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Where to Eat When Campaigning in Putney

Sustenance for pre-, during, and post-canvassing in the south-west London constituency

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Putney’s current MP, Justine Greening, was a Tory but now sits as an independent after having the whip removed. She’s not running this time, and there’s everything to play for here — as well as plenty of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner or something in between. From loaded mezze platters to mighty pies and sourdough pizzas, here’s what to refuel on.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Harwood Arms

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Walham Grove, Fulham
London SW6 1QP, UK

Technically in neighbouring Chelsea and Fulham, yes, but those travelling a fair way to canvass in Putney may wish to make a pilgrimage to London’s only Michelin-starred pub. At lunchtime there’s two courses for £25 or three for £32.50. Gutsy and gamey is the order of the day: coronation quail salad, roast fallow deer with beetroot, blackcurrant and smoked bone marrow, brown bread ice cream with raspberries and whisky. It’s worth paying an extra £5.50 for one of the peerless venison Scotch eggs to have with drinks.

Harwood Arms [Official]

2. Bosa Lebanese Kitchen

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80 Lower Richmond Rd, Putney
London SW15 1LL, UK

Over the river in Putney proper, Bosa is a local landmark. From groaning mezze platters to Beiruti hummus, pickled and stuffed baby aubergines, homemade spicy sausages, koftas straight from the grill and slow-cooked lamb stew, this is unquestionably some of the finest Lebanese cooking in south-west London.

Bosa Lebanese Kitchen [Official]

3. Putney Pies

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2 Putney High St, Putney
London SW15 1SL, UK

Rarely less than packed, this is a south-west London legend. The pastry behemoths here, which come with mash and gravy or triple-cooked chips, are proper rib-stickers: beef bourguignon, wild rabbit and apple, steak with stout and stilton. Pot pies with lids are also available, including an impressively hearty vegan shepherd’s pie, plus sausages with mash (the wild boar ones are excellent). 

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4. The Dynamo

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200-204 Putney Bridge Rd, Putney
London SW15 2NA, UK

It’s all here at this Antipodean­-style all day café, pizzeria and cycling shop, which has been doing a roaring (freewheeling?) trade since 2016: wood-fired sourdough bases, banana bread with Biscoff butter, parmesan-crumbled chicken schnitzel, Cobble Lane fennel salami... A menu to raise smiles, and spirits.

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5. Blåbär - Nordic Living

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3A Lacy Rd, Putney
London SW15 1NH, UK

Every canvassing session should include a break for hot drinks and something sweet. For a cosy repast, head to this Nordic lifestyle store-meets-cafe. Coffee comes from Stockholm-based Johan & Nyström, and the fairly priced menu ranges from open-faced meatball sandwiches to mustard-and-dill new potatoes with smoked mackerel, boiled eggs with rye soldiers and smoked butter, and cinnamon buns (the best in Putney).

6. Pinto Thai Putney

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320 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney
London SW15 6TL, UK

Standing out on Upper Richmond Road, Pinto Thai is firmly established as Putney’s best (and best-value) Thai restaurant. Look out for ped ma kham (confit duck with tamarind), panang pla (red curry seabass loaded with Thai herbs) and the steamed minced pork dumplings.

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7. MaGoa

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244 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney
London SW15 6TG, UK

Opened as a specialist in Goan cuisine in 1993, Putney’s much-loved Ma Goa has since branched out — today it serves everything from Indo-Chinese hakka prawns to pot-roasted achari raan, as well as shrimp balchão and porco vindaloo. Light, ultra-crisp puri stuffed to overflowing with potato, chickpeas, yoghurt, tamarind chutney and punchy green chili chutney are a highlight.

8. Pata Negra

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141 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney
London SW15 2TX, UK

Upper Richmond Road’s good-looking, family-run tapas restaurant is one of Putney’s friendliest spots. Calamari, patatas bravas, padron peppers and Spanish cheese plates are all present and correct, along with delightfully wobbly-centred tortilla. Celebrating a really good day on the doorsteps? On Fridays and Saturdays the bar’s open until 2.30am.

Pata Negra Putney [Official]

9. Home SW15

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146 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney
London SW15 2SW, UK

The offering here is textbook south-west London — avo-led brunches, Bloody Marys, bar snacks described on the website as “cheeky” — but the cooking is reliably excellent. Vegetarians are unusually well catered for, too: witness the caramelised endive and goat’s cheese tarte tatin, and the cauliflower cheese croquettes.

Home SW15 [Official]

1. The Harwood Arms

Walham Grove, Fulham, London SW6 1QP, UK
Harwood Arms [Official]

Technically in neighbouring Chelsea and Fulham, yes, but those travelling a fair way to canvass in Putney may wish to make a pilgrimage to London’s only Michelin-starred pub. At lunchtime there’s two courses for £25 or three for £32.50. Gutsy and gamey is the order of the day: coronation quail salad, roast fallow deer with beetroot, blackcurrant and smoked bone marrow, brown bread ice cream with raspberries and whisky. It’s worth paying an extra £5.50 for one of the peerless venison Scotch eggs to have with drinks.

Walham Grove, Fulham
London SW6 1QP, UK

2. Bosa Lebanese Kitchen

80 Lower Richmond Rd, Putney, London SW15 1LL, UK
Bosa Lebanese Kitchen [Official]

Over the river in Putney proper, Bosa is a local landmark. From groaning mezze platters to Beiruti hummus, pickled and stuffed baby aubergines, homemade spicy sausages, koftas straight from the grill and slow-cooked lamb stew, this is unquestionably some of the finest Lebanese cooking in south-west London.

80 Lower Richmond Rd, Putney
London SW15 1LL, UK

3. Putney Pies

2 Putney High St, Putney, London SW15 1SL, UK
Instagram/@putney_pies

Rarely less than packed, this is a south-west London legend. The pastry behemoths here, which come with mash and gravy or triple-cooked chips, are proper rib-stickers: beef bourguignon, wild rabbit and apple, steak with stout and stilton. Pot pies with lids are also available, including an impressively hearty vegan shepherd’s pie, plus sausages with mash (the wild boar ones are excellent). 

2 Putney High St, Putney
London SW15 1SL, UK

4. The Dynamo

200-204 Putney Bridge Rd, Putney, London SW15 2NA, UK
Instagram/@wearethedynamo

It’s all here at this Antipodean­-style all day café, pizzeria and cycling shop, which has been doing a roaring (freewheeling?) trade since 2016: wood-fired sourdough bases, banana bread with Biscoff butter, parmesan-crumbled chicken schnitzel, Cobble Lane fennel salami... A menu to raise smiles, and spirits.

200-204 Putney Bridge Rd, Putney
London SW15 2NA, UK

5. Blåbär - Nordic Living

3A Lacy Rd, Putney, London SW15 1NH, UK

Every canvassing session should include a break for hot drinks and something sweet. For a cosy repast, head to this Nordic lifestyle store-meets-cafe. Coffee comes from Stockholm-based Johan & Nyström, and the fairly priced menu ranges from open-faced meatball sandwiches to mustard-and-dill new potatoes with smoked mackerel, boiled eggs with rye soldiers and smoked butter, and cinnamon buns (the best in Putney).

3A Lacy Rd, Putney
London SW15 1NH, UK

6. Pinto Thai Putney

320 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney, London SW15 6TL, UK
Instagram/@pintothai_putney

Standing out on Upper Richmond Road, Pinto Thai is firmly established as Putney’s best (and best-value) Thai restaurant. Look out for ped ma kham (confit duck with tamarind), panang pla (red curry seabass loaded with Thai herbs) and the steamed minced pork dumplings.

320 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney
London SW15 6TL, UK

7. MaGoa

244 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney, London SW15 6TG, UK

Opened as a specialist in Goan cuisine in 1993, Putney’s much-loved Ma Goa has since branched out — today it serves everything from Indo-Chinese hakka prawns to pot-roasted achari raan, as well as shrimp balchão and porco vindaloo. Light, ultra-crisp puri stuffed to overflowing with potato, chickpeas, yoghurt, tamarind chutney and punchy green chili chutney are a highlight.

244 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney
London SW15 6TG, UK

8. Pata Negra

141 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney, London SW15 2TX, UK
Pata Negra Putney [Official]

Upper Richmond Road’s good-looking, family-run tapas restaurant is one of Putney’s friendliest spots. Calamari, patatas bravas, padron peppers and Spanish cheese plates are all present and correct, along with delightfully wobbly-centred tortilla. Celebrating a really good day on the doorsteps? On Fridays and Saturdays the bar’s open until 2.30am.

141 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney
London SW15 2TX, UK

9. Home SW15

146 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney, London SW15 2SW, UK
Home SW15 [Official]

The offering here is textbook south-west London — avo-led brunches, Bloody Marys, bar snacks described on the website as “cheeky” — but the cooking is reliably excellent. Vegetarians are unusually well catered for, too: witness the caramelised endive and goat’s cheese tarte tatin, and the cauliflower cheese croquettes.

146 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney
London SW15 2SW, UK

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