Supposedly the oldest pub on the Thames; supposedly built on the launching point for the Pilgrim Fathers; and supposedly the only UK pub licensed to sell US stamps... the Mayflower carries a bevy of claims to fame. A more recent accolade is being voted second best pub on the Thames by Londonist readers — not bad for a place that's a good ways from central London.
There's no arguing with its charms. Dark timber beams, dangling mugs, low ceilings and a forest of plants make it hard to describe without slipping in the word 'cosy'. The first floor dining room is well known for good food at good value, and you're unlikely to get a table unless you've booked. The ale selection is pretty decent, with six beers on cask on our most recent visit. No London Pride here. The plum seats (in summer) are out on the riverside decking beneath the star-spangled banner. But beware. At high tide, people in the front row will get wet.
A recent addition to the pub is the 'Descendants Book'. Anyone visiting who claims direct descent from one of the Pilgrim Fathers is welcome to sign. Not only did the settlers supposedly embark from this spot, their ship the Mayflower was also left to rot here upon its return.
On Twitter as @MayflowerPub.
Last updated July 2017.