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The Southwark Tavern, London Bridge

Used to love this pub when it was a sprint over the bridge for a swifty at 11.00 when the City pubs didn't open till 11.30.
Still a good pub as they haven't trashed the interior, and a good range of well kept beers.
I know they are trained to serve short measures as a cynical means of gouging even more money out of honest drinkers, but employing enthusiastic European staff who probably really believe a pint pot should only contain a nominal amount of fluid is completely taking the piss.

3 Sep 2016 14:52

The Wheatsheaf, Borough

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

3 Sep 2016 14:35

The Bull's Head, Clerkenwell

If you find yourself in the nearby Thistle Hotel it might take you as much as 30 seconds to walk across the road to this perfect local London pub. Excellent beer (the Tim Taylors as good as it gets), very welcoming friendly Landlady and equally friendly local clientele. Pubs like this are heart and soul of communities. I can be a miserable and cynical git, but 2 hours here restored my faith in mankind

27 Mar 2015 00:08

The George, Soho

Beer was pretty decent (Spitfire) but at £3.90 a pint I would quit like a pint rather than 3/4 of a pint

27 Dec 2013 10:27

The Whittington Cat, Highgate

Lovely friendly pub which fortunately doesn't appear to have been touched for at least 30 years (except for the unobtrusive small flat screens with the sport). Hopefully the interior is listed.

The real bonus is the total absence of background music, allowing the (mostly Irish) customers to enjoy their conversations without having to shout at each other.

The Irish landlord is very friendly, and whilst there was no real ale available on our visit, the Guinness is as good as one might expect, and was selling well.

6 Feb 2013 12:37

The Charlotte Despard, Archway

In contrast to the previous comment I found the place welcoming enough as a total stranger, and the staff (landlord and lady?) seemed to have a good rapport with a number of the obvious regulars. Fairly busy with an after work crowd at 7pm in the evening. 4 ales on handpumps, of which the Wandle and Redemption Big Chief were both in excellent condition.

6 Feb 2013 12:15

The Three Horseshoes, Fazeley

While staying at the nearby Drayton Manor theme park Ipopped into this gem of a pub whilst waiting for a takeaway curry from the adjacent Indian restaurant.

This is the kind of place that makes me miss England. Friendly and amuzing group of local chaps sitting at the bar musing various issues, and equally friendly welcome from landlady.

Draught Bass and Marstons Pedigree on handpumps.. The Bass was superb, served with a generous but perfect tight head, and was topped up without request as a matter of form after the first mouthful.

Needless to say the curry (and awaiting missus) was getting cold by the time I could drag myself away.

Great little pub.

17 Aug 2012 16:01

Hudson Bay, Forest Gate

went in here after football the other night. Good choice of beers on tap and we had the Adnams and Abbott. First pint of Abbott a little vinegary but really good after that....probably just needed something drawn through the pipes.
Staff friendly and helpful, clientele a mixture of all sorts but seemed a friendly enough place. Great gents toilets, and at 2.20 a pint would have no problem at all going back here

29 Sep 2011 09:53

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