The Telegraph Putney Heath

Published: 04/03/2023 By Allan Fuller

The Telegraph was named after Admiralty Telegraph, a shutter station which stood at the site in 1796 to convey messages between London and Portsmouth at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. 

Long before the electric telegraph came on the scene, a method of communication existed that relied on using relay stations connected by line of sight. This was no new idea as a similar system was used by the Romans to communicate from hilltop to hilltop. The system was set up by the Admiralty in the early 19th century in order to communicate quickly between their London headquarters and various naval ports.

The Telegraph Pub is believed to date back to the 18th century, it has had many owners and a new company, Bunning & Price  took over in 2020. There are various distinct areas. Impressively refurbished with emphasis on food as well as up to ten well-kept mostly locally brewed real ales. The smart decor includes many prints and old London Underground posters as well as vintage maps and photographs. 

One striking feature is the square gallery on the first floor affording a view of the ground floor below. There is an extensive outdoor drinking area to enjoy in fine weather.

A recent dinner there was delicious, the menu had wide choice, service was excellent, especially on a very busy Saturday evening. When the warmer weather returns the delights of alfresco eating returns, so the perfect spot to stop off on the Sunday dog walk for a roast lunch and a convivial pint.