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The Southwark Tavern, London Bridge - pub details

Southwark Tavern
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Address: 22, Southwark St, London Bridge, London, SE1 1TU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2288) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations London Bridge (0.2 miles), Borough (0.3 miles), Cannon Street (0.5 miles)

Nearest DLR stations Bank (0.6 miles), Tower Gateway (0.9 miles)

Nearest train stations London Bridge (0.3 miles), Cannon Street (0.5 miles), Blackfriars (0.7 miles)

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user reviews of the Southwark Tavern, London Bridge

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Another pub that I've been coming to for a long while but this was the first visit in ages. Place was very packed and very noisey - next to impossible to hold a conversation with my mates. No one minds the hubbub of conversation but playing loud piped music in a pub that is all hard surfaces is a basic mistake.

Had a pint of Holy Grail (named after the Monty Python film and a Black Sheep ale). First pint was fine. Second pint was cloudy - the barman himself held it up to the light but still served it to me!! It was just about drinkable and I couldn't be bothered to send it back but he did turn the clip around after serving me. As for pint three - the bar was so busy it was hard to see what was on so just went for a pint of Meantime; not really my cup of tea but it was okay.

Too noisey and too packed to be enjoyable and beer not great. Won't rush back.
on_the_brightside - 30 Mar 2019 17:50
Good looking, comfortable pub. Solid real ale selection including St. Austell's Proper Job. Gets busy of an evening. Mid-afternoon visit not nearly as crowded.
aerodrome - 17 Apr 2018 00:23
I seem to recall having been in here during the dim and distant past. But my latest visit was better than expected. It enjoys a prominent location on the corner as you enter Borough Market. But it didn't feel too crowded or touristy. The ale range was also quite good - Sharp's Doom Bar, St Austell Proper Job, Adnams The Herbalist, Saltaire Triple Chocoholic, Thornbridge Wild Holly & Black Out Porter. I don't remember receiving short measures. But I'd had a few and may not have noticed.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Feb 2018 15:15
Used to love this pub when it was a sprint over the bridge for a swifty at 11.00 when the City pubs didn't open till 11.30.
Still a good pub as they haven't trashed the interior, and a good range of well kept beers.
I know they are trained to serve short measures as a cynical means of gouging even more money out of honest drinkers, but employing enthusiastic European staff who probably really believe a pint pot should only contain a nominal amount of fluid is completely taking the piss.
vic_boner - 3 Sep 2016 14:52
Popped in on the way home after football on a Tuesday night a few weeks back.

6 hand pumps with 4 ales on, these were St Austell Tribute , Timothy Taylor Landlord, Sharps Doombar and my choice which was Navigation's Britannia @ 3.8%.

I have not visited the Southwark Tavern for several years, it still has a lovely interior. Wood panelling, wooden flooring & some interesting lights hanging above the bar.

Half full on this visit but as it got close to last orders the pub emptied pretty quickly. A few bar staff on including the female manager, music playing in the back ground.

This is a decent pub but probably needs to be visited before 10.30pm to get a glimpse of the atmosphere as there wasn’t much about on this visit.
lezford - 10 May 2016 14:13

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