Part restaurant, part bar, it is the latter of these that greets you first and probably the area you’ll remain in if you’ve come here simply to drink. The main restaurant dining area is to the rear with a large window looking out on to the approach road to Tower Bridge and obviously fills up with tourists throughout the day. The prices match the recyclable nature if its clientele but if you do venture here you will find a fine selection of ales both cask and keg and some lesser seen lagers too.
The Draft House at Tower Bridge is one of three in London, the others being in Clapham and Battersea.
It’s light and airy with windows on three sides and large wooden bench tables – ideal as a meeting place for the start of the third and final day of the 2011 RBESG. We arrived soon after it opened on the Sunday after a very pleasant walk along the South Bank from London Bridge. The walls are painted in muted colours and decorated with a range of interesting music posters. One I noticed was for a concert John Cale and his band had given at Vooruit in Gent, which we’d visited only a few weeks before.
There are eighteen or more taps (some of which are interesting, others less so) and they usually have four cask ales as well as a good range of bottles. Oh, and they serve beer in third pints as well as full pints and halves – an excellent innovation!
There’s a raised area with bright green banquettes in a separate room for dining and a tasting room downstairs. The staff were very friendly – a barmaid who wasn’t very knowledgeable about the beers but she did offer us free drinks when she poured Pfungstadter by mistake and a welcoming barman who made a few cheeky comments but was well-meaning enough to get away with it.
(Visited 7 August 2011).
Popular with the after-work crowd, houses a couple of hand pumps and around 20 taps. To be honest there’s not really much worth drinking on tap, but worth a look as you may be lucky. Bottle range is decent, and there’s always London favourite Kernel beers if all else fails.
Decent modern pub with a reasonable beer range. Food is good and burgers and hot dogs are the offerings.
Always pick up something new here. The beer is decent quality, staff are friendly.
It’s not a world-beater but it’s handy at the end of the Bermondsey beer mile.
Visited around 2pm on Saturday 3rd January 2015.
Medium sized street corner bar on the approach to Tower Bridge, with a separate dining room to the side/rear.
Green leather corner sofas, mix of high and low seating, nice wall paper on the way to the loos !
The place was fairly busy, 3 out of 4 tables taken, but plenty of room for us to bag one for our group.
Clientetle a mix of young urbanites mized in with ’bridge’ tourists. About 4 or 5 cask lines and a dozen keg lines and an OK bottle list, decent enough choices but based on this visit DH Charlotte has a better range.
Service was prompt and friendly, quite a few staff behind the bar, no danger of waiting.
Decent enough stop if in the area but no go to venue.
Rating 78 Oct ’14. With our latest visit the beer choice has improved on both Keg and Cask fronts, reflecting the increased buying power I suppose. There was a friendly atmosphere in there and the Staff were extremely helpful. An enjoyable visit. Rating 63 Feb ’12. It looks a little dubious from the outside, but opens up inside to quite a comfortable area. Handily placed for Tower Bridge, it does seem to avoid the worst of the tourist hordes from what we could see. Intersting range of beer, if only on the keg side, the cask beers were a touch disappointing. A good place to visit and we would return.
The Draft House is a large modern-looking bar located just past Tower Bridge. Spacious and full of long tables, much bigger than its sister pub in Clapham. Big selection of keg, cask and bottle on offer. Includes the likes of Harviestoun, Dark Star, Sierra Nevada etc. Maybe a bit too many light fizzy options, but interesting brews also. Had Big Foot on keg, which was brilliant and fresh. Kernel bottles in the fridge always make me happy. Staff were friendly and I like how they serve thirds. Hit this on the way to/from Dean Swift.
"Semi" large pub with a lot of open space. Located on a street corner close to Tower bridge. So it atracts a lot of tourists. Quite decent beer selection.
Will surely visit this place again. But not any favorite pub.