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The Ring (Windmill Taverns Group)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London PorterExcellent1
London Beer Factory - Sayers StoutExcellent1
Hammerton - Life on MarsGood1
Brick - ChinookGood1
Bad Co. - Pale AuraGood1
CTZN (formerly Kew) - Richmond RyeGood1
Batemans - Black & White Poor1
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - BibbleNot Tried0
Gun - Project Babylon Pale AleNot Tried0
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Pale AleNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - JamboreeNot Tried0
Caledonian - Bitter WinterNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Sharp's - OwnNot Tried0
Wychwood - BountifulNot Tried0
Sharp's - Red AleNot Tried0
Five Points - Brick Field BrownNot Tried0
Hackney - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Hammerton - Penton (or Pentonville Oyster Stout)Not Tried0
Hammerton - N1Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Ring, Southwark, Central London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

23 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
As seems usual when I visit, this pub was crowded in the early evening rush.
Bad Co. - Pale Aura3.80GoodA golden beer. Very fruity – I was thinking of mangoes.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - Bibble4.20Not Tried
Gun - Project Babylon Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
08 Aug 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening and doing a decent trade. Prices are now typical for the area, as opposed to even worse than usual for the area.
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter5.00ExcellentA good, full-bodied, chocolaty Porter.
Hammerton - Life on Mars4.60GoodRed Ale with both a fruity sweetness and a hop bitterness.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Hammerton - N14.10Not Tried
21 Aug 2017 (Stephen Harris)
This seems to be one of those pubs that is always busy. Odd how the cask beer is now cheaper than it was two and a half years ago – although £4:50 a pint is not exactly a bargain.
CTZN (formerly Kew) - Richmond Rye4.30GoodA hazy, amber-coloured beer with the spiciness of rye.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Hackney - American Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
Hammerton - Penton (or Pentonville Oyster Stout)5.30Not Tried
04 Apr 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I had somehow forgotten about the bad taste left in my mouth by my last visit and popped in here for a pint before catching a Jubilee line train from across the road. Still expensive. Still crowded.
London Beer Factory - Sayers Stout4.50ExcellentA smooth and slightly dry, black Stout.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40Not Tried
22 Sep 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Very cautious after reading the previous review.
Batemans - Black & White 3.60PoorFlat, little head. Almost average but at £4.40 pp. pleased I had only had a half
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Own4.40Not Tried
Wychwood - Bountiful4.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Red Ale4.10Not TriedPumpclip calls this a Limited Release!
17 Feb 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Extraordinarily high prices did not seem to be putting off a busy rush hour trade. When I queried the £4:80 I had just been charged (without prior warning) for my pint, I just received a shrug from the barman. Don’t expect to see me in here again in a hurry.
Brick - Chinook4.50GoodGolden and well-hopped beer from one of London’s newest breweries.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Jamboree4.80Not Tried
Caledonian - Bitter Winter4.80Not Tried

About The Ring

The pub sign. The Ring, Southwark, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Southwark, Central London, SE1 8HA.

Single bar, street corner pub found on Blackfriars Road, right outside Southwark tube station. The Ring boxing arena was located here and this pub of the same name displays much boxing memorabilia and photos. Pavement tables. This pub is in the same ownership as the nearby Kings Arms, and has the same bewildering attitude to prices. 5 handpumps for real ales.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 22 different beers and tried 7 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 8HA