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Dean Swift (Pubs of Distinction )

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ilkley - SiberiaExceptional1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent2
Magic Rock - CuriousExcellent1
Brodie's (latterly contract brewed by Rhymney) - CaliforniaExcellent2
Redemption - Rock the KazbekExcellent1
Arbor Ales - Ryeteous MildExcellent1
Brodie's (latterly contract brewed by Rhymney) - CitraGood1
Moor - So'HopGood1
Long Arm - Birdie FlipperGood1
Redemption - No.1 Dark MildAcceptable1
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby MildPoor1
Titanic - Steerage (superseded by 3.8% version - see separate entry)Not Tried0
Summer Wine (SWB) - StatesideNot Tried0
BrewDog - Trashy BlondeNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Oakham - PreacherNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Windsor KnotNot Tried0
Revolutions - DevolutionNot Tried0
Moor - RawNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - IndependenceNot Tried0
Killer Cat (sub-brand of Malmesbury) - MangaNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - 22Not Tried0
Summer Wine (SWB) - Zenith Pale AleNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0
Southwark - Bermondsey BestNot Tried0
Breconshire - Rambler's RuinNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterNot Tried0
Sambrook's - WandleNot Tried0
Gun - Pale AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Dean Swift, Bermondsey, Central London

Visits Details

16 Jan 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Not the best time for a first visit, a Monday, door locked before advertised 11pm close, blagged a way in.
Long Arm - Birdie Flipper4.50GoodEye-catching pumpclip! Red ale style not really to my taste
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
Gun - Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
Summer Wine (SWB) - Stateside4.30Not Tried
06 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Busy in here on a Friday night; and there is something about the customers in this pub, who seem to be the type that just do not understand the meaning of “excuse me please” when you are trying to move about the place.
Moor - So'Hop4.10GoodGolden and sharply hoppy.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Moor - Raw4.30Not Tried
Southwark - Bermondsey Best4.40Not Tried
31 Dec 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon. You know how sometimes you just seem to be invisible at the bar and cannot get served? That happened to me here. And you know how sometimes you are sitting in a pub minding your own business and somebody comes along and says “Sorry mate, I’ve reserved that table”? That happened to me here too.
Redemption - Rock the Kazbek4.00ExcellentLovely, hoppy, golden pint.
Dancing Duck - 224.30Not Tried
Summer Wine (SWB) - Zenith Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
26 Sep 2014 (oz11)
Early evening
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Excellent
Bristol Beer Factory - Independence4.60Not Tried
Killer Cat (sub-brand of Malmesbury) - Manga5.00Not Tried
16 Nov 2013 (Judy G Garland)
Afternoon Session
Magic Rock - Curious3.90Excellent
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
Revolutions - Devolution4.50Not Tried
Moor - Raw4.30Not Tried
12 Apr 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Crowded on Thursday evening.
Ilkley - Siberia5.90ExceptionalA rhubarb saison! And absolutely lovely. Strong rhubarby taste. Dry rather than sweet. Good wheaty, spicey saison character.
Arbor Ales - Ryeteous Mild3.70ExcellentCopper-coloured. Strongly rye-flavoured with dusty dry-hopping. Not at all obvious why the word ‘mild’ has been used in the name. Good though.
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby Mild3.80PoorSweet and bland. I couldn’t work out whether it was barrel-end or just a poor beer. It went off shortly after mine was poured, so I guess it was the former.
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Oakham - Preacher4.30Not Tried
14 Jul 2011 (oz11)
First pub on a crawl: 4pm, empty apart from one family group. Both beers I had suffered from being served too warm.
Brodie's (latterly contract brewed by Rhymney) - Citra3.10Good..but too warm.
Brodie's (latterly contract brewed by Rhymney) - California5.30GoodJust to be pedantic it said "Californian" on the pump clip.
Oakham - Citra4.20Not TriedABV given as 4.2% on pump clip
08 Jun 2011 (Dubbel)
Fast becoming my favourite haunt. Busiest I've seen it. Friendly, accommodating staff and clued-up clientele supping a fine selection from cask and keg. We only didn't eat because there were no free tables! Stood out the front in the warm evening sun.
Brodie's (latterly contract brewed by Rhymney) - California5.30ExceptionalDelighted to find this again and as good, if not better, than at the Cross Keys. Just a magnificent beer, golden and chocked full of chewy hop flavour that knocks spots off almost everything else.
Titanic - Steerage (superseded by 3.8% version - see separate entry)3.50Not Tried
BrewDog - Trashy Blonde4.10Not Tried
26 Feb 2011 (Ian)
Really busy Saturday mid afternoon with people watching the rugby. Landlord is doing a good job bringing excellent beer in cask, tap and bottle form to the Tower Bridge area.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80GoodI mean its good. Just not as good as at The Butchers Arms
Breconshire - Rambler's Ruin5.00Not Tried
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80Not Tried
08 Feb 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy on a Tuesday evening atound 8pm with diners. Not much space for those who just want a drink. More of a Restaurant which happens to sell good beer and therefore not a favourite of mine.
Redemption - No.1 Dark Mild6.10AcceptableA collaborative brew with Kernel. A black strong mild which I found rather thick and cloying with too much sweet, sticky malt making it a challenge to drink. My score 14/20.

About the Dean Swift

The pub sign. Dean Swift, Bermondsey, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Bermondsey, Central London, SE1 2NE.

Single roomed street corner pub in Gainsford Street that also has a restaurant upstairs. Four handpumps and a long line of keg fonts.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 29 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 2NE