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user reviews of the Stamford Arms, Lambeth

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BITE now has a new page for the Thirsty Bear.
TiaMariaJim - 18 May 2012 11:30
Sad to see the Thirsty Bear has meant the demise of Conor's impeccably kept Ringwood beers. Not quite as bad as I expected but only Deuchars IPA and Bombardier available at the bar. Ordering from tables got you Heineken or Strongbow. Rather loud music, TV's gone, also the fruit machine. Nevertheless I will return sometime to see how tha Stamford's getting on.
TiaMariaJim - 11 May 2012 08:23
Sad to see this place sterilised as I had many great nights (and a few piss poor ones) drinking Harveys and watching the sport. Obvious thing about trendy bars is that something more trendy soon opens up nearby and then all the punters drift off to that one. I'll give this place a year before it closes, turns briefly into a restaurant and then becomes flats. I certainly won't be drinking there.
BothamsAshes - 30 Apr 2012 17:27
Refurbed and called the thirsty bear. Full of trendy young bar staff running back and forth doing lots of things except for pouring drinks, and tradesmen sitting at the bar clearly hacked off that "their" local has been tarted up to attract local offices. Mixture results in a peculiar atmosphere - at least you knew what you were getting in the old place!! Ale was good (when it eventually arrived) mind.
TommyRogers1979 - 14 Mar 2012 13:33
This has been refurbished and is now called The Thirsty Bear. Haven't been in yet but it's supposed to have automatic beer taps or something so you can serve yourself.
dammit96 - 18 Feb 2012 10:37
This is my favorite bar when I am in London. The Guv and Steffy are outstanding people. They both made me and my friend feel welcome. We were there to play darts, but they also have most of the football (soccer where I come from) matches. The crowd was friendly and easy to talk to. The pub has many nooks and crannies to enjoy your cocktail and friends. I can't wait to go back!
JackCoke - 30 Jun 2011 22:57
Two beers on Ringwood Best and Brakspear. Am rating this as 0 because not for the first time they have failed to provide food as promised for a darts match. Real rating as agony is 6/7.
GuideDogSaint - 18 Nov 2010 23:31
One I won't be frequenting again. Was refused service after having 5 pints and being told I had had too much. Not sure why. Was having lovely afternoon quietly playing darts in the corner. Bar staff were very amicable on the afternoon shift but Manager seemed to not show the same trait. Bit over the top making a pretend phone call to the police when friend asked if he could finish his drink before leaving. Is a shame as had brilliant time on our visit last summer chatting to landlord. Is a decent place but pipsqueak Manager turned it sour. Was never offensive too him or anyone in there or overly loud. Never mind. Just don't come here to enjoy yourself as may be asked to leave (won't get involved any subsequent reply posts saying I was probably off my head, abusive etc etc. I know we weren't but appreciate whatever I say won't persuade those who think otherwise). Bottoms up
johnwarkstache - 18 Sep 2010 17:34
This is THE pub I always visit on my frequent visits to London. I like most things about it. It has great beers on offer, a good mix of clientele and friendly and helpful staff who keep the place clean and tidy. The previous landlord, Nick was a gem and the new guvnor, Conor, is building on those foundations.

If you are looking for a traditional pub atmosphere offering great beers, good food and knowledgeable and friendly staff then this is the place to go. I'll certainly be paying frequent visits.
drhpatron - 28 Jul 2010 21:55
Had a few good nights in here recently. Great staff and a nice clientelle. A definate winner and a real find that I intend to spend more time in next time I visit London. If only all "locals" were this easy to be in!!
jumbomalc - 23 Jul 2010 19:15
Situated just down the road from The Mad Hatter, on which I have just posted, is The Stamford Arms, a traditional and pleasant, if somewhat unremarkable single bar pub with a number of different drinking areas and an additional area upstairs which doubles up as a function room.

The pub is part of the Market Taverns Group - which of course includes the well known Market Porter and also The Carpenters Arms ( Marble Arch ) - and it was a pleasant surprise to meet and have a longish chat with friendly landlord, Nick, who used to be at The Market Porter.

On my recent late evening visit, 2 beers from Ringwood were on, plus Yellowhammer from O' Hanlons, which is now brewed in Devon. The Ringwood Best - £3.00p - was in good form. Overall, however, I didn't get the impression that the pub majored on real ale, unlike either the Market Porter or The Carpenters. Notably, despite prominently displaying the large Harvey's barrel logo by the entrance, Harveys beer is no longer stocked. Nick told me that The Stamford Arms is tied to the Enterprise Inns guest list and it would apparently be too expensive to stock.

This pub - situated in Southwark incidentally, not Lambeth - is well worth a visit when you're in the area and I'll definitely revisit when I get the opportunity.
JohnBonser - 2 Jun 2010 08:56
just got home after a great day in this fantastic place. watched the sports, had a great meal, chatted to the friendly staff and read five papers cover to cover which were provided free. nick the landlord has created the perfect place to spend my sundays.
plasticscouser - 8 Feb 2009 23:06
IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A new guv'nor has cleaned this place up. the beer is good again , the stale smells have vanished and the staff are smiling at last. lets hope it continues!
whippit - 24 Nov 2008 13:42
A reasonable pub with Harveys and guest beer. Habitués of the Market Porter will be pleased to know that Nick is running it at present having given up the Blue Boar.
TiaMariaJim - 24 Nov 2008 12:01
Quite a nice friendly atmosphere inside this pub which I've only visited a couple of times, both briefly. Not had any ale here; Black Sheep was on when I visited which is always good, but if the previous reviewer's comments on ale quality are accurate, perhaps doesn't mean that much.
grecian - 24 Nov 2008 11:31
OK-ish sort of pub, but let down by one of the worst pints of Harveys that I have had for a long time. Perhaps I came on a bad day, but I couldn't really recommend this place to anybody in case they also get a duff pint (and the bar staff didn't look like they cared much anyway).
rpadam - 17 Apr 2008 23:16
Basic interior is more than made up for by the excellent beer choice (Harveys plus guests) and good service. There are a large number of TV's showing Sky Sports, but the atmosphere in the place is very friendly so it's a recommened venue for the big matches.
BothamsAshes - 16 May 2007 11:07
tufnellparka - 18 Jan 2007 15:11
This is my lunchtime local and I think its great. Full of perhaps unusual but funny locals, plus level headed, down to earth office workers

If you want a decent pint (lager or ale)some honest pub grub and perhaps a game of darts ( thats what I do at lunch!) you cant beat it. They also put on a great quiz night there.

A proper honest boozer. Recently they have a complete change of staff which seems to have slowed the food service down which is a shame. Can anyone confirm it hasnt changed hands at all? Only negative will be theres NO ventalation so if you dont like smoky pubs then avoid.

Otherwise I love this place and would recommend it to all. 9/10

Anyway, great pub, onl
selondoner - 7 Jun 2006 17:14
My bosses "visit" this pub atleast twice a week and find it to be their favourite in the area. It's not my personal choice but the atmosphere is good and we have had no complaints about the food either
dvs - 13 Mar 2006 11:20
The pub is full of NICE AND FRIENDLY commoners, funny bar staff, will go there again, very nice atmosphere.
anonymous - 11 Sep 2005 12:58
This pub is full of commoners. I prefer to drink in places where you can get decent champagne and where there aren't fights breaking out all over. The last time I went here, (under duress I can tell you), there were old men dribbling over the young ladies and some pikey tried to show me his dangly one. We are not amused.
louisemmmkay - 19 Aug 2005 16:05
Mine host is one of de finest in south london, and the crow's nest can be a laugh when it isn't booked out with saps having lunch and dinner, blocking the bar for real drinkers
bennyblanco - 6 Dec 2004 14:44
Tip Top.
anonymous - 6 Dec 2004 14:34
Visited when in London for the Great British Beer Festival this Summer by recommendation. Found it a really pleasant pub & the beer was in good condition too.
frank - 25 Sep 2004 17:18
Not a bad pub, the food's quite good and not overpriced. The bar staf are friendly and they show a wide variety of sports on SKY, although mostly premier league football, which is the main reason that I visit.
Peter - 30 Dec 2003 16:48
Had my "leaving-do" here, when I left BT in 1998 with 3 of my colleges. We totally packed the upstairs bar for 8 hours. The bar staff had a great work-out, pulling the excellent Harveys Bitter all the way up from the cellar, 2 floors down. The 4 of us bunged £1200 over the counter and we all drank the lot and more. We all had a great day and this was just one of a long series of BT "leaving-do's". Mashed for weeks.
John - 23 Sep 2003 03:37

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