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The Cat’s Back – A welcome London survior

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Can there be a better street corner pub? There is something endearingly attractive about this pub. Even its name is eccentric. Built in 1865, it was called Ye Olde House and Home, and provided a place where lightermen from the Thames and Wandle could drink pints of liquid Cat's Back Exterior - Cat's Backbread. But at some time the landlord’s moggy went walkabout – and after a month’s absence it returned – and the rest they say is history.

The pub is a survivor, standing shoulder to shoulder with row upon row of luxury apartments. It was bought by Sussex brewer Harveys in 2012. This backstreet boozer is a hidden gem amidst the high rises of Wandsworth. Recently refurbished the bright and airy, front bar is cosy and comfortable with a bohemian community atmosphere, which is in keeping to the pub’s local, communal and traditional roots.

It is a Victorian survivor which now nestles in the new riverside quarter between Wandsworth and Putney in South West London. The pub recently won Joint first Place for the Campaign for Real Ale’s Joe Goodwin Award for the Best Corner Street Local National Pub Design. Upstairs allows for more space and privacy away from the front bar area with a dual use function room.

A small, decked beer garden is out the back and it is only a five-minute walk from the ever moving Thames.

The food is wholeheartedly pubby, rather than foodie, but that doesn’t stop it being it being memorable. Home-made pies and tarts, hearty sandwiches, seasonal soups, daily specials, traditional desserts and Sunday roasts are the order of the day. And for anyone who likes ale, what could be better than a glass of Harveys Sussex Bitter. Full bodied and golden brown, its aroma of swirling Goldings hops is in near perfect balance of with the barley malt in the beer.

The pub will feature in a new edition of London’s Riverside pubs which publishes next year.

86-88 Point Pleasant, SW18 1NN





Written by timhampson

November 24, 2015 at 10:43 am

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  1. Good isn’t it? I’m lucky enough to have this as my local when I’m in London.

    Jeff Pickthall

    November 26, 2015 at 12:46 pm

  2. Oh, and while I think on – the big Young’s pub just up the road, The Queen Adelaide, would make a splendid venue for the Guild’s summer social.

    Jeff Pickthall

    November 26, 2015 at 12:49 pm

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