Gladstone Arms, Borough

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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Before the Gladstone changed ownership, we had quite a soft spot for it. Sadly, it seems that no-one else did, because after being perennially bereft of custom, it was taken under the wing of the people who run the semi-famous Filthy McNasty's in Angel. Since then, its been rather good - not that we'd expect any less from them. It's a tiny place, barely enough seating for 30 people and even if they haven't been efficient with the space (a massive table and a long couch) on a weekday evening its quite comfortable. Being tied to McNasty's its no surprise to hear it plays host to regular music nights (folk, blues and acoustic), although in such a tiny space we're not sure where they'll be able to perform (answer - they remove most of the seating). The service seems to be in slow motion sometimes, but its such a good-natured place that you really don't mind. Borough has its fare share of good pubs and the Gladstone doesn't do this reputation a disservice.
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Reviews (1)
29 Jun 2014
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Visited sunday to sample famous pieminster pies and a pint. I ordered the beef and my partner opted for the venison. After about 20 minute wait the food appeared and my beef was quite tasty even if the portion size of both the pie and mash was a little on the mean side. I was just tucking into mine when my partner remarked that she thought venison was a red meat!! Turns out they had given her a chicken pie instead. Now they did offer to either cook a new one or make a refund if she stuck with what had been dished up. Suitably disappointed she plumped for the second option.

So not a bad response but what really disappointed was that all communication was through an affable if very young barman. I would have expected that either the chef or someone from the management would have come to the table to explain the mixup. Was left feeling very disappointed and £27 worse off for an unsatisfactory experience.
Reviews (2)
03 Jan 2014
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Nice, cosy, 'alternative' kind of pub. A pleasant change from most of what's on offer on nearby Borough High Street.
Reviews (3)
28 Sep 2012
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Having been to The Glad a few times in the last few months, must report this pub is a bit of a treasure. Nice and small, good ales and most importantly, they sell pies! Pies with mash and minty peas. And also, not eating meat, there's a choice of two veggie pies. No other food, just pies. Wish other pubs would specialise in just one food choice and do it well! There's also live music quite often but as of yet, not stuck around for the full evening. Tiny roof garden which was a nice touch in the summer and the little upstairs room has some games like scrabble and comfy seats.
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22 Oct 2009
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I manage to spend brief moments at the Glad. The rest of my time is wasted.

Love
Reviews (1)
20 Oct 2009
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Hello,



I am one of the managers at The Gladstone and thought i'd give a little update about what's changed since our pub was reviewed.



We now serve a range of homemade food, Pieminister pies and sausage rolls throughout the day/night. Very reasonable prices and friendly service. On busy nights when its had to get a table its best to ring in advance.



We have flowers and tablecloths on the tables in the daytime and candles in the evening along with blankets and umbrellas for people wanting to sit outside and not get cold.



Loads of free gigs throughout the week, music is usually on thurs,sat,sun but also on other days so we have a mailing list to join in the bar and a gig list on the wall.



Lots of choice booze-wise. We have a fine wine list, provided by the independant wine merchant over the road, lots of largers, addlestones cider, tribute ale and other guest ales on tap. Cocktails, hot and cold to suit the weather.



If you would rather a non alcoholic drink we have a selection of loose teas (served in pots) coffee, hot chocolate, fresh juice, ginger beer etc...



The pub isn't joined to Filthys anymore, we are a fully fledged and independant creature, come down and say hello anytime you wish.

Contact details
64 Lant Street, Borough, London, SE1 1QN
020 7407 3962
Opening times
Opening times: Mon-Thurs open 11.30a.m- 11pm, Fridays & Saturdays open 11.30 a.m. till midnight, Sunday 12.00 a.m.- 10.30 p.m
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Overview

Welcome to the Gladstone Arms, home of the best in live music, mouth watering Pieminister pies, and the loveliest atmosphere south of the river. Cosy and welcoming, we have our bar downstairs (with free entry to gigs every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday), and our very mellow upstairs lounge, perfect for dining, playing chess, scrabble, and generally taking it easy.

You’ll find a wide range of single malts, Doombar, Tribute and a rotating guest beer for the ale lovers, a fine selection of wines, Addlestones cider on tap, San Miguel, Red Stripe, Becks, Hoegarden and Guinness on sale at the bar.

Time Out calls us ‘the coolest little pub in South London’. Come down and find out for yourself, we’ll seeya down here!

Detailed Description

Welcome to the Gladstone Arms, home of the best in live music, mouth watering Pieminister pies, and the loveliest atmosphere south of the river. Cosy and welcoming, we have our bar downstairs (with free entry to gigs every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday), and our very mellow upstairs lounge, perfect for dining, playing chess, scrabble, and generally taking it easy.

You’ll find a wide range of single malts, Doombar, Tribute and a rotating guest beer for the ale lovers, a fine selection of wines, Addlestones cider on tap, San Miguel, Red Stripe, Becks, Hoegarden and Guinness on sale at the bar.

Time Out calls us ‘the coolest little pub in South London’. Come down and find out for yourself, we’ll seeya down here!