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user reviews of the Wheatsheaf, Borough

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Popped in for old times sake on Thursday. Was harassed by someone playing music on their phone and trying to sell me a CD. Was then double teamed by staff trying to coerce me into doing something for "charidee"!!
ErroneousBlack - 26 Sep 2016 18:01
Pub has been very nicely done up and the beer was good...Charles Wells Bombardier and Youngs Ordinary.
However there seems to be a deliberate policy to serve the shortest measures in history.....even worse than the Southwark Tavern round the corner. At £4.20 a pop they were trying to rob me of about 60-70p every pint. Requests to receive something approximating to a full pint were grudgingly responded to

vic_boner - 3 Sep 2016 14:35
This was my lunchtime local for about 40 years and my first visit since its refurbishment, as I no longer live or work in London. I had been warned that the pub had been ruined but I was pleasantly surprised. Although larger and more up market, it still is recognisable as the Wheatsheaf. The pub was packed on Tuesday evening with a mixture of office workers and some tourists. I was served quickly by friendly staff and the Youngs Ordinary was in excellent condition but at £4 a pint it should be.
Sussexcrawler - 6 Nov 2015 09:58
3rd pub of the evening in the LB / Borough area and it was back to an old favorite in The Wheatsheaf.

Came in around 9.30pm and both parts of the pub inside and outside in the court yard were heaving.

I couldn’t decide on a beer so I opted for a Young's, Double Chocolate Stout...delicious.

Cracking pub that even when it's mad busy it still doesn't disappoint.
lezford - 17 Feb 2014 16:53
The new look Whatsheaf is actually very pleasant - good food, and good beer, and seems "genuine" (esp compared to the "resting on its laurels "Market Porter " down the road). Clearly catering for the new look Borough market clientele, I think it still works, and the food is slightly above the average gastro pub offering. Worth a visit, though can very crowded on Saturday.
The_Speckled_Hen - 12 Nov 2013 21:50
I remember this place in earlier decades, when I used to dash across from the City for a lunchtime away from the bustle. Always had interesting ales and good doorstep sandwiches. A fine old school boozer.

Now it is just another venue in trendy Borough Market. Youngs Ordinary £3.76 a pint, a packet of crisps £2. No dartboard but a new drinking area to one side of the pub.
ArhurPint - 12 Nov 2013 13:38
Fun, friendly, Young's pub by Borough Market. It's a lot bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside. Recently refurbished, it's a pretty good looking pub in all. The outside area underneath the railway viaduct is quite big actually with its own bar in a converted campervan in the corner.

The Youngs Bitter (£3.74) was clear, golden and very drinkable. The bar is possible slightly cramped to get served, but then again it was pretty busy on the Thursday night I was there. General mix of people, typically office workers in 30s.

Seemed quite a convivial sort of place to have a pint. Happy staff and reasonable value. 8/10.

Just to clarify the history of this pub. I've read up on this quite a bit! There has been a pub on this site in Stoney Street called "The Wheatsheaf" for several hundred years. The freehold is owned by the local United St Saviour's Charity. At some point, Young's took on the lease. The pub was temporarily closed in January 2009 due to the construction of the new railway viaduct. The pub's top floor was demolished during that process. The Wheathsheaf reopened in December 2012, still with Young's. it's been completely refrubished with a new outside area.

Back in April 2009 the manager of the recently closed Wheatsheaf opened a pub called "The Wheatsheaf" in the basement of The Hop Exchange in Southwark Street (just around the corner). That is owned by Red Car Pubs. There's a separate entry for that pub on BITE, but some of the comments on this page relate to that new venue.

I get the impression feelings ran quite high at the prospect of The Wheatsheaf closing back in 2009. It would seem there were lots of regulars and others who were very fond of the place in its old form. The refurbished Wheatsheaf is quite different in vibe to the old setup. Is that a good or bad thing? Who knows? All I can say is that when I was in there the other night, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Sounds good to me.
Goldings - 20 Sep 2013 14:06
Decent selection of beers and the pub has a great vibe.

The cracking sexy barmaid helped matters too.
kevmac - 31 Aug 2013 22:09
Have history with the old Wheatsheaf, used to love the place, if you walked in and saw the cast of the Sweeney in there you wouldn't have been surprised! Went into the re-vamp recently, think they've tried far too hard with the decor and it's one jumbled mess. Case in point straw holder on the bar, a mini watering can in a mini picnic hamper, WTF? Oh, and that big sausage roll left uncovered at the end of the bar for hours, not very appetising! That said Borough Market ain't what it used to be, it's now just a glorified fast food venue for Daily Mail readers, whilst a good few of the organic farmers who made it the success it was are out on their arses.
ErroneousBlack - 3 Jul 2013 19:27
This pub has always been called the Wheatsheaf so why would they change it just because someone else nicked the name and used it around the corner while they were building the bridge over this one?

Have been in a few times since it reopened and am not entirely sure if I like it or not to be honest. I think I may be getting just a bit too old for the type of person Youngs are looking to fill their pubs with these days, which is a shame for me as I've always liked their pubs in the past.

May give it another go to be sure.
Keef_Peacock - 26 May 2013 20:37
The pub wasn't due for demolition. When it closed Youngs said it would reopen once the Thameslink work finished. The "other" Wheatsheaf owners knew this. They just took the name to help build their new business (they just managed the old pub - not owned it)
bods - 18 Feb 2013 15:39
The new version is a bit "arty" IMHO. Agree that the use of the Wheatsheaf name causes confusion, not sure why they didn't use the word "New" in front. I shudder to think what they charge for the sausage rolls they advertise on wooden boxes on the small tables.
loveleedshatebates - 6 Jan 2013 17:58
Each to their own I say. Used to be a regular Saturday drinker in the old pub so was pleased to see it re-open and even at my age I like the new place. Top quality beer on both my visits so far and even ran clean water through the pipes in between changing the Youngs Bitter on a busy Saturday lunchtime. Clearly not to everyone's taste but it's another pub back on the scene rather than one becoming a Tesco Express!
brianthelion - 23 Dec 2012 23:39
The pub is now reopened. Four years ago the barman at this pub was chucked out because the pub was due for demolition. After getting a petition together and seeing it fail, once he knew it was closing he came up with the idea of having a photo book of staff and regular punters sold - with all the proceeds going to charity. Within four mths he set up a new Wheatsheaf round the corner in Southwark Street. Unbelievably this has not only reopened, but Youngs are doggedly determined to still call this Wheatsheaf. This could prove interesting. There are now two Wheatsheafs within a few yards of each other. Because of the fact that the original landlord was uprooted not only for nothing, but is now having the name unnessesarily duplicated (Youngs can't claim history because the pub didn't even exist for four years) - I'm boycotting the Stoney Street premises until it changes it's name.
northlondoner - 19 Dec 2012 14:28
Complete and utter vandalism, I wait four years this pub to reopen only to find it gutted, IDIOTS, whoever is in charge at Youngs has no love of pubs, just easy money.
beerandpaperman - 17 Dec 2012 10:40
I got one of the construction workers to let me in about two months ago and found that all was still in tacked on the ground floor, so hopefully a grand reopening will happen one day. I've never been happy about the sheer audacity of the whole new wheatsheaf/bierkeller thing, yes staff are very important (and the staff at the wheatsheaf were great to the very end), but you can never replace the bricks, mortar and decor of a classic British city centre pub like this.
beerandpaperman - 10 Jul 2010 01:11
This pub as many will know has been shut now for well over a year, yet appears at #60 in the top 100 rated at 7.2. Meanwhile the new Wheatsheaf just around the corner in southwark street rated at 7.4 by 33 is nowhere to be seen. Crazy.
Picasso09 - 6 Apr 2010 22:53
Has moved round the corner whilst they build the new railway bridge. Still excellent staff and beer.
rabbitcowboy - 13 Feb 2010 18:31
I wasn't totally knocked out by this place. Two railway carriage rooms separated by the bar and a thin wall. It picked up a huge reputation when it was a freehouse - selling a good range of microbrewery stuff in excellent condition. Youngs are keeping up with that tradition by offering a changing guest, but - at least in the daytime - it lacked atmosphere for me. And the famous candles seemed pointless when light was flooding in from the new windows at the back! But, it was just above average, and it added to the general atmosphere of the area.
SilkTork - 27 Nov 2009 11:34
Popped in to the new Wheatsheaf for the first time last night. It's very different to the old one - so much bigger. The beer selection is great, food looks and smells good. There's a good lively crowd of people.

My only criticism is that it's so noisy with the sounds of music and conversation reverberating around the cellar. Perhaps it's just my ears.
GrahamA - 3 Sep 2009 14:58
As mrse1 says, the new one has opened. And what a great job they've done with it. Really nicely kitted out, the same faces behind the bar. Good beers, some very nice real ales. This place deserves to do well, and is well worth popping round the corner from the market. I think it beats the Porter, but the great thing about all the pubs round here is that they're all in it together. 10/10 though to Danny, Phoebe and the rest.
alan_latchley - 20 Apr 2009 08:44
Re-opening tonight at the old Hop Cellars round the corner on Southwark St.
mrse1 - 15 Apr 2009 11:06
alan_latchley, just to confirm your posting.......

Sign outside the pub last night (April 2). Danny and co reopening in the old Hop Cellar location. That kills off the rumour of Utobeer taking over that venue. Still, its a great relief for all the fans of the Wheatsheaf.
Zaphod - 3 Apr 2009 11:40
It was never going to be completely demolished as far as I'm aware. They just needed the upstairs flat to go for the bridge to go through.

Reopening has always been a plan when the bridge is completed which is why the brewery took dozens of photos of the interior, so they can reproduce it. Reopening reckoned to be in 4 or 5 years time.
alan_latchley - 27 Mar 2009 12:52
It looks to me as if The Wheatsheaf will survive. Why bother waterproofing the end-wall if it's going to be demolished? I look forward to the re-opening - if I'm right...
ianbeer - 22 Mar 2009 03:16
New place is planned to be the bar under the Hop Exchange (most recently a Balls Bros) round the back of Borough Market on Southwark St. Supposed to be opening mid/late March.
alan_latchley - 17 Mar 2009 10:03
I heard a rumour last night that Danny and the Red Car Pub Co had found a new site in the area!!!

Please god let it be true.

I will never forgive whomever made the decision to build that railway. As has been said many times in there before the closing and in the RIP book, pubs become far more than just a room with beer. The sheaf was very important to a lot of people - We want our pub back!
Paddyblewer - 13 Mar 2009 09:45
Didn't manage to get in here for a last drink before it closed last month. Was still boarded up when I went past earlier in the week but it looked like it was being preserved so perhaps it will reopen at some point
murgatroyd - 7 Feb 2009 15:08
Was a fine pub. Will miss it a lot, but as the guy who wrote the moving piece in the memorial book said, a pub is more about the people that work there and drink in there. Rumours are about that the company have leased another place in the same area, and that the manager and the majority of the staff from the old Wheatsheaf are all going to be at the new place, and that they're even taking the name across.
alan_latchley - 3 Feb 2009 10:38
I always used to call in here for a beer when working in the area. A good honest boozer with less suits than most around it. Sad to read that it's gone.
ROBCamra - 2 Feb 2009 14:59

Now closed. To be honest, bit of a B grade pub. Not bad (and certainly better than the Market Porter up the road), but I never really warmed to it. Staff were very friendly, but the regulars really liked their TV (there were about four or five screens up).

One unusual thing it had was a weird little smoking alley at the back which was open to the bar room, so in a way it was kind of like smoking had never been banned.

Can't say I will miss it, but better a pub there than a railtrack building site (which it will be for years).
happy_beer_drinker - 17 Jan 2009 21:53
A wonderful last night that encapsulated everything that was right about the place.

The Wheatsheaf will live long in the memory.


mrse1 - 9 Jan 2009 12:14
We attended last night too and hope to be at its reopening in 4 years time. At least, the closure is not for the usual business reasons - or lack thereof.

On leaving, we ventured to the Market Porter in Borough Market; one of dozens of fine traditional pubs in the London Bridge area - which perhaps has one of the largest pub populations in London ?
simwilliams - 8 Jan 2009 12:49
Yes I was in last night Jan 7th - its last night - and it was crammed. It's terrible such a great, honest traditional pub is closing. It's one thing if a pub is struggling, but to close such a busy pub in such a vibrant area is a desperate shame. The landlord had got a local photo studio to take some excellent black and white photos of his regulars which adorned all the walls of the pub, which I thought was a wonderful idea. Not just because the resulting photos are now published in a book and sold for charity, but wonderful to mark the pub's closing by saluting in such a noble way the people who frequented it and contributed to its ebb and flow and life. Farewell. We repaired to the Globe nearby afterwards, whose sullen staff and lacklustre atmosphere were a pointed contrast ...
Ullage - 8 Jan 2009 12:24
During the Christmas break I made a point of visiting here before its untimely demise, which I think is tonight. Id not been in before, but was welcomed by a cheerful barman and made to feel at home. Its a great shame that this place is closing, especially as I hate to see dartboards disappear!

I wish all the management and staff the best of luck for the new year and beyond.
Strongers - 7 Jan 2009 10:00
I had a wonderful evening here last night with friends. In fact, a cracking session. Enjoyed perfectly quaffable pints of St Austell Tribute, Young's Ordinary and Courage Best, the lattermost of these three was not quite so good as the 1st two but who's complaining. A buzzing atmosphere abounded here, you'd have no idea the pub was about to close in 48 hours time.

Since the early 1990s I have visited this pub at least once every 18 months or so and enjoyed it every time. Was very glad to have caught the pub before closure. If the previous reviewer's words are correct, there is hope in 2013!
lad_newton - 6 Jan 2009 17:57
Always been my favorite pub in the market, I only found out about its impending doom via a notice in their toilets last Friday, had a last session in there yesterday, the Tribute is tasting brilliant at the moment.

Ive found out more about the viaduct plan, they will be taking off the top floor of the building and giving it a bigger beer garden, so at least it shouldnt be gone for good, however 4 years is a long time so it must be a priority for railtrack to mothball this pubs wonderful interior and reopen it looking identical to the day it closed.
beerandpaperman - 5 Jan 2009 14:06
Great pub. Very sad to see that it's closing, will be a great loss of an excellent traditional pub. Visited on Monday to pay my last respects.
nickchug - 2 Jan 2009 08:21
To my knowledge there are no plans for the Market Porter to succumb to the development plans that will shortly take the Wheatsheaf from us. With hindsight I have tended to overlook the Wheatsheaf in favour of its illustrious neighbour but on hearing of its imminent closure, I have made a couple of specific visits in the last few days (with a final visit planned for the 5th Jan). It is always sad to hear of pubs closing but the Wheatsheaf really is part of the the area's pub infrastructure and its loss will leave a huge void. My memories of the place pale into insignificance with the people whose portraits are currently plastered over the walls and for them and the many other patrons over the past 200+ years, I give the place an honourary 10/10. Its days may be numbered (the last bell will ring on 7 January) but it is going out with dignity and with reputation fully intact. A fine pub.
RogerB - 22 Dec 2008 22:49
Does anyone know whether the Market Porter next door will face the same demise in the new year?
young_camra_collectiv - 15 Dec 2008 19:43
As others have pointed out, this excellent pub is due to close in the New Year, as part of the Thameslink development. Its a crying shame that such a superb traditional pub is being lost. The St Austell Tribute is the best I have had this side of Cornwall.
RexRattus - 6 Dec 2008 11:55
Pleasant two roomed pub in busy area:Youngs was as good if not better than before the move to Bedford. Good atmosphere, freindly staff:I hear that it is to be demolished in the name of gentrification or expansion of London Bridge Station. Someone should put a stop to this sacrilege.Good pub 8/10
wittenden - 19 Nov 2008 21:56
Greatest pub in the area by a mile. Not a huge beer selection, but the Young's is always well kept. To be honest the drinks are secondary to the blinding atmoshere.

gaiusoctavianvs - 22 Oct 2008 12:37
I saw on the events board that the upstanding Mr Clatworthy and his boys are scheduled to make another appearance before the place closes.
dawg - 17 Oct 2008 12:23
dawg - 17 Oct 2008 12:08
I am the manager of the Wheatsheaf, in response to grantyb82 i would like to put my side of the story. I had already barred grantyb82 for urinating in a pint pot whilst standing next to the gents toilets, after a couple of months he returned and begged for another chance, promising he would never act up again. It needs to be said that a few of my regulars were not pleased and took exception to his anti social behaviour. On the night in question grantyb82 asked a regular whilst in the gents toilets if he could see his penis and that he would gladly show his, The regular immediately reported this inappropriate behaviour to a male member of my bar staff. It was at this point we ejected him permantly. He fell over during an argument when we insisted he return a drink that had been sneekily bought for him by a mate. As for smack heads??? I think Sir is having a dig to hide his embarresment.
Danny Manager of the Wheatsheaf.
Platypus - 15 Aug 2008 21:00
Aaahhhh The 'Sheaf! Easily one of my favourite pubs in London. Very well kept beer, cracking atmosphere, best staff for miles. What more could you ask for??
The perfect place for meeting friends for a few pints.

Keep up the good work guys! Always a pleasure.
Platypus - 11 Aug 2008 22:34
The Wheatsheaf used to be one of my faveourite pubs, until I visited last night. I was with a large group of friends I had invited there for my works leaving do. I have no idea who the new bouncer is (since when did a pub need a bouncer? - obviously the clientele have really gone to shit, evidenced by the easy london smack heads who had just got off the train at London Bridge) but when I hugged one of my male friends who I would no longer be working with I got accused of being gay by this guy who worked for the pub. I asked what he was talking about and he through away my beer and pushed me over.

Realising it wasnt worth the hassle, I repaired to the Southwark Tavern. I went down stairs to find a seat, and low and behold this guy had followed me in and had me thrown out. Incredible. I imagine if this guy works at the Sheaf for much more then a week they wont have any customers left.
grantyb82 - 26 Jul 2008 17:24
The Wheatsheaf would probably be considered an excellent pub almost anywhere in London, but is unfortunately situated next to the Market Porter. Nothing like the MP's range of beers, but the ones on tap are well kept. Stripped down interior makes a nice contrast to it's neighbour. I like it in here, but only visit on my way to the Market Porter.
Bard - 29 May 2008 23:11
Made the effort to get in here for the first time. Ordinary, Special, Directors, Bombardier and my choice the Deuchars which was nice enough. Also Erdinger and Staropramen on tap and Youngs London Ale and Chocolate Stout in bottles. Two areas either side of a central bar. Not great but perfectly acceptable.
GuideDogSaint - 26 Apr 2008 23:52
Nice Young's pub which probably suffers a bit from proximity to the Market Porter, but equally was pleasantly quiet on my visit. One thing I would say is that the lavatories make the back of the pub absolutely reek - can something not be done!?
grecian - 21 Apr 2008 10:02
Good enough Youngs pub - not so crowded as the Market Porter just up the road, but there again nothing like the range of beer either...
rpadam - 16 Apr 2008 23:47
Great pub all round. The decor is relaxing, the beer is really good and the service prompt. Watched the Arsenal Liverpool game and the views were excellent and the atmosphere great. Will be back
Barneylad - 9 Apr 2008 09:46
Cosy little pub. Decently kept Youngs but not by any stretch the range of choice as the Market Porter. Friendly. Will go back if the Porter is packed.
kchef - 19 Mar 2008 19:32
Cracking little boozer
pretaminger - 4 Mar 2008 09:40
Winter Warmer was in fine form last night
mrse1 - 21 Feb 2008 11:08
When you can smell the toilet from the bar and your fighting beer flies in the middle of feb you've got problems.
boufon - 15 Feb 2008 09:37
This is probably heresy with some, but i prefer this pub to the 'market porter' - a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, good selection of beer and you can normally get a seat.
mozzzzzz - 1 Feb 2008 18:36
If you like a "REAL" pub not plastic with excellent Youngs ale good atmosphere staff are not pretentious where you can relax get served quickly even when pub is full (most nights)and enjoy a pint then this is for you.
anonymous - 2 Jan 2008 14:42
Don't really know what ed42 is on. The Sheaf is still a cracking boozer with a good pint of Youngs to be had. Danny's doing a fantastic job and anyone who thinks the Globe has something to offer clearly likes rough beer and the smell of uncleaned toilets.
mrse1 - 28 Dec 2007 17:25
Hi guys,
First off Jolyon, I my know ed42 i may not, but whatever he says, is not my opinon. i used to be the manager of the Wheatsheaf for the past four and a half years, Cracking boozer (ed42), and i am sure danny is running it just the way i left it, i mean he's been there longer than me, so he knows how the pub works.Good luck for xmas guys and i will be thinking of you whilst i'm on a beach doing very little.
jaycar - 14 Dec 2007 02:58
Ed42 is obviously a mate of Jason's with an axe to grind. I was in the Sheaf last nite and was drinking Young's bitter which was in superb condition. Pub was heaving and service from Danny, Jana and Jenny was excellent as always. Brilliant pub, if you prefer the Globe it prob says more about you than it does about the Sheaf.
jolyon - 13 Dec 2007 10:27
Yes You can tell Danny is the sole "guvnor", the place has gone to shit.The youngs is warm and vinegar tasting,the service is terrible, and whats with the music being so loud??? Well done to the old "Guvnor" Jason for getting out when you did.. I will only drink in the Globe from now on. Such a shame.
ed42 - 13 Dec 2007 01:50
not really a youngs (wells!) fan but the beer here is very well kept and served - great pub.
roosterdrewster - 7 Dec 2007 13:51
A very busy pub, especially as the local offices disgorge their occupants onto the streets. The beer is worthy of note, night bright glasses of Youngs are always welcome after a hard days work. In fact the Wheatsheaf reminds me how pubs used to be 30 years ago and that is no bad thing!
grayguy - 30 Nov 2007 15:59
Understand Danny has now become the sole guvnor, much deserved, the sheaf still rocks
ttyrrel - 31 Oct 2007 16:32
Greatest pub on Earth, beer, locals, staff all fantastic.
mrse1 - 11 Jul 2007 01:12
Enjoyable visit yesterday evening, watching the end of the England - West Indies Test Match on the unobtrusive TV's. This pub is at its best when its quiet when you can enjoy the old fashioned traditional surroundings and atmosphere. And a surprisingly good pint of Youngs to boot !
JohnBonser - 20 Jun 2007 15:33
I only pop in occasionally and it can get very crowded especially when the offices chuck out but the staff are pretty good at spotting the thirsty newcomer. Beers good and I like its pubby atmosphere.
secretdrinker - 4 Jun 2007 11:52
just love it
ajbazza - 22 Feb 2007 21:03
I love the pub, I know the area out the back is small, but that also makes it intimate and cozy. The beer is consistantly good and the staff are friendly and competant.
Dejaz - 22 Feb 2007 15:04
Worst outdoor seating area ever (in the back). Two tables, encompassed by towering, mouldy, Victorian stone walls on three sides, and the pubs toilets on the fourth. If HMP Pentonville has a beer garden (which, with criminal rights these days, it probably does), it probably resembles something like this.

"Fancy standing out front, watching the bustle of life go by and admiring Borough Market?"
"No, let's sit out back, stare at the walls, and listen to people use the toilets"

Back in the day when Young's was a London brewer, I used to pop in here from time to time and find something great on the handpull, like their Double Chocolate Stout. The last few times I've been, it's just been Ordinary, Special, and Bombadier. Hell, you can usually get at least two of those at The Globe just across the way, which is a far nicer pub in every respect. This is one of the worst pubs I know for smoke as well (low ceilings and no ventilation)

Unless The Market Porter and The Globe are full to capacity, I don't think I'll be back in here anytime soon.
topdog_andy - 20 Feb 2007 13:35
Pretty busy but really good bottled and draught Youngs beers. Had my first Waggledance...fantastic.
JonW999 - 16 Feb 2007 10:55
I love the Wheatsheaf.It's got the right mix of everything you need in a pub
jolyon - 15 Feb 2007 09:44
The only down-side is that it can get flooded with BRAYING city workers standing behind your shoulder and shouting the dull details of their worthless lives into your unprepared ear. The only escape is to dull your senses with the well kept Special in this traditional old boozer. It's also within stumbling distance of London Bridge station. So I can be home within 20 minutes of leaving and so could YOU if you lived next door to me.
the_thirsty_moth - 30 Jan 2007 11:54
My friend had to twist my arm to return to the Wheatsheaf after I gave up on it back in 2004. I'm glad he did. Every beer I sampled was in good condition and the atmosphere of old seemed to have returned. The perfect place to escape the cold.
SCRP - 26 Jan 2007 16:28
Popped in for a quick one last night on the way down to the Royal Oak. The pub was crowded as usual and conversation was lively. I do like the atmosphere here - it always seems friendly and welcoming.

The Winter Warmer was OK but it does seem to be a bit insipid this year - I guess as a result of the move to Bedford. I hope they can tweak it to get the 'woody' flavour back into it.

One of the best pubs in the area.
GrahamA - 15 Dec 2006 11:21
Actually there is a dartboard, but they remove it for big sporting events when they put up an extra screen above the cabinet.
ttyrrel - 7 Dec 2006 15:38
Unfortunately the advertised 'Dartboard' is actually an empty darts cabinet. Arghhhhh.
Dart_Man - 29 Nov 2006 13:27
wood on the walls, dust on the floor, good beer at the bar, tellies on the wall. wood, dust, beer, telly. brilliant pub.
OllyMott - 27 Nov 2006 16:36
Before the refurb this former free house was fantastically excellent and had a roadside tavern kind of feel to it, especially on dark winter evenings. Since Youngs took it over, it is now merely excellent. The choice of beers has fallen markedly as you would expect from a brewery owned pub, and the prices are also what you would expect for a pub close to The City. All the ales are looked after well by the friendly landlord and although I used to hear people say not to drink the ale on a Monday evening, I never had a problem with it! The Wheatsheaf also does a good pint of Guiness and Danny the barman's 'last orders' calls are legendary.
It used to be frequented by London's archaeologists on Friday nights (and some other nights) but for some reason unbeknownst to mankind most of these have disappeared over to The Horseshoe in Melior St, which is completely devoid of atmosphere.
The pub is also handily located a few footsteps away from London Bridge tube and rail station, so I often use it to meet people for short (or long) evenings. It also remains the friendliest pub in the whole of Borough. There are a few small TV's showing football or other sports but these are turned off at other times and the volume is kept to a level so that it doesn't interfere with conversation. The music volume is also kept at a respectable level. The emphasis of the Wheatsheaf is definitely orientated towards a beer and a good chat rather than a party, which is how I like it! I hear that food is great but I've never eaten there myself, preferring to maybe grab some stuffed olives from Borough Market opposite.

Oh, and in the summer the drinking clientele spread out across the road, merging with those outside the Market Porter and turning Stoney St into one big al fresco pub..

Sound like a recommendation? It is.
dedken - 18 Nov 2006 14:48
Looked in on Tuesday when waiting to meet someone by the station to see if the Winter Warmer was on yet.

No. Instead the third hand pump has been given off to Wells Bombardier.

I don't think I'm going to bother with Young's pubs much anymore.
anonymous - 19 Oct 2006 16:44
very decent alternative to the market porter if, as it often seems to be now, that's horrendously busy.

what it lacks in range of beer compared to market porter it makes up for with service/character.
mike_s - 19 Oct 2006 14:00
don't let the smoked glass scare you, inside is a friendly and excellent pub with good food and nice atmosphere. less 'suits' than the market porter.
mralistair - 11 Oct 2006 23:42
I don't understand what is so "peerless" about the Market Porter. Sure it's got a great range of ales but lacks atmos.The Wheatsheaf oozes charcater and atmosphere and the service is much friendlier than next door
ttyrrel - 6 Sep 2006 13:08
I have spent the last few sundays at the wheatsheaf, it serves a truly excellent sunday roast, the atmosphere has been great and they have also been hosting an acoustic music session in the evening. The beer is consistantly good and the staff join in the fun as do the customers. Get down there now.
Dejaz - 5 Sep 2006 22:35
To have only one person serving on a busy Saturday afternoon isn't a good idea and caused a long wait to be served. Youngs Ordinary was well kept but that's one of the few positive things I can say. Suffers by being next door to the peerless Market Porter.
johnkn7 - 15 Aug 2006 13:23
Youngs pub opposite the historic Borough Market. Situated in an area of exceptionally good quality pubs, the Wheatsheaf offers an unpretentious and basic approach and is certainly not overawed by its more popular and talked about neighbours. The standard Youngs regulars are complemented by a seasonal beer (currently St George Ale - perfect for England World Cup day). A bit pricey but probably on a par for the area. The central bar virtually divides the pub into 2 and the decor is quite plain and bare but in keeping with the atmosphere. Popular with market workers, tourists and office workers and an essential stop for any (highly recommended) pub crawl of the area. Several medium sized plasma screen - ideal for sport (I saw the Sweden v Trinidad match here). Friendly staff and customers - the pub is "Twinned" for want of a better word with the regular Top 40 pub The Bell in Bush Lane near Cannon Street. There is a small if unspectacular courtyard at the back a regular overspill into the street outside when busy or sunny.
RogerB - 11 Jun 2006 12:04
Although the wonderful Market Porter next door does leave the Wheatsheaf in the shade in terms of atmosphere, friendliness and popularity, the quality of the beer at the Wheatsheaf is, I think, slightly better...
marcopolo - 1 Jun 2006 16:20
Have been to better and worse Youngs pubs, this probably would get a better rating if it wasnt right next door to the peerless Market Porter. Unfortunately for The Wheatsheaf its like comparing organic steak to a macdonalds burger. The bar manager could do better in the hospitality stakes too.
darloexile - 15 May 2006 16:25
Not sure what this swearing thing is all about, I visit quite often and have only ever found a very friendly if lively atmosphere.Beer good as ever, long live the 'sheaf!
ttyrrel - 25 Apr 2006 16:17
ah how some people can`t take things said in jest. language may be strong some times but atmosphere is everything in a pub, and this one has mother f!*ckers
whippit - 30 Mar 2006 14:36
Maybe we just caught this place on a bad night, judging by the mainly favorable previous postings...
Call me on fashioned, but doesn't the publican drunkenly hollering "Good night Mother F*ckers, bye!", on about 3 occasions at chucking out time appear a bit rude?!?!
Oh and then his mate (or maybe he worked there, he was behind the bar at one point) propositions the ladies I was with as we're leaving...
The Youngs Special and Pilsener couldn't be faulted but the whole experience left me a bit cobfused.
PennieT - 7 Mar 2006 11:23
A true market pub, great beers well kept and the best atmos for miles around
ttyrrel - 2 Feb 2006 14:42
I prefer this to the Market Porter, and it's often less crowded. Definately fewer tourists, too. Beer is Youngs and it's pretty good though I didn't find it excellent a bit flat. Lots of characterful regulars, and a good atmosphere.
Albert_Campion - 5 Jan 2006 15:02
What a strange pub it is too, the Market Porter up the road has claimed a lot of the passing suits, all of the tourists and plenty of beardy CAMRA beer spotters, the Wheatsheaf may actually have all the local market porters and traders drinking in the place.

Its a Youngs pub that is mostly a corridor making a U shape around a bar. The wood panelling and strange hair of the regulars (it is a right regulars pub) give it a strange feeling that youre looking into the past, which is interesting.

Drank Youngs Christmas Ale. It was pretty rich and tasted of currants.

Bit crowded for us.
MrScott - 21 Dec 2005 12:46
Just to be a dissenting voice Ive always preferred this place to The Market Porter; it's more pleasant, less frenetic. I'm a regular visitor, although Ive never tried the food. Good enough staff. At times I could do with a seat, but guess you cant have everything.
Roballe - 17 Sep 2005 16:40
The Youngs Ordinary was rather insipid yesterday - one of those "dilemma" pints - do I take it back to the bar and risk an argument / confrontation or do I struggle through to the end of the pint ? Rather cowardly, I chose the latter option. Perhaps I should have tried the Marstons Pedigree, on as a guest beer, unusual for Youngs pubs.
JohnBonser - 28 Jun 2005 12:54
Loads of character and a (rare sighting these days) a darts board directly outside the toilets, expect to see people wandering about with darts in their head! It really has got something unique about it, the layout of which appears to encourage mingling and chatting to strangers. Feels like a true freehouse without all the identikit 'chalk' food boards that plight British pubs. Brilliant.
TomAngel - 17 Jun 2005 10:20
I too prefer The Market Porter, but I also like this pub. Youngs Ordinary in fine form - but pricey at 2.60p. A rare sighting of Smiles Bristol IPA, which seemed to be selling quite well.
The small fairy lights along the bar and the small candle lit saucers on the ledges look out of place as do the spotlights on the ceiling, but overall quite impressed with the pub
JohnBonser - 9 Feb 2005 13:14
Very run down, cramped and smoky. However good the beers, too unappealing to face staying for a drink.
foxski - 8 Jan 2005 17:30
Disappointing. Friendly enough, the beer was fine, the customers were your usual mixed Borough bunch - but the pub somehow lacks chracter and is incredibly smokey. I don't think it's a BAD pub, but compared to The Globe, The Market Porter and The George its a bit souless.
christopher - 1 Dec 2004 16:50
good memories of this place. Always went there after working at Borough Market. Small, friendly and dark and smokey.... I like that sometimes!
SketchySi - 22 Nov 2004 16:18
Some of the best beer in London!Finalist in Young's best kept cellar competition and busier than ever. Sam obviously had an axe to grind
Tony - 13 Oct 2004 15:22
Used to be one of the best pubs in London (this is going back a bit). Now serves vinegar and not worth your custom. Better to do battle with the crowds down the road at The Market Porter - there is a good reason why this pub is so quiet.
Sam - 11 Oct 2004 14:34
Best boozer in london bridge/ borough by contest
Mike - 13 Jul 2004 15:37
This is simply the best pub in the area for an unpretentious atmosphere and good beer
Marc R - 22 Jun 2004 22:28
Nice, good Youngs pub with, when I was there, a bit of an eccentric vibe. Great on hot days when one can site out by Borough Market and mingle with all the other drinkers.
MrScott - 14 May 2004 11:32
What a little gem of a pub!...Attractive old building with a saloon and public bar.No pretentions,just friendly atmosphere,good service and superb pint of Youngs Special.How a pub should be.
Tuna - 21 Apr 2004 13:17
A class act the Wheatsheaf. The low ceiling, the clumsy design and the crampt furnishings give this pub real character. I would highly recommend a visit.
Good for:Post Borough market pints - lots of.
thenationofjames - 12 Jan 2004 13:38
The Wheatsheaf is a truly great pub.
I thought it would lose its character after the Youngs refurb but - all credit to Youngs - it turned out pretty much the same as before - except for the yuppified food (where have the chips gone??). Regarding ale - they have been serving Smiles the last few times I was there. Say no more.
Andrew - 5 Dec 2003 10:51
I agree with Richard. I think the guy referrin to last orders and attitude of staff at 1045 is talkin about the Market Porter - he simply posted the comment in the wrong pub.
anonymous - 7 Nov 2003 13:14
I can't believe some of the comments here. Quite simply, this is the only pub by Borough Market worth drinking in.

True, you might get a wider choice of real ales elsewhere, but at the end of the day, what makes a pub special is the people and the people in here are fantastic - staff and regulars alike! Dodgy atmosphere? Making you feel unwelcome? They're not talking about the same place.

Richard - 6 Nov 2003 17:42
After reading previous comments on the pub I feel duty bound to add that all my recent experiences in the last couple of years have been good, there is often a lively atmosphere and the pub should be visited for people to find out how good it is. Although only Young's beer is available in the pub, it has always been in good condition and I have enjoyed every pint. Good on ya!
lad_newton - 1 Sep 2003 16:49
I had a few wicked pints of special served today by a gal with a gigantic pair of eyes!! God Bless you sweetheart. I will return for more. Rev Salandy, Southwark Cathedral, SE1
Rev Salandy - - 24 Jul 2003 14:37
I am the landlord of the Wheatsheaf and at a total loss re:last orders. Last orders are called religiously at 10.50.All staff are paid until midnight and so have no motivation for getting away early. The pub is currently busier than it has ever been and it is a very rare night that all the customers have gone by 11.30.
I can only suggest that people come down and experience for themselves what we strive to make one of the friendliest pubs in the area.
Tony Barry - 22 Jul 2003 11:38
Pub has gone seriously downhill lately. Good at lunchtime for a nice bit of grub, but forget coming here in the evenings. By about 10:45 you are made to feel like a hindrance. There's no call for last orders. Avoid.
Tristn - 21 Jul 2003 11:20
think it may be about time to rereview the wheatsheaf at borough market.

last night a colleague and my self visited there, like we have done on a number of times before.

The service was unbelievably bad. first the staff were ignoring the customer. 2ndly after pouring the e2 pints of Guinness they just put the pints on the bar on front of them and carried on chatting - we we at the other end of the bar. we sat down on the empty side of the bar. I over heard the bar person refer to us as "f*cking w*nkers" because we sat down where they had just cleaned up - but hey it was 9.50!
at 10.55 they turned out all the lights and cashed up, no calling last orders or time just off with all the lights and then walked round putting the chairs on the tables. We obviously then sat in the dark slowly sipping our beer just to annoy them, we left at about 11.15 with out any response from the staff.

Usually this pub has service which has been good enough to comment on to friends but last night was appalling. I have no idea whether the manager/owner was a away but if you have any contact with these people it would be great if they got the feed back so it does not happen again. or alternatively if they have an email address I will contact them directly.

dan smith - 10 Jul 2003 16:46
A former real ale oriented free house, virtually next door to the Market Porter. Now refurbished and owned by Youngs - it's ok but not what it was. Sadly, before the change in ownership, the governor spent more time in the bookies than running the pub.
Simon - 11 Jun 2003 11:06
Now a good Young's pub (since 1999/2000?) Was once a much better freehouse (unofficially) owned by Bass Charrington but the maverick enterprising landlord kept an excellent range of guest beers on. Sadly the pub was always threatened with closure due to the works going on above and around it, so Youngs' purchase of the property was actually something of a reprieve. Starting in this pub, continuing at the Market Porter and finishing at the Royal Oak in Tabard Street makes up an excellent crawl!
lad_newton - 23 Apr 2003 19:13
Friendly, but rather sterile atmosphere...that said, its next to the Market Porter (good pub) and opposite the Borough market which has good food. Also try the pie and mash shop next to the Globe pub nearby
Andy Middleton - 17 Mar 2003 22:16
friendly service, nice ambiance & good ale
karyn - 16 Jan 2003 09:36

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