I brought my heavy plastic bags from Utobeer into this bustling pub. A little worn down and not the most interesting ales this day. I also tried some Meantime beers from keg. Efficient service. (Visited November 15th 2012)
This is, of course, one of the main attractions for ratebeerians visiting London. A wide and ever changing range of up to 16 hand pulled real ales. The pub is situated in an interesting beer area with Utobeer, The Rake and Beer Wharf just around the corner. The restaurant upstairs serves decent pub food. We had fish cakes, Orkney mussels and prawns to a reasonable price. A table by the window really gives the guests an impression of the busy Borough Market on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. After lunch we went down and sampled quite a few well kept British Ales, all served at a very pleasant drinking temperature (Saturday, 1st August 2009).
Oakes (832) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 29, 2010
Way too busy on my visit. Lots of casks, which of course is the appeal. The place looked nice on my limited stay indoors (we were drinking outside). A couple of the beers, though, were off.
Great selection of casks. Very busy but still great service. Rather cozy pub. Definitely worth a visit. Good location by the Borough Market.
chriso (720) London, England | June 3, 2006| Updated August 15, 2006
Pretty much the best pub in London for range of cask ales - 10 handpumps (although 2 seem to be permanently given over to Harveys best) plus some Meantime beers on tap and more mundane keg and bottle offerings. The biggest problem here is the crowds (hence marked down on ambience) - its usually packed solid, although on a sunny day (like today) drinkers sometimes prefer to spill outside, leaving more room inside. Staff are generally efficient but few have much beer knowledge, which is a bit of a drawback in a specialist beer pub (although a relatively small proportion of the customers are beer geeks). I’ve never eaten here. The opening time seems variable - the Good Beer Guide says 11am, its listed here as 11.30 but it didn’t actually open until 12 when we visited today. Don’t forget the market and the Utobeer stall (if you’re there on the right day) over the road.
Pretty much an essential stree corner pub with nice wooden floor, walls, bars and everything basically. Good natural lighting ensures that the place is not too dark. Chatty, active locals make for a mixed crew that ranges from the beer geek to the afterwork suit and tie worker. Solid selection obviously. A classic, worthy London pub with excellent service.
I like the location (Southwark) and I have a beautiful picture from the road; very typical place. The best thing is that they have about 12 cask ales, and they change them very frequently. The staff has been quite helpful. It’s almost impossible to eat, as they close the kitchen at 3pm!!!