Old Thameside Inn, London Bridge
A friend of mine and I called in to have lunch after seeing a performance at The Globe, so it was after 3 p.m. We managed to find a table on the terrace and were going to enjoy a pleasant lunch enjoying the view of the riverside. I went to the bar since at that time waiters didn’t take orders. After waiting a quarter of an hour in the line I was queue-jumped by a guy just before my turn. The barman called Darren served him the beer, but I didn’t say a word avoiding confrontations. Then I started ordering.
To begin with, I asked the bartender to recommend me an English beer, but he served me an Italian one, since –as he explained- he hadn’t heard the part of “English” and the Italian was his recommendation. He didn’t want to serve me another pint since the Italian one was already put in the glasses. When I was going to ask for the meal he asked the number of the table, which I didn’t know and I told him I was going to check this. He replayed that he wasn’t going to wait for me because of the queue. I asked whether he could take my order when I’m back without making me wait all the line again, but he said no. I asked for a complaints book, and he answered that I had to wait till he attend all the people in the line. That Darren guy was unhelpful, rude and unpleasant all the time.
I went back to the table and find its number, it was put in a small dot on the corener of the table. It seemed to be a normal practice in English pubs, but we weren’t avare about this. Eventually my friend and I decided not to drink the Italian beer we paid for and to have lunch in another pub enjoying local food and beverages.
The good thing about the location of this pub is that there are many better places within a 5 minute walk.
I highly recommend you try somewhere else for a much more pleasant dining experience.
Pickfords Wharf, clink street, London bridge, london, SE1 9DG
Leave London Bridge station and head towards the bridge. go down to the riverside walkway (Thames Path) and head upriver past Southwark Cathedral. When you see the replica of the Golden Hind, you should also see the pub next to it on the left.