Nice place with a fairly mediocre selection. Lots of casks and kegs(about 20) but that’s about it, and nothing super exciting on when I visited. Being in the area, I’m sure I’ll return to give it another shot.
Big old pub with big selection. The front beers where in fine condition, the beers on the side not so much. Ok service. Ok prices.
downender (383) Bristol, England | October 19, 2008| Updated February 13, 2010
Visited on 16/10/08. Great range from beers across the UK. The service was very brisk and efficient and would put the average branch of Wetherspoons to shame. A great double-header along with the Royal Oak, although not the cheapest. Ignore most of the ’available’ beers, this is, in the main, a guest beer driven pub.
10 casks with variety of different styles. Beer tastes good. Typical UK pub style and atmosphere. Not a bad place if you are after new cask ticks. Prices not too bad either, but typical London so not too great either. If you are after a British pub feel with a decent cask selection a good place to go.
Was there at lunchtime on a non-market day and it was packed full of office types on their lunch break to the point where I couldn’t find a seat. So it wasn’t the best vibe. Interior looks like ’British’ pubs around the world, lots of dark wood and quite dark actually. Food pretty standard stuff, and not that cheap. What you can’t fault is the beer selection, they had a crazy number of beers going and I’m not sure I’d heard of any of them before. All in good condition. You could spend a seriously long time here without drinking the same beer twice... but it wouldn’t be my choice of place to go for a beer in London.
Worth a wonder down if you’re on the South Bank, some decent beers, solid rather than exciting, weekday afternoon was busy so I can imagine how hellish it could be at weekends, food was basic but filling,
A place I used to frequent regularly in the late 90’s - late 00’s before the good pub scene exploded in London!
10 or so cask lines with micros from around the country. A bit samey in terms of choice, ie - twiggy brown bitters and golden blondes are in abundance.
A bit dingey on the inside and always packed of an evening.
Service is so, so, often young overseas staff who’s knowledge of the beer isn’t too great.
Once a go to destination, still worth a visit for some new rates, but has been left behind in recent years.
Last visit Apr ’12.
fly (247) austin, Tejas, Texas | September 14, 2009
Giving an absolutely accurate rating would be pretty close to impossible for me as this was the last stop of a pub crawl. That said, the beer still tasted mighty fine and wouldn’t mind if I was back there now.