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user reviews of the Brew Wharf, London Bridge

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Not really a proper pub and a place I'd normally avoid. But passing through the Borough Market area at lunchtime, we were looking for a place for a quick drink and The Brew Wharf was the only place that wasn't packed. Truman's Swift on draft at £4.60 per pint and tiny bowls of "nibbles" at £3 a pop? I also noted they were selling a range of European bottled beers at £8.50 a go. We had one round and went elsewhere - I won't be returning...
DaveE6 - 11 Dec 2014 15:44
Been in here a few times and it's been packed on each visit.

Always a good selection of beers with a few coming from their own micro brewery on site.

Can be a bit steep for a pint but it's location lends to that.

Less friendly then The Rake and can seem very in personal as it's a large open plan bar.
lezford - 15 Apr 2013 13:06
The Brew Wharf is a bit of a yuppies hang out and is more of a restaurant than a bar. It's not very well suited for a drink. Tables between the entrance and the bar were all 'reserved', despite an absence of customers. I opted to sit in an open seating area reminiscent of a Wagamamas but without the people. Two beers made on the premises were on - Wai-iti XPA & Black Cat Rye PA. There is also a good selection of Meantime beers on keg. You can see the cellar where the beers are brewed, opposite the large open kitchen. Seems to have ideas well above its station. That's a shame, as the brewpub principal is worthwhile.
blue_scrumpy - 23 Dec 2012 13:35
overpriced and full of suits. Yawn
SGA - 28 Nov 2012 15:57
Like much of London a great deal of money has been spent on this place to make a great deal more money and it is clearly popular among the trendies with more money than sense. It does have an excellent view of the Shard, and I must concede that the ales - a 4.2% ABV mild and a 6.5% ABV IPA were very good - if 4 a pint. For me it was worth the visit and experience but I wouldn't hurry back. Interesting, but not my kind of place.
Stamfordian - 5 Mar 2012 12:08
It was shut for a "private function" so we didn't even get past the bouncer on the door. I have been here before to try their home-brew which was OK but nothing special. Drinks are pricey and we didn't stop long - headed back to the nearby Market Porter for some great real ales.
mcroyal - 17 Nov 2011 11:10
Bar staff unwelcoming and difficult. One of them tried to short-change me.

Overpriced beer.

Lacking in atmosphere.
ale_addict - 17 Feb 2011 00:17
Like many people I have witnessed the transformation of the London Bridge area from a neglected destination on the perimeter of the City of London into a trendy hub of tourist and after-hours social activity. The cause of this transformation can be traced to the opening of the Jubilee line extension at the end of the 1990s which for the first time allowed fast transit to Westminster and the emerging centre of Docklands via London Bridge. The convenience this brought to those living in the southern outskirts of the city has led to an ever increasing tide of commuters passing through the barriers at London Bridge. Couple this with the offices and financial institutions of the square mile continually encroaching across the river and you begin to appreciate the forces at work in this transformation. From the local to the transitory, from the market porter (literally) to the international conglomerate; the range of drinking establishments have been mutated by the same material market forces as the rest of the area. Substituting rootedness and authenticity for simulacra and vacuity.

Brew Wharf, an extension to the Vinopolis empire which owns an immense block of former warehouses and arch spaces (bought at a relative pittance before the boom years) has been around for about 5 years. It flogs the now staple format of the gastropub but with the added incentive of a small microbrewery and a nebulous relationship with the brilliant Meantime brewers of Greenwich. The bar is itself comprised of a shell built around the already existing structure of two railway arches. High roofs, minimal dcor and plain benches result in an atmosphere akin to having a drink in an abattoir or continental art gallery. You would assume this place is appealing to the style of German beer halls, but the large standing area near the bar and the irritating trend of the suited clientele to stand in groups around the tables rather than sit at them negates any possibility of communal atmosphere.

They have a wide range of ales, even supplying the occasional rarity or seasonal exclusive from the likes of Meantime. But as most reviewers have noted the prices are prohibitive to most but those suited denizens of office cubicles who traipse across the bridge after 5pm. When even the Floris range of sickly syrup based wheat beers (Belgian, like Fosters is Australian) go at 4.80 for their paltry 330ml bottles you may be in need of a financial advisor before buying a round. Their own brewed beers are passable and are the cheapest of the beers on draft. However given the choice I would go for the Meantime London Stout if they have it on draft, which even at 4 a pint is vaguely worth it. Barring that, get it in bottles at 1.60 a pint from your local supermarket! The same applies here as it does for The Rake and so many other establishments in this area; fantastic range of beers served at restrictive prices in an environment that is an insult to the craftsmanship of the brewers involved. Artisan produce consumed by spivs as if it were swill.

Again I can only echo the comments of others in saying that the bar staff are far from knowledgeable, generally quite rude and often borderline contemptuous, particularly if you wander in wearing anything less than a shirt and suit jacket. Table service for the food which is variations of standard gastro-faire with a mark-up of 20% for the privilege of dining amongst so many fallen masters of the universe. I have also sampled the mussels which were bland and no better than you would get at Belgo or other faux Belgian chain.

In short Brew Wharf exemplifies everything wrong with the contemporary drinking experience. Environment, price, customer service, quality, all superficial or absent. A play of appearances that picks your pocket while you sit moaning about falling property prices. As you exit the bar the soon to be completed Shard of Glass is an ominous sign that this situation is only going to get worse. When will someone liberate us from this toss.

xaventaner - 30 Nov 2010 17:22
TWOJACKRUSSELLS - 3 Nov 2010 03:55
Added this to our normal list of pubs around Borough Market as the beer range tends to be interesting, which it was. The pub / Restaurant is a bit austere though and a little unwelcoming for our liking. So its more like get the beer, knock it back and move on, perhaps having to manouvre around folk sitting on the steps and floor doesn't help.
imdownthepub - 27 Jun 2010 13:06
I didnt really like this :the idea is wonderful-under the arches, a micro brewery on site, interesting beer, but cold and clinical.
I found it achingly trendy and eye wateringly expensive: my pint of Field of Dreams, an anglo/US hybrid beer was 3.90, and much too cold. Having held the understated glass in my hot and provincial hands for ten minutes, the beer actually tasted quite interesting, but by then I was wishing I was elsewhere. 4/10

wittenden - 2 May 2010 00:14
I work nearby and I've been going here on occasion for a few months. I've always considered it over priced and soulless, especially considering the other pubs nearby, but have gone with colleagues for a quick pint or two after work.

This evening a friend from work and i were having a few pints here and sitting down minding our own business, when suddenly a reserved sign appeared on our table from nowhere. The bar man claimed it had been there since 5pm (this was at about 7.30), but we only notice it appear when his mates stood next to the table, around the same time the football started. Needless to say we were turfed of off the table for his mates and the other bar staff backed him up when we complained .

Avoid this place and go to the Mud Lark, Wheat Sheaf or Market Porter. All have better better beers, are better value for money and have better bar staff.
sting - 17 Feb 2010 23:43
Having spent a couple of hours in here last night, I'm still not entirely clear what this establishment is trying to be. Part restaurant, part diner, part bar and part tourist attraction, it doesn't really succeed in any of these areas.
We took a seat near the large open kitchen which was doing very little in the way of business and scanned the extensive beer menu, which comprised of a page of draught ales (most of which were seemingly unavailable) and three or four pages of outrageously expensive bottled beers (Duvel - 5.00, Erdinger Dunkel - 6.65).
I went for a pint of Meantime London Stout (4.00!) which tasted okay despite being served too cold. I had actually hoped to try their in-house brew 'Exit 14B', but this was off, which I thought was a pretty poor effort.
The bar staff seemed fairly unsure of the beers on offer and struggled to make a recommendation to one of my friends. There were also plenty of staff buzzing around our table hoping we would order food, presumably as they had nothing else to do.
Not the total disaster that some of the comments below suggested it might be, but nothing to recommend either, and its rating drops significantly by virtue of their obscene pricing policy.
Pubsignman - 13 Jan 2010 23:40
I probably chose the wrong time to visit this pub for the first as last time as it was the Thursday office party night before Christmas so this place was full of diners and young city nobs that dont usually lower them selves to drink in pubs. I call this a pub, but there was a kitchen area splitting the bar from a dining room and there were far more waiting staff buzzing around than bar staff.

The beers were more interesting than the norm, but after imagining this place without the clientele that were present I still didnt like it.
Strongers - 9 Jan 2010 17:13
SilkTork, who went there 2 days before we did, is spot on in their review. Definitely NOT a pub that everyone will like, but it does add to the vatiety around the Borough Market, providing something different in that context. Many will prefer the Market Porter, as I did, but there's room for both kinds of pub. The "Sly Pumpkin Pale Ale" was quite tasty with a spicey note thats eemed to suit the season.
Arctium_lappa - 29 Nov 2009 14:05
Busy place. Seemed clean and well run. The beer is a little expensive, and the one I had - a Pumpkin Ale - was a little bland, but quite clean and drinkable.

Southwark is an area I have long championed as a good area for pubs, and this place adds to the general interest. There are interesting pubs full of old fashioned charm and character, selling a wide range of excellently kept cask ales, there are small, beer geek pubs, a German beer cellar, the only coaching inn in London and the only Harvey's pub in London, and there is a Fullers pub and a Youngs pub - there is something for everyone, including this modern, clean brewpub.

Brew Wharf isn't a bad place - it's just that with a combination of being rather busy at the bar, the prices being higher than average, and the expectation that comes from a brewpub in this particular location, people will tend to be a bit disappointed.

Overall this gets a slightly higher than average rating (6/10) for what it does offer. But it's not a place I would recommend on its own - I would however say to people, "Southwark is a great place to go to, it has a great range of pubs, including a modern if rather average brewpub."
SilkTork - 26 Nov 2009 19:05
Of course, 14B is Kentish Town to real drinkers, not some strange road junction
in New Jersey!
TiaMariaJim - 10 Oct 2009 19:38
Not my favourite Borough Market pub but having said that the Brew Wharf 'Exit 14B' wasn't that bad.

3.90 a pint, but the CAMRA discount makes it bearable at 3.51

When it;'s busy not a bad pub, when it;'s quiet, boring
TiaMariaJim - 10 Oct 2009 19:26
I came in here on Saturday, nice and clean but 4 for a pint is a bit steep.
PintoftheBest - 10 Aug 2009 10:06
Not nearly as bad as its rating suggests, and I have to admit Ive given it a bit of a hammering in the past.

Ive been in a couple of times lately of an early afternoon where I could sit outside in the sun. Beer choice is rather small if youre not interested in their microbrew stuff or global bottled beers, but the beer is always well kept if a little cold.

mrse1 - 31 Mar 2009 12:56
Don't go here. I ate here on Friday night, had mussels which tasted very off, and spent the rest of the weekend chucking my guts up with food poisoning.

Bad service, food poisoning and severely overpriced. visit with caution.
lottielumsden - 9 Feb 2009 12:18
I've been here a few times, and I agree with mps77 and rpadam about some of the other reviews - yes, it's a tad pricey, and yes the bar staff can be slightly abrupt (but they are usually very busy) - but the 2.9/10 average rating is ridiculously low.
Personally, i generally prefer the older boozers in the area (Market Porter, The Grapes, The George), but then this isn't an old boozer, and therefore can't really be compared directly with them. It's a micro-brewery / wine bar place, with a strong enphasis on food (which, actually, is quite good and reasonable), and i sometimes go there with people who don't necessarily enjoy the older boozers.
I've given it a 6/10, which i think is pretty fair

BatterseaBomber - 3 Feb 2009 16:02
Large pub catering mainly for the diners. Brews it's own beer but whenever I've called they have only ever had one on handpump. As a northerner some of the prices in London are a surprise to me at times, but with working down here so often I've got used to it. Until I bought a pint in here for the first time that is. What a rip off. It's a pleasant enough place to call in, especially in Summer as there's plenty of places to sit/stand outside. Only call in occasionally now, even when working in the area, as I refuse to support the rip off attitude. Not that they'll notice, it's always busy. You have been warned
ROBCamra - 2 Feb 2009 14:53
I agree with mps77 - a current user rating of 2.7/10 (rated by 39 users) is absurd. This is certainly not a great pub, it's probably not even a good pub, but it does sell real ale - both their own brews and guests - and a wide range of (eye-wateringly expensive) bottled beers. There may be plenty of better and/or better-value pubs in the area, but Brew Wharf is hardly comparable to the likes of the typical Walkabout / Litten Tree / Yates's that (deservedly) get this sort of mark. I'm in a charitable mood, so I'll give it a '6' since I enjoyed my pint of Exhibition from the Bristol Beer Factory.

rpadam - 18 Sep 2008 21:40
Of course there are so many pubs/bars in the area. And yes it is pricy and a bit corporate. But an average rating of 2.7/10 is laughable, that suggests a place that is truly horrendous, and this place is not that and has a reasonable range of beers. Average.

mps77 - 18 Jun 2008 17:10
I can't really agree with the reviews slagging this place off. There is nothing that wrong with it apart from it being so horrendously expensive. The Brew Wharf is much more of a restaurant than a pub anyway. I had the Brew Wharf Blonde which I grew to like and at 3.40 a pint I should hope so. A decent range of Belgian and other foreign beers but just a few examples of what they charge: Rochefort 8 6.00, Duvel 5.00, Boon Kriek 6.50, Schneider Weisse 5.90, large bottles of Meantime IPA/Porter 12.50.

Totally ludicrous especially with the Rake nearby which is not quite so ridiculous. The Brew Wharf needs separate ratings for those who are loaded and those who aren't!
GuideDogSaint - 27 Apr 2008 00:03
Totally without soul, always takes an age to get served. The staff ignore the waiting hordes at the bar in favour of polishing glasses. No need to go here, ever.
Timmymc - 18 Feb 2008 20:46
3.50 for a pint so cold you could use it to freeze women's eggs.
mrse1 - 5 Feb 2008 14:57
not a pub. it's a warehouse that serves pricey beer. perverse to drink here when there are so many decent pubs in the vicinity.
mozzzzzz - 1 Feb 2008 18:32
Can't add much to the comments below other than it is actually worse than anyone has said. Avoid this place like the plague. No, avoid it like a herpes-infected lady-of-the-night with the plague.

Just awful.
tsm - 16 Jan 2008 15:36
A complete waste of time and money - a place this bad could only survive in London.
JohnBonser - 16 Oct 2007 12:54
I like the idea of this place: a microbrewery beside Borough Market, with upscale food.

But I'm always disappointed by the overly starched atmosphere and the smell of expense accounts. I perch at the bar and *always* feel unwelcome.

The brewed ales are not great, and are served far too cold.
surgecommodore - 16 Oct 2007 12:04
I was here during yesterday's rugby. The place is not as bad as described below, but it is very overpriced. How can a brewpub be that expensive. It is not as if they have awkward transport costs.

They had only the strogest beer on last night. Not a good idea.
bassaleg - 14 Oct 2007 18:36
A lost opportunity, beer is awful, place is dull and pretentious. As for the service and attitude of staff just read the comment by the management

Market Porter, down the road, traditional good pub with excellent real ale and friendly service
Germansmustdie - 19 Sep 2007 13:29
Having read Barras comments, and having considered some of the other reviews, I felt compelled to write a review.

As the landlord of said establishment I feel it is my duty to ensure that all my paying customers have more than just a beer - they also need an experience. Sitting on metal chairs outside with mediocre beer to many people is perfectly acceptable, as long as the tables are modern and the bar looks shiny and new.

Some people have suggested the bar staff need to be - well, bar staff. I disagree. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with letting the beautiful people wander up and down the bar without serving a soul (which is amazing since there are few of these in my establishment thanks to our expediency), and furthermore without any noticeable work being done. But hey, don't they look good and isn't their make-up worth touching up in the shiny bar every five minutes?

We also do food apparently. I haven't tasted it, but why should I worry about that, I'm the manager!

If you guys are disappointed by the place, my advice is go to one of those nasty pubs down the road who know how to serve beer. I'm not interested in Greenwich Meantime, and it's lucky my computer has a spell check or I wouldn't have been able to spell it either!

BTW - To the two people (no not the tramps outside licking my lovely shiny tables for bad beer) who regularly come, you're nearly reaching 'regular' status - though please don't invite any of your friends again as the seven bar staff can't cope with 5 paying customers ordering different bad beers all at once!

Sincerely yours

The management
rampantwurzel - 7 Sep 2007 17:24
What a terrible place for beer. I had a pint of their e own top rated brew my son had a pint of the other beer brewed. Both tasteless queried this with bar staff who could not have cared less, asked for manager whose comments were the same. Who ever is responsible for this so called beer should be shot.
Barra - 6 Sep 2007 10:25
Terrible place for prices, bland brew & service. Why?
Barra - 23 Aug 2007 12:24
Oh dear. Apparently there are a large number of people who were buried under the arches of London Bridge (the old one) during plague times. Was wondering whether any of the resulting zombies worked behind the bar? I only ask because for 3.40 I expect more. I expect a bit of ambience, some lovely bar staff, cool environment, maybe a stripper or two..... basically, this place stinks. And I hope it closes down soon. Why drink here when the Market Porter is round the corner?

Oh, and it's endearing quality is the fact you can get a table and chairs so you can think about getting the plague or having your brain taken away by the zombie bar staff....
rampantwurzel - 1 Aug 2007 16:56
Decided to go here last night because I was feeling lazy, and thought "where's the only place I'm GUARANTEED to get a seat around London Bridge?". The answer is this place, as it's huge, and pretty much the Millwall of pubs (no one likes it, they don't care).

This pub is soulless.....and extortionate (the cheapest beer is 3.40).....and to be honest, doesn't offer anything that you can't get in at least a couple of places within a 2 minute stroll. It also seems to get its staff from the Wong Kei's School of Customer Service. It's all about how much you value a table and some chairs, and judging by how empty it was, the answer's a resounding "not that much".
topdog_andy - 4 Jul 2007 11:10
Possibly the worst service ive had, walked to the bar and ignored by everyone including bar manager while other staff wandered aimlessly before finally one decided to get me a drink. Tried the table service option which resulted in the waitress not understanding a single word we said, not even their own bitter. Got completely flusterd when we told her we didnt have a tab and then returned with the wrong drinks.
paddypint - 8 Jun 2007 12:22
slow inefficient service, hideously expensive, hand pulled beers are just so-so - quite bland and non-descript, anyone with any sense would decamp to the Market Porter (which also sells some meantime beers on draught) - which is exacly what i did ! (good move)
moclips2002 - 13 May 2007 12:42
I have finally found a saving grace for this place. They will sell you a container of their draft beers pulled from the handpump so you don't have to drink in this souless barn. I got a 2.5 l container for 10 the other day and very nice it was to.

(Rating goes up now I know I can get the beer without having to sit in the pub!)
Norealaleinorpington - 14 Mar 2007 15:46
Large, cold and depressing. A couple of people in the bar area, and a smattering of people dining. The Brew Wharf bitter was a fine pint, but its the sort of place that makes you want to drink as quickly as possible so as to escape. 2.95 for a side order of mushy peas?.....Nah
Tuna - 12 Feb 2007 13:17
Have to agree with Stonch, this place is very depressing - it's not as if there aren't plenty of decent places to go in the vicinity...
eddierowles - 25 Jan 2007 13:04
If you want to try Meantime's beers - which are generally U.S.-style interpretations of European beer styles (slighlty bizarre approach for an Old World brewery, to imitate the imitators, but there you go)- go to the Greenwhich Union in Greenwich. A much nicer place.

Brew Wharf, however, is depressing.
anonymous - 2 Jan 2007 14:28
I went here at 11:00 on Friday 22nd December and thought it was great. Admittedly it was pretty empty so I can't comment on service when full but he beer was excellent and the staff really friendly and courteous. Would definitely visit again!
TrickyG - 2 Jan 2007 13:07
The place sucks big time..!!
Iceland 2 for 1 food served.
Rude staff
Warning NEVER go here...Avoid like the plague...
woodya - 18 Dec 2006 16:28
Nice beer, but like that anonymous person said, watch out for thieves - my friend's bag got stolen, it was very upsetting. You just don't expect these things to happen in such an open plan place. They need to improve security a bit, it's very frustrating.
walrus - 15 Dec 2006 11:10
Great place, but watch your bag / coat.

They have a big problem with pick pockets and the like. Had a few brews there a few weeks back and a guy came and tried to steal stuff out of my jacket which on the chair at our table!!! There were a few of us there and when I realised I grabbed it back and dragged him with it with his hand caught inside the coat pocket. Apparently he lost his cigarettes and he was looking for them in my jacket pocket! cheeky sod... should have gone the knuckle but he was gone in a flash with the barman chasing him down the road.

Word from the wise... don't bring your lap top!
anonymous - 28 Nov 2006 17:35
Impossible to get served at the bar here. The staff have serious attitude problems, and seem interested only in exchanging the vouchers from people who have visited next door Vinopolis for free taster glasses of beer ex-tre-me-ly slow-ly...

While I waited to get served my girlfriend went to use the loo. She ran into two guys coming out of the ladies pulling their trousers up and giggling to themselves. Lovely.

What a nice place. We left without buying anything (despite my best efforts and lots of patient waiting at the bar for a turn that never came).

Avoid at all costs.
anonymous - 15 Oct 2006 19:18
A cavernous place that doesn't feel at all like a "pub" to me. The phrase "dull and pretentious" in an earlier review sums it up for me. I went in with high hopes of their own Brew Wharf beers, but both the Bitter and the Best were bland and served in mediocre condition.

I suppose it's distinctive enough to appeal to some people but not to my taste at all.
Rich66 - 8 Oct 2006 11:35
With viewing other comments, I feel I have to show my feelings for the place.

Before visiting the Great British beer festival, this was a great way to start the day. Got a taxi from the other side of London, just to sample the beers.

On entering the pub, I thought it was great, Great beers, brewed on site (the brewery is on show, through glass), plus guest beers. All were to my satisfaction.

The barman was very helpful and pulled a new barrel through because he knew we were sampling the beers.

A great variety of Bottle conditioned beers.

Well worth a visit.
mjm5959 - 15 Sep 2006 20:27
As a Vinopolis visitor yesterday I popped in here with me mates clutching our taster tickets - tried one of everything. I didn't really like any of them, the Weiss and Raspberry beers in particular were akin to Panda Pops. The staff are also in a terrible hurry to clear away the empties which i found off-putting.
Quinno - 19 Aug 2006 22:31
Very poor.

Bad service, mostly due to a complete lack of staff although poor English skills, and an apparent lack of training in the basics certainly didn't help.

Under seasoned and mean portioned food coupled with badly kept beer in a fairly loud dining area.

robbieduncan - 3 Aug 2006 18:59
Hmm having read the reviews here I went along as a friend had suggested this place for a birthday drink/meal.
I tried to go with an open mind but the majority of negative reviews are all too true!

Service is terrible, when we arrived it was fairly empty in the seated resturant area as it was early and the staff seemed to be in a great hurry to get us out of there ASAP.
Once we'd ordered some food the starters arrived in good time but then some of the empty plates were hurridly collected and we were asked if we wanted our mains even though two of the party were still eating their starters. A bit rude!

When the mains arrived the quality left a lot to be desired particularly on the seafood dishes. By this time the resturant had filled up and attempting to attract staff attention was pretty much impossible.

We were all drinking the meantime wheat beer which we were all familar with as regular patrons of the Greenwich Union, it simply wasn't up to scratch and totally flat. The last round of beers was then rejected when we eventually attacted the attention of a member of staff.

We asked for the bill and then left much sooner than we would have done normally thinking we'd payed far too much for avg service and v avg food and below par beer.

Please believe these reviews and avoid!
sjts72 - 3 Aug 2006 16:17
Terrible service, awful food and the Wiess beer was flat. Really avoid this place.

Very disappointed in Vinopolis over this one.

We paid up and left as soon as possible, feeling a little fleeced..
abar - 3 Aug 2006 11:09
Ican only agree with all previous comments. If this was the only pub for miles around it might just be ok (not actually good, just ok.)

However it was probably opened in London Bridge to capitalise on the fact that Borough has a concentration of some of the best pubs in London and that makes this place quite frankly not god enough.

People are going as its still fairly new but only seem to go the once. Unless it ups its game it won't be around for long.

Norealaleinorpington - 2 Aug 2006 10:53
Beers are ok, but the service is dreadful. We sat at the bar as it wasn't too busy, got our first round ok, but after that it went downhill. The staff ignored us although we made it clear we wanted more drinks and made no apology when they finally did serve us. Then, for our third round, again we were completey ignored and three people were served ahead of us. When we complained the bar told us not to shout, even though we hadn't, and then said he was going to get the manager which we agreed was a good idea. He came back over 5 minutes later and served us with no apology, no acknowledgement that he hadn't got the manager and didn't even have the balls to make eye contact.
Never going there again.
ec1 - 2 Aug 2006 10:23
I'm not a big fan of this place. I was thee recently and they apparently didn't have the staff to open up most of the seating, so people were having to stand (which kind of meant they needed more staff anyway).

Their bitter and best bitter are ok but nothing special, meantime beers on tap are alright but again nothing special, you can get most of them in the Market Porter now. The bottled selection is average to good, prices are way too high. On a previous visit I had some bad fish and chips/frites that came from the kitchen absolutely covered in salt, disgustingly so. Service is poor to average. Overall this struggles to do better than 3/10.
Gueuzefan - 25 Jun 2006 10:41
Agree with the earlier review - the staff here are dreadful. I was there last Bank Holiday weekend, and they arbitrarily closed the bar at 9:17, so that they could go out and drink with their obnoxious buddies who were sat at the bar getting drunk for free. There were four people who just came in for food (advertised 'all-day') and were standing at the bar when the barman/manager decided to shout "Last Orders!", and he refused to serve them.

Considering the number of gems surrounding this place, they'll have to do better to compete.
topdog_andy - 3 May 2006 09:30
Extremely Rude staff, more interested in handing out beer samples to hordes of people coming from Vinopolis next door clutching vouchers for the purpose. Stood waiting for ages, was quite exasperated by the time I got served. Ordered a pint of Union which was one dimensional and disappointing - rather like all of Meantime's offerings, in my opinion. Notably they did have two real ales on here (Brew Wharf Bitter and Best), unlike the Greenwhich Union (also tied to Meantime brewery).

Interior - Large empty space, particularly unappealling in the back area where natural light is lacking. Maybe they are trying for a beer hall effect, but the whole thing is just too slick and effete. The front bar area is slightly better and the front patio (where we sat on a sunny saturday afternoon) was actually rather pleasant.

Food - didn't try it. Likely never will as I don't like the place one bit.

This should have been a great venture and a bold idea. Instead it is dull and pretentious. Avoid. Lots of good pubs in the area, and if you are a beer lover exit, turn right and the Market Porter is ahead of you. Leave this place to the clueless, like the up market All Bar One it is.

anonymous - 3 May 2006 08:52
After a spot of wine tasting with good ol' Oz Clarke of the vinpolice I was feeling distinctly thirsty. Brew Wharf's character is much like any other steel-shiny brick-vaulted brewpub. The availability of Meantime's brews is the main attraction here, their own bitter is fairly acceptable too. If its open you can also count the New Forest Cider trailer as an extra tap ;-). Over in the Boro' market and reviewed here too. Next stop the Market Porter...
thirstybob - 2 May 2006 20:19
Absolutely awful place. Terrible bar staff ("I'm going on holiday tomorrow so I don't care"). Knew nothing about beer also! Food was pretty average too
thebear24 - 16 Apr 2006 12:02
Matt 43 - sorry to disappoint but you aren't drinking "real beer" here - all served from kegs under pressure I'm afraid...
Grinerine - 23 Mar 2006 13:21
Been in here acouple of times and it is not to bad. It is nice and roomy, but it is not cheap and is more geared towards towards food. At least the real beer makes up for it.
Matt43 - 23 Mar 2006 13:11
Think the reviews are a wee bit unfair. Service behind the bar is excellent. Nice and airy and the draught beer is not too expensive. However I would like the choice of a smaller spirit measure and would like to be asked how much of a mixer I would like in my glass. And is there a reason why the bottled beer prices are not on display. Sorr these few things out and I think you will be on to a winner. I have cerainly recommended it to my friends.

AFC2409 - 13 Mar 2006 15:43
nothing very individual about this place, a bit like an All Bar One, and as previously mentioned - some of the beer prices are outrageous, not alot going for it really - for a slice of real life move down the road to the Market Porter (for your beers atleast)
moclips2002 - 5 Mar 2006 13:46
Terrible place - absolutely no warmth to it! tries too hard to be trendy and fails miserably. 4.50 for a Schneider Weiss Bier it is quite ciminal - the only saving grace is the Meantime beers.
anonymous - 21 Feb 2006 17:34
Big, bright, foody, beery - love it. Not a place to bring the lads for a night out, but great for meeting a mixed group or for a date if your partner likes the finer things in life.

Service in the restaurant was a bit slow (or was it intentionally unobtrusive?). But food has been good on the times I've been there so far. The beer is great (from the Meantime Brewery mainly). Definitely not a cheap place, but generally OK price wise bearing in mind the poncey end of the market it's aiming at.
lipster - 1 Feb 2006 13:19

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