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A few of Us had lunch today, was absolutely rammed! Very busy pub, a little off the beaten track but worth a visit in our opinion. Good beers on tap, lovely décor and now the home of my favourite burger in London!
MarioLG - 23 Dec 2013 18:30
Came in as i wandered the backstreets and i found this little gem!
We ordered the chilli burger the halloumi burger and believe it or not they were in fact amazing!
they had pedigree and cumberland ales on tap but more than that they had over 100 whiskies!
but me and my missus stuck to the beer.
the staff were very welcoming and very caring and polite - a young man named Joe and a young lady named Dasha (I hope I spelt it right!)
We will definitely be recommending this pub to all our friends!
Definitely worth a visit!
BeerDrinker90 - 19 Dec 2013 04:24
Not really a destination for the ale enthusiast but an awesome selection of whisky available if thats your thing. Beers on were Bombardier and Flowers I.P.A. The Flowers was ok but not anything special. Worth a visit for the whisky menu.
Picasso09 - 28 Jun 2011 23:15
A real gem of a pub! Highly reccomend making a trip to visit this pub. It has a huge range of Scottish Single Malt whisky's. The food is decent for a pub and is reasonably priced. However the huge range of Whisky is the real attraction. I went along with a couple of friends and the Barman was simply outstanding, very friendly and chatty and hugely impressive in his knowledge and service. He was able to pick out just the right whisky for each of us! They have 2 ales on and 3 lagers and unfortuantly only one cider on tap.
The pub has it all going on, the staff really make it as a welcoming environment, the food is good and the booze is well priced, it has its quirky features and characters in the pub which keep it fresh.
fromthedonkeysarse - 14 Mar 2011 20:35
First ever visit to this pub last Saturday afternoon - no startling revelations to add as previous reviews more or less say it all - good service and enormous range of single malts. Combined with the Whitesmiths Arms a good contrast for a mini-crawl of this vicinity.
Dartitis - 11 Feb 2011 16:59
This pub is really much better than you would imagine from the street! Nicely appointed inside, a couple of ales on plus a huge whisky list if that is your thing, and good, friendly staff. Only real gripe is that the layout means it can get quite packed in front of the bar where groups prefer to stand to chat, even if there are plenty of tables free, so it can be slightly hard work getting through the pack to get to the toilets and back
tonyandrachel - 15 Jan 2011 14:22
I do like this pub. Very friendly and helpful staff. Two ales on Bombardier and Adnams. Adnams was good.

But to be honest this pub is really one for the whisky lover. Excellent selection including an English single Malt from Norfolk. I had a 8 year old cask strength Springbank and a Longrow.

Manager tempted us with a free nip of Canadian Single Malt. Lets just say the Canadian should leave it to the Scots.

Well worth a visit if you find yourself in the Guys Hospital area.
TheHorsesMouth - 15 Sep 2010 12:32
Worth a visit, good looking pub inside and out, nice big bright windows facing west, I had the Flowers IPA which was fine, but next time will head straight for a Whisky.
beerandpaperman - 17 Aug 2010 00:55
Was in here on Friday Night at the end of a pub crawl. 2 beers on which were good. Still does the hugh selection of Whiskies. Very friendly staff.

Talking to manager he indicated that the pub is going no where and only the flats above are being developed.

Well worth a visit, especially if you like your single malts.
TheHorsesMouth - 1 Mar 2010 12:48
This is another backstreet boozer that has moved away from its traditional roots and moved upmarket. There was only one ale on Ė Bombardier Ė which actually tasted particularly good, but possibly only in contrast to the Courage Best I had had in the previous pub. They did have a second handpump that had a clip turned round, but it seems they only ever have one ale on, and the clip that had been turned round was in fact an ancient Wells Bombardier clip. The food menu was fairly limited but the homemade burger I had was absolutely superb, and reasonably priced at £6.00 as it came with chips and a salad garnish. But whiskies are this pubís stock in trade. They had literally dozens of single malts on offer, many of which were unknown to me, advertised on a large chalkboard taking up one wall of the pub. They even have a brass spigot on the bar, dispensing ice cold water I was told, so that customers can add water themselves to their whiskey.

Furnishings consist of normal tables and chairs (of the hard wooden variety), plus some sofas. The main bar at the front is bare boarded, with what are some ancient, and probably original, floor boards. It looks to have been extended to the rear, with the flooring a modern pseudo pine board covering I believe. The walls where I was sitting were adorned with some interesting Port of London Authority prints of the docksí layout.

The lady who served me was very friendly and helpful. Now I donít usually like these sort of upwardly mobile pubs, but I nevertheless liked this one very much. Down to the friendly atmosphere I suppose, or possibly the excellent whisky selection, but certainly not the ale choice. I may return, probably with a chum who is a whisky afficionado.
RexRattus - 1 Oct 2009 09:12
How very sad to hear that Punch have sold for £400,000 the freehold of this lovely Britannia pub in Kipling Street at The Borough.
The new developer owner plans to redevelop the pub creating. "residential and investment opportunities". Like we really need more flats here?
The Britannia is a charming old, renovated hidden pub gem in dear old South London; just behind Mr Guy's wonderful hospital, that still feels like a proper London pub. Very good service, friendly, welcoming staff. and excellent ales. However, most of all over 100 whiskies are on offer too. Yet for how long now?

Another knock out blow to the British pub culture and loss to the Borough/Bermondsey history scene. Rush on down there and enjoy it as whilst you still can. And spit another curse towards Punch and it's soon forth coming financial collapse for doing so.

MRLONDON - 21 Sep 2009 10:16
Just been sold to a property developer by Punch....for conversion.
Clivers - 14 Sep 2009 15:39
Popped in here on a monday lunchtime. Wasn't expecting much. To my surprise found a nice pub serving a plethora of whiskies. Only one ale, Bombadier but that was OK. One for the whisky buff rather than the ale drinker but I like whisky so fine by me!!!
TheHorsesMouth - 5 Mar 2009 17:28
Was in at lunctime, first visit. Nice cosey pub, food very good, had the home made burger that was home made, very tasty and good value. Other meals being served look equally as good. Only one real ale on, loads of malt whiskeys. Landlord/barmen very freindly and nice local atmosphere. Would go back.
Alfnoax - 27 Jan 2009 14:57
Pleasant, good looking Victorian pub, nice refurb job and the Bombadier - the only real ale on - was fine.
chick - 2 Oct 2008 09:19
lovely with lots of whiskies and nice atmosphere, tucked away, one of the better pubs around SE1
stereolabrador - 4 Jan 2006 17:27
This pub was recently overhauled. It's a real find - good beer, excellent food, candles, a little brass tap on the bar for water (this is great, for some reason) and a full bar including something like 25 whiskies. Best pub in Borough.
Papps Jr - 16 Nov 2004 23:42
A little bit out of the way, but the food is great and there are comfy settees to lounge on afterwards. Good wine list too.
Alice - 21 Oct 2004 17:11
Lovely pub by Guy's hospital - excellent food, esp the steak. Very good staff
R Tennant - 1 Dec 2003 18:16

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