This pub was voted one of the best in Borough and Southwark by Londonist readers.
A proper old favourite in Borough Market, this one depends on your visiting time as to how much you get out of it. During Peak Market, you'll do well to get a glimpse of the bar. Out of hours, you'll find a pleasant and relaxing interior where time seems to stand still.
The pub follows an unusual S-shaped conformation, with the primary curl wrapping round the bar and the snaking tail heading off into some back rooms. This place takes its ales seriously, with up to nine options on draught (hint: don't be fooled by the limited range you see when you first walk in; most of the pumps are hidden round the corner of the bar).
Cheap and cheerful bar food is available on this level (except Saturday for some reason), but head upstairs for the slightly classier dining room. Pleasingly, this space is also open for breakfast (pre-book), with the full English peculiarly paired with a glass of cava. Granted, there are enough pubs in Borough to fuel a full-day pub crawl, but do you really want to start at 7am?
Last updated February 2015.