Across the Commons
Pubs in Barnes, Roehampton, Putney, Wimbledon Village & Raynes Park
This printout of the online version of Across the Commons has been updated by information reported up to January 2010. To buy the printed version of any of our local guides go to the CAMRA on-line shop at http://shop.camra.org.uk/
Eventually we will have all the pubs in our area available on-line via the very useful www.whatpub.com website. We intend this to be the most up-to-date pubs listing available for South West London - and all other areas' - pubs.
For now we now have UPDATED on-line versions of the three earliest publications available on this website. Either use the Pubs drop down menu at the top of any page for direct links to the on-line pubs lists or click the links below for a list of the pubs in the relevant postcode area:
If you spot any errors or omissions in our listings please contact our Pubs Officer, Geoff Strawbridge, with the details.
We tried to make the information in this guide as accurate as possible but given the way that the licensed trade changes these days, and particularly as licensing hours are now being adjusted, it is inevitable that we will have been caught out somewhere. The publishers and editors cannot therefore accept any responsibility for the consequences of any errors, omissions and other inaccuracies. All work on this guide has been carried out by volunteers. No fees have been paid, nor were any sought, for the inclusion of any pub.
This is the second of the set of local guides for the area covered by the South West London Branch of CAMRA which are replacing the former South West London Pub Guide in this area. The area covered by this guide contrasts greatly with the first. We have left the vibrant and mixed urban sprawl along the Northern Line for the more bucolic setting of Barnes Common, Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common: the postal districts of SW13, a corner of SW14, SW15, the west side of SW19 - the bit ‘up the hill’ - and SW20. The SW13 and SW14 postal districts are covered by the Richmond and Hounslow Branch of CAMRA and we are grateful for its contribution to the production of this guide.
Breweries across the Commons
There is some significant brewing history in and around the guide area. Brandon’s Putney Brewery stood at 66 Putney High Street. The company was founded in 1800 as A J Brandon & Co and became Brandon’s Putney Brewery Ltd in 1896 with the acquisition of the Star Brewery in Walton on Thames. Brandons, having made a number of acquisitions themselves, were taken over by Mann, Crossman & Paulin (see below) in 1920 at which time they had 76 pubs. They continued operating independently until 1949. Phillips, More & Co was formed on the banks of the Thames at Mortlake, near Chiswick Bridge, in the 15th Century and was taken over by Watney & Co in 1889. Watney & Co merged with Coombe & Co and Reid’s Brewery in 1898 and then with Mann, Crossman & Paulin in 1958 to become Watney Mann of Red Barrel infamy. The Mortlake site was renamed the Stag Brewery when the original in Pimlico was closed a year later. The site is now the UK home of the American Budweiser and is jointly owned by Anheuser-Busch and Scottish & Newcastle Brewing Co.
The small brewery in Wimbledon village first recorded in 1832 was taken over by William Quartermaine in 1880. The larger one he built in 1885 was sold to Leonard McMullen in 1888 and destroyed by fire in January 1889. The only current brewing activity is on the fringe of the area at Chiswick. Fuller, Smith & Turner have been brewing next to the Hogarth Roundabout since 1842, although there has been brewing on the site since 1699. There are still members of the founding families on the board. Fuller’s recently acquired Gales of Horndean, Hampshire and it was initially hoped that they would keep the Horndean Brewery open and continue to brew Gales distinctive beers locally. Sadly, that was not possible. Fuller’s now have 361 pubs, spreading out south and west from London. Incidentally, the tower brewery building that can be seen at the back of Fuller’s brewery is nothing to do with them. It was the Lamb Brewery, the former premises of Sich & Co which was acquired by the Isleworth Brewery in 1920 and closed in 1922. Two years later, Isleworth was taken over by Watneys.
A few miles down the river from Chiswick is Wandsworth where, as most London drinkers will be only too aware, Young’s recently ended brewing after a 400 year history. There was a lot of confused and confusing talk about redevelopment plans but quite simply the company decided that they could not continue as they were and that freeing up capital by selling the Wandsworth sites was the only way forward. The money has been used to fund a merger of brewing operations with Charles Wells under the guise of the Wells & Young’s Brewing Company, the acquisition of new pubs and the refurbishment of some existing ones. It remains to be seen whether or not they will become big enough to fight off the likes of Marston (Wolverhampton & Dudley) and Greene King, especially now that acquiring Young’s would not involve the embarrassment of an historic brewery. For now, however, we still have Young’s pubs selling Young’s beers, even if they are not Wandsworth beers. If Young’s are successful - and let us hope that they are - how long will it be before Fuller’s start to question the viability of operating next to one of London’s worse permanent traffic jams?
Transport across the Commons
The area covered by the guide lies more or less in the arc between the Wimbledon and Richmond branches of the London Underground District Line. There is no Underground service within that area, although Putney Bridge and East Putney stations are nearest for most of the Putney pubs. South West Trains services from Waterloo and Clapham Junction run to Wimbledon and Raynes Park to the south and Putney, Barnes, Sheen and Richmond to the north. First Capital Connect services between Wimbledon and Sutton call at Wimbledon Chase.
London Pub Walks
A trail across Wimbledon Common and Putney Heath is included in the London Pub Walks described by Bob Steel, published in 2006 by CAMRA Books @ £8.99.
There are a number (if not plenty...) of buses and the following selection should be useful to you:
- 72 Hammersmith to Roehampton via Barnes
- 85 Putney Bridge to Kingston via Roehampton
- 93 Putney Bridge to North Cheam via Wimbledon Village
- 131 Wimbledon (station not Village) to Kingston via Raynes Park
- 200 Mitcham to Raynes Park via Wimbledon
- 209 Hammersmith to Mortlake via Barnes
- 265 Putney Bridge to Tolworth via Barnes and Roehampton
- 337 Richmond to Clapham Junction via Sheen and Putney
- 419 Hammersmith to Richmond via Barnes
- 485 Wandsworth to Richmond via Putney and Barnes
- 493 Richmond to Tooting via Sheen and Roehampton
- Barnes 72, 209, 265, 419, 485
- Putney 85, 337, 485
- Raynes Park 131, 200
- Roehampton 85, 72, 265, 493
- Wimbledon Village 93, 200