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The Market Porter (Market Taverns)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Toolmakers - Black EdgeExcellent1
Empire - Twisted Melon BlondeExcellent1
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Oat StoutExcellent1
Elland - South Sea PaleExcellent1
Sunny Republic - Hop DogExcellent1
Jennings - Arthur's Knight PorterGood1
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Pale Zesty BearGood1
York (now brewed by and at Black Sheep) - Terra NovaGood1
Prescott - Autumn Season's BestGood1
Dawkins - Resolution IPAGood1
Langham - Christmas Cracker (2014) Good1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood2
Welbeck Abbey - Red FeatherGood1
Kelham Island - King of the Rocket MenGood1
Marston's - Single Hop: BelmaGood1
Loddon - P.O.T.U.S. Good1
Rudgate - Brew No. 16 Stars & StripesGood1
Marston's - SaluteAcceptable1
G2 - Vela BlondePoor1
Banks's - MildNot Tried0
Springhead - OutlawedNot Tried0
Maxim - MXM Centennial Steam BeerNot Tried0
Kent - PorterNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - Winter WarmerNot Tried0
Daleside - Square Rigger I.P.A.Not Tried0
Weltons - MagogNot Tried0
Ringwood - Old ThumperNot Tried0
Binghams - Coffee StoutNot Tried0
Ringwood - Young ScrumperNot Tried0
Salopian - Divine ComedyNot Tried0
Blindmans - IcarusNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - Dorset CrossNot Tried0
Liverpool Organic - Bier HeadNot Tried0
Lytham - Berry BlondeNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - Huna RedNot Tried0
Cottage - DuchessNot Tried0
Northumberland - Whitley WobblerNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - DolphinNot Tried0
Intrepid - PorterNot Tried0
Jennings - The World's Biggest LiarNot Tried0
Jennings - Sheep ThrillsNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Wadworth - BlunderbussNot Tried0
Piddle (Dorset Piddle) - Jimmy Best BitterNot Tried0
Harvey's - Southdown Harvest AleNot Tried0
Anarchy - Smoke BombNot Tried0
Beowulf - Finn's Hall PorterNot Tried0
Lymestone - Stone the CrowsNot Tried0
Dunscar (formerly Dunscar Bridge) - Lion of ViennaNot Tried0
Wentworth - The Full MaltyNot Tried0
Andwell - King JohnNot Tried0
Long Man - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Loch Ness - Red NessNot Tried0
Arundel - FestivalNot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)Not Tried0
Wychwood - The Market Porter Winter Ale (house beer)Not Tried0
Adnams - Cashmere IPANot Tried0
Jennings - Cocker Hoop (aka September Ale)Not Tried0
Harvey's - Christmas AleNot Tried0
Grafton - Priors Well PaleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Market Porter, Southwark, Central London
Picture 2. The Market Porter, Southwark, Central London

Visits Details

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.
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 - Southdown 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.
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.
Empire - Twisted Melon Blonde4.10ExcellentGolden. Full-bodied and well-rounded and a touch sweet. Lemony/fruity hop flavours and coconut.
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - 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.
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 didn’t 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.
York (now brewed by and at Black Sheep) - 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
17 Aug 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Not too busy, mid-evening on a Sunday. Much campanology discussion in the back bar.
Toolmakers - Black Edge5.20ExcellentA rich black Stout.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Blindmans - Icarus4.50Not Tried
Liverpool Organic - Bier Head4.10Not Tried
Sunny Republic - Huna Red4.20Not Tried
Sunny Republic - Dolphin4.20Not Tried
Jennings - Sheep Thrills3.90Not Tried
Piddle (Dorset Piddle) - Jimmy Best Bitter3.70Not Tried
05 Feb 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Unusually quiet in here tonight thanks to Boris’ Tube Strike. So I pop in for a quick one and even get a seat.
Sunny Republic - Hop Dog5.50ExcellentGolden, with plenty of fruity hop flavours.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)4.50Not Tried
Jennings - Cocker Hoop (aka September Ale)4.60Not Tried
Banks's - Mild3.50Not Tried
Kent - Porter5.50Not Tried
Daleside - Square Rigger I.P.A.4.50Not Tried
Ringwood - Old Thumper5.10Not Tried
Ringwood - Young Scrumper4.00Not Tried
13 Dec 2013 (Dosser)
Afternoon visit after a course. 14 beers on. Asked for a CAMRA discount and the bar man laughed.
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Oat Stout5.00Excellent
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
16 Nov 2013 (Edbeck)
Very busy as always but a bit of space in the back bar
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
09 Nov 2013 (oz11)
Afternoon, beers listed from the rear bar.
Welbeck Abbey - Red Feather3.90Good
Kelham Island - King of the Rocket Men4.50Good
Jennings - Arthur's Knight Porter4.20Good
Prescott - Autumn Season's Best4.20Good
Marston's - Salute3.80AcceptableNon-descript golden ale
Northumberland - Whitley Wobbler5.00Not Tried
Jennings - The World's Biggest Liar4.30Not Tried
Wadworth - Blunderbuss5.00Not TriedRan out
Anarchy - Smoke Bomb3.90Not Tried
Dunscar (formerly Dunscar Bridge) - Lion of Vienna4.40Not TriedRan out.

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About The Market Porter

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

Summary of Beer Scores



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

Famous pub opposite Borough Market in Stoney Street. 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. In 2019 the real ale choice was drastically reduced to 4 and the cider was withdrawn.

We have visited this pub 281 times, seen 810 different beers and tried 647 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 9AA