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The Market Porter (Market Taverns)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Elland - South Sea PaleExcellent1
Kent - Old JamaicaExcellent1
Adnams - Cashmere IPAExcellent1
Empire - Twisted Melon BlondeExcellent1
Wooden Hand - Cornish IPAExcellent1
Clouded Minds - N253 Oatmeal Pale AleExcellent1
Rudgate - Brew No. 16 Stars & StripesGood1
Settle - Dragon FireGood1
Loddon - P.O.T.U.S. Good1
Beartown - Pale Zesty BearGood1
York - Terra NovaGood1
Dawkins - Resolution IPAGood1
Langham - Christmas Cracker (2014) Good1
Wooden Hand - Cornish BuccaneerGood1
Salopian - Shropshire GoldGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood3
Marston's - Single Hop: BelmaGood1
G2 - Plough Good1
Reunion - MonroeAcceptable1
Rudgate - Wangle HopperAcceptable1
G2 - Vela BlondePoor1
Beowulf - Finn's Hall PorterNot Tried0
Wentworth - The Full MaltyNot Tried0
Loch Ness - Red NessNot Tried0
Wychwood - The Market Porter Winter Ale (house beer)Not Tried0
Harvey's - Christmas AleNot Tried0
Springhead - OutlawedNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - Winter WarmerNot Tried0
Weltons - MagogNot Tried0
Binghams - Coffee StoutNot Tried0
Salopian - Divine ComedyNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - Dorset CrossNot Tried0
Lytham - Berry BlondeNot Tried0
Cottage - DuchessNot Tried0
Intrepid - PorterNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - South Down Harvest AleNot Tried0
Lymestone - Stone the CrowsNot Tried0
Andwell - King JohnNot Tried0
Arundel - FestivalNot Tried0
Grafton - Priors Well PaleNot Tried0
Maxim - MXM Centennial Steam BeerNot Tried0
Marston's - EPANot Tried0
Otley - O1 OriginalNot Tried0
Cottage - SaxonNot Tried0
Upham - FurlongNot Tried0
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Wooden Hand - Pirate's GoldNot Tried0
G2 - SailNot Tried0
Banks's - Brave Old World Not Tried0
Wychwood - DryneckNot Tried0
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Andwell - Ruddy DarterNot Tried0
High House Farm - Anniversary AleNot Tried0
Weltons - American Graffiti AleNot Tried0
Weltons - English PrideNot Tried0
Branscombe Vale - Summa ThatNot Tried0
Clouded Minds - Clout StoutNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Market Porter, Southwark, Central London
Picture 2. The Market Porter, Southwark, Central London

Visits Details

18 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Im here with Chris B after a full days cricket at the Oval in scorching weather. We have some fluids to replace.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Clouded Minds - N253 Oatmeal Pale Ale3.90ExcellentVery good.
Salopian - Shropshire Gold3.80GoodGolden beer that slips down very nicely indeed.
Reunion - Monroe3.60AcceptableA pale golden beer with fruity malt flavours predominant.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Clouded Minds - Clout Stout4.50Not Tried
14 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Exceptionally crowded tonight and they are running out of both beer and glasses. I list only the beers that were available on the back bar I could not get near the front bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rudgate - Wangle Hopper4.80AcceptableI had expected from the name for this to be a hoppy beer. In fact it is an amber-coloured beer with red fruit flavours.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Branscombe Vale - Summa That5.00Not Tried
25 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I had planned to go to the Rake where Bianca Road Brewery were holding court, but that little pub was packed beyond capacity. Looked in here instead and found my old mate Colin G installed in the back bar so decided to stay for a couple.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Old Jamaica5.10ExcellentA sticky, black Stout with lots of ginger.
Settle - Dragon Fire5.00GoodHazy old gold in colour. Pint suffered from warm temperature which dulled the hop flavours.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Andwell - Ruddy Darter4.60Not Tried
High House Farm - Anniversary Ale3.50Not Tried
Weltons - American Graffiti Ale4.50Not Tried
Weltons - English Pride3.80Not Tried
Wooden Hand - Cornish IPA4.30Not Tried
17 Jan 2017 (Jason)
Late morning visit apart from a group at the bar we were the only customers. My first visit for many years and hasn't changed a bit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentExactly as expected here. Superb.
Wooden Hand - Cornish IPA4.30ExcellentBadged as Market Porter Cornish IPA
Wooden Hand - Cornish Buccaneer4.30GoodBland but with a fruity hit on the tip of the tongue.
G2 - Plough 4.40GoodHoppy nose with a dry yeasty taste.
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
Wooden Hand - Pirate's Gold4.00Not Tried
G2 - Sail4.20Not Tried
Banks's - Brave Old World 3.80Not Tried
Wychwood - Dryneck3.60Not Tried
20 Sep 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit prompted by this site's scribe, the Venerable Harris, and his recent visit. A pub I went off when its prices became unreasonable - they seem more London normal these days or I have become more tolerant!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Cashmere IPA4.70ExcellentNot sure what I'd get with lemon, gooseberry and coconut mentioned on the pump clip. In fact a refreshing subtle blend, no way in my hated lemon juice category at all
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - South Down Harvest Ale5.00Not Tried
Marston's - EPA3.60Not Tried
Otley - O1 Original4.00Not Tried
Arundel - Festival4.20Not Tried
Grafton - Priors Well Pale4.00Not Tried
Maxim - MXM Centennial Steam Beer4.00Not Tried
Cottage - Saxon4.00Not Tried
Upham - Furlong4.60Not Tried
18 Sep 2016 (Stephen Harris)
In theory just a pit-stop after a train journey from Hastings to London Bridge, but it was so unusual to find this pub quiet that it was a pleasure to linger for a while.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Elland - South Sea Pale4.10ExcellentGreat stuff golden and hoppy, with orange flavours.
Loddon - P.O.T.U.S. 4.70GoodQuite a full-bodied, Golden Ale.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - South Down Harvest Ale5.00Not Tried
Lymestone - Stone the Crows5.40Not Tried
Andwell - King John4.20Not Tried
Arundel - Festival4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Cashmere IPA4.70Not Tried
Grafton - Priors Well Pale4.00Not Tried
Maxim - MXM Centennial Steam Beer4.00Not Tried
07 Jan 2016 (ChrisE)
Start of the evening peak and very busy indeed. In addition to the beers that I have listed there was something called Market Porter Cornish IPA.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Cottage - Duchess4.20Not TriedSelling well in here tonight.
Intrepid - Porter4.00Not Tried
22 Dec 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Packed-out venue for pre-Christmas drinks with Robert from Horley and Dave from Peterborough. Luckily they had got there early and bagged a table in the back room. I did not note the wide range of cask beers available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Empire - Twisted Melon Blonde4.10ExcellentGolden. Full-bodied and well-rounded and a touch sweet. Lemony/fruity hop flavours and coconut.
Beartown - Pale Zesty Bear4.40GoodUnsurprisingly, given its name, this turned out to be pale and zesty (and rather hazy).
Dawkins - Resolution IPA5.30GoodAmber/brown in colour. A strong Bitter not really a full-blown IPA in my book (but what do I know?). Not at all bad.
03 Jun 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Good weather means the large crowds are mostly located outside, and Wednesday night is biker night around here, so there are lots of gleaming machines to admire.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Single Hop: Belma4.00GoodNice hoppy beer. Unfamiliar hop tastes.
Rudgate - Brew No. 16 Stars & Stripes5.20GoodAmber-coloured. US hops. Assertive malt. Nice.
G2 - Vela Blonde4.20PoorPale gold. I didnt like this much odd, clashing tastes. May have been suffering an infection.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Weltons - Magog4.10Not Tried
Binghams - Coffee Stout5.00Not Tried
Salopian - Divine Comedy3.90Not Tried
Sunny Republic - Dorset Cross5.00Not Tried
Lytham - Berry Blonde4.10Not Tried
14 Dec 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Early Sunday evening visit on way home from Hastings. One of the more relaxed times to visit this notoriously crowded pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
York - Terra Nova3.80GoodBrown, full-bodied, Best Bitter.
Langham - Christmas Cracker (2014) 4.80GoodQuite heavily-spiced, brown beer. The recipe for this beer varies from year to year. I was detecting lots of cinnamon and maybe some ginger, but, fortunately, no cloves (which are the work of the Devil).
Beowulf - Finn's Hall Porter4.70Not Tried
Wentworth - The Full Malty5.10Not Tried
Loch Ness - Red Ness4.20Not Tried
Wychwood - The Market Porter Winter Ale (house beer)4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Christmas Ale7.50Not Tried
Springhead - Outlawed3.80Not Tried
Sunny Republic - Winter Warmer5.00Not Tried

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About The Market Porter

The pub sign. The Market Porter, Southwark, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional4
Excellent126
Good266
Acceptable237
Poor39

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The pub is found in Southwark, Central London, SE1 9AA.

Famous pub opposite Borough Market. Central bar has many beers which change on a regular basis and are mostly from UK micros. Can be extremely busy. Refurbishment some time ago and now there is one main room with a side area with seating as well. Many customers use the pavement outside to stand and enjoy their drinks. Really a must for anyone taking in London pubs. Sports 12 handpumps with 6 in each of the 2 distinct bar serving areas plus a further 4 for cider dispense at the far rear. Upstairs restaurant bar area too, mainly for lunchtime use.

We have visited this pub 276 times, seen 783 different beers and tried 637 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 9AA