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Only sat outside but had a very pleasant summers evening pint here the other day. Would be a bit of a bugger to find but a mate knew where he was going on our bicycle pub crawl. Good ale, big interior, and looked like they'd know what they were doing food wise. Will go back one sunday lunch to sample the fare!!
TommyRogers1979 - 25 Aug 2014 21:52
Big disappointment. Apart from the food and the big screen TV, it fails to meet the expectations set by its gushing website. Not easy to get to so you'd think they'd make the effort to get their beers right but when I went (on a Thursday) they were poor: a good selection of four but not well kept, all were flat. I ended up drinking wine (!) with the meal because I couldn't face another flat pint and the wine list's not great either. Toilets need some TLC. Service was average but friendly, the food was not bad, it had free wi-fi and prices are reasonable so I'll rate it 6 instead of a 4 for the beers alone.
Garganey - 2 Mar 2014 22:09
As a pub this place aint bad.But due to recent experience i feel it my duty to convey to you that the reception,dinning facility needs serious management changes and at the moment is totally out of the question.
easystep73 - 6 Jan 2014 10:42
We booked the Telegraph to hold our wedding reception on a Saturday and asked that it be ready for us to set up and decorate that morning. When we got there the previous nights party had left all their decorations up and it was filthy. My family and I had to spend hours cleaning the venue and taking down their junk...which was NOT how I wanted to spend my wedding morning.

The manager says he'll do one thing, but turns out to be pretty unhelpful, vague and lies to reassure and doesn't deliver! I had given the Manager all our details and requirements, but I don't think he can cope with the role very well.

When we actually got there, the staff had written that the room was booked from 6pm, meaning guests had to wait around in the rest of the pub, despite the rroom actually being booked all day.

The food was nice and the staff were nice enough, although upon leaving a waiter asked what to do with the few remaining bits we were leaving there until the morning...and seemed to be rather rude towards the Bride as I left!

When my family went to collect our decorations, someone had stolen most of our pom-poms and our handmade bunting was in the bin.

This pub does not seem to take note of the simple requirements you need in order to have a smooth event...arriving to a dirty and decorated room is NOT one of them.
It was a foolish move too as they would've got a generous tip had the process gone smoothly, but as it was, the delay in us setting up caused my wedding day to begin stressful and sad.

I WILL NEVER RETURN to the Telegraph Pub in Putney...

Ceebeanie - 22 Sep 2013 09:50
Nice pub. Recently refurbished. Great in summer when you can sit outside in the summer, or in winter by the fire.

Beers change on a regular basis depends on supplier.

Staff always friendly. Food good and not badly priced. Its not the usual pub food that you get with a chain such as youngs, worth the price.

Give the pub a go, I dont think you will be disappointed.
chrisinnes - 2 Jan 2013 16:01
nice pub, meal was expensive for around this way but the food when it arrived (quite quickly) was very nice, staff polite, several different ales including 'Shooting Star' and 'Doonbar' and 'Martlett'. ambience is good, almost wished it was cooler so we could have sat indoors, rugs, sofa's etc make it very cosy looking!
nbj49 - 3 Jun 2011 07:56
Very pleasant pub, with decent beer garden for the summer afternoons. Very busy, but didn't have to queue for long at the bar, and the staff couldn't be faulted in setting expectations on how long the food would take. Decent beers, but the food was average - nothing wrong with it, but for the levels the Telegraph look like they are trying to achieve, it felt like a disappointment for the prices they were charging.

Overall, two pints cost around £8. Main courses were £10-£15. This is therefore at the upper end of pub price scales (even for London), and to be honest, not sure they pulled it off. Overall, a very pleasant pub to spend a few hours in the sun, but be prepared to pay for it.
Oktup - 23 Apr 2011 17:26
It appears to me that the staff, and especially the manager, are working extremely hard to maintain standards with a rather uninspiring menu compared to that which used to be here - but thankfully at least the innovative grazing boards have remained and there are some inviting specials. Good choice of micro-brew real ales including Weltons, Tintagel and Hammerpot on last visit. Recent introduction of Greene King IPA though tends not to bode well!
craftman - 12 Dec 2010 01:30
Quality boozer with a decent selection of drinks
JSF_Brady - 11 Mar 2010 20:25
Welcome Friday return of a new season of the popular Brooks Blues Bar upstairs. Excellent performance last Friday by the Errol Linton Trio. Star American groups imported for this Friday and next month. Good selection of well kept real ales including Weltons Semaphor, Surrey Hills, Tribute & Brakspear. New menu starts this week including free meal offers.
alemary - 18 Jan 2010 11:55
Excellent Argentinian dinner evening last Thursday. Four courses including sea bass fillet (perfectly cooked) and succulent lamb with a separate Argentinian wine with every course as well as a welcome Argentinian sparkling wine beforehand - all for £25. Food was excellent with generous portions and all of the wines were very good. No wonder it was fully booked. Looking forward to the next special dinner.
Also nice to see two delicious new real ales on handpump - Weltons Export Stout (4.7%) and Downton Quadhop (3.9%) in addition to the regular Weltons Semaphor (3.8%).

alefellowwellmet - 21 Nov 2009 18:42
Welcome return to The Telegraph of Weltons ale from Horsham - specially brewed as Semaphor.
Very pleased that the grazing boards (UK tapas!) have been retained on the new menu.
alefellowwellmet - 18 Oct 2009 21:34
Great new menu, wine list and real ales I discovered today. Prices have dropped???!!!

Also great to see the Telegraph listed in the Good Pub guide with a well deserved beer award too.
PutneyPubEnthusiast - 8 Oct 2009 15:21
No axe grind as I have been an appreciative regular for a considerable while and I guess that is why my disappointment was all greater than it would otherwise have been had I not been expecting an enjoyable treat. Fair enough - perhaps a bit of an over the top rant following a bad experience - on a very very busy Sunday - but I did have similar problem on previous visit (wedding no food served to regulars) and we did come home yesterday and say never again. The football I am assured will stop - my husband was sworn at for daring to stand up and get a drink cause he got in the way of a fellow punter's line of sight to the TV. There were no other free tables anywhere as I would not have taken my 8 year old into the bar area with the swearing and shouting going on. This is a very successful pub people come far and wide and it is becoming a victim of its own success. But no - no axe to grind - I love the Sauviginon Blanc at £7.50 a glass the staff are friendly.
lucyfromputney - 21 Sep 2009 13:58
PS

There are a lot better ways to get people drunk as quickly as possible than serving Sauvignon blanc at £7.50 a glass! Some mixed messages from Lucy from Putney......

Come on this pub is a refreshing change to the normal 'gastro/refurb hell' we are subjected to so often...I am also sure most neighbours are very happy with the improvement to the clientele......I thought football was not shown here, am sure it wont be for long if idiots described ruin it for us!
theguzzler - 20 Sep 2009 21:18
I post this again as I suspect the previous commenter has an axe to grind!

The Venue
The Telegraph Inn, set in the peaceful, leafy surrounds of Putney Heath, has all the character and serenity you’d expect of a countryside pub - all within a stone’s throw of one of London’s buzzing high streets. Walk, ride, or take the dog along to this polished, rustic venue complete with an expansive beer garden.

Inside is relaxed sumptuousness, mixing familiar pub touches with modern, elegant furnishings: cushy lounge chairs, high cocktail tables, giant dining tables with high-backed chairs and pews to sit at. There’s even a small curtained room with couches and a fireplace that looks straight out of someone’s living room. Out front is gorgeous, too - a sun-blushed garden with picnic tables set under expansive trees and wooden arbours decorated with climbing vines tie in with the classic cream facade adorned with teal shutters. Adding extra character, there’s a blues bar tucked upstairs that attracts top British, European, American and Canadian musicians.

The Atmosphere
Telegraph Inn has an air of historic significance about it. It’s a little out of the way so you won’t find it too crammed, with the most competitive seat-snatching days occurring when the sun comes out or there is a cricket match on Putney Heath nearby.

You’ll find a whole bunch of punters; cyclists, dog walkers, families, young things, sports watchers (there’s a TV inside) and fine folk from nearby affluent areas. In any case, you’re guaranteed a relaxed tipple.

The Food
A delicious sounding, if pricey, menu puts a spin on the tried and tested gastro menus so familiar across London. Traditional dishes like cod and chips (£12) and free range sausage and mash (£9.50) appear alongside the Moroccan spiced lamb burger with halloumi and tzatziki (£11), black bream with piedmonte peppers, crab and saffron aioli (£14) and even a whole lobster (£25).

If you don’t fancy forking out that much cash, there are tempting light bites on offer at the Telegraph Inn from the £4.25-£7 mark. There’s also prime cuts of meat on a grilling menu, sandwiches, and you can build your own grazing board with treats like chilli and coriander prawns, marinated olives, brie-smoked Applewood Cheddar, chorizo and rustic bread and hummus (all at £1.50 per item).

The Drink
There’s a great selection of ales at the Telegraph Inn with special guest appearances from Naked Ladies and Twickenham Fine Ale on tap. They add to an already impressive draught selection that includes Adnams Broadside, Doom Bar, Tribute, Hoegaarden, Stella and Staropramen.

There is a small choice in bottles with Budweiser, Corona and Leffe making an appearance. A broad global wine list ticks off the obligatory NZ Sauvignon Blanc, Burgundy Chablis and Californian Zinfandel with some corkers thrown in like a German Riesling and a Danube Pinot Grigio. All are excellent choices ranging from £3.40-£5.60 for a small glass and £13-£29 a bottle.

The Last Word
A quaint pub with one of the best beer gardens around, great food and real ale make The Telegraph Inn worth the bus ride from Putney High Street. It lives up to its self-proclaimed title of a ‘Country Pub in London’.

'View London Official Review'
theguzzler - 20 Sep 2009 21:11
For the second time in a row at a weekend I could not get a food order at this pub. First time it was a wedding on a Saturday and without telling customers they stopped serving food at 1:30pm on a Saturday pm - just downed tools on a whim. Today - a Sunday I went with my family for Sunday lunch to discover that at 2:30pm there were no more roast dinners being served. None nothing even though the menu still said they were serving. Why not tell people before you take their drinks orders you are not doing food.

This pub is turning itself into a spit and saw dust sports bar - there was a football match on the big screen TV (somewhat controversial Man U v Man city) and instead of being able to eat a family Sunday lunch we got f**k this f**k that from the surrounding clientele. A fight was not far off as the end of the match came. It is quite clear the recession is getting to this business - no food just beer TV and anyone they can get in the door. Well it won't be me again.

Next time you go take your own sandwiches and leave your family at home - this pub is intentionally going down market - what a shame - where can you get a Sunday lunch in a Putney pub these days without all the violent verbal abuse and and sense of an impending fight brewing and NO FOOD AGAIN. Anyhow we went to the shops we bought the ingredients for half the price and are happily cooking our own Sunday lunch albeit a few hours later. Residents are getting fed up of the parking issues because of this pub and the clientele now being attracted - I feel a petition to the Council coming on because I am fed up of a pub masquerading as a food provider for families when really they are just trying to get as many people as drunk as possible as quick as possible.
lucyfromputney - 20 Sep 2009 16:42
What a great place was there over the weekend well kept real ales!! Sunchaser (guest) was well kept & my pick great staff and friendly service the club sandwich was really nice, will be back again!!!!!
ChadJ - 16 Sep 2009 23:39
Beer toooooooo expensive. Tooooooo many children. Inside never feels quite pubby enough. I really want to like it here....having known the pub for more than 30 years......but it just misses the mark for me
southfields - 15 Sep 2009 11:41
I too was here today too - Cornish Market outside, cyclists, kids, dogs everywhere............not for everyones tastes but I really enjoy the bustling atmosphere. Was hugely busy certainly but the roasts came out double quick and were tasty with the beer and staff perfect. The market was great, the food not as good the rest of the week but still very good, the atmosphere bustling but the diners in the restaurant looked chilled! Although I prefer the bar....
PutneyPubEnthusiast - 13 Sep 2009 20:00
Just came back from Sunday lunch in the Telegraph. I live in the area and had been once before so was keen to try it again. It looked more like a creche than a pub when I walked in which is fair enough but if you don't like screaming kids then suggest you avoid. Big queue at the bar but lots of bar staff working so it moved pretty quick. Pint of guinness was average at best. Roasts had all sold out so ordered a burger and fish for the wife. The burger arrived and it was burnt to a crisp and the fish was overcooked too. I really could not believe they sent it out in the first place and tried to pass it off as food!! The waitress was fine when i sent it back and they replaced it quick enough but the replacement burger was nearly as bad. Not fresh at all and totally tasteless. Frozen burgers from Waitrose on a grill at home would be much nicer. Fish not bad but too much batter and not enough fish. Food in the other pubs on Putney High St such as the Spotted Horse or Coat and Badge much better than here. Pints are very expensive too (£3.40 for a Guinness) and the place always seems to be cold. The best thing I can say about it is the location is really nice and the staff are friendly and responsive but they need to look at the food being served up as it doesn't cut it.
bbybby - 13 Sep 2009 18:00
Like granny I think that this place is lovely (and in a lovely setting) even though I may have to (occasionally) wait for a few minutes to be served at the bar especially on a very busy Sunday.
Like granny I am also discerning and thoroughly enjoy the food here, especially the grazing plates (somewhat similar to tapas, which I wish more pubs would indulge in) with individual selections at £1.50 (yes, £1.50) each! My wife and I have tasted much of the food here and had seven selections on two grazing plates yesterday afternoon (delicious!) which filled us up for the whole day (no need for dinner) - at a combined total cost of £10.50 (I would suggest pretty good value by any standards at £5.25 per head!).
Also excellent selection of well kept session real ales, Weltons Semaphor from Horsham, Twickenham Grandstand & Brakspears. St Austell Tribute & Everards Sunchaser for those with a bit stronger real ale tastes.
Also nice to see Brooks Blues Bar return on a Friday with a mouthwatering international star line-up for the autumn. Last Friday was a full house for Eddie Martin - absolutely superb.
Keep up the good work at The Telegraph for granny, me, my wife and many other satisfied customers hereunder.
alefellowwellmet - 13 Sep 2009 04:57
My girlfriend and I went here on a Sunday having seen it while bicycling in the area. What a dissapointment. It's the sort of place your granny thinks is lovely, but then she doesn't have to queue at the bar, pay the bill or taste much of the food.
marcovanpenners - 10 Sep 2009 13:46
Good selection of well kept real ales, and reasonable wine list as well. Doom Bar, Tribute, Brakspear to name a few.

Over the last year or two the food started well, slid downhill a little but picked up considerably again in 2009 and definitely recommended.

Cosy inside, particularly if you can get the little room with the fireplace just to the left of the bar.

Beer garden great for a summer's day or evening. Upstairs is very impersonal so I'd avoid unless you're a large group who is going to eat. Ideally get a seat in the bar area if you can.
zeanard - 8 Sep 2009 20:01
Who wants to schlep beyond London in search of a countryside pub when authentic rural charm is waiting for you just around the corner?

The Venue
The Telegraph Inn, set in the peaceful, leafy surrounds of Putney Heath, has all the character and serenity you’d expect of a countryside pub - all within a stone’s throw of one of London’s buzzing high streets. Walk, ride, or take the dog along to this polished, rustic venue complete with an expansive beer garden.

Inside is relaxed sumptuousness, mixing familiar pub touches with modern, elegant furnishings: cushy lounge chairs, high cocktail tables, giant dining tables with high-backed chairs and pews to sit at. There’s even a small curtained room with couches and a fireplace that looks straight out of someone’s living room. Out front is gorgeous, too - a sun-blushed garden with picnic tables set under expansive trees and wooden arbours decorated with climbing vines tie in with the classic cream facade adorned with teal shutters. Adding extra character, there’s a blues bar tucked upstairs that attracts top British, European, American and Canadian musicians.

The Atmosphere
Telegraph Inn has an air of historic significance about it. It’s a little out of the way so you won’t find it too crammed, with the most competitive seat-snatching days occurring when the sun comes out or there is a cricket match on Putney Heath nearby.

You’ll find a whole bunch of punters; cyclists, dog walkers, families, young things, sports watchers (there’s a TV inside) and fine folk from nearby affluent areas. In any case, you’re guaranteed a relaxed tipple.

The Food
A delicious sounding, if pricey, menu puts a spin on the tried and tested gastro menus so familiar across London. Traditional dishes like cod and chips (£12) and free range sausage and mash (£9.50) appear alongside the Moroccan spiced lamb burger with halloumi and tzatziki (£11), black bream with piedmonte peppers, crab and saffron aioli (£14) and even a whole lobster (£25).

If you don’t fancy forking out that much cash, there are tempting light bites on offer at the Telegraph Inn from the £4.25-£7 mark. There’s also prime cuts of meat on a grilling menu, sandwiches, and you can build your own grazing board with treats like chilli and coriander prawns, marinated olives, brie-smoked Applewood Cheddar, chorizo and rustic bread and hummus (all at £1.50 per item).

The Drink
There’s a great selection of ales at the Telegraph Inn with special guest appearances from Naked Ladies and Twickenham Fine Ale on tap. They add to an already impressive draught selection that includes Adnams Broadside, Doom Bar, Tribute, Hoegaarden, Stella and Staropramen.

There is a small choice in bottles with Budweiser, Corona and Leffe making an appearance. A broad global wine list ticks off the obligatory NZ Sauvignon Blanc, Burgundy Chablis and Californian Zinfandel with some corkers thrown in like a German Riesling and a Danube Pinot Grigio. All are excellent choices ranging from £3.40-£5.60 for a small glass and £13-£29 a bottle.

The Last Word
A quaint pub with one of the best beer gardens around, great food and real ale make The Telegraph Inn worth the bus ride from Putney High Street. It lives up to its self-proclaimed title of a ‘Country Pub in London’.

'From view london'
theguzzler - 30 Jul 2009 15:16
Dear Wobble,

I am sorry you didnt enjoy your Sunday Roast and can assure you that the veg is not frozen! It is freshly prepared on site and you are very welcome to come and see me and I will show you around our kitchen. We serve 350+ customers every Sunday and the Roasts are often sold out by 2pm....

Do please drop me an email to arrange a visit should you wish, i will buy you lunch.

Many thanks
Nick
TelegraphManager - 13 Jul 2009 09:34
Great after a walk on Wimbledon Common - cosy in the Winter, lovely garden in the Summer.
little_old_wine_drinker - 2 Jul 2009 10:40
This really is a country pub in the city - great location and sitting outside having a drink is what this pub is all about. Word of warning though the kitchen here is terrible! I don't know which kid is in charge of the kitchen, but they clearly can not cook. The sunday lunch was terrible, the roast potatoes actually tasted awful and it sat on cubed (out of the freezer) veg. For some reason the kitchen chap (can't call them a chef) had thrown in frozen peppers as well.... f-ing awful! The puddings are equally poor even though I think they were bought in - even the custard was only partially heated.

Drink here and enjoy it - eat here and you will regret it.
wobble - 26 Jun 2009 16:58
Two of the excellent Twickenham beers on today in gorgeous condition, also Broadside, Doom Bar and Brakespear (is Tribute missing?!?). This is the best beer pub along with the Bricklayers in Putney.
PutneyPubEnthusiast - 14 Jun 2009 21:45
I've lived by this pub for a few years now and have seen it in two separate incarnations: pre-makeover (cheap, unwelcoming, quiet but somehow charming) and post-makeover (expensive, welcoming, busy and still fairly charming). Drinks are overpriced but very well looked after, the food is extortionately priced and pretty average. It’s a great place to spend a sunny day, and a reasonable place to pop in for a pint during the week. It would be a lot better if they dared to show football (the landlord tells me it ‘draws the wrong crowd’!) and didn’t have so many kids running around but if your less grumpy than me you’ll have a good time. Just bring loads of money. The staff are generally good and pleasant, but there are one or two who are terrible.
radar - 3 Apr 2009 14:59
New to Putney, we visited the Telegraph last week on our initial crawl and were glad to discover another fine pub. The decor is different and the beer quality and choice is excellent. Staff were friendly but very busy. This will be our venue for the rest of the rugby.
blackgander - 7 Mar 2009 11:31
Never been here before as slightly off my usual routes.

Like the place - good decor and feels welcoming for a large venue in this area. Will be back for something to eat next time if it's not as packed as it was on Sunday. The menu looked pretty interesting although from what I overheard - hope it's not going down the heavy-priced fixed commercial menu route as too many pubs are these days...
softers - 23 Feb 2009 18:06
First time in yesterday - looked busy given that most tables were full of glasses and plates. Service wasn't too bad but enjoyed the food. Will certainly be coming back here I think!!
groovychick - 16 Feb 2009 17:14
Rightly described as the country pub in London. Six real ales on handpump & quality food in comfortable surroundings. Looking forward to the return of Brooks Blues Bar this Friday with their second anniversary featuring Giles Hedley & The Aviators (Blues Hall of Fame drummer, Sam Kelly & Neil Cowley double bass player, Richard Sadler). Always a great atmosphere and real music!
alefellowwellmet - 7 Jan 2009 19:56
Visited here for Sunday lunch after quite a while away.

Even though I was disappointed on my last visit, was pleasantly surprised. The staff were good, food amazing and really enjoyed the beer. Maybe I was wrong to overlook the Telegraph in favour of the Green Man down the road.........
Cogitoergosum - 15 Dec 2008 16:22
Absolutely packed for the rugby on Saturday, great atmosphere!
PutneyPubEnthusiast - 23 Nov 2008 23:19
Daisy 1 - considering the Green Man (which is a good pub) has half the turnover of the Telegraph (pop in to both pubs on a Sunday and you will see what I mean) I find your comments strange. I love both pubs and think they compliment each other nicely and are a great asset to the area.
PutneyPubEnthusiast - 19 Oct 2008 18:33
Going downhill it seems - assume as a result of the economic downturn. Shame as used to be good a few years ago after opening. Green Man has also taken quite a few customers as it has really improved in comparison.
daisy1 - 18 Oct 2008 07:04
Cracking place! I love the staff particularly, they are the most pleasant bunch of how many nationalities I dont know but they all are just lovely. My best friends birthday was one of the best evenings I have ever had in a pub. T Bone steaks with Bearnaise and heavy heavy Pinotage!
JasonT - 13 Oct 2008 21:55
Brakespear, Tribute, Adnams, Spitfire and Doom Bar available tonight, nice!
theguzzler - 7 Oct 2008 23:25
Southfields, I would suggest you actualy visit the Telegraph before posting a negative comment. The locks on the gents loo's are fine as far as I can see. The beer is excellent as you say and not cheap I agree but the pub has a great atmosphere, I visit it all year round and find the smiling staff to have no grudges just to be very hard working in this extremly busy pub!

Aged just 19 it is also very impressive how you have known the pub for 30 years! Perhaps if you had really known the pub for sometime you would have commented on the new regimes great job in turning around what was an absolute den into a bright friendly welcoming gem of a pub without turning into a bland gastro offering...........
PutneyPubEnthusiast - 7 Oct 2008 18:07
I have known the Telegraph for 30 years. The refurb is only what you would expect and has no soul. The blokes toilets I am told are still exceptionally smelly with locks missing. The food is not exceptional and rather expensive. The beer is good....but too expensive. Always have to ask for a top-up...bar staff smiles not always masking their irritation. Too too many children on Sunny Sundays. Good beer - but never a drinkers pub. Shame.
southfields - 1 Oct 2008 18:13
Cracking pub- reassuringly expensive is what runs through my mind. It keeps the unwanteds out and the quality high. If the service and the end product was crap the place would be empty! Keep it up lovelies!!
gutbuster - 17 Sep 2008 10:34
I agree with RexRattus, definitely mixed feelings. Pricy, but reasonable quality gastrofood and drink. Safe, but slightly sloany atmosphere. Nice place to go for the Brooks Blues, but missing that 'something' you get when you walk through the doors of a good pub. Lovely location, if difficult to get to. Hope you get my slighly rambling point
gileyboy - 6 Aug 2008 11:35
Nice place! the beer is generaly of good quality, although a bit pricey!
the food on offer is very good I have eaten both at lunchtime & in the evening & on all occasions the service was exelent.
It can get very busy if the weather is fine!

Stevethebar - 11 Jul 2008 09:21
Sensational! I cant tell you how perfect we found this pub - until we paid the bill, blimey if this is the way of the future pubs really are going to struggle!

I spoke to the manager who explained that the prices he charges are dictated to him and the economy is gloomy for pubs - GORDON BROWN do something soon, places like this are a national treasure, if I could afford it I would eat there twice a week but I doubt people will keep using these pubs through the 'crunch' and although it was packed in the sunny garden (on a Monday night)I am sure this pub is bucking the trend due to its amazing location/building/beer and food but for how much longer at £3.20 a pint and £11 for sausages and mash?!

9/10 for the management
6/10 for value for money
zoeandsimon - 1 Jul 2008 23:15
Mixed feelings about this pub. It is tucked away off Putney Heath near Tibbets Corner and is not easily accessible by public transport. It has a rather nice outside seating area for those days when the weather is good enough to enjoy it, with indoor seating consisting of a mixture of mainly sofas with some stools and “normal” tables. The Telegraph features gastro-pub food at gastro-pub prices; the staff all wear black – we all know places like this; super-comfortable, super-clean, etc. They had Summer Lightning, Landlord and St Austell Tribute on yesterday. I had a couple of pints of the Tribute, which was excellent, but expensive (even by London standards) at £3.20 a pint. You wouldn’t want to go here for a traditional pub atmosphere but is a comfortable enough place if you are happy to pay the high prices.
RexRattus - 10 Jun 2008 22:18
A very interesting history to this pub, part of the original semaphore communication from London to Portsmouth as far back as anyone would suggest another way to communicate had been considered!

Now a big pub proud of its history and fitting in perfectly with the interesting corner of Putney Heath it occupies - wealthy, healthy, wise and a little pompous but hey if you cant join em this is the place to sink a pint and enjoy the idilic surroundings.....
indiana - 31 May 2008 01:04
Unlucky with the beer Malderman, today they had 5 beers on - Tribute, Summer Lightning (excellent), Adnams, Doom Bar and Landlord!
theguzzler - 30 May 2008 20:11
A little unusual looking situated as it is, for a moment I thought I'd stumbled across a Travelodge, however first impressions can deceive. "A Country Pub in London" a sign on the wall proclaims. There is also a plaque commemorating three members of the Canadian Fire Service who were stationed nearby during WW2.
A large pub split into two main areas, with a small snug open to the main bar. The right hand room appeared set up for dining. A broad range of different seating including sofas, leather armchairs and bar stools as well as the more traditional. Wooden floors with rugs, a long central bar against the back wall and candles on tables. A selection of board games and newspapers are available, quiz night and a forthcoming blues band are advertised.
Five handpumps but only 3 beers on yesterday, Sharps Doombar, Taylors Landlord on two pumps and Adnams Bitter. One pump unused.
Pleasant enough for a couple after a walk on the common but I can't get rid of that hotel feel.
Maldenman - 30 May 2008 08:43
Top quality food here, top quality beer too........highly reccomended. Great pub to visit after a walk on Wimbledon Common, they accept dogs and kids in the daytime.
theguzzler - 29 May 2008 13:24
Butcombe Blonde in superb form on yeterdays visit, between here and the Green Man you cetainly dont need to bother venturing into Putney!
Seant - 26 May 2008 13:55
Very big boozer right in the middle of Putney Heath. Management and bar staff were very friendly and welcoming and the offerings of real ale and pub food are fine. Food a good credit to them but only on the menu and not the upstairs functions where the stuff is light bite buffets and over-priced but thats considering the area. I enjoyed and it's a nice location in the summer with a great front beer garden.
I go and will be back.

Mcloj - 15 May 2008 13:08
This lovely pub on Putney Heath (NOT Putney Common) is currently undergoing a change of ownership (following recent Administration of all of the pubs owned by the previous PubCo). Nevertheless the manager, Nick Stafford, and his staff have been putting on a very brave face in this uncertain climate by continuing to maintain the high standards that they have achieved since the extensive and costly refurbishment some two years ago. Their untiring efforts have included continuation of their support for the very popular Friday live acoustic blues nights and the establishment of a successful quiz night on the first Tuesday of each month. It is to be hoped that their services during this very difficult personal time for them will be appreciated by customers and new owners alike. If there has been the occasional lapse I for one am quite prepared to put it down to the exceptionally stressful uncertainty under which the staff have been having to work for the past few months. This is one of my very favourite pubs and I will continue to support it in any way that I can. This country is in grave danger of losing a whole culture with the alarming closure of an average of four pubs every day - The Telegraph must not be allowed to suffer a similar fate.
zeitlin - 9 May 2008 01:12
CAMRA notes, can't see any? Great beer anyhow.

Good staff, bloody busy, completely understand how any food orders might arrive at different times when ordered AT DIFFERENT TIMES.

Hot chocolate avilable at Asda coffee shop before 4 on a Sunday but I will be drinking Tribute or San Miguel in the pub garden thanks.
Seant - 8 May 2008 01:57
I live in Southfields and while this is a 20-25min walk from home it's easily the nearest good pub to me.

However, it could so easily be a lot better. While the pub itself is (layout and decor), the beer is good, the food of a consistently high standard, the clientelle tolerable, the service has been pretty abysmal the last 2 or 3 times I've been there. The aussie bar manager (I think she is) is great, always friendly and cheerful, the same cannot be said of her other staff. Service at the bar is often slack-jawed and sullen, and woe betide anyone who dares to ask for a hot chocolate before 4pm on a Sunday - that's "against the rules".

Last night me and my girlfriend ordered food slightly before our friends. Their hot food (the generally very good burger and chips) arrived but they were also served their ice-cream dessert at the same time! Not a good start. To cap it off OUR food - a sandwich and a salad arrived about 40 minutes later (after I asked the waiter). Not only did he not apologize, but he said if we had wanted our food to arrive at the same time we should have ordered it together! As it was, we hadn't wanted it to arrive together... we just didn't want to wait nearly an hour for a salad. The pub was quite busy, but that doesn't excuse the late arrival of a salad and it certainly doesn't excuse the attitude of the meat-head waiter.

My other major gripe is with the mens toilets. This is, or at least aspires to be, a very good pub with a pretty good class of customer. The gents toilets are more in keeping with a skanky provincial nightclub.

I hope the bar manager reads this because despite the above, we still go back to this pub because of its great setting, garden, food etc. The quiz (first Tues of every month) is also good fun if you don't like your quizzes to be too serious.
cdpint - 7 May 2008 11:01
Do you mean my comment or the one before it? Mine was purely from having gone there for a private function on Friday afternoon. Nowt to do wi' CAMRA notes.
rainlight - 4 May 2008 12:29
I am not sure I agree really with the last comments - seems desparate speak to keep face. And I notice they were posted rather swiftly after my CAMRA notes. Hmmmm.
daisy1 - 3 May 2008 20:42
Nice 'country' pub with a range of beers including Doom Bar and St Austell Tribute - this may have something to do with London Cornish RFC apparently being based here. Plenty of space (we were at a function taking up the end room, but the rest of the pub didn't seem crowded). Somewhere you could have as the lunch stop on a walk across the Heath and commons. Also seems to have Brooks Blues which migrated from the Brook Green Hotel.
rainlight - 2 May 2008 17:15
What a great pub! The selection of beer is fantastic. Nick, the manager, really knows his stuff. The food is great and every time I go there, even though its busy, the staff are always friendly. Add this to the perfect location and its hard not to like this pub!
man_about_town - 23 Apr 2008 13:55
Generally good but suffers when it is busy at the weekend. The new revamped Youngs Green Man down the road will add a new degree of competition. Could do more to liven up the dining area to the left by adding a conservatory or doors to the garden. Good to see the toliets have been fixed.
daisy1 - 22 Apr 2008 16:36
Sharps Doom Bar, Tribute, Landlord, Adnams Broadside,Spitfire all on tap at this big pub on the Heath. Food was lovely. Expensive though. Blues music last Friday was exceptional as were the staff serving.Very busy too.
Seant - 30 Mar 2008 21:10
My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Telegraph. It was fantastic. The staff were brilliant, so helpful, friendly and accomodating throughout the planning, preparation and the actual evening itself. We have had so many comments from friends and family saying what a perfect venue it was and lots of them have been back since. We love it!
lauracollins - 17 Mar 2008 21:23
Another great lunch at the Telegraph this time in the sunny garden, in Feb! Surely the friendliest pub I have ever been to, all of the staff, even the English ones, are delightful!
sophiehersom - 13 Feb 2008 12:03
Agreed. This place can really suffer on busy days...sunny Sundays particularly. But have experienced nothing but friendly and helpful service, well-poured beer and the food is good even on rough days. Brought my entire family here from various ends of the country for the annual Xmas get-together and was pretty nervous about what they'd think. No one was disappointed. Phew!
speshalbroo - 13 Jan 2008 00:32
really like this pub. had lunch with my brother and family on boxing day, it was a lucky dip in the good pub guide, and half way from where we both live. had a perfectly cooked homemade roast, better than mine and I consider myself a very good cook! and lovely decor cosy feel type place, fireplaces and candles lit. Very chilled. Really enjoy visiting pubs and i wish i live closer to this one. ho hum
sophiehersom - 6 Jan 2008 23:02
I have mixed feeling about this pub. During the week I have taken friends to it and have a great time with the food, staff and atmosphere being great. However a recent visit for Sunday lunch was a disaster with food arriving late, rude staff and the kitchen closing. The pub suffers from a lack of capacity in the kitchen and is a victim of its own popularity. I contacted the owners of the pub to air my views but have had no reply. It appears the pub relies more on image than service which is a shame as it has a nice feel about it. Best to be avoided during busy periods.
epsomwinedrinker - 9 Nov 2007 08:38
I too went to the telegraph for lunch on Sunday and it was packed, it has a beautiful garden with such a great atmosphere! The Roast (and my friends sausages), even though we had to wait to order was first class... i was very impressed! They also had a fantastic selection of real ales which included some lovely summer ales. The Staff were lovely despite the number of costumers. My new favorite pub!
anotherpunter - 22 Jun 2007 18:07
Visited Sunday evening for a quiet drink and something to eat. Our ears were assailed by Putney's answer to The Proclaimers and although we ordered food before 9 we were told that the kitchens were closed although the menu clearly states that food is available until 9.30pm (which is why we went there). Won't be going back.
PDWR - 30 May 2007 12:56
We are thrilled that the Telegraph had a refurb, as it was certainly not a place to go until recently. Despite the nicer level of clientele, I cannot believe the way that some individuals behave in public. While you might take your shoes (and socks!) off and place them on your coffee table in your own home, this is not acceptable behaviour in a pub. I have lost track of the number of time that we have sat in the snug with the fireplace, having a perfectly lovely evening. When others arrive and sit across from us, they take their shoes off and put their bare feet all over table. Never mind the fact that we have just had our meals on that table, or are about to receive them. Surely, this must be a health and safety issue as I certainly do not want someone's toe cheese added to my meal. The management should ensure that feet (especially bare feet) are not placed on the table.
Heathinhabitant - 18 May 2007 11:43
The Telegraph. 14-5-2007

The Telegraph has now become one of those pinnacles of the pub world: a “destination pub”, which is just as well, because it can be a bit hard to find, if you don’t know the way. Consulting the map [see above] is strongly advised: in fact I would even go as far as to print it out and put it in my pocket...

On the other hand, if the sun’s out and you like a bit of an adventure set you up for your pint, you could just wander about the Heath in the hope of finding it...
After a good walk you get a great reward for your efforts: a sundowner or two in the garden, then if it’s a Friday, you can nip upstairs to the Blues club.

As I said a while ago: to eat well, drink well, and hear some cracking blues artists in the company of your nearest and dearest has got to be the most pleasure you can have with your trousers on.


M.O.G. - 16 May 2007 14:55
A great effort to revive the pub at this splendid location. The setting is superb, you dont really feel like you're in London. On the negative side, the food tries to be fancy & special, however, I find it overpriced and distinctly average. The burger meat tastes funny (a mix of lamb and beef), the garnish almost non existent and the chips average. I tried on another occasion the bangers & mash, which tasted like they were just reheated in a micro. The lagers on tap are OK-ish, but could improve from adding 1 or 2.

Once the food improves, this will score 10 out of 10.
nfrei - 7 May 2007 14:33
Another thoroughly enjoyable day at The Telegraph - excellent Jennings Cumberland & Weltons Bitter in comfortable and convivial surroundings. Crayfish & sun dried tomatoes salad followed by beef carpacio with parmesan were delicious. Caring & friendly staff and management - manager is a real ale enthusiast which is reflected in the quality and selection of the beers.
zeitlin - 28 Apr 2007 23:09
Since the recent extensive refurbishment and change of ownership this is a totally different pub - in fact it is a "class act" now and accordingly all of the early (pre refurbishment/pre ownership change)comments/reviews on this site should be disregarded - it would be a lot fairer if they were in fact removed altogether as they are totally irrelevant to the current pub which now has the air of a country mansion.
zeitlin - 20 Apr 2007 10:13
Oops, I meant harassing and criticism!!
Davs - 6 Apr 2007 12:15
I think the Telegraph Inn is a wonderful venue. Non smoking and non football, it's a classy place that serves classy food and if you enquire beyond the prices you will see that the chef's are sought out from very prestigious places. Yes £5 is a little on the pricey side for a dessert but if that's all that one can complain about then I think it's a small price to pay for somewhere in a beautiful location, gourmet food, non smoking, no threat of football hooligans harrassing you, bbq's when the weather is fine, log fires when it's not, real ale updated often, children and pets welcome, live music and the multicultural staff are a true reflection of today's London. I agree with the comment of waiting on my own in the pub - I always feel welcome and safe. And I have noticed a regular rugby club that frequents the pub at weekends - not only are they all well behaved young men having fun, but it's also a bit of eye candy for the ladies!! I highly recommend a trip to the Telegraph and I know that all comments and constructive critisism are welcomed by the manager. And no, that is not myself!
Davs - 6 Apr 2007 12:09
Might this be the manager? It was not me that commented on the price of food in the telegraph. However I also feel that a fiver is quite a bit for dessert;- I recently ate(last week) in one lovely restuarant, where desserts were under a fiver....

I think that your other comments are rather strange!

Putneylocal - 30 Mar 2007 21:30
I am surprised at the last reviews, its true that the Telegraph is a little more expensive than some of the other pubs in the area,but only by a couple of pence and it's so worth it! how can you complain about £5 a desert, where have you been living lately? you'd pay £5 in a Beefeater where they come out of a packet, plus you can ask them to cook your food any way you want and I do ask!

As to the service I have only ever had great service all of the staff have always been chatty and friendly to me and they try really hard to accomodate all of your requests.

I actually feel comfortable sitting on my own waiting for people in the Telegraph - a one off in Putney where usually you are being hit on by some grubby old man or yob in a football shirt as soon as you sit down.

I personally would recommend it to anyone and in fact have.
sophiejones - 28 Mar 2007 10:25
It was interesting to read the last review, as I too have been over charged. Did not find staff too helpful either, It is a shame, because I feel that it could be quite a nice pub, the lack of cigarette smoke certainly helps! However I too feel that the service could be improved, does seem to rely too much on image.


Putneylocal - 25 Mar 2007 06:29
We live locally and were pleased to see that the pub had been refurbished. When it first opened we thought how welcoming the the place was, however we noted the drinks were quite expensive.
Over time however we have noted a change in the attitude of the staff, i.e. not as welcoming as before. We have been over charged, and certain items of the foods menu can be quite expensive. i.e. £5 plus for some puddings!
I ordered some food one evening, the barman seemed to feel he was doing me a favour by serving me, very brusqe in his manner. Extremely suspicious of the fact that I wished to pay by credit card. I had to ask for a receipt.
I have to day that I think the pub lacks warmth over-all. We have not been made to feel terribly welcome, possibly because we don't look the part, and I rather get the feeling that image is more important than service...like a lot of places these days.
After being overcharged again, we will not be returning!

MonkeyOne - 23 Mar 2007 12:40
The big sofas look comfortable and fit in with the "character", but you can never fit more than 4 people on them, which leaves the rest of us sitting on normal chairs peering down on the settee-ed folk!

However, this is a minor bug-bear. In all, The Telegraph is a real find. Cosy, yet smart, the drink (and food, it appears) are a little hard on the wallet, but generally speaking, you get what you pay for, and I'd rather spend an evening here than at a spit'n'sawdust boozer any day of the week. And it's non-smoking, so your clothes don't stink at the end of the night. A lot of pubs could learn from The Telegraph. Well Done!

(however, the gents could do with a bit of a refurb, I guess the money ran out before they were done?...)


parkhillian - 5 Jan 2007 13:44
Oh! And just for the record this was actually the first and only (at the time) non-smoking pub in Putney and NOT The Dukes Head as portrayed following the Dukes refurbishment as an overpriced pseudo gastro pub!
zeitlin - 21 Dec 2006 23:01
Excellent well kept Cameron's Fireside (4.3%) on handpump as well as Welton's Pride & Joy (2.8% - yes 2.8%!) and three other interesting real ales (I am excluding Bombadier for personal taste reasons!) - Welton's is an ideal session beer especially if you are driving. I also look forward to the Old Ale from Horsham that is promised next week. Very friendly welcoming staff and a kitchen that knows how to do a good omelette. Thoroughly enjoyable experience each time that we have been there.
zeitlin - 21 Dec 2006 22:54
Excellent but pricey beers, good food, non smoking, nice staff. Excellent.
Four.one - 2 Dec 2006 10:02
newby = nearby
anonymous - 21 Nov 2006 12:13
I reckon the "anonymous" reviewer is the landlord of a newby pub who is probably loosing a lot of customers to the Telegraph!

Great pub, great beer, great food, great atmosphere. Go check it out.
anonymous - 21 Nov 2006 12:12
Kind of imperial feel and decour, would seem wrong but for the great location and size of the place. I had roast beef and my wife a steak both excellent. Unusual choice of beers, I went for Equinox in good condition. Restaurant in one half and great bar in the other. Friendly staff. Big garden. Loved it!
anonymous - 22 Oct 2006 19:54
Quiet and clean but the food and drink prices really take the piss. A burger and frozen MCane chips for £10... A pint of lager £3-20... Ok for just one drink.
anonymous - 22 Sep 2006 10:41
We live in Putney and have been waiting for this pub to be revived for years. We are frequent walkers and cyclists past the pub.It is now a big part of our lives. The staff are incredibly friendly and at the weekend the atmnosphere is both laid back and really inviting. Our food has so far been very good and we look forward to using it more as the winter draws in especially for Sunday Roasts.

The design and ambience is brilliant
mccomb - 8 Sep 2006 08:20
Strange, I live nearby too and use the pub 3 or 4 times a week and have had several excellent meals. It does get very busy on a Sunday when the sun is out but is a real treat the rest of the week. 10 out of 10.
anonymous - 6 Sep 2006 13:52
Forgot to mention, that in addition to the problems with the food when asking a server for the bill we were given a vacant expression, a point in the direction of (obviously a more competant) colleague and then she walked off... fumbling around seemingly not doing very much! Think she may need a bit of training.

The bill arrived and of course it was absolutely wrong... our glasses of coke had turned into 3 pints of Fosters and we won't even go there with the differences in the food order.

Check your bill before you leave... ours was over £20 too much!
anonymous - 3 Sep 2006 18:25
Just moved to the area and tried out The Telegraph for the first time today, for Sunday lunch. I have nothing bad to say at all about the furishings and decor, in fact the presentation and atmosphere really is top notch.

However, it really seems that they have put all their efforts into making the place look good rather than providing good food.

I ordered a Sunday roast lamb dinner and my girlfriend ordered their beef and lamb Telegraph burger. Both meals arrived in excellent time (too good to be true)... mine at first glance seemed to be missing the vegetables but it seems that 1 sprig of cauliflower, 1 spig of brocolli, a couple of thinly sliced carrots and 2 tiny (what seemed to be) frozen prepared potatos was my lot for the day! Not impressed!

Even worse, my girlfriend's Telegraph burger was oozing with blood (100% raw inside) and had to be sent back. When it was returned, the quarter of the burger cut off initially had gone missing! Granted when it returned, it tasted good but by this time I had already finished my meal.

A real shame, I was expecting a lot more and as the pub is virtually on my doorstep, it would have been a great venue to spend most Sunday's. Would I go back? Maybe for a drink after work in the week but deffinately not for the food!
anonymous - 3 Sep 2006 18:14
I have recently moved to Putney and have discovered this fantastic pub couple of weeks back. It has been decorated really stylishly, interesting furniture and comfy sofa’s, relaxing place with a great atmosphere. Great wine list (can tell the wines have been carefully selected - varied selection), bubbles by the glass for the "celebrating mood", food and presentation also excellent. The staff were welcoming, definitely suggest everyone around that area takes a visit.
JenniS - 16 Aug 2006 13:17
Wow. What a hidden gem. This pub is perfect for enjoying a drink or two after work. The beer garden is great and its so nice to go into a pub that isn't smokey. I can imagine that this place is just as good in the in the winter as it is in the summer with those snug, little alcoves and fireplaces. As we were all a bit peckish we decided to have a bite to eat and we weren't dissapointed. The burger did the job and then some. Nice to see a great range of real ales as well. Location is great and whilst The Telegraph is off the main road,its certainly worth searching for. Roll on the winter!!
poptart - 14 Aug 2006 12:39
What a well-needed and wonderful change! Yes, the beer is a bit expensive (and no published price list, which is annoying), but the pub itself has been seriously upgraded and expanded. It's nice to see the Telegraph finally begin to reach its full potential. The garden in front is great for enojying the sun and the cricket in Putney Heath, as well as for families and those with large dogs. The class of the clientele reflects the new interior (a VERY good thing). It's no longer an place for "an emergency pint" - it's a "destination" pub - which is evidenced by the large numbers of cars parked around the pub (and the ample parking is a huge benefit) and the crowds.

The food was just ok, but the menu was appealing and varied, and it was reasonably priced. Since we ate there on the first day of food service, I'm definitely planning to go back for a more accurate sampling once the kitchen settles in a bit.

As nice as it is on a warm summer afternoon, I can't wait for a cool, crisp autumn evening with roaring fires. The Telegraph is no longer a place to avoid.
anonymous - 7 Aug 2006 18:16
Re-opened in late July 06 after a five month refurbishment, which was well worth the wait. Describes itself as a country pub in London and although it is probably a little too polished to be truly a country pub it is a vast improvement on the 'old' telegraph.

Beer is more expensive than most Putney pubs at £3 a pint but the atmosphere is good. Lots of outside table and chairs and a few benches, so perfect for summer nights drinks in Putney Heath.

Decore is excellent, plush leather arm chairs, nice dining room and a pleasant little snug with a fire place and a well appointed function room upstais.

Several plasma screens dotted around the pub suggest that they will show sports but so far I have only seen the Open screened there.
PutneyScot - 7 Aug 2006 13:56
Back in the early 90s this place was a decent place for a post work (i.e.early evening) drink before the local scum (some of whom I had the misfortune of going to school with) descended on it & made it a complete no-go area. I've read in the local press that it's resurfacing as a gastropub, something I wouldn't normally care for but on this occasion I'll excuse the management.
Notasaffa - 2 Aug 2006 02:00

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