12 months ago

The Watermans Arms is reopening

This pub in Barnes has been closed for over a year, but it is being reopened this September by an incredible team.

The Watermans Arms has been missed by the SW London community. Built in 1850, the pub has a load of history and is in a really fantastic location. Overlooking the Thames on Lonsdale Road (just a little up the road from Barnes Bridge) it is begging to be your stopgap on long riverside walks at the weekend, or to be your go-to when you are after a sunset view of the water. So it was certainly sad when it closed last year, but thankfully there’s good news for the future of this traditional watering house…

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There’s an impressive team behind its reopening. The former head chef of the famous Camberwell Arms, Sam Andrews, is heading up the kitchen so you can expect seasonal, locally sourced produce and foodies from near and far to flock to Barnes for elevated pub grub. There will be two menus- downstairs will have a more relaxed nice-things-on-toast kind of selection, and the restaurant section/upstairs will have more classic Camberwell Arms-esk eats. The manager is Simon Walsh, who is moving down the river from his previous location in Hammersmith at the Anglesea Arms. The brains behind the whole thing is none other than SW local Joe Grossmann. He also happens to be the man who founded Patty&Bun, so he knows a thing or two about the hospitality industry.

The pub itself is going to be getting a bit of a face lift too, so it’s going to be looking fresh when it reopens on the 28th September. Which also happens to be a (thirsty) Thursday. Pint, anyone?

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