The Bricklayer’s Arms

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Acting and running a pub aren’t that dissimilar, really. It all comes down to performance and, if you don’t cut the Colman’s, the audience votes with its feet. Maybe that’s why landlady Becky Newman has gone down a storm at the Bricklayer’s. A former actress with stints in Casualty and The House of Eliott on her CV, she now treads the reclaimed Victorian floorboards of this Putney gem and the crowds are bringing the house down. When she took on the pub in 2005, she said it resembled “a Wandsworth nick reunion party”. The lags have moved on and among the real-ale buffs the regulars now include High Court judges, MPs, Fulham FC fans and a crowd from Sky Sports, just around the corner. Awards have been lobbed at it like bouquets from the gods. Situated down a side street a few minutes’ walk from Putney Bridge, the small, early Victorian Bricklayer’s is overshadowed by housing estates. Inside there’s a single bar and a long gallery at the back. There’s seating to suit all tastes, from wooden tables and stools, to comfy chairs and a pair of settles from a Welsh chapel. The flag-stoned beer garden is packed on sunny days. Beer makes the running at the Bricklayer’s, which usually offers the full range of Taylor’s Yorkshire ales, including its creamy Best Bitter and the magisterial Landlord (reputedly Madonna’s favourite pint). On the day we visited, a Cumbrian beer festival was in full swing and the perky Loweswater Pale Ale was a rousing refresher. Draught cider and perry come from Herefordshire and lager from the Czech Republic, and wine-drinkers can choose from a slim but sizzling list of crowd-pleasers

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