Located opposite the oldest Pie and Mash shop in London, the Hartley offers a more modern take on the world of wining and dining, although for a pub that looks like a gastropub, the menu was surprisingly limited to all day breakfast and some basic pub grub (a south London establishment that doesn't believe in vegetarians - shock!). Confusingly still labelled as the Pagoda on the sign and the top of the building, it's not your local Chinese. As in many gastropubs, it's a comfortable enough place to pass the time in, but despite the best efforts of the friendly bar staff - we felt there was something missing. Complaining about the options on the pumps may sound petty in a gastropub, but a selection of Guinness and lager just doesn't cut it these days, although it wouldn't surprise us that it's what the locals drink. A bit quiet when we last looked in (we have a feeling most of the possible clientele didn't make it past the Garrison on Bermondsey Street) with only a few of the punters from the pub's previous incarnation propping up the bar. We're sure this one fills up at other times, but on the evidence of our visit, it's still not a pub at ease with itself.
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Reviewed by septic
09 Apr 2011