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Have not been down this way before. Classic looking old school boozer and some interesting terraced house just southwards down the road. Visited early evening, friendly reception. Only two ales on and my point was very tired and dull. Noticed everyone else was drinking lager.
alebarry - 28 Sep 2016 09:47
All I can do is reiterate what others have said here that The Victoria is a lovely old boozer. We stopped here before a bit of scoff at Manze's and found the landlord to be simply charming. When we eventually left, it felt like we had made a true friend. It really is worth coming here as it was such a friendly establishment. Well worth the current 8.5 score on BITE that it has.
BiffoBeer - 27 Jan 2014 09:33
Went in again just before Christmas and still a superb little boozer. The pub is simply timeless and you feel as if the rest of the world has stopped as you walk in. A very friendly welcome from the Guvnor, great pint of Guinness, a bit of banter with some locals at the bar and perfect ambiance as I took a seat in the left hand side of the bar - Icould ask for no more.

I encourage all lovers of proper pubs to visit this gem of an old school establishment.
AlistairVonLion - 8 Jan 2014 20:04
This is a first class back street London boozer full of history and charm. A little bit basic and stripped down inside but a very handsome bar and spotlessly clean. A real oasis in the desert of Bermondsey pubs. I've drank there on a few occasions after work and the landlord and locals have all been very friendly and accommodating. I also had an early morning / afternoon session in here before my team played at The Den and again the welcome was just as friendly on a non work evening when it was very clear I wasn't a local. I'll continue to go back to this classic old school London pub!
AlistairVonLion - 19 Oct 2012 10:54
I was in yesterday evening, and talked a bit with Pat, Trisha and the evening bar staff (didn't catch her name). There were only a handful of people in early evening, and the three of us the last hour or so. The London Pride was good - 2.90 - and Greene King IPA was also on, though I didn't try it.

In fact the Pride was excellent - and Jazz FM just sublime, interrupted only by the football radio commentary from West Ham - and I wasn't the only one drinking it though Guinness and the lager were both going down well with people early on.

It was friendly and welcoming, and I nearly tried the steak sandwich. Next time I definitely will. It's a bit off my normal routes - though I have stopped for a pint every now and again - regular but not often - since first exploring around the old Bricklayers Arms a few years ago. I've made new friends I think and will be back across before too long.
zorrodp - 22 Feb 2011 13:23
The Victoria is an archetypal basic street corner community local in a quiet Bermondsey back street in an area that is a mixture of residential housing and light industries.

A fine Truman, Hanbury and Buxton exterior leads into an interior featuring much dark wood panelling and, despite evident alterations, quite a traditional feel. Note the old black and white chequerboard spittoon around several sides of the bar. There's also some chrome-based bar stools which looked relatively new and didn't really blend in particularly well. In places the pub feels a bit tatty - some of the leather seating has obviously been patched up. Perhaps surprisingly, for what is clearly a community orientated local, I didn't recollect seeing either a pool table or dartboard anywhere. The pub still displays the plaque denoting it as Evening Standard Pub of the Year 1972.

On my recent early evening visit, despite there being 4 handpumps in total ( 2 round each side of the bar ), only London Pride - 2.80p - was available and I quickly formed the view that real ale trade here was probably minimal. Perhaps as a result of this ( or could it be vice versa ?) the London Pride was not very good.

Sometimes when you visit a back street community pub like this, the beer's good, you quickly get drawn into conversation with the locals, the time flies past and you don't want to leave. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of those occasions and, whilst I wouldn't describe the locals as unfriendly, I never felt anything other than slightly out of place.

Perhaps in retrospect, I built up my expectations too much - I was hoping this pub would be like The Lord Clyde in Borough ( after all there are similarities ) - but I left feeling somewhat disappointed.

I'm not putting this one down for an early return visit.

JohnBonser - 16 Apr 2010 12:19
nb. CLOSED when visited on a Sunday evening. No rating left.
trainman - 23 Mar 2010 09:40
A group of over 20 of us arrived on Saturday for drinks and food. Our walk leader had advised Pat to expect us and we were given a first class welcome. Pat and his bar maid Tetsie made sure that we all had a drink and then set about taking food orders. They were not phased by the invassion and the London Pride was very good. I can reccommend the Scottish rump steak in a bread roll and salad garnish. I saw a lot of clean plates! Pat had even arranged for Paul to show us two films. What fantastic hospitality and service. Wher else can you find a landlord with 26 years in the same pub.
gricergreen - 25 Jan 2010 20:23
I doubt you could find a warmer welcome in London! Tried this pub on a Friday night, to be warmly greeted by Pat, the landlord and his regulars. A pub with a great local history, 80's music on in the background and a good selection of beers, including London Pride.
RichardWaters - 23 Jan 2010 16:57
good old boozer. no fruit machines etc... late licence fri/sat and proper DJ playing 80's disco/indie and recent foot tapping tunes...
steak sandwich's on week days are a treat...
ifyourbuying - 26 Dec 2008 16:25
Gorgeous Victorian pub on the outside, cozy and friendly on the inside. Good pub food, good steaks. Definitely a locals pub in the good sense (in that it has a community feel, rather than being a place where you'll get the Slaughtered Lamb experience walking in). It's hidden on a tiny back street where you'd never go looking for it, but it's worth seeking out. Whenever I take people there they think I don't know where I'm going and then suddenly we're there and then it's closing time and I can't drag them out. I loved it so much I moved to Bermondsey just so it could be my local.
JRob - 2 Apr 2008 12:22
Easily missed, as it's on a side street just off Grange and Tower Bridge roads. Good for a quiet drink (Pride the only ale, very good condition) and a pub that the landlord clearly takes good care of - brass, wood and tiles all well looked-after. You'd not know it was there unless you looked for it, but it's worth finding.
pablos13 - 21 Dec 2007 14:03
68-70 Pages Walk, London
Telephone 020 7237 3248
Venue Description

The Victoria is a pub serving traditional pub food and over 50 malt whiskies at their horse-shoe shaped bar. They have a late licence on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as a disco playing a mixture of timeless classic and new Pop music. Catering for private parties of up to 100 guests is available upon request, and seating on the pavement is provided, weather permitting.

The food selection is brilliant and varied and the speical change everyday.

The staff are very welcoming and greet you like a long lost friend.

Neville - 1 Feb 2007 12:36
This is a lovely quiet pub set on the corner of a quiet street. It serves delicious traditional lunches and the kitchen is open until 3pm and is also open to requests. The atmosphere is relaxing with gentle Jazz playing in the afternoon and a general disco theme on Friday and Saturday nights. Also has a giant screen for various live sporting events.
Ellen Spencer - 21 Mar 2005 16:54

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