A guide to the top 10 Barnes and Putney restaurants
From tempting Thais to cosy woodfire pubs, we countdown our top 10 Barnes and Putney restaurants
Rick Stein’s, Barnes
Rick Stein’s Barnes restaurant is a far cry from the seafood chef’s famous place in seaside town Padstow, but you’re still not far from the waterfront, with the views over the Thames giving this restaurant a real high class feel. The menu is a spectacle for seafood-lovers, which is to be expected from Rick Stein, with dishes like the oyster selection, steamed lobster and popular starters like steamed mussels and salt and pepper squid. Real seafood aficionados can go all out with the almighty fruit de mar.
The rumours about how good these hearty pies are have spread far and wide across the capital. With an array of unctuous fillings on the menu, from classic steak and ale to wild rabbit and apple, these pastry parcels of goodness are everything you want from a warming pie. It’s not just the traditional British menu that entices local Putney residents and visitors from further afield though, with the underground arches making the venue a unique setting to dine. Come nighttime, the restaurant hosts djs and live music to add a touch of pizzazz to your pie experience.
At Home SW15, the cooking is all about throwing together the freshest and simplest ingredients to create winning and original breakfast, lunch and dinner combinations. The space is a homely and beautifully decorated with a soothing duck egg blue palette which balances perfectly against the hard wood flooring and urban chic lighting. On the menu you’ll find dishes like the broccoli mac ‘n’ cheese with a garlic and chilli crumb, and a tasty braised short rib dish, accompanied by creamy dauphinoise. There is also a sleek bar in the heart of the restaurant with an irresistible happy hour.
The Queen Adelaide
The Queen Adelaide is the go-to pub choice for many of Putney’s residents with a prime location in Putney Bridge. The venue attracts with its intimate and floral beer garden which comes into its own in the summer months, but inside it’s a warm and homely space with big windows allowing for lots of light to come flooding in. Food wise, the menu is your typical pub selection, as well as spectacular brunches, hearty sharing boards featuring ploughman’s cheeses and organic cold meats. The chef’s special is the slow cooked pork belly with chorizo and chickpea casserole – a delicious winter warmer.
Annie’s welcomes with a cosy and familial setting. Inside, the interior marries exposed brickwork with dark wooden tables, but the space is brightened with eccentric flower displays which give the restaurant a real rustic and homely feel. The food is hearty, wholesome, and your typical brasserie, with battered haddock and chips and dishes like roast smoked lamb rump. There’s also a secret outdoor garden at the back and in the summer months, the brunchers of Barnes can dine al fresco out the front and watch the world go by.
Just a short distance from Putney overground station and off the beaten track of Putney High Street, Pinto Thai has established itself as a firm favourite among the local community. The restaurant’s ethos is to deliver on high quality and authentic Thai food in a street food style reminiscent of what you’d be served on the streets of Bangkok. Guests can enjoy dishes like steamed fish with zingy lime juice drenched in spicy chilli and garlic, or go traditional with an exceptional pad Thai prawn dish served with spring onions, grated carrots, tofo, ground peanuts and dressed with bean sprouts.
A cosy deli-style cafe that shouldn’t be underestimated. Come evening time, this charming authentic Italian turns into a fabulous dining spot, with traditional charcoal-flecked Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a fiercely hot pizza oven, as well as hearty pastas all cooked to order. The chef specials offer an alternative from the typical Italian fare, and there are a selection of divine starters perfect for sharing. Order the Parma ham platter with Puglian burrata cheese and rocket to kick start a fabulous evening of food.
The interior at Sonny’s dazzles with pristine white tiling, clean lines and bold crittal mirrors creating a chic city feel, but this restaurant is a far cry from the somewhat intimidating dining spots of the capital. The food philosophy at this Barnes-based restaurant is to use the best ingredients for delicious dishes for every kind of event. Expect everything on the menu from carefully curated carpaccio of scallops for a formal evening dinner to a simple and comforting Sunday lunch, to beautiful burgers for a lighthearted birthday dinner. The wine list is excellent but for those visiting on Sundays, there is a bring your own policy.
A beautifully authentic French brasserie where you can enjoy seasonal ingredients perfectly plated with a great deal of love and care. The French owners strive to reflect their heritage in the food, with traditional dishes such as beef tartare, garlic snail platter, and regional dishes from every corner of France. The wine bar in the heart of the restaurant is truely French in style, and boasts a wine list with plenty of full bodied reds from the continent to match your cheese board.
This local hot spot is a stylish cinema where you can watch an art house classic before sitting down to a feast at the in-house restaurant. Throughout the spring and summer months, the staff welcome guests to dine al fresco under the blossom trees on the terrace. But come winter, visitors are ushered in by attentive staff and shown to a cosy spot in the restaurant. There is an open plan layout with a central bar where you can prop up a bar stool and watch the bar staff at work. The menu is well thought out and features dishes like a light Dorset crab salad, or hearty dishes like a Welsh venison haunch served with parsnips and charred shallots with a port sauce.