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I strongly object to pubs that charge nearly as much for a half as they do for a pint. This is one of them. Avoid it!
John_R - 8 Oct 2019 22:53
Whilst the facility was occasionally used by our business and team under its previous management, we never felt it truly met our needs. Under the new management of GARY and WILL, however we feel proud to take both clients and partners there for food or drinks.
We genuinely see The Leather Exchange as an asset to the Leather Market and are regular patrons of both its inside and outside spaces. The management and staff are friendly, professional and accommodating whatever our needs and the quality of food in particular has made The Leather Exchange our first choice venue in the area our team and clients alike.
glocko - 30 Sep 2010 14:28
I go here every week as I live locally, I can't speak highly enough about it so I will post a comment I noticed below on Twitter

Post by Lib Dem Councillor Tim McNally on SE1 Twitter forum

timmcn Monday 3 May 2010 8.14pm
Yes. Have tried it last week. The new chef (since a couple of weeks ago) comes from a gastropub in the Muswell Hill area and the food is amazing...

They do a three course deal with wines carefully chosen to match the food, including very nice pudding wine, or a two course menu with a free bottle of wine.

Spoke to the owner and they really seem to be onto a winner.

Hope that doesn't mean it becomes impossible to get a table...

aroo - 8 May 2010 19:50
Atalanta Hallawell: "
" Had dinner at the LX on Friday night..........tried the herbed polenta with glazed balsamic artichokes, feta and walnuts, followed by the seabass on white bean puree and then the cheesecake (shared!). The food was fantastic......the dishes were interesting, the flavours fresh and all cooked perfectly. The food compares... extremely favourably to other local eateries such as the Garrison, Village East and Bermondsey Kitchen. The new chef, Nick, is a great addition to the LX and I can see the 'Leather Uppers' becoming a regular weekly destination for dinner. P.S. The cocktails are great too - thoroughly recommend the Raspberry Chilli Martini!!
foodie23 - 8 May 2010 16:41
Andy Thorne: "
" Working within the Leathermarket gives The Leather Exchange a certain ease for lunch, However just being convenient isn't really the reason we go there. The Owners Will and Gary are great guys, Tom, Halie and all the Staff couldn't be friendlier or more helpful, The food is always first class, i can honestly say we hav...e never had a bad meal there and the Sauvignon blanc is very tasty, we have gone through a good few bottles!!! There is always a friendly fun atmosphere and if you haven't visited yet, i would recommend you do!!!
jonny56 - 8 May 2010 16:30
A quiet Saturday night but a great little place, had a nice chat with the new manager, and although Aussie, he is all ears open to what the general customer requires and desires.
Contrary to previous posts, the music was taylored to the level of custom, and the service was suprisingly personal from the bar maid.
I would quite happily walk the 10 minutes from London Bridge to remove myself from the pretentious rubbish that borders on the city.

Nice beer, nice people......GIVE IT A GO!!!!!
booie - 7 Mar 2010 02:33
What used to be a great pub near (but not too near) London Bridge, has turned into a disgrace. Slow service, poor food and a limited selection of beer.

It's no surprise to watch the reviews go from positive to negative since the new manager took over. The new guys don't seem to know what they're doing.
CJohnson - 22 Jan 2010 12:43
I contacted the pub in December 2009 to see if I could hire the upstairs room for a birthday party in January 2010. I was informed by a manager that the function room was full but I could have the pub downstairs for a private party.

I provisionally booked it and then came down to have a look at the pub a few days later to pay my deposit.

After viewing the pub I tried to pay my deposit by card with a different manager on 31 December 2009. He told me that they were just waiting to sort out their new terms and conditions for 2010 and that they would contact me in a few days to sort out the payment. He confirmed my name and assured me that the booking was definately secure so there would be no problems.

After inviting people to the party I called the pub back around 7 January 2010 and was informed that the pub had a number of bookings for the same day "and they had not decided who they wanted yet". I was very annoyed.

They said that a party had been cancelled that weekend due to the snow and that they planned to reschedule for the same day as my party.The manager said he wanted to "honor this". He was not bothered that I had already invited people and that it would be difficult to find another venue quickly.

I asked the manager to call me back the next day. I never received a call.

Very poor management indeed. I would not recommend this pub to anyone, especially not for a party as you may end up turning up and not having a venue. Totally untrustworthy and I am not surprised by the comment posted on 7 January 2010.
K11 - 21 Jan 2010 09:12
I've visited this pub many, many times and hired it for a handful of private parties in the past. I will never do so again while the pub is under the current management.

Just before Christmas, I hired the upstairs bar with a £100 deposit. During the night, the manager broke the news that there was a £750 minimum spend if I wanted to get my deposit back. This was the first mention of it, we had agreed no such minimum spend previously. Since it was a small party, we were unlikely to hit this target but my friends rose to the competition and we eventually broke the £750 barrier.

At the end of the night, I sought out the manager to get my deposit back, at this point he decided that, due to some unspecific - and indeed nonexistent - damage to the toilet, he would be keeping my deposit. I argued for as long as I could be bothered but to no avail.

This used to be a brilliantly run pub but unfortunately while it's in the hands of a crook, I certainly can't recommend it to anyone.
phnar - 7 Jan 2010 11:35
A Fuller’s pub seemingly, but with only London Pride and Discovery on. The Pride tasted like it was supposed to taste, and at £3.20 a pint not particularly cheap. Furnishings are somewhat minimalist – some sofas, normal tables with what appears to be recycled kindergarten or primary school chairs (a new one on me) and a couple of high stools that look like 70s IKEA rejects. They’re probably worth a £100 a pair though. There was some music being played (didn’t recognise it) too loudly for my taste, plus a TV that was switched off. There’s not much on the walls – one large chalkboard just had “coming soon” written on it. I wonder what is coming soon? I doubt whether I shall return to find out. I found this place to be a bit soulless and uninspiring, but I suppose it must appeal to some people as there were a dozen or so punters in there.
RexRattus - 1 Oct 2009 09:14
Confused - it says it's a Fullers pub on the boarding outside but inside the menus and decor don't bear it out. Only London Pride on handpull. Pleasant enough pub if a little pricey.
chick - 2 Oct 2008 09:33
Nice enough Fullers pub. The Pride was well kept. Pale Ale also available. Not too sure about the trendy plastic chairs and decor, but it's not so bad that it drives you out.
mrse1 - 24 May 2008 10:27
A delightful establishment, the bar staff were a joy, particuarly the young the glass collector, I believe was called Mike, who was very 'accomodating' and pleasant, ensuring all my dirty glasses were collected swiftly as soon as my drink had finished - top service all round!
getout - 31 Dec 2007 15:53
A lovely pub for a few low key pints. Can be disupted by the local Rahs playing their Rugby Boy/Boarding School games, but this cannot reflect on the pub as a whole.

The beer is well kept, the food resonable and staff friendly. A special mention has to go to Mickey, the delightful and charming glass collector who should be promoted to landlord! Professional and georgous to boot! I will be back . . .
getout - 31 Dec 2007 15:48
Elegant old premises as others describe, with a young and smart clientele.
Charming enough though rather noisy.

The night I was there the London Pride had run out and there was only ESB, which then ran out - so I have the feeling this is one of those pubs with dwindling demand for real ale, leading to not ordering it, leading real ale.

Also it is a little steep - £3.70 a go for the bottled ale after the run-out.
AbeC - 20 Dec 2007 23:29
Cool pub this, I've been in a couple of times recently, fairly quiet during the week though, it has a nice relaxed atmosphere and the barstaff are friendly, food wasn't bad either
Brocky - 11 Sep 2007 16:26
Went here for lunch and loved it so much we went back for drinks in the evening. Nicely modernised with lots of charm. Food was lovely without being overly fussy.

A nicely alternative to other local pubs and bars.
simpsonp - 11 Mar 2007 11:45
Went in for an early evening dinner last night a and liked this pub. It was empty when we walked in at about 5pm but quickly filled up.

The place is well decorated, clean and the staff were friendly. Food was outstanding (we have the mushroom, goats cheese and pesto burger) but the lager was slightly flat and a tiny bit warm,

Would go back a second time as this place is convenient but not one I would travel far for.

Badgers - 22 Nov 2006 13:29
Popped into the Leather Exchange for the first time on my lunch with a couple of colleges, have to say it has changed since i was last there. Had a lovely swordfish steak for lunch which was washed down with a resonable priced glass of wine. I will definatly be back again.
zoedew - 12 Feb 2006 18:14
We visited the leather exchange last friday night, and were amazed to find some fantastic singers performing there. What a good way to spend an evening, nice burger excellent pint of london Pride and a nice warm atmosphere.
sentfrom - 11 Feb 2006 17:48
Worst food I have ever eaten. I can't believe this is the same pub described. I had beef stroganoff which was a bright salmon colour, had tough chewy meat in it and all it tasted of was lots and lots of garlic.

What amazes me is that we saw the staff tucking into same dish afterwards!

My mates ate the pie which was just as bad...

splat93 - 3 Feb 2006 14:18
As previously described. Excellent gastro-food (some of us beer drinkers like food as well). Well-kept Fullers beers. Excellent range of malts (especially) and wines. And quiet.
petesmitty - 9 Jan 2006 22:09
Indeed strangley out of place for where it is, the result of an ill-advised refurbishment by Fullers. However as is said below that doesn't stop the customers treating it like the locals' pub is should be rather than the gastro wine bar it aspires to be. Certainly worth a look if you fancy a change from the many other decent (some outstanding) choices hereabouts.
nickdavies - 4 Aug 2005 10:11
Feels out of place for an area which is dominated by high rise council blocks - it's food and wine orientated and not particularly cheap either. I didn't overly dislike the place, it just felt odd, more like the kind of establishment you expect to find in an up and coming area.
Having said that, it seemed full of normal pub-type customers on my visit yesterday evening, so perhaps the locals aren't put off by the yuppie feel of the place.
London Pride in good nick - but at a premium price of £ 2.70 and, all in all, being a proper-pub enthusiast, I cant see myself going here again

JohnBonser - 15 Apr 2005 14:13
A very friendly pub that serves good food and a good range of wine. They have more whiskies than you can imagine. A good place to go for a quiet pub meal and a bottle of wine or pint of pride.
anonymous - 3 Feb 2005 09:56
Completely agree with SE1 Local, there is no better pub for food, loopy staff, wine choice and atmosphere in London. Please remove...
Leathermarket Local - 3 Jun 2004 17:19
Great spot, fantastic atmosphere, delicious food. Please take this pub off your website, we don't everyone finding out our secret.
SE1 Local - 23 Dec 2003 13:05
Great burgers
Good pint of London Pride
Big tables
Good selection of single malts
Friendly staff

mike levey - 30 Sep 2002 17:48

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