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Waste of space of a pub.
stewie95 - 6 Jun 2015 11:28
My first visit in nearly ten years, and I was seriously impressed. It's just off the beaten track so there were seats here even when other nearby Southwark pubs were crammed with Christmas party-goers. Some wonderful meals - with generous portions - all under a tenner and available till 9 PM. Quick, friendly and efficient bar service. Two hand pumps - Youngs Special and Winter Warmer - on (curiously, no Ordinary).
Trev - 11 Dec 2014 10:04
Seriously overpriced even by Young's standards and the Ordinary was just that.
cretemick - 11 Nov 2013 08:41
The food is execellente ( beef chilli and Lasagne) everything looked home made and certainly the cheapest and good value,very competitive for the area.The bar staff where very friendly an cutious,to great to chat in special a very exotic chick girl who love make the regular(s)really happy after work hours.In over 8 moths i have never had reason to complain.
casanova - 25 Apr 2011 21:52
This place is ok, but itís never going to win any awards. Itís a good size pub with plenty of outside seating, but the bar isnít that long so I could imagine a bit of a wait on a sunny day.

I think that I counted five Youngís Ordinary pumps, one Bombardier and three unused. Peroni, Kronenburg, Fosters, Carlsberg, Guinness and Dry Blackthorn Cider were also available. The food seemed like standard pub grub and it was reasonably priced.

The staff were nice enough, my Bombardier was good and there is a dartboard, but Iím still not sure that Iíd stick my head in if passing again.
Strongers - 19 Jan 2009 15:08
Youngs err, Wells pretty much ruined the asmosphere of the place with its last makeover. JohnBonser hit the nail on the head with his observation of 'sanitized'. However I've found this to be a nice welcoming daytime pub. The food is good and reasonably priced, the Youngs and Bombadier are always well kept. The staff are friendly and efficient. Its a good "lunch & 2 pints" kind of place. For the black lung brigade they've created a pair of heated and sheltered spaces on the front patio.
Zaphod - 12 Nov 2007 15:14
No good
Agree with previous reviews when debbie and her husband ran this (before the current owners) this place was packed. Always used to pop in as our office was nearby and the beer and service was always A1
NOW its gone totally downhill and is a great shame have looked at other reviews on pubs in this area and a few punters are saying the same about this place
to sum up used to be good, as they say all good things come to an end eh?
The prince william henry has indeed
SHAME !!!
anonymous - 29 Jul 2007 02:28
Been here a couple of times, not local to the area but work occasionaly requires us to visit an office near here. First time we went one Thursday night and the place was deserted, which we thought was odd so moved on. The next couple of times though were better although it never gets busy. They have a dart board and a quiz machine, which was enough to keep us entertained. Staff are generally good, particulalrly the young Colombian lass. Beer selection is not great but you can generally find some where to sit, unfortunately there is no real atmosphere although I have not been in here on a weekend.
Caterhamite - 16 Jun 2007 12:57
Sadly soulless place but the beer is ok. Strange lack of choice though, Ordinary or Bombardier.
Still its better than working and is only walking distance from the office !
fenton - 1 Apr 2007 16:35
Not much to add to John Bonser's review other than to say that the Ordinary is usually better than "rather moderate" but not often great.

Seems to change management too often to develop a personality, which considering that lack of any other distinguishing features it definitely needs.

The main selling point is the large outside seating area, but again the Rose & Crown is better.

All in all, not bad & not great.
carstenp - 14 Oct 2006 09:52
Pub seems different every time I visit - which isn't surprising since I only do it about every 18 months. Now has what I suppose classifies as a "modern traditional" feel, with shiny bare wooden floors and plenty of wood everywhere else as well.

Not unpleasant, but has that rather sanitised impersonal feel that many London pubs have nowadays. I was served by a typically sullen bar maid ( probably Polish ) and the Ordinary was rather moderate. Those who have fond memories of this pub in the days of Bill and Betty Lubbock - sadly both now passed away - will be disappointed with the 2006 version of this pub.

With the newly discovered Rose and Crown just over the road virtually, I can't see myself rushing back here again in a hurry.
JohnBonser - 18 Aug 2006 11:55
It didn't look welcoming from the street but we had well-kept Youngs in a much nicer pub than some of the places near Waterloo and the tube stations. Even managed to get a table as soon as we arrived. Didn't try the food but the portions looked generous and the plates were cleared. Worth a visit if you find youself in Southwark/Waterloo.
BettyPage - 9 Jul 2006 21:50
Yet another follow up. There is a new landlord again. Some minor tweaking of the furnishings and a major cleanup of the beer lines have taken place. The menu has been simplified with a small core of dishes supplemented by daily specials. Its getting more of the neighbourhood pub atmosphere back. Worth another visit, if you've been turned off before.
Zaphod - 6 Mar 2006 13:14
A follow up from April. I've been in a few times. Still hate the decorating but I usually sit outside so its not as off putting. If the pub ever shakes its old reputation it should be a winner. The beer is well kept, and I've always had good service from the staff. The food is always good and decent sized portions for a reasonable price. I just wish they were more consistent with the BBQ. Visited a couple of times and it wasn't setup for lunch. Overall a vast improvement and worth a couple of hours on the deck for lunch and a few pints.
Zaphod - 19 Sep 2005 11:42
First went in just over a year ago when my job moved to the area. It was grim, unfriendly, awful beer (and only had 2 other customers - in a big pub on a night when everywhere else in the area was heaving). Uuggh!

Gave it another try about a week ago - what a transformation! Refurbished, new management, friendly, well kept beer, good cheap food. The decor's a bit eclectic but better than most (these days) - there's comfy seats, tables and at least it feels like a pub not a strobe-lit vertical drinking ghetto. I could do with the music turning down (or off) but it is at least music, not the top 20. And in good weather there's loads of room (25 picnic-style benches) outside on the patio to avoid it.

I've been back twice since and, while I think it's taking time to live it's old reputation down, it's getting more customers each time I go. I'll be back.
JollyGreenGiant - 12 Aug 2005 17:21
Now that it has had change of managment it has gone down hill badly. the decor is awful and the service crap. i say bring back the old managers who knew how to run that pub. when i drive past it is always empty it used to be packed and the staff were busy. they were friendly and the managers always made sure that your needs were catered to.
Dont go there i heard that one person found a hair in her food! she complained but the pub took no notice! a pub called The Coach of horses in Fleet street its fantastic, great food and great service. much better than that dump!
sophiem - 8 Aug 2005 16:50
Youngs ales, top quality food, and plenty of seats on a Friday night: not just hard seats but armchairs and sofas too. Wonderful! The toilets need upgrading though; they let the place down.
Trev - 4 Jul 2005 10:03
absolutely amazing design. i'm an interior designer and i have to admit that somebody did fantastic job.
excelent food and a very good pub for a party. reasonable prices and very friendly staff. recommended!!!!!
nickyhilton - 13 May 2005 20:51
just reopened after a refurb.very nice cozy atmosphere.feels almost like at home. comfy leather sofa make you feel you wanna stay there all day. very nice and profesional selection of wine and as i found out new improved menu coming soon with a new chef.very friendly bar staff is always keen to help you with almost anything you ask for.
generally i have to admit that i was more than impressed! well done and good luck.
dolcegabana - 3 May 2005 18:41
Newly reopened after a refurb / change of Landlord. The Youngs beer was as good as ever but the decorating looks like a poor Changing Rooms effort, with mismatched, grotty furniture supplied by Del-Boy. Its got to be a contender for the 'ugliest pub interior in London'. Still, a decent pub to sit outside on a nice day.
Zaphod - 15 Apr 2005 10:15
The serivce is always friendly and the food quality is high. it is resonably priced there and they just had a new deck put on the front for the summer which makes it look lovely on the outside. the landlord and landlady are always around and are more than happy to help you arrange party bookings and they can also cater for parties there too to your budget. i would consider visiting there soon because its about to change hands.

Sophie Monks - 15 Nov 2004 13:18

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