Brew Wharf, Borough
Borough Market can be one of the happeningest, funkiest, liveliest, sparkiest, even edgiest areas in London. What a pity its newest venue is none of these things. Brew Wharf is the restaurant and beer-focused add-on to the "wine attraction" (yes, they really call is that) which is Vinopolis. And if the place has a saving grace it is the beer. At three quid a pint Brew Wharf Bitter or Best are not just what counts as a bargain round these parts - they are splendid beers (try their Hoptimum ale - delicious). The unusually delicately flavoured Meantime Raspberry and various other draught brews are only 20 or 30 pence more. And bottled beer fans should be in pig heaven with dozens of classic as well as more esoteric labels such as Goose Island IPA, from Chicago, or Coopers Sparkling Ale from Australia. But do you want to drink beer here? The blueprints probably looked pretty good. Take three giant railway arches to give these vaulting roofs and cool brick walls, slice and splice a few hundred trees into as many tables and chairs and throw in your own microbrewery. Just somewhere in the mix they seem to have missed out - there's no magic, there's no style. To call Brew Wharf a pub would be misleading as it's more of a huge bar and restaurant. We were last here on a Saturday evening and it was reasonably busy with most people choosing to eat outside. We decided to choose from the bar menu and noted that there was only 1 thing that looked substantial enough to be called a meal - a burger & chips. There was other food available from the restaurant menu but they jacked the price up. Despite it not being particularly busy, we felt that our food took too long to arrive, although it was good quality when it did reach us. With Borough Market's soul now firmly up for sale on the tourist trail/upper class market, we think that this sort of place won't be short of the customers it's aiming for.
Brew Wharf Yard, Borough, London, SE1 9AD
020 7378 6601
How to get there
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How to find the Brew Wharf pub
From London Bridge station take Borough High Street (West side) exit and Stony Street is a right turn 20 yards ahead of you. Brew Wharf is then a couple of hundred yards down on the left hand side.