people I was staying with working near by, I would probably never had come here.
3 of the four times I have been here, I have had exceptionally useless service. Twice standing by the bar, staring at bar staff waiting for them to finish talking about the Olympics, that haven't started yet, only to see them wander out the back, not to return for 5 minutes. When they did they served the gaggle of 40-something ladies all guffawing loudly, knocking back their spritzers, baring their stained teeth.
On the second visit we ate here, beer and a burger from £4.99 with a soft beverage to £7.59 for a "gourmet burger" and a pint of lager. This Weatherspoon-wide offer is always disappointing as I can only rarely get an ale with my pattie, and usually only then as long as I'm willing to listen to the newest looking member of staff getting a drumming down from a fraught manager. I had the Mexican burger, served with cheddar cheese, guacamole and jalapeños, chips and onion rings on the side. Jalapeños were the generic tinned variety, not fresh, no crunch and only a damp bite, cheddar all right, but could have not been there as I could barely taste it, meat was all right, no grizzly bits, fairly flavourful, and not over done. The guacamole was a bit bland, and a bit scarce. chips were long and quite good, could have done with a double fry, but that is a kitchen hassle, so that's just fine. Onion rings were onion rings, greasy but quite large.
As I had arrived early, bought myself a pint of adnams, and sat down with a menu the manager came over to see if I needed anything, which was a nice change for a 'spoons, and service was pretty good when my friends arrived, they were both served at the table twice both before and as we ate.
My fries were served in a blue ceramic bowl that kept them surprisingly warm, but next to them in a greasy, badly washed plastic pot was a bout half-a-greasy-pots-worth of "salsa" a kind of sour, ambiguous flavoured red paste/liquid. "Lovely." I thought. "This will go excellently with my Guac."
I and one of my companions asked for Mayonnaise and we were elated when one tiny portion arrived in another whiteplasticgreasycondimentpot, complete with it's very own skin.
The fourth time I came here, by myself at about 1pm, primarily to use their WIFI, which was free and fast enough to download a 145mb file in 7 minutes, give or take, I asked for their cheapest coffee. 99p will get you an americano, espresso, latte or cappuccino, the ladygirl who took my order was attentive, looked me in the eyes, took my money, gave me my change, let me sit down and brought it over to me with a smile.
"Can I get you anything else?"
I sat down, did my compuglobalhypermeganetbrowsing and watched her serve about 30 people quickly and professionally, remembering their drinks when they returned to the bar, speaking especially loudly and clearly to and elderly gent, and on the whole being pretty good. Then the manager turned up and mangled a couple of customers, looked panicked the whole time and mumbled quite a lot, making some in-jokes with the girl, seeming to rub in a mistake she had made. A customer came to the bar and asked for a lid to a wine bottle so she could take it home, the girl dutifully went out the back, washed and dried it before handing it over the bar. The customer left, looking happy, waving goodbye and pressing a tip into the hand of another waitress, who had apparently served them, who muttered a "thanks" then turned her back on the group and started to try and engage girl no1 in conversation, while she waved a goodbye and made girl no2 look pretty bad.
All in all, it's 'spoons, it's never going to be amazing, but it is in a nice location, next to a Carluccios - reasonable italian chain food - and a bar restaurant called The Boathouse, which looked far more expensive. Probably worth going here first, knocking back as much discount booze as you can, and getting out, as a party I saw here had a prime location, with their buffet laid out on a table that ran right up to the door to the men's loos.
6 thumbs up
toastboaster - 17 Jul 2012 15:46
|I do not understand the comments on here.|
The Rocket is nicely furnished with a great view onto the river from the dining area.
It always has a good selection of ales. The food is fine if you are a bit peckish and they bring you beers to your table if you are eating in the dining area.
Clientele is OK too. The alkies do not use this Wetherspoon for whatever reason.
I have always found the staff pretty helpful too.
ArhurPint - 11 Jul 2012 12:23
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