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The Barrowboy and Banker (Fuller, Smith & Turner)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Bengal LancerExcellent2
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ChiswickExcellent1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESBGood2
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Spring SprinterGood1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Front RowGood1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Jack FrostGood1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideAcceptable1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Seafarers AleAcceptable1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Discovery BlondNot Tried0
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Not Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Red FoxNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Oliver's IslandNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Barrowboy and Banker, Southwark, Central London

Visits Details

11 Apr 2016 (Jack William)
Late afternoon - not very busy - love the interior - especially the murals - massive Charge of the Light Brigade and some sizeable Hogarth tributes.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Spring Sprinter4.00GoodLight and flowery.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Oliver's Island3.80Not Tried
07 Jan 2016 (ChrisE)
Early evening and packed. The usual Fullers range on offer, I did not make a note of the ales.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60AcceptableVery sweet and not like Seafarers that I have sampled recently.
25 Sep 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Quite late evening. Still very busy. Tax Parity Day means save 7½% on food and drink and made my Chiswick £3.37 pp.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Chiswick3.50Excellent
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Red Fox4.30Not Tried
26 Mar 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Very busy on a Monday evening despite continuing to live up to its reputation for selling the most expensive beer in the area. Clientele definitely more banker than barrowboy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Bengal Lancer5.00ExcellentDiffers from most modern-day IPAs in using English (Goldings) hops, rather than the more aromatic US hops typically used. More muted flavours as a result.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Discovery Blond3.90Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Chiswick3.50Not Tried
22 Feb 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with commuters stopping off on their way home.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Front Row3.70GoodServed too cold, but once it had warmed up there was the characteristic malty, yeasty Fuller's flavour, not much hop, mainly malt flavours with some bitterness in the finish. My score 15 with B for quality.
09 Feb 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Bengal Lancer5.00GoodAs a strong golden mild, very pleasant, but as it is supposed to be an IPA, a bit off the mark. Too sweet, little hop aroma or taste, served too cold and with a lot of carbonation. All this for £3.50/pint. My score 15/20 (for a pleasant sweet mild ale) or 13/20 for being an "IPA".
13 Oct 2009 (Ian)
Had time for a quickie before my train home and it was packed. Hardly got a seat.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10AcceptableBland bitter, perfectly acceptable, but just a bit normal
21 Oct 2008 (Ian)
4th stop on my London tour. It was now rush hour and cycling in central London at 17.00 is really quite frightening. Lovely pub, not too crowded. I sat upstairs and watched the world go by and had a bottle of Fullers Vintage Ale 2006.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Discovery Blond3.90Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Chiswick3.50Not Tried
09 Apr 2008 (Ian)
I promised that I would re-rate Fuller's ESB on Ratebeer, plus I wanted to see if they had a bottle of their Anniversary Ale, which they did. Good boozer with great internal architecture. Clientele are pretty City based.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50AcceptableDeep copper with lasting beige head. Peppery hop aroma. Soft fruity malt. Fullish and a little unsubtle in mouth, bit pukey to be honest, but the peppery hop aroma/finish is outstanding. Apart from a red beery syrupy pukey bit in the middle, its good.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Discovery Blond3.90Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Chiswick3.50Not Tried
10 Mar 2006 (Ian)
Stopped off whilst waiting for train from London Bridge. Not been here before during the evening and it was properly busy. I sat upstairs for the first time which is more intimate than downstairs and I had a nice view over the balcony to the ground floor. Good range of the Fuller's beers on show.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Jack Frost4.50GoodChestnut with beige head. Malt and apricot/peach/plum aroma. Much more fruit than in the bottle version. Touch of vanilla too. Fruit in mouth is full and reminiscent of victoria plums. Then good finish. A real surprise especially the prune/plum finish
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Discovery Blond3.90Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Chiswick3.50Not Tried

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About The Barrowboy and Banker

The pub sign. The Barrowboy and Banker, Southwark, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent2
Good5
Acceptable5
Poor-

Website.

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

A Fuller's Ale & Pie House. Sited opposite the approach to London Bridge railway station. Large central curved bar serves the main lower room. There is a grandiose central curved staircase leading to an upper floor. Paintings adorn the walls and large plate glass windows look out onto Borough High Street. There are some green leather booths and lots of dark wood throughout and etched glass panelling. Impressive pub interior. 6 handpumps on the left hand end of the counter in an arc on a purpose built raised counter plinth and a singleton handpump at the far right end of the counter.

We have visited this pub 12 times, seen 13 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 9QQ