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The Southwark Tavern (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Portobello - Black London StoutExcellent1
Kirkstall - Ignore the IgnorantGood1
Kelburn - Red SmiddyGood1
Tyne Bank - Silver DollarGood1
Sierra Nevada - Tornado Extra IPA Good1
Sharp's - Winter Berry Ale (4.8% 2012 version)Good1
Adnams - Green BulletGood1
Timothy Taylor - Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter)Acceptable1
Sierra Nevada - River Ryed Acceptable1
Sierra Nevada - Peach IPA (2017) Acceptable1
Highgate - Davenport's Strawberry FieldsAcceptable1
Jaw Brew - FathomAcceptable1
Sunny Republic - Shark Head Friesian PilsenerPoor1
Robinsons - build a rocket boys!Not Tried0
Rudgate - Mr Jones Brixton BitterNot Tried0
Leeds - Leeds PaleNot Tried0
Leeds - MonsoonNot Tried0
Great Yorkshire (see also Cropton) - Yorkshire LagerNot Tried0
Triple fff - MoondanceNot Tried0
Broughton - GreenmantleNot Tried0
Lancaster - LemongrassNot Tried0
Skinner's - Cornish TrawlerNot Tried0
Harbour - India Pale AleNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Rooster's - Stars and StripesNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Bad Co. - Comfortably NumbNot Tried0
Copper Dragon - Black GoldNot Tried0
Portobello - AbsolutelyNot Tried0
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Oxford GoldNot Tried0
St Austell - SkipperNot Tried0
Otley - O12 Thai-BoNot Tried0
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - Beer StreetNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Southwark Tavern, Southwark, Central London

Visits Details

06 Aug 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Busy in the early evening rush hour.
Kirkstall - Ignore the Ignorant4.20GoodA golden-coloured Blonde. A well-balanced ale.
Jaw Brew - Fathom4.00AcceptableA chocolaty Mild/Stout. Had none of the richness I recall from a previous occasion and in fact tasted a bit winey. Probably past its best condition.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - Beer Street4.00Not Tried
Rudgate - Mr Jones Brixton Bitter5.30Not Tried
14 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
The Southwark stood just outside the police cordon around Borough Market, so has been able to trade in recent days. Nevertheless it is very much part of the Borough Market Family tonight. Despite the line-up of cask beers, I opted for a three thirds sampler tray of imported Sierra Nevada keg beers from the USA.
Sierra Nevada - Tornado Extra IPA 7.20GoodBig-hitting IPA, but lacking freshness.
Sierra Nevada - River Ryed 6.00AcceptableRye beer. Spoiled by over-carbonation.
Sierra Nevada - Peach IPA (2017) 5.80AcceptableInitially sticky-sweet, more complex flavours developed. But a third measure not really enough to appreciate this beer.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Rooster's - Stars and Stripes4.30Not Tried
Bad Co. - Comfortably Numb3.80Not Tried
Portobello - Absolutely4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Skipper4.90Not Tried
22 Jul 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Pub very busy in the early evening – crowded both inside and out on the pavement. A comparatively pedestrian beer range here tonight (presence of the Champion Beer of Britain notwithstanding).
Timothy Taylor - Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter)4.00AcceptableA malty, run-of-the-mill Bitter.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
06 Jun 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and very busy. £4:25 a pint in here now.
Portobello - Black London Stout4.10ExcellentNear black in colour. Creamy head and creamy mouthfeel all through. Some roast malt flavours and some fruity tang.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Oxford Gold4.00Not Tried
Skinner's - Cornish Trawler3.80Not Tried
Harbour - India Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
09 Jun 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Relaxed atmosphere in here on a Sunday early evening.
Sunny Republic - Shark Head Friesian Pilsener5.00PoorI’m afraid that I didn’t think much of this one. A golden-coloured, cask lager. Over-chilled to the point of blandness. Any hops hard to detect. Had a metallic aftertaste.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Triple fff - Moondance4.20Not Tried
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Oxford Gold4.00Not Tried
Broughton - Greenmantle3.90Not Tried
Lancaster - Lemongrass4.00Not Tried
30 Jan 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening. 2330 hours and still thriving presumably as inexplicably most other Borough Market pubs close at 2300 hours. A £4 pint hurts for a run of the mill ale though.
Tyne Bank - Silver Dollar4.90GoodFloral hop tones - American style
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Oxford Gold4.00Not Tried
Leeds - Leeds Pale3.80Not Tried
Leeds - Monsoon4.50Not Tried
Great Yorkshire (see also Cropton) - Yorkshire Lager4.20Not Tried"M&B Winter Guest exclusive". New brewery for me which is actually Cropton rebranded although the Cropton brands are still sold with their own name
29 Dec 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Starting to empty out a bit after the Saturday lunchtime rush.
Sharp's - Winter Berry Ale (4.8% 2012 version)4.80GoodRuby coloured and quite malty with sweetish berry fruit notes. A little hop bitterness in the finish. My score 15/20.
26 Mar 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Very quiet by this pub’s standards, early on a Monday evening. Perhaps people have been put off by the recent price increases (£3:90 for my pint).
Kelburn - Red Smiddy4.10GoodA sweetish malty red ale that also has a citrus hop bite.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Copper Dragon - Black Gold3.70Not Tried
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Oxford Gold4.00Not Tried
Otley - O12 Thai-Bo4.60Not Tried
Robinsons - build a rocket boys!4.00Not Tried
06 Sep 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Adnams - Green Bullet4.60GoodStrong golden bitter with an assertive hop bitterness and some fruity citrus notes. My score 15/20.
10 Aug 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Highgate - Davenport's Strawberry Fields4.40AcceptableRather sickly artificial strawberry flavour superimposed on a malty base beer. My score 13/20.

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About The Southwark Tavern

The pub sign. The Southwark Tavern, Southwark, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Southwark, Central London, SE1 1TU.

Busy corner pub on the edge of Borough Market. Often has a guest seasonal beer from a regional brewer. Ground Floor is wooden panelled but quite small in floor area but there is extra seating below in the Debtor's Cellar Bar including some numbered small "cell" areas. External attractive tiling from the Meux's era above the windows level. Huge blackboards inside list wines and Weekday Menu selections. 6 handpumps in use.

We have visited this pub 22 times, seen 47 different beers and tried 25 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 1TU