101 Bermondsey Wall East, London SE16 4NB
On the off chance, I decided to visit my sister and her boyfriend for a few beers in some of her local pubs this weekend. I was not to be disappointed. We started off just over the road from where she lives at The Angel. This pub is a tied Sam Smith's establishment and has a good choice of ales and ciders on tap (the old fashioned, Victorian style square taps). It has an old world feel to it what with all the wooden walls and floors etc. and the beer was served to perfection.
The pub was reasonably busy when we got there around 5pm, but it was not packed, and even though it was a miserable day we decided to sit outside and watch the traffic go by on Old Father Thames whilst sipping our drinks. We only had a swift pint in here before we moved onto the pub they really wanted to show me.
Beers drunk on this visit :
1) India Ale (5.0%) - Sam Smith's Brewery, Tadcaster, Yorkshire
Unfortunately I couldn't find any pictures of the pump label.
117 Rotherhithe Street, London SE16 4NF
This pub is reportedly the oldest pub on the banks of the Thames. Formerly known as The Spread Eagle, this is where the original Mayflower ship embarked on her journey to the Americas. Apparently the captain set sail from here rather than further up the river to avoid paying docking taxes! It is also the only pub in Britain that is legally allowed to sell postage stamps, based on a tradition that in the 18th century sailors who docked here could grab a pint and a stamp during their brief visits.
The pub is an absolute gem inside; bric-a-brac for decoration, wooden floors and walls, and a very busy (4 or 5 bar staff at all times), well-stocked bar with a great choice of ales and wine. The food is absolutely top notch, and I would recommend the cheese board to anyone - my sister and I shared all 11 cheeses on offer with extra crackers whilst JD bagged himself a very tasty bowl of steaming mussels.
The fabulous cheeseboard
We didn't only eat in here but also sampled a selection of their fine ales on tap. Luckily, we managed to share the table we were at with a few other groups of patrons and passed a good couple of hours in great company; many of whom grabbed the cheeseboard after seeing the delights on offer on ours.
I will definitely try to get back to this pub again to try some of their cooked food, as the menu looked fantastic. A real gastropub in the true sense of the word. I daresay that a table would have to be booked well in advance.
Beers drunk on this visit :
1) Belgian White (5.4%) - Blue Moon Brewing Company (Coors), Golden, Colorado, USA
2) Golden Ale (4.2%) - Bedlam Brewery, Albourne, West sussex
3) Lushington's Sunshine Pale Ale (4.2%) - Skinner's Brewery, Cornwall