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Whistle and Flute, Putney

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*** no longer fullers whistle/flute. ***
Reopened as ' the swift' selling an excellent and expensive selection of craft beers and craft food. If that's your thing, probably the best space on Putney high st. Although there's a better informed (and expensive) selection up the road at lost society bar. Cheese board for 1 is upwards of a fiver.
tonofbrix - 12 Nov 2014 23:49
nice pub but for fullers place no ESB on tap! but plus side is staff friendly and screens showing sport with pleasant atmosphere.
dariogirl - 5 Jul 2013 18:43
Has sport on TV and music in the background. A younger person's pub. Also has Fuller's ales. Would not be my first choiceof pub in Putney but it is OK.
ArhurPint - 24 Feb 2013 19:22
I had an exceptional Fullers Porter here a few years back, which redeemed an otherwise uninteresting openplan foodie pub, but the seasonal beer was very average today.
mtaylor40 - 11 Mar 2012 16:16
Queued up for a bit only for some regulars to turn up who were immediately served by their friend behind the bar even though it was blatantly obvious I'd been stood there for ages. There's some great fullers pubs around but this isn't one of the. The Jack Frost Ale was OK but still won't be going back here in a hurry.
PerivaleElvis - 1 Feb 2012 17:07
Been drinking in The Whistle on and off for ten years. I'm in every weekend and have just read the review from 'Fulham Lady' which I couldn't agree with less. You shouldn't be posting reviews that are exaggerated rubbish - it's unfair on the staff that are working hard to keep you safe. That young lass was the aggressive one - she'd pushed the door man too far already that night and it was a good security decision to ask her to leave. I'd have been much rougher with anyone speaking to me like that! Anyway, keep up the good work Whistle team - your ale is still as outstanding as ever and in ten years I've never, ever felt intimidated.
caskaleking - 27 Oct 2011 16:31
A cracking pub on Putney High street, a great place to watch the football, with a friendly atmosphere and smiling staff. I would deffinatly recommend calling in for a nice pint of Pride and a lip smacking burger.
sheepinthecity - 19 Oct 2011 11:41
Sorry to say that I witnessed very poor and unprofessional behavior from one of the security staff at The Whistle and Flute this evening. A strong and stocky man, he roughly manhandled and then physically threw a slightly built young woman out of the door. During this process she fell to the floor and her arm was badly bruised. Evidently it was time for customers to drink up and leave but there were plenty of other people still inside the pub, who were being allowed to finish their drinks in peace. Even if the customer was reluctant to leave, there was no excuse whatsoever for the treatment she received. The employee in question doesn't appear to be fit to work with the public. I won't be going into the Whistle again.
FulhamLady - 2 Oct 2011 02:51
What a change! Last went in The Whistle over 6 months ago and was greeted by unsmiling staff and aggressive regulars. Went for a pint yesterday and they've got new staff and managed to get rid of the nasty atmosphere. I'd fully recommend this pub to anyone who has been put off it before! Great Ales (I had the Bengal Lancer - brilliantly hoppy!) and the burger I had was amazing - tasty and cooked perfectly. Watched the Manchester derby game and had a great time. Friendliest service I've received in a long time - manager very keen for me to have a taster of each ale and new his stuff. Keep it up guys!
loverofale - 11 Nov 2010 12:15
Fullers pub with a modern open-plan interior in a good location on Putney High Street. The interior was heaving yesterday lunchtime. Bouncers were on the door. Getting served was time-consuming. But the bar staff were doing their best with the crowds. 4 Fullers beers were available - Seafarers, Pride, Discovery and Red Fox. The Chelsea football match was the centre of attention on the TVs. Not a place I particularly wanted to linger. So I moved on around the corner to the Bricklayers as soon as I could.
blue_scrumpy - 26 Sep 2010 14:53
I like this place as it is near work but the cleaning does need to be looked at.
vanburkson - 16 Aug 2010 14:46
always liked this pub but the gents has stunk of stale urine for over 10 years.
evers. - 7 Mar 2010 23:30
Nice fullers pub albeit not a very warming atmosphere, staff were nice enough for a chat though. Pride, chiswick, Seafarers and ESB on, particularly enjoyed the chiswick, seafarers and ESB kept well too. Food was good and served swiftly the menu does look a bit empty. Good fullers pub for those that havent found the bricklayers yet.
Mr_Walsh - 5 Jan 2010 03:46
I've always had a little soft spot for this pub, used to be my favourite in Putney until I discovered the Bricklayers! Still a decent pub though with a good pint of Chiswick to be had and the Cricket on the TVs.

Even better is the front opening windows which is a real bonus on a hot day tho might not be for those who don't like the noise and fumes from countless cars and 14, 74, 85 and 93 buses passing every 2 seconds!
Oakman100 - 5 Sep 2009 09:11
Nothing special, but five Fullers/Gales beers on handpump. The Discovery was OK, but the atmosphere was rather remote and the service disinterested.
rpadam - 5 Aug 2009 23:17
Nothing special, but five Fullers/Gales beers on handpump. The Discovery was OK, but the atmosphere was rather remote and the service disinterested.
rpadam - 5 Aug 2009 23:17
A little bit dire - full of strangely behaving old men in the main. Didn't feel comfortable there the other night even tho the service was ok and my wine was the most chilled in the High St
groovychick - 23 Feb 2009 17:47
Was in the area and feeling for a couple of pints of the fantastic London Porter. It was promptly served up in excellent condition, as you would expect from any Fuller's tied house. We left an hour or so latter with our spirits raised, the place having served its precise purpose.
The Whistle And Flute is hardly the greatest pub in London (or even Putney for that matter), but for a few relaxed pints you could do a lot worse.
Misk. - 20 Dec 2008 17:16
Half Esb then half London Porter. Alert but rather false barmaid. Empty at lunchtime. Did not get the impression of anything special
southfields - 20 Dec 2008 12:37
I came here for Halloween and had a great night. The staff had made a real effort with the decorations and fancy dress - they even had a pumpkin carving competition! Hopefully they'll do it again next year!
doubleyolk44 - 5 Nov 2008 17:10
Excellent place. Ideal mix of people - Sky sport and food can happily mix. Too packed on big games days for my own comfort, but others will find that ok so use it after work for a couple and its ideal for that with plenty of seating and you can sit/stand at the bar. Very good manager who deserves credit from his bosses, and the rest of the staff are also very good. Hopeflly it should contine like this.
daisy1 - 21 Oct 2008 19:15
This pub is my favorite pub in the area, the food is now outstanding, the service good and the staff friendly!!
Great spot to watch the rugby and it is always packed for the International games. Good security during the screened football games and during local football matches (Fulham/Chelsea)
johnbwhite - 14 Oct 2008 11:02
The barmaid in here didnít look like she wanted to be there, but she was very fast Ė which is more important! Lots of Pride pumps and one Seafarers alongside standard lagers.

I didnít rate the pub much, but it is ok compared to the other offerings I have ventured into in Putney. There are 2 plasma screens and a little background music was on during my visit as the screens were muted.

The pub has been done up but I think that it still looks a little tatty. There is a raised dining area at the back of the pub, but whatís the deal with the fire exit being camouflaged as a bookcase Ė My thoughts are that it is a little tacky and a dangerous.

To sum up, not great but Iíve seen a lot worse!
Strongers - 26 Sep 2008 12:53
Smart foodie pub with the usual modern characteristics, redeemed by the fact that the Porter was superb - beer of the year so far.
mtaylor40 - 11 Apr 2008 23:12
Generally find this pub a nice place to start in Putney. The prmises seem clean and if you park yourself at the bar, the staff serving always seem to check up on you and fill your glass when needed.

Its not the best layout if its quite busy, but if you are looking for a quiet drink and a catch up with a friend, this is a comfortable, friendly boozer.

A good place to start before moving on somewhere else.
JPR - 20 Mar 2008 13:11
Agree about the pump clips - a whole line of London Pride clips trying to hide a lonely Porter.
Not minding too much as both good pints in a sea of Youngs elsewhere. Otherwise large dark wooden tables and chairs designed to assist beer sales as your bound to spill your pint as you sit down
lout_from_the_lane - 17 Mar 2008 14:17
Went here last night, thinking its a safe bet: its a Fulllers pub. Well, Its a Fullers Bar, not a pub. The ale producer's very own pub with 5 hand pumps and I was shocked and disappointed to find on offer; London Pride, London Pride, London Pride, London Porter and London Pride. So I went for the Porter for a change. This was off. The choice of beer in this 'bar' is awful and the atmosphere stale, with unfriendly and defensive bar staff. They said "but its all we got delivered".

Well, you get what you ask for, but who asked for this bar to degrade Putney High Street?

Not worth a visit!
andym1300 - 6 Feb 2008 08:47
Really like this place. Good choice of drinks,friendly staff and tasty food!
anonymous - 11 Oct 2007 16:02
does the gents still smell of ammonia from the stale piss, which has blighted this pub for a decade?

I like the pub but the gents are a disgrace.
evers. - 4 Sep 2007 21:05
Really friendly staff...hold on.
Good pub by Putney standards.
Prague - 10 Jul 2007 12:58
Great place to watch NZ rugby. A bit classier than the Walkabout 100 metres further along. BLT was on bread not toast! Good coffee, always better when the AB's win too!
mooloomitch - 29 Jun 2007 15:43
Really quiet when we came in but still had a nice atmosphere. ended up talking to some strange guy from whales, thought he was a horse????
anonymous - 15 Jun 2007 22:33
Really friendy staff which makes a change to some bars in putney
anonymous - 13 May 2007 14:18
Really friendy staff which makes a change to some bars in putney
anonymous - 13 May 2007 14:18
Really friendy staff which makes a change to some bars in putney
anonymous - 13 May 2007 14:18
I thought this place was great. In on bank holiday Monday and it was the very essence of relaxed. We spent 6 hours in here watching the world go by. Lovely
anonymous - 13 Apr 2007 22:50
Pushing itself as a trendy gastro pub it fails from the off. Food is ok but nothing special, many dedicated eateries in Putney do better for less money.

The interior is drab with too many TV screens, which seem to be there to placate the bored staff! Combined this creates little in the way of atmosphere. An evening in this pub is about as exciting as watching paint dry.

Remove the TVs and introduce some music and this place might have a chance.

PutneySmith - 2 Apr 2007 09:25
A lovely pub with friendly attentive staff, The red haired barmaid was excellent. Good pint of london pride on when I came in and whilst I didn't have any food the table next to us got a sandwich the size of an omnibus! on the down side the toilets were a bit wiffy and it was very smokey but as someone has already pointed out, that's not going to be a problem come June. I'd recomend this any day.
squid44 - 5 Mar 2007 23:45
I remeber when this was Shannon's -it was a stinking hole that served microwave breakfasts and out of date beer. The only customers were dirty old drop outs that were not welcome anywhere else.It's alright now, probably too many screens and old men hogging the place in the afternoon (send them all round to the Brick !).The guvnor is a cheery chap who knows his pub.Would like to see it giving the Coat and Badge a run for it's money again, they always have been up their own backsides that lot !!
andyjn - 3 Jan 2007 22:30
Sorry but I have to agree with Redriley. What are Fullers thinking of? And that poncy seating. Bland Bland Bland.
johnkn7 - 30 Nov 2006 21:01
I tend to visit once of twice a month for weekday lunch. The burgers are top-drawer. I've noticed that the staff actually seem to care and if anything ever goes wrong, they're brilliant at sorting things out. On the negative side, now that the doors are closed for winter, the pub is incredibly smokey, but I guess that won't be a problem in a few month's time.
bod - 20 Nov 2006 13:52
There must be lots of you out there who remember when this was a GREAT pub called Shannon's? It was the mid-late 1990s, and Putney had a great atmosphere, eg.I even overheard one bloke say to another "...I went up to London yesterday..."! There was a modern village atmosphere then and Shannons was a real hub, esp.on Friday and Saturday nights. I remember (sort of) hobbling home on foot from this place on many a Friday night, and arriving home just in time to catch Whose Line Is It Anyway? on Channel 4. Anyone else remember those days? Btw, Jonny G, are you still out there?
martyglc - 13 Nov 2006 16:20
Not that big, but still manages to be bland, soulless and impersonal. Fuller's worst?
Redriley - 22 Sep 2006 13:18
1st pint of "pride" was off but before we could take it back the barmaid was already telling us to bring it back as she did'n't think it was any good and she was full of apologies and went and put on a new barrel, don't get that in many pubs thats for sure.fair play to her as for the pub itself there was no atmosphere and it was very smokey more like a bar room than a pub ok if you like tv first and beer second
anonymous - 22 Jun 2006 13:11
Noisy, no atmosphere, small range of beers and bad seating. Ok to stop by at for a swift one but move on...
Flawed - 22 Dec 2005 10:47
Decent Fullers beers (although no Chiswick when I last visited) and standard pub food. Shows footie on several TVs dotted around the place. The main problem is the lack of atmosphere...It's inoffensive and very bland. Not bad for a quiet half or three, but I don't think I'd care to spend a whole evening there.
burnsy - 24 Oct 2005 16:07
Not a bad place to meet for a couple of cheekies but you wouldn't want to spend the whole night here.

Beer is fine if slightly pricey; just your average boozer.
TheClaw - 4 Oct 2005 17:01
Not too bad for Putney, where the standards are quite low!
edwardx - 26 Sep 2005 12:54
one of Putney's best pubs - has a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere, not spoiled by Shire types who now pollute Putney to choking point.

Weathering nicely.
evers - 29 Aug 2005 14:43
Great pub on a summer's afternoon when they have the front open. Excellent beer and lovely nuts, wee bit expensive but worth it. Watch out though for the Hootsmeister, who eyes up every bit of totty.
smurfy33 - 3 Jul 2005 13:09
Been in here a couple of times with my mate and drank too much Rioja on both occasions. Nobody complained tho so I guess it must be a good pub!
Cleversaz - 3 May 2005 00:32
Had a decent pint of Fuller's London Porter today. Try to sneak the sofa's in the (no smoking) back room for a quieter life.
SteveinLondon - 3 Apr 2005 21:18
A really good pub spoilt by two large TV screens. They serve a nice pint of ale and in the winter its warm and full of amiable people taking it easy. You don't need two big screens distracting you from your beer and Saturday night conversation.

Having said that, it's much better than the horrible pub (can't remember name) it was a few years ago before the refurbishment.

Tizer - 26 Nov 2004 19:22
Good normal pub, no kids, 30ish crowd, lots of good looking totty to hassel.
Lord Lucan - 26 Oct 2004 13:04
The food in this place is good but - you would hope so with the manager being a fully trained chef. Unfortunately I never really enjoyed it in here, either being hassled by middle aged men or given the once over by groups of snobby people who really don't deserve the status!
Sally Ellaway - 5 Mar 2004 18:05
Definitely one of the best pubs on the High Street, if not, the best. Yes, slightly overpriced, but the food is excellent, the staff are efficient and freindly, and the pub is never heaving like some of the nearbly ones. Well worth a visit.
Alisdair - 15 Dec 2003 13:40
Best pub for miles. Good staff and a faultless pint of Pride. What more do you want? Dancing Girls?
JamesMorgan - 14 Nov 2003 11:13
One of the better pubs found along the high street. The food & service tends to be good, but the atmosphere swings between snobby and lively. A nice little pub to go to in Summer when you can sit on the sofas, chat and people watch through the windows.
indie - 14 Oct 2003 12:03
Nice to see the manager of this pub blowing his own trumpet. Says everything to me. Over priced snobby pub. Then again always nice to see the manager and manageress drunk each night...quality!!!
anonymous - 20 May 2003 13:05
Probably the nicest pub on Putney High Street.
Gary - 7 May 2003 08:43
Very good pub. The food here is interesting and excellent quality. Hoegaarden on tap which is a real bonus.
Angus - 7 Apr 2003 10:32
Good food, good beer (Fullers + always some guests) decent space, you can normally get a table without waiting for too long (Fri/Sat eves aside, obviously!)
loaf - 28 Feb 2003 12:34
Fullers pub - can't go wrong. Packed on rugby days but only to be expected.
Oliver_Snell - 7 Jan 2003 16:07
Kinda funny place this. Bar staff serving generous shots at our table one night when it was quiet. The giraffe beer tower is also a blessing, if there are any available.
Chris - 6 Sep 2002 16:29
True pub atmosphere with restaurant standard food. Must try the chorizo and black pudding salad and the best fish and chips in SW London.
Stuart Mauchline - 20 Aug 2002 14:16

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