Today your riparian commentator finds himself by Wandsworth Bridge in Brady’s – a large, light, airy establishment – purveyors of chips, fish and many other forms of marine life. With a range of ales, lagers and beers from Shepherd Neame of Faversham, that noted Brewer of Kent. 

These are of course supported by a fine range of wines, all personally sampled and selected by the eponymous Luke Brady. And, de rigueur* these days, an interesting selection of gins.

The embankment location is terrific all the year round – riverside vistas, shimmering evening light, passing flâneurs and cyclists, the odd helicopter drifting down towards Battersea Heliport, the ever quieter planes well into their descent mode for LHR.

(And it’s even nicer when Wandsworth Bridge is fully illuminated!)

Fishes are grilled or deep-fried; fish soup/chowder and mussels are fine recent additions to the menu; potted shrimps rival those of Morecambe Bay from the writer’s youth … and the crowning glory for this gourmet/gourmand are the oysters – which can only be described as ‘shucking great’.

Puddings are proudly Anglo-traditional – (though why custard should be an ‘optional extra’ for Apple Crumble is reminiscent of optional wing-mirrors and heaters in family cars of the 1960s!)

Any culinary downsides? We Northern purists do wonder about the chips … even though they are deep-fried in dripping – but then nobody’s perfect. Anyway the fine, friendly service banishes any negativity …

All-in-all, Brady’s is a strong and welcome presence on our riverside. We’re very happy that they are here. And they rate 8 out of 10.

To find out what they say about themselves, look up Brady’s here:
(* if only the French had a word for ‘de rigueur‘)




Our momentous task of reviewing some 30 separate south-west London riverside hostelries is now under way – most of which are fortunately not yet under water …

The writer’s essential prolix style and declamatory nature will be eschewed and commentary will be restricted to a mere 250 words.   

We shall indulge finally, and inevitably. in a rating system

Here we go

This weekday evening we find ourselves in The Cat’s Back – probably the most hidden of our riverside gems. 

Tucked down at the bottom end of the surprisingly, but now most appropriately, named street in Putney/Wandsworth, Point Pleasant – it’s totally eclectic and it’s frankly adorable. 

Beers and ales courtesy of Harvey’s of Lewes, cuisine courtesy of Jan of Tooting, bar bonhomie courtesy of Peter of Rochdale, Fanny of France, Daniel of Nottingham, Caitlin of London,Hutch of Hull and Gavin of Dent.  

And, in these wintry days, a real coal-fire. 

Culture, cuisine, cinémathèque, camaraderie, clientèle, charme, chansons …. that’s why we’ll keep on coming here.’


It rates 9 out of 10. So it’s now up to the many others to emulate The Cat’s Back.  


The Bridge over the River Thames.

Our comments on the parlous state of Wandsworth Bridge have now made it into the pages of this week’s Wandsworth Guardian. 

Fellow editor and pensioner, Len James, is quoted at length and reference is made to our august Wandsworth Voice site.

Photographs were mentioned … And here they are again …

Over to you Wandsworth Borough Council …. 


Cruising down the river … or possibly up the river 

Either way – with or without the tide – this has led us to consider a departure from our sometimes polemical ‘commentaires’ on life in and around Wandsworth.  Perhaps now with more reference to the social life that we can follow around here.

So … we are introducing a new weekly review of the many hostelries – one by one – but not necessarily in strict geographical order –  that trade from Putney to Nine Elms – and exist within ‘a gnat’s crotchet’ (or actually a 4 minutes stroll) of our dear Flumen Tamesis.

An initial audit suggests that there are at least 26 of these – and there are probably more.  And this will certainly fill and fuel THE WANDSWORTH VOICE for the next 6 months.

We have a name for this new feature … It is to be called …. ‘Ales of the Riverbank’.

Tomorrow ŵe shall start with our ‘alma mater’ …. The Cat’s Back on Point Pleasant.



Battersea Sports Centre

So, perhaps our campaigning of exactly one year ago did have an effect – as we wrote on THE WANDSWORTH VOICE at the time – to close a sports facility in a sensitive area of Battersea, without providing a timely alternative, was ill-advised.

Our post from 9 February 2015 is there for all to read …