Southwark Beer Guide: Your Southwark guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Southwark

56 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“One of historical pubs of London, or so they say. Yeah, sort of a nice interior, but seemed full of tourists. Mediocre range of beers. Frankly no need to visit this one.“
Iznogud 383 days ago
56 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“Selection here is small but the atmosphere is large.“
Travlr 524 days ago
60 /100 52 HOPTON STREET, BANKSIDE
“Popular modern riverside pub with fairly average beer range“
Jerseyislandbeer 980 days ago
60 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“Superb location, fairly average beer selection“
Jerseyislandbeer 980 days ago
56 /100 10-20 REDCROSS WAY
“A traditional place in the shadow of the Shard and close to Borough Market. Not a beer destination but they do have a few bottles. The upstairs bar is long, narrow and often crowded but it's worth looking downstairs, where there's a warren of rooms, some for just having a drink and others for private dining. The food is OK but overpriced. Just along the street is an interesting garden dedicated to the poor souls who, for various reasons (e.g. prostitution or illigitimacy) in times gone by, were denied the right to be buried in consecrated ground.“
Boudicca 1779 days ago
64 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“Big pub house and a terrace by the Thames. Not anything rare and special on the beer menu, but loved the surroundings.“
fantti 1843 days ago
70 /100
Ring (Bar)
72 BLACKFRIARS RD
“With its modern interior the walls are devoted to all things boxing. Given that it was busy with the after work crowd, service was prompt and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the range of beers of which there are about fourteen on tap and four casks. There are also a few bottles available. Some of the range seemed a bit expensive by London standards.“
KeefOz 2067 days ago
60 /100 COLUMBO ST
“Interesting brick pub by some flats probably behind a big office block now as there was a lot of building going on here in the summer of 2017 when I visited, and had to take a long way around to get to it. Its front facing room is small and cosy, traditional in design, with its small bar offering up Shepherd Neame regulars against the back wall. There's a beer garden at the back, that's going to be enjoyable enough if the weather is nice.“
ManVsBeer 2281 days ago
52 /100 243 UNION STREET
“Not your usual Greene King owned bar, although the lack of beer choices might be familiar to some who frequent their pubs. It occupies a non-traditional ground floor space of a block of tired looking flats, and has its own concrete terrace area out front that does have cover. Inside it has a low-lit eclectic design, dotted with unusual items, artefacts and wall art around a central bar area.“
ManVsBeer 2284 days ago
64 /100 27 CLENNAM STREET
“Nice exterior, typical British pub atmosphere, plenty of locals. Went there in group looking for real ales experience. A pub like 100s of others in the capital. “
sebletitje 2502 days ago
70 /100
Ring (Bar)
72 BLACKFRIARS RD
“Corner pub on the south side of Southwark tube station. It’s a traditional pub with a slightly more modern design inside. The entrance is on its corner facing into the road junction with the bar immediately to the right half way along its large north facing window, another large glass window facing east, with its outdoor seating along this side too. The ’L’ shaped bar has a pretty decent mix of both cask and keg with some interesting, less often seen options available in both forms.“
ManVsBeer 2583 days ago
48 /100 36 THE CUT
“Between Southwark & Waterloo Stations, this is mainly a restaurant, where you can watch your food being prepared as the kitchen is open, although only half of the square seating area was being used on the Saturday afternoon I was in there as a big curtain was pulled across in the middle of the room. As it was a hot weather day in June though, many were sat out front in the sun, and not all had food, so I guess it can become just a place to drink at certain times. It’s not a great place selection wise though, three cask pumps, with two in use on my visit, both of which you’ve seen many times before. However if you’re looking to marry food with cask ale this place at least ticks that box.“
ManVsBeer 2583 days ago
64 /100 3-7 STAMFORD STREET
“Just off the first road junction south of Blackfriars Bridge, this is both a hotel and a bar, with the latter through the right hand door of the main entrance, although there’s another door for the bar side on the very right hand side of the front of the building. This door is also next to the very thin front patio area with stool seats only. If you intend to eat you’ll have to go inside, but there’s a fair amount of tables on three sides around the central bar, which serves a mix of regular and seasons cask ales from Fullers, although you might find a guest on one of the keg options included in here. The decor is nice, comfortable, and it’s a welcoming place.“
ManVsBeer 2583 days ago
66 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“Dark wood, lots of levels, and nice service. Had delicious steak and ale pie to go with some bitter. I feel that I satisfied the stereotypical tourist meal and was happy I did.“
shadey 2609 days ago
56 /100 PICKFORDS WHARF, CLINK STREET
“(From my archive:) Excellent location, family friendly, reasonable selection of standard pub grub (the bangers & mash were decent and the vegetables way over-cooked - as expected). A couple of decent real ales were on. Many other real ale pubs and tourist attractions in this area.“
Sigmund 2636 days ago
50 /100 52 HOPTON STREET, BANKSIDE
“A [potentially] very, VERY busy river-side pub. I came here once during the warmer months, so the crowds were heaving, and the wait to get a beer at the bar was upwards of 15 minutes. Aside from that, the selection is fairly uninspiring - you will only find the very basic Youngs offerings. Not an especially fetching interior, either, just a fairly modern restaurant kind of vibe. Average pricing. This is not a place I would visit if it looks busy.“
Leighton 2737 days ago
62 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“A cute, very "British" feeling pub in the most touristy of ways. Seemed relaxing that afternoon. Surprisingly many locals mixed in the with tourists. The beer selection was not huge, but acceptable. Was a bit expensive, but it is an expensive area. Nice decoration of dried hop plants above the bar. I didn’t try the food.“
AaronTDubs 2985 days ago
52 /100 52 HOPTON STREET, BANKSIDE
“The best thing about this place is the location, with marvellous views along the river and across to St Pauls from the terrace. The building itself is a particularly uninspired piece of 1970’s architecture dating from an era before Bankside was the popular area it is today - the power station fell into a semi-derelict state after its closure in 1981 and the whole riverside down to Borough was a mix of crumling, unrenovated warehouses and unsympathetic redevelopment. The interior of the pub is comfortable enough in an anodyne sort of way and the beers are the bog standard Young’s range. Only really worth bothering wth if you want to sit on the terrace and take in the view. Unfortunately, when the weather is suited to that, half of London generally seems to have the same idea.“
chriso 3174 days ago
62 /100 COLUMBO ST
“Tucked away behind a huge office block just off Blackfriars Rd, this is a free standing old Sheps pub. Nice layout inside with plenty of seating, popular with the office crowd but not too busy. Dining upstairs (I think). 4 handpulls with finest Kentish gravy at £4+ a pint so not cheap. Beer was in good condition, also had a couple of keg beers under the Whitstable Bay name. It’s a nice pub, Shepherd Neame are not one of my favourite brewers but if you are a fan than it’s a handy place to get your fix!“
WingmanWillis 3203 days ago
62 /100
Ring (Bar)
72 BLACKFRIARS RD
“Busy pub on a busy junction near Southwark Tube station. Busy with food on our visit and quite a wait for service to get our beers. Some outside benches to watch the world go by. Part of the small London chain giving it the ability to bring in their own choices of beers. Mixed quality in the cask beers, I had to leave one. Expensive.“
imdownthepub 3300 days ago
52 /100 52 HOPTON STREET, BANKSIDE
“Popped in for an after work pint. Range of Youngs keg and cask offerings. Busy food place. As it was damp and miserable sitting outside wasn’t an option. Beer was ok but nothing inspiring. If you need a beer wandering around the South Bank then there are worse places to stop off. Not a lot for a rater though“
WingmanWillis 3362 days ago
60 /100 3-7 STAMFORD STREET
“Not far off the river and Blackfriars station this is a nice old Fullers pub. 4 handpulls dispense well kept Fullers beer from the standard range with the seasonal offering available. Plenty of room to spread out but can get busy with the after work crowd. Not much for a rater to get excited about but a good example of a traditional Fullers London pub“
WingmanWillis 3362 days ago
54 /100 36 THE CUT
“This place is half pub, half restaurant. They’ve got a fairly uninspiring selection of beer, with three casks (Proper Job, Young’s Bitter, Young’s seasonal) and an assortment of standard keg and bottle mediocrity. The pint of Proper Job I had, it should be said, was in good nick. The restaurant section is pretty nice. The food is very good, perhaps a shade overpriced. The service is just about adequate, but they seemed a bit like they were struggling to manage - the place was certainly busy during my Wednesday evening dinner visit.

Certainly not a place to visit for the beer, but if you’re looking for some good traditional British food with a pint of ale, this place would meet your needs.“
Leighton 3411 days ago
52 /100 52 HOPTON STREET, BANKSIDE
“Modern looking Thames side pub on the southbank tied to Wells & Young. In a prime tourist location so you are likely to find them being the major client base here, particularly in the summer months. Nice riverside views from the outside patio but that aside no real reason to come here, just a few common beers on cask, although the quality has been fine when Ive stopped by.“
Theydon_Bois 3504 days ago
66 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“Very nice pub with several cask ales. Unfortunately, the expensive one.“
Arek 3513 days ago
52 /100 52 HOPTON STREET, BANKSIDE
“A nice central location with a good view over the Thames. Nothing spectacular when it comes to the selection. Young’s dominating naturally, but also a few other casks and kegs available. Not a bad stop if you happen to be walking past it.“
AndySnow 3584 days ago
42 /100 PICKFORDS WHARF, CLINK STREET
“Big converted warehouse right on the Thames and standing out by the river is what this pub is about really. It’s always busy when we go there, but this isn’t about the beer, it’s about being in the right place. It’s a task to get served quickly, taking skill and experience and the beers we had were not well kept, possibly most of the tourists choosing kegged well known brands. But everything improves once you get outside taking in the superb views.“
imdownthepub 3653 days ago
56 /100 3-7 STAMFORD STREET
“Nice interior to this pub - wood, booths, nice bar, tiled floor, bright. 4 cask ales - all Fullers. Nice place, but not much for the beer geek.“
The_Osprey 3746 days ago
50 /100 243 UNION STREET
“Nice quirky place - busy decoration, colourful. Warning - beer selection is very poor. One Greene King cask, standard macro-brewed keg beers. I had an Elvis burger, which was pretty good.“
The_Osprey 3746 days ago
48 /100 27 CLENNAM STREET
“Standard keg and cask beers here, nothing too special for the beer hunter. Local crowd, cheap-ish food. Fairly busy, only one person serving. Decor is traditional.“
The_Osprey 3746 days ago
62 /100
Ring (Bar)
72 BLACKFRIARS RD
“Opposite Southwark Tube station. Had 6 hand pulls offering London Craft beer plus seasonal from larger regionalslike Caledonian and Brains. Seating outside. Food is based around award winning hot dogs. Fully embrace London prices. Popular eith after work crowd“
WingmanWillis 3791 days ago
62 /100 PICKFORDS WHARF, CLINK STREET
“After work drinks on a Friday here while the World Cup qualifier was on. God damn it was busy. Like fuckin busy. Solid range though. A few things to choose from which is good. Service was efficient and friendly for such an overwhelmingly busy period. Not bad at all“
maneliquor 3936 days ago
58 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“On the main Thames path of the south bank of the Thames, it is impossible to miss as you approach or appear from under the railway bridge. The appeal from the outside is its Victorian appearance, a relic of a Charles Dickens era London. The pub is popular for its location and serves food and although the interior isn’t quite from the same period of the building, it is a classic mix of soft and wood furnishings and cosy for it, although it can get uncomfortably crowded at peak times. If the weather is good the terrace area for the pub is situated across the cobbled road and offers views right across the Thames and of the trains crossing the river to Cannon Street Station. Ales available.“
ManVsBeer 4097 days ago
66 /100 PICKFORDS WHARF, CLINK STREET
“Occupying part of and sandwiched between commercial warehouse style buildings on the south bank of the Thames, you know you’re in the right place if you see the replica of the Golden Hind ship in its dry dock on the Thames path. The pubs terrace looks out onto this beautiful ship, but also across the river for a fantastic view of the city of London. This obviously gets full if the weather is nice. The pub is just a good a place to sit inside too with a mix of wooden and soft furnishings for a classic cosy feel. It is also spacious. As a Nicholson’s pub there’s a good choice of ales on offer too.“
ManVsBeer 4097 days ago
58 /100 52 HOPTON STREET, BANKSIDE
“This pub right on the banks of the Thames is wonderful in terms of its location, especially if the day is warm. It is in a bit of an odd building though, that smacks of roadside cafe in design, or for where it is you expect it to be selling tacky London souvenirs inside, however what you’ll find is some of Young’s ales amongst the lager selection.“
ManVsBeer 4104 days ago
70 /100 PICKFORDS WHARF, CLINK STREET
“The Old Thameside Inn is a really cozy and old-style kind of pub situated just along the Thames. You have a marvellous view out on the river. It may be little bit crowded during lunch time but we enjoyed our visit there a lot. Nice Ales, also some special or / and seasonal ones. Just to recommend when you are on a walk beneath the Thames anyway.“
Reminyze 4175 days ago
70 /100 PICKFORDS WHARF, CLINK STREET
“Big place overlooking the Thames between London Bridge and Southwark Bridge. Long bar with about 8 real ales on tonight from around the UK. Busy with after-work drinkers in the front; towards the back there’s a restaurant area where we had a decent pub meal (typical pub fare: choice of pies, burgers, grills, etc). Considering its location it wasn’t overly pricey - meal less than a tenner. Smart and lively with a cosy atmosphere and good service.“
foxo82 4210 days ago
50 /100 PICKFORDS WHARF, CLINK STREET
“This pub has a great location on the Thames. The pub is huge and it is possible to sit outside with a very good view. Interior and customer group are in the touristic category. Go for the location.“
Bjarte1 4260 days ago
58 /100 PICKFORDS WHARF, CLINK STREET
“We ended up here because this was the place we found where we could squeeze in a group of 16 people. But, we ended up in the basement... This Nicholsons pub is a nice riverside pub with stunning views of the Thames. But it was dark, and November... Back to the basement; not a cosy place at all and slow service. I always went upstairs and ordered my ales. Pretty good selection of ales in good condition. Best ales this evening were Robinsons Double Hop and Brains Jack Black Oatmeal Stout. (Visited November 15th 2012)“
Bryne 4261 days ago
66 /100 52 HOPTON STREET, BANKSIDE
“Great Location --- but pricey and rather soulless. Still, with good company, or with a decent book or paper to read, well worth sitting by the river for a while to soak up the view and visual ambience.“
dannylyons 4268 days ago
54 /100 52 HOPTON STREET, BANKSIDE
“The Founders Arms is in a great location, between Blackfriars Bridge and the Millennium Bridge, quite close to Tate Modern and opposite St Paul’s cathedral. The terrace is terrific on a sunny day and the service is very friendly and efficient. Unfortunately the beer range is rather limited (mainly Young’s as far as cask beer is concerned) so, while it’s a nice place to hang out and watch the world go by if you’re taking a break from sightseeing or strolling along the South Bank and want a bite to eat, there are places nearby with much more to offer if finding new and interesting beers is your main interest. (Visited 28 July 2012). “
Boudicca 4305 days ago
44 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“A mediocre pub, despite its attractive appearance and location. The plus points of the Anchor are that it looks good inside - several nice rooms arranged higgledy piggledy – and it has a heated terrace with great views over the Thames across to St Pauls and the Millennium Bridge in one direction and Tower Bridge, framed under London Bridge, in the other. The bouncer on the door was also very friendly, welcoming and helpful. Unfortunately these advantages are outweighed by the downsides. Firstly, the beer selection is limited and probably won’t hold much of interest to most Ratebeerians – they had just Wells Bombadier, London Pride, Adnams Broadside and one other when I last visited. It was a Tuesday evening and by no means busy. Few of the tables were occupied and only one of the two bars was open but the customers were five deep at the counter and the service was abysmal. One woman serving was downright rude and a man wearing a badge saying he was the bar manager was merely incompetent and clueless. The food was passable but not great. My pasta (pesto linguine) had lots of olives but was swimming in oil; my companion’s roast chicken dinner looked as if it had been deep fried from frozen rather than roasted and parts of it were stone cold. I’d had a pleasant evening here many years ago celebrating a friend’s marriage but I can say for certain that I won’t be returning in a hurry. (Last visited 21 March 2012).“
Boudicca 4431 days ago
86 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“Big old genuine english pub. I love the atmosphere :-)“
Aniela 4681 days ago
60 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“Nice location along the Thames. Decent beer selection in a classic english pub-environment. Had fick and chips and it tased like fish and chips does in London.“
rlgk 4778 days ago
52 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“OK - kinda touristy and not a huge selection, but a nice location and you can get real ale.“
kwik-lime 4788 days ago
52 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“Pub I had been to many times in my former life as a journalist. Enjoyed a pint of Youngs Gold on cask and a Dixie bottle.“
altonbrownd 5151 days ago
46 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“A few common hand pumps on offer so not really worth going out of your way for. The pub itself holds some charm and traditional pub fare can be ordered. A pleasant location on the wharf and because of that you’ll pay hefty for the privelidge - the most expensive half pint I paid for in London.“
nate2g 5243 days ago
50 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“Ever changing, but still a creaky old historical kind of place. Food has always been good, standard. For ale variety it’s the nearby Market Porter. For things to gawk at while downing a pint it’s the Anchor. Good view outside as well.“
bhensonb 5886 days ago
50 /100
Anchor (Bar)
BANKSIDE, 34 PARK STREET, SOUTHWARK
“Very lovely place on the banks of Thames. Reasonable prices, lots of people and only two new beers for me (Courage Directors Bitter and Jennings Worlds Biggest Liar).“
ogivlado 6050 days ago
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