Old Justice, Bermondsey
This pub would appear to be place of two halves, each of which may be suspected of having its own distinct character - half pub, half Korean Barbecue. However, as the larger (and surely less depressing) saloon bar with table top barbies wasn't open when we popped in, we can only really base our judgement of the Old Justice on the rather compact public bar. Most incongruously, especially given the limited number of seats available, there is a very comfy sofa, but otherwise the bar is austere in the extreme, really of the old school. Both the floor and the walls are of gruff old unpolished wood, and real ales, which a sign outside implies will be present, didn't seem to be in evidence when we visited, although four varieties of wine were on tap. Although we hardly found it a jolly place to while away the time, the barmaid was friendly, and we got the impression that the pub had a loyal selection of, mainly older, regulars, who obviously feel this is their home from home. Whether any other passers-by, perhaps visitors walking the Thames Path, might care to join them may well depend as to whether the saloon bar is open, and just what that is like.
Bermondsey Wall East, Bermondsey, London, SE16 4TY
020 7237 3452
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How to find the Old Justice pub
Bermondsey: Cross over the main road outside the tube and head down to the right. Take the first left, Wilson Grove, and continue to the end. Then turn left down Bermondsey Wall East, and you'll soon find the pub on the left.