Putney Bridge Station marks a mile stone on the INNside track journey – it’s the 50th station and pub I’ve visited. The station itself opened on 1st March 1880 as Putney Bridge and Fulham as the terminus of the Metropolitan District Railway’s extension from West Brompton. It then became Putney Bridge and Hurlingham in 1902, before settling on its current name in 1932.
Putney is often thought of as one of the more salubrious London locations to live in, but the view you get from the platforms isn’t particularly inspiring. On a grey Friday evening, probably the last before the July heatwave kicked in, the vista of a rather ‘70s looking Premier Inn tower block doesn’t set the imagination racing. You certainly can’t imagine them having Lenny Henry visit that one!
The Pub: The Larrik, 425 New Kings Road, SW6 4RN
I’ve been drinking around Putney Bridge Station a few times before, my usual haunt being The Temperance, but this time I felt like we should go for something different so we tried the Larrik, which is just opposite it.
It was quite quiet when we arrived at around 7pm, but with a bouncer on the door, I assume it must be somewhere that gets busier as it goes on. To me the interior felt like a bar of a European hostel. There are plenty of photos of sporting heroes on the walls, alongside mocked up graffiti on corrugated iron. The corridor towards the toilets also has plenty of classic sporting quotes and cricket ‘sledging’ exchanges from time gone by. It feels like quite an Aussie haunt, so I can’t assume it has been that cheery in recent weeks. Finishing off the hostel vibe, there is also table football facilities.
During our visit, there was also the added bonus of live music, courtesy of one man and his acoustic guitar. Like I said, the pub wasn’t that busy but he gamely played an eclectic set list, varying from the current chart hit ‘Get Lucky’ to more 80s material such as ‘Tainted Love’ and UB40. I’m a big fan of Tainted Love but less so UB40, I’d have preferred ‘Electric Avenue’ for the acoustic treatment.
We also ate here – three sturdy burgers all round. It seemed like more like a lager venue than ale, but Adnams was available on tap. The Larrik strikes me as the place that could be good fun when lively. Especially if it is frequented by Aussies and they keep up their current form in the Ashes..
All in all, a very memorable venue for the 50th pub on the crawl so far.Here’s to the next 50 stations!