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Great Pub... I visited with other Leicester City fans on an away day @ Fulham FC. The pub looked great, but pretty small, so not great when absolutely rammed. We had a few beers in the Wadworth's Kings Head round the corner as well.. Not as atmospheric, but easier to get served and decent beer (6X, IPA etc....)
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 6 Dec 2018 15:06
This is a brilliant pub. The young, friendly and energetic staff make you feel welcoem. Sarah, the Manager is gold dust. She is everything landladies of pubs used to be but 40 years younger. Loves to chat, makes you feel welcome and runs a tight ship. This is a no nonsense old school pub, resisting the gastro invasion. The food is brilliant and stunning value. This is tthe kind of pub that we need to make sure survives. Can't believe anybody would leave this boozer harbouring any complaints. It is a great, old school boozer.
curleysue - 3 May 2016 22:40
My review from nigh on 12 years ago says "A trad family-friendly place with an esoteric food menu, a limited range of Real Ales, and a nautical/river theme to the decorations. Packed when others in the area were half-empty so it must be doing something right." The Eight Bells, I was pleased to see, hasn't changed a lot except that the nautical theme I don't think was as prevalent. Practically next door to a chain hotel so it probably gets the custom from there. Bar staff were nice. I had London Pride which seemed the most authentic choice- the others were a couple of 'Cornish' import beers. The name 'Eight Bells' is supposed to refer to the church nearby but I wonder if it also refers to the pub's being a stop-off point for sailors heading from Portsmouth to London or vice versa. Just a historical point there.
rainlight - 12 Jul 2015 08:19
Sadly I never had the opportunity to try this highly rated pub as the two bouncers and landlady refused my Dad and I entry giving no plausible reason other than it was booked out for an evening function later on that day. At the time customers were still being served by staff and the pub was about half full, while for the sake of two half pints, they could of easily accommodated us. I was left very disappointed with the customer service.

jimmyb1986 - 1 Jan 2015 19:43
A fabulous pub, discovered by a rugby club outing to Twickenham staying locally. Good choice of beers - Spitfire, London Pride and Doombar regrettably not in the best of condition, but an extremely welcoming pub - both staff and punters. When we stay in Putney next year for rugby this will be our base. Better quality beer would have got a 9/10
Thewriter - 27 Feb 2014 19:20
If only there were more pubs like this around.

Cosy, characterful and friendly pub with a traditional feel and a great range of ales. If I lived in this area, this would be my local!
strangetorpor - 18 Feb 2014 10:26
Nipped in for a swift half on the way to the station and all I can say is its a proper boozer! Friendly barmaid and friendly locals. Will definately visit again if in the Putney area.
ng10 - 24 Jun 2012 09:55
Nice little pub this. Away fans on matchdays. Was in here after we done Chelsea, local to me as well, good selection of drinks and decent clientele.
southlondonarsenal - 15 Nov 2011 20:11
small pub serving the usual lagers + london pride,smiths & hogs back t.e.a
anonymous - 4 Dec 2009 13:55
Nice pub. I've been going here since before I was born, courtesy of Mum.. the current landlady is really nice and the food is great. Nice atmosphere.
jameswimbledon - 21 Nov 2009 19:19
Probably the pub of choice in this area.

As pointed out earlier,can be classed as an 'away' boozer on match days,but locals decent bunch,worth visiting no matter whom you support and as tucked a little bit off track(Between tube and park) keeps the moronic element away!

Think it's a HogsBack Brewery pub,so the T.E.A. is pleasing....

nuckster1511 - 2 Oct 2009 09:48
Only ever go when watching Man City at Fulham. Great away fans' pub. Usually packed but has loads of standing room outside. Plenty of extra staff on match days - though it is a small bar so it's still slow when it's jammed. Definately worth it if your going to the game as an away fan.
jimmydub - 3 Jun 2009 18:21
Once asked for a pint in here: half way through pouring the barrel ran out. The lass then proceeded to fill the glass up with another beer.

Doubt I'll go back.
anonymous - 8 May 2009 22:50
I love this place - as one over poster says, it is the most unpretentious pub in Putney. It's ideal to pop in to on the way home from a hard day's work, or to spend an afternoon watching the football (would avoid if Fulham are playing at home though). It's welcoming, full of characters and not too expensive. It's just a nice 'proper' pub in a suburb full of soulless winebars...
radar - 3 Apr 2009 15:19
Good little pub, however, it's nearness to Putney Bridge tube station means it is normally packed to the rafters with away fans before Fulham games.
Wilson_MacDonald - 29 Dec 2008 12:11
This is a nice little place. It's easy to forget that it's so close to the tube station. Normally friendly, unthreateningly raucous occasionally, and quite unlike the usual Fulham hangouts. BUT, the last few times I've been in there, they have served me flat lager. Once would be excusable, but this is bordering on policy. Damn shame. Not going back.
anonymous - 12 May 2008 19:54
I'd walk across the brigde to Putney. Badly looked after pub and nasty! It sells beer... thats the only good thing about this place.
little_alec - 6 Jan 2008 15:34
I normally make it to London every 18 months NOT every month . I wish !!
Huxter09 - 2 Nov 2007 14:52
I've been visiting this pub for years when I'm in London and always find some friendly faces and a bloody good time. In fact once about 15 years ago some friends and I spent a good week or so partaking of their fine grog and making a lot of noise singing bawdy ditties . Four months later half way around the world in Melbourne Australia a fellow stopped me in a pub and asked if I was ever in the 8 Bells in Putney. I answered yes and said he had a good memory for faces and he said no , but he recognised the songs !!! Was there again last year for a couple of long sessions and hope to be again there next year.I normally make it to the UK every month or so .I wish I had a great little pub like this in rural Australia where I live , to call my local !
Huxter09 - 2 Nov 2007 14:47
After a cold and coma-inducing 90 minutes of football last night ('beautiful game' my arse), we decided to abandon the Fulham/Bolton match before extra time, and retreat to the pub. Apparently this is an Away Supporters pub, but after watching the keepers hoof long balls to each other for an hour and a half, we were firmly not supporting either team. The only thing we were supporting was the refs blow of the final whistle.

I don't go out in Fulham enough to confirm anonymous's comment (Regent Street is essentially the pub Berlin Wall for me), but I wouldn't be surprised. This is a charming little pub with a warm atmosphere and friendly staff. Hogsback T.E.A. was on while we were there. I sank two while listening to my bemused Canadian friends moan about the lack of highlights on Sky Sports news. "You mean people actually watch other people watching games and telling you about it!?!?". Even after 11 years in this country, it still surprises me as well.
topdog_andy - 27 Sep 2007 09:50
Best little pub in Fulham.
anonymous - 16 Sep 2007 16:41
First ever visit from yours truly last Sunday. I echo the generally positive comments from previous posters on this site. A good traditional welcoming pub in an area where you might not expect to find one. Sharps Doom Bar bitter is worth sampling if it's on when you visit
JohnBonser - 29 May 2007 13:15
Good pub with local feel.Recommend the Hogsback T.E.A.Met a cool Chelsea pensioner in there who had been injured twice in the war, he was 91,with one eye but was still smoking, and drinking whiskey! Top fellow.
Henners - 11 Feb 2007 20:17
Went here after the Stoke v Fulham game. As a stoke fan we were really well looked after. Good staff, and welcoming atmosphere.
lesalanos - 28 Jan 2007 19:08
poster below, its in Fulham , Putneys over the river
anonymous - 9 Jul 2006 21:19
One of Putney's better pubs for sure. Nice and unpretentious.
anonymous - 2 Jul 2006 13:25
Small pub with friendly staff, decent beer and a few seats outside for when itís sunny. It can get busy on a Thursday or Friday when itís sunny but the service is always swift.
So much better than the sterile Larrik or dark OíNeills nearby.

pezza132 - 21 Jun 2006 14:59
Very small pub, drank in here before Fulham V Charlton. Good pub and OB allow you to drink on the road if its full inside
casual66 - 29 May 2006 20:59
Great old London pub, was a regular haunt in the pre Al Fayed days, now the old bill designate it as an away fans pub
TSW - 23 Mar 2006 21:14
Used before and after the Fulham - Chelsea debacle. Best run "away" pub I can remember. Tongham TEA on good form
celerycelery - 20 Mar 2006 13:57
Drank in there before the Fulham Vs Orient FA Cup tie, despite it being packed to the rafters with O's fans the staff were overworked but remained friendly and pleasant worth a vist before watching your team beat Fulham. ps the beer was good as well
3DoorsDown - 26 Feb 2006 20:03
Drank there before (11am) and after the Fulham v Celtic match on a hot sunny July day . Service was quick considering pub and putside area full . After the game no need for all the Police presence though , will be back next year .
MartynPM - 26 Aug 2005 15:05
good food, good beer , good friends, serge is a pain in the arse with his consistant arm wrestling taunts. hilarious group of blokes in every sunday just make the weekend for us young ladies, especially the silver haired fox. highly recommend the pub, if not for the beer just go down on a sunday to these blokes they are sexy and funny
gianfranco25 - 8 Aug 2005 05:36
This pub seems to improve each time I visit (annually in the autumn). An excellent pint of Hogs Back T.E.A. (Traditional English Ale) was enjoyed last night. Evening food is now served in seemingly generous portions (I was not there long enough to dine last night but saw 13" plates where someone had just eaten!) The other beer is London Pride (Fuller). It is a nice pub, worth visiting.
lad_newton - 4 Nov 2004 13:17
Great pub to have'Good Times'
Watch out for the Word on the Street. Excellent home prepared food served quickly by a wild Red Head .You Can even pick up some good Racing tip's
Andy - 22 Apr 2004 09:48
A friendly pub with a special atmosphere. Ignore the "nautical" knick-knacks; these were added at the whim of the owners about 4 years ago when the original opaque glass windows were sadly replaced by the current "wine-bar-clear" version. This has never been a boating or rowing pub so whoever themed this place was thinking of the touristic "Olde Tea Shoppe" concept. Prices very steep for a pub of this kind - it is advisable to steer clear of any drink that includes a mixer otherwise your budget will be severely dented. Can be uncomfortably warm because of the tendency to have the heating on full-blast and all the windows closed (even when the weather is mild). Too much food served in such a small pub.
Les - 15 Apr 2004 15:03
Busy pub served great London Pride, best I've tasted this year.
canastajim - 23 Mar 2004 13:20
Was here to watch England win the rugby world cup! Top pub, great atmosphere, but £4 for a bacon sandwich was a bit much though!
AC - 24 Nov 2003 10:40
Very nice old English pub, discovered reading the way to go to Fulham "Cottage" stadium. Raining and winding out ... lovely drinking inside. A great memory.
Riccardo Milani - 10 Sep 2003 14:33
A trad family-friendly place with an esoteric food menu, a limited range of Real Ales, and a nautical/river theme to the decorations. Packed when others in the area were half-empty so it must be doing something right.
ChrisA - 6 Sep 2003 21:43
i like this pub, it holds good memories for me, it's reputedly the oldest pub in Fulham, and it feels like it's been there forever. Pretty friendly locals, even when we thrash them at football!
Carlos del Grapos - 10 Apr 2003 21:58
good pub to go to on the City-Chelsea crawl.
lad_newton - 21 Feb 2003 19:25

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