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Refurbished and reopened in early 2011 following a lengthy closure, Simon the Tanner might at first glance seem a bit of a wild-card, situated in a slightly dislocated part of town. However, the rise of nearby Bermondsey Street must have carried this place, too.
This smart pub has a strong community feel, with a strong beer-focused offering. The rotating beer selection often features London (or near-London) independent breweries, as well as other excellent UK brewers including Harviestoun and BrewDog.
The staff seem enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their beer, and can probably help you out if you're having difficulty deciding. Food is fun and thoroughly British, with items such as fish-finger sandwiches and bangers & mash at decent prices, plus various Sunday roast options.
As well as namechecking a saint, Simon the Tanner also references the area's past. These parts of Bermondsey were once well known for the tanning industry, a vocation also alluded to in the nearby Leather Exchange pub — also worth a visit.
Quiz night is Tuesday.
Last updated September 2019