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.Read More
Where to Eat When Campaigning in Putney
Sustenance for pre-, during, and post-canvassing in the south-west London constituency
1. The Harwood Arms
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.
2. Bosa Lebanese Kitchen
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.
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3. 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).
4. The Dynamo
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.
5. Blåbär - Nordic Living
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
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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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
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.
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9. Home SW15
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.