A popular pub across from the Borough Market which on a good night youíll have to fight through a crowd standing outside just to get in, let alone served at the bar. if you do make it that far youíll find a decent selection of ales available. Set on two floors it serves food and its interior is traditional for an inner city London pub but slightly plusher than your average back street hole, however the traditional look is very in keeping with the historic Victorian trading centre appearance of the immediate area.
A great bar, located right across from the Borough Market (with the Utobeer store), it opened at 12pm the day I visited. Inside itís a series of wooden tables on wooden floors, with a bar that reaches around the bottom floor, showing off a good selection of cask ale and a few CO2 taps as well. Upstairs is the restaurant, where I had some onion soup with bread as I sat right up near an open window and people-watched the market right across the street. Canít really put a number on the selection since Iím not a local, but the beer we had that day was of fairly high quality, in my opinion. Good bar, no more than 1/2 block from the tube. This is a place I would visit again. Show up early or you might not find a place to sir downstairs.
Corner pub at Borough Market. Was once a real ale oasis in London. Still has a good range of cask ales from across the land. Service isnít the best and prices are quite high. Itís usually busy and the after work crowd generally spill out into the street making getting in the place a challenge.
Itís a nice old pub and Iíll always pop in as pretty much guaranteed a new beer available.
Located in the extremely active market area. I visited a few consecutive days and each time new beers were being offered which was great as they were all new to me. Was very busy and seemed to attract a diverse crowd. Up there as one of my favourite pubs in London.
A place I used to frequent regularly in the late 90ís - late 00ís 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 whoís knowledge of the beer isnít 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 í12.
Fin (1019) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 21, 2012
We visited here on our Thames Tipple on Sat 20th October 2012, though I have been here frequently before. I have to say that I remain distinctly unimpressed with this pub. I always think that Iíll like it but it never does anything for me. However it looks great on a Saturday when the market is in full swing, the place is packed to the rafters with many stood outside. I donít have a problem with the beer selection or how it is kept, I just donít really warm to the pub when I feel that I should, its hard to get served, you struggle to find a seat and it seems a bit too dark and dingy, but I guess that shows it is popular and hey dark and dingy can be called character. However itís got a good reputation and as I said it looks lovely especially from the outside and you would like to see this place continue to flourish for many years to come.
Lots of unique cask ales but the quality level is generally mediocre. The pub is usually rammed, too. I would only recommend it during off hours.
OLD REVIEW: Perhaps the best pub Iíve found in London. The beer line-up is superb and constantly changing, the bartenders are (mostly) cute and amiable, the decor is lovely and beer-centric, the prices are nices, and the location is boss. I donít know about the food as I havenít tried any. There is lots of space at tables and at the bar, plus plenty of standing room outside. I stop in here every time I am in Southwark. Just a stellar place all around.
2014 rating 76. We hadnít visited for around 12 months so a look while we were in town was called for. Not as busy on a sunny Saturday evening as it used to be. Decided to stay indoors as we donít like plastic glasses. Hot and sweaty indoors, itís a drinking parlour these days. The range was decent enough and the quality fine. The beers seemed to come from the South West, which is ok with us. Still very much worth a visit.
2010 rating 80, Iíve been here a few times now, the approach through the old street market makes it characterful. The choice of beers has dropped off in recent years, but the atmosphere remains interesting. I always enjoy the bustle of the place and the beers tend to be varied and in good nick.