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The Market Porter (Market Taverns)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Wooden Hand - Cornish IPAExcellent1
Clouded Minds - N253 Oatmeal Pale AleExcellent1
Bright Beer (Dorset) - KitesurferExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent2
Hambleton - IcedExcellent1
Kent - Old JamaicaExcellent1
Adnams - Cashmere IPAExcellent1
Lytham - I.P.A.Excellent1
Partners - American Craft AleExcellent1
Salopian - Shropshire GoldGood1
G2 - Plough Good1
Settle - Dragon FireGood1
Wooden Hand - Cornish BuccaneerGood1
Bloomsbury - Black IPAGood1
Three Sods - Trade UnionGood1
Kirkby Lonsdale - MonumentalAcceptable1
Hammerpot - Oyster Pond StoutAcceptable1
Reunion - MonroeAcceptable1
Rudgate - Wangle HopperAcceptable1
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Shefford 37° SouthPoor1
Milestone - AzaccaPoor1
Upham - FurlongNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Under CurrentNot Tried0
Purity - Pure UBUNot Tried0
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Big Smoke - Solaris Session PaleNot Tried0
Wooden Hand - Pirate's GoldNot Tried0
Milestone - All Rye PaddyNot Tried0
G2 - SailNot Tried0
Greene King - Scrum DownNot Tried0
Banks's - Brave Old World Not Tried0
Reunion - TalwarNot Tried0
Wychwood - DryneckNot Tried0
Strathaven - Drookit RabbitNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Andwell - Ruddy DarterNot Tried0
Weltons - Sussex PrideNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
High House Farm - Anniversary AleNot Tried0
Bespoke - Over a BarrelNot Tried0
Harvey's - Southdown Harvest AleNot Tried0
Weltons - American Graffiti AleNot Tried0
Lymestone - Flag StoneNot Tried0
Marston's - EPANot Tried0
Weltons - English PrideNot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)Not Tried0
Otley - O1 OriginalNot Tried0
Branscombe Vale - Summa ThatNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - GuardsmanNot Tried0
Arundel - FestivalNot Tried0
Clouded Minds - Clout StoutNot Tried0
Salopian - SpiralNot Tried0
Grafton - Priors Well PaleNot Tried0
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Edwin Taylor's Extra StoutNot Tried0
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Speak Easy IPANot Tried0
Maxim - MXM Centennial Steam BeerNot Tried0
Exmoor - AleNot Tried0
North Yorkshire - NYPANot Tried0
Cottage - SaxonNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Sound WaveNot Tried0
RCH - PG SteamNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Market Porter, Southwark, Central London
Picture 2. The Market Porter, Southwark, Central London

Visits Details

29 May 2019 (Stephen Harris)
A quick slurp ahead of a show at the Globe Theatre.
Bright Beer (Dorset) - Kitesurfer4.30ExcellentCrisp and full-bodied Golden Ale with a decent hop presence.
Kirkby Lonsdale - Monumental4.50AcceptableA soft, malt dominated Blonde.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
RCH - PG Steam3.90Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
13 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Sunday early evening and relatively quiet in here.
Lytham - I.P.A.5.60ExcellentHazy gold. Nice, spicy, English hop flavours.
Bloomsbury - Black IPA4.20GoodI’ve lost track of where Bloomsbury beers are brewed just now – is it Wooden Hand? This is a pleasant enough Black IPA without being full-throttle.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)4.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Salopian - Spiral4.00Not Tried
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Speak Easy IPA4.60Not Tried
North Yorkshire - NYPA4.60Not Tried
05 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
An evening visit and the whole Borough Market area is thronged.
Hambleton - Iced4.20ExcellentPale. Nicely hopped and with tea flavours too.
Hammerpot - Oyster Pond Stout4.20AcceptableNear black in colour. Very fruity and a touch sweet.
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Shefford 37° South4.80PoorA golden beer that probably has some nice hops – but spoilt here by warm temperature and flat condition.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Weltons - Sussex Pride4.00Not Tried
Bespoke - Over a Barrel5.00Not Tried
Lymestone - Flag Stone4.20Not Tried
G2 - Sail4.20Not Tried
11 Mar 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early Sunday evening and this pub has a relaxed atmosphere. I sat at the bar in the back area.
Partners - American Craft Ale4.50ExcellentA golden beer with plenty of US hop flavours.
Three Sods - Trade Union4.50GoodVery pale and hoppy. Just a little bit short of body I thought.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Milestone - All Rye Paddy4.80Not Tried
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Scrum Down4.20Not Tried
Reunion - Talwar4.50Not Tried
Strathaven - Drookit Rabbit4.00Not Tried
28 Jan 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early Sunday evening. Quiet here. I didn’t enjoy my pint very much and headed home.
Milestone - Azacca4.20PoorGolden with a soft mouthfeel and an unpleasant, soapy taste.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Edwin Taylor's Extra Stout4.50Not Tried
Exmoor - Ale3.80Not Tried
Siren Craft - Sound Wave5.60Not Tried
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50Not Tried
Big Smoke - Solaris Session Pale3.80Not Tried
18 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I’m here with Chris B after a full day’s cricket at the Oval in scorching weather. We have some fluids to replace.
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.
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.
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 (part of Asahi Europe) - 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 (Magnus Greel)
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.
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!
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 - Southdown 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

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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