This pub was voted one of the best in Borough and Southwark by Londonist readers.
The Glad, as it's affectionately and muralistically known, is a smashing little pub hidden away at the quieter end of Borough High Street. We have to confess to overlooking it for years, as more famous local bars tugged at our attentions. Having now discovered the place, we'd rank it among our top 10 in London, let alone the Southwark/Borough area.
The main bar is effortlessly cosy, with candlelit tables for intimate discussion. A pub cat pads around, occasionally settling on the piano. An upstairs room continues the small-tables theme, and in warmer weather there's a small but quiet and sun-soaked terrace. This is not a place for large groups or rowdy revellers. That said, the pub also supports the live music scene, with free gigs on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The drinks choice is pretty decent without being remarkable. The food menu is limited to pies, but these are Pieminister pies, combining high quality with chucklesome wordplay. Fans of puns will also leave 'feeling Glad all over'.
Threats to the Glad's existence have thankfully been seen off by Southwark Council. All the more reason to raise a pint in its welcoming surrounds.
Last updated January 2016.