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It’s taken a while to get round to visit this one but finally made it this week when doing a small crawl south of Tower Bridge and finished up spending most of the evening in here.
This reinvented upmarket craft and cask ale house has been well described by previous reviewers but it is quite impressive how many good beers they manage to cram into the small corner bar area. The four ale pumps had Roosters Weakender, Bedlam Brewery Benchmark,Five Points Brewing Railway Porter and Belleville Valley Blanche for our visit and although we didn’t try any the 10 keg pumps, these had a varied selection of decent craft offerings from the likes of Cronx, ELB, Five Points and Belleville. And then there were a lot more choice contained in cans and bottles in the fridges behind the bar.
A real Brucey bonus for our visit was that Belleville are the brewer of the month for the pub and they were in on our evening going around offering free tasters of their core beers. So we got free tasters of their Blonde and Pale Ales on top of decent pints from Bedlam and Five points..
I certainly won’t leave it so long to pay a return visit to here.

Gann - 30 Mar 2017 14:33
Good bar in the 'modern beer style'. Popped in eight-ish on a Monday night and a good mix of regulars and visitors. The Redemption on cask was spot on, and the lad behind the bar knew his stuff. The keg selection was a bit underwhelming, but plenty of good London bottles to get stuck into. Food looked snacky and nice. Not cheap but where is round these parts. 8/10
dry_riser_inlet - 27 Mar 2015 11:28
Good choice of breweries from around the country and the beer has always been in great condition when I've been in. The staff have always been friendly and knowledgeable too. I think I'll be paying a visit more often when I'm in the area.
vicpark - 27 Mar 2014 16:59
A good alternative to the chain coffee places when ambling around the Dickensian streets of the Shad Thames area, this was the venue for a works' Christmas lunch and the food and service were superb - I especially enjoyed my turkey. Downstairs, it hovers between excellence and averageness but the ale selection is good, albeit more of the fizzy, microbrew variety than traditional English ale. Prices aren't cheap as you would expect for how the neighbourhood has changed.
BoehmBawerk - 26 Dec 2013 09:33
very disappointed with our recent visit, the staff were very slow and very rude, two beers came to over £11.
the main problem came when we were ignored at the bar for 5 minutes in a pretty empty pub. then the unfriendly bar staff charged us extra for an alternative beer when realising they didnt have another barrel available. this was after sitting around for ten minutes, it would have been ok if she was friendly about it, rather than hostile.
inside the pub there was no atmosphere.

The nearby Drafthouse and Anchor Tap pubs are a lot more friendly and better value for money

I wouldn't recommend the Dean Swift at all.
emmaworthing - 29 Mar 2013 19:36
Popped in for the first time on Monday evening, very impressed, good selection of unusual lagers and four cask ales, the ales were all on top form the Windsor & Eton being particularly good. I didn't eat but the food looked good, and a reasonable for a Monday, early doors. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
wellinformed - 2 May 2012 11:55
Nice modern pub. Four cask ales with an emphasis on Windsor & Eaton brews(very nice) and some VERY expensive keg craft beers - tried the Stone Smoked Porter at an eye-watering 4.50 for a half and it tasted thin, gassy and cold. Very friendly and attentive service and good food. Highly recommended, but avoid the keg.
baxterfish - 25 Feb 2012 11:48
I visited on a Friday evening after work a few weeks ago. It seemed a good pub and the beer was good. The only problem was that it was so crowded that we had to stand outside in the cold. I'd go back to try it again, but at a less busy time.
hitchinsampler - 2 Dec 2011 23:28
Only 2 beers on when I tried this pub, and I had a pint of Titanic. Beer was good, but at 3.80 for a mid-range draught ale, I would hope so. Bottled beers were way out of my price range.
Place felt more like a cafe than a pub, and at these prices, I probably won't be back.
Perry - 15 Nov 2011 22:44
My new favoutite pub, after moving into the area last year. Great beer selection, and the bar staff are not only friendly, but seem to remember everything you drank on previous visits, which is a nice touch. And there's never an aggressive atmosphere, unlike in some of the other locals nearby.

bendybazz - 10 Jun 2011 09:35
Had a look in here mainly because I drink in the 'sister pub'
the Old Red Cow in Clerkenwell. Max the guv'nor designed both bars.
On the Sunday afternoon I visited, it was not that crowded, most people were sitting at tables 'Wi-Fi'-ing or watching the football.
Had a pint of Redemption (forget which) and some Windsor&Eton Dark IPA (really!) The bar is small and full of 'stuff'; six ? fonts and four hand-pumps, and there is a lot of food traffic, but beer service is quick, and Max always takes time out to talk about what beers are on. Didn't see any 'grown men with jewelry' (previous review) but there *were* a couple of Bermondsey 'Geezers' showing their posh totty around the 'manor'. All in all, a great start to what
was a very nice Sunday afternoon; walked up by Guys and the Shard of Glass (awesome), and had a mini-crawl round the local pubs, mostly Youngs, would you believe?

ThLoneBoozer - 18 May 2011 17:50
Used to be a good little pub to watch rugby in but has changed massively it seems. Went there a month ago and it was full of what looked like characters from 'the only way is essex'. I counted at least 10 grown men wearing jewellery. It's a shame because it used to have character, now the proletariat masses have runied it and it is the same as 90% of other places.
Pubfan123 - 20 Apr 2011 12:25
This is my local so obviously I love it. Not remotely the same pub as before 2010. Complete remake as a Local Beer House. Not cheap but the beers are great, superbly kept, regularly changed and with a superb selection on cask, keg and in bottle. Local London breweries well represented, including Kernel just around the corner! The staff know about beer and are immensely friendly. It also has nice opening hours - to midnight Sunday through Thursday, 1.00 am Friday and Saturday.
stealingthunder - 30 Mar 2011 19:14
This is a great pub, with an interesting range of beers. The beers are relatively pricey (3.50 / 3.60 a pint), but are well kept so worth it. I stick to the cask beers however as the bottled beers are much more expensive!

Very disappointed with the pubs recent move to full table service, I find this very irritating and would much prefer a return to the previous bar service.
dj86 - 28 Feb 2011 10:23
Yes the Dean Swift is excellent. Max, the new manager is obviously doing something right as the pub was really busy. Beers in good nick with a great selection.
GrahamA - 15 Jan 2011 07:20
Bloody lovely. Not massive but barman tells me an upstairs area is opening in Jan 2011 after a short closure. Great selection of beers - Redemption's Fellowhouse Porter, Sambrook's Wandle and two Brew Dogs were the pick on my visit. Good atmosphere and free wifi. Whoever did the pub's branding deserves high praise too.
mikewhills - 29 Dec 2010 17:13
I like this place, I went here with my daughter and we had a great cosy section of the bar, I wouldnt like to be here on a football night thought as I heard it is full to the brim.

Still I very nice spot
claphammom - 14 May 2010 15:58
Been in here twice more since my last visit and have found it decent enough on both occasions. Efficient and friendly bar staff and nice atmosphere.
telephones_and_toliets - 6 Jan 2010 14:25
An interesting pub, and pretty busy for the World Cup Qualifier last night. The Deuchars was ok, and Timothy Taylor available as well as the usual top end lagers.Decor modern understated. Strangely they didnt serve food, but were quite happy for punters to pick up their takeway of choice and bring into the pub to eat. I was initially a bit put out by this, but on reflection, and with a choice of Thai, Indian, Pizza all doable within half-time this worked quite well.
Earlybath - 10 Sep 2009 13:42
A nice little place thats cosy and out of the way. A fairly decent crowd as well. Wouldnt be adverse to another visit.
telephones_and_toliets - 13 Jul 2009 16:07
This is a small one room pub with a tiny bar in the corner. The Landlord and Pride were both off, but the Deuchars was good, although I had to ask for it to be topped up, which it was without any fuss from the cheerful governor. Fosters, Becks, Stella, Leffe, Staropramen and Guinness were also available for the lager drinkers.

There are a couple of plasma screens for the showing of Sky and Setanta and I could imagine this being a good venue to watch live sports. There were some decent old songs being played as background music and I also got the feeling that they have live music some nights, but I may be wrong.

It was not as busy as other pubs in the area, but it is a little out of the way so I wouldnt expect a lot of passing trade. There is a quiz every Sunday night that seems popular looking at the amount of teams in the league.

Although this place is nothing special I found it very welcoming and would return.
Strongers - 8 Jun 2009 12:15

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