Whitesmiths Arms, Borough
Like seeing the old Watney Coombe and Reid emblem outside a pub, spotting the 1970s Courage cockerel is a sign - a sign that you're about to enter an unreconstructed local's pub. In this case, that initial assessment was more or less correct. It's a diminutive place, not unattractive from the outside and comfortable enough within. Both clean and tidy, the landlord is friendly enough and a little back garden to offers somewhere for those smokers to go. The problem here - and it makes it difficult to give any sort of thorough assessment - was the lack of customers. Sure, it was a Tuesday night but one punter doesn't make for an atmosphere. It might pick up later in the week, but until we return the Whitesmiths Arms receives a humble two pint rating. Suffice to say there was nothing ostensibly wrong with this pub on our visit.
10 Jul 2011
The Whitesmiths has changed.........a lick of paint, some hanging baskets, a great old CD jukebox. Now under new ownership, friendly barstaff & resident dog & two cats. Selling London Pride, Adnams LIghthouse & John Smiths smooth. Red Stripe & Becks on draught.
37 Crosby Row, Borough, London, SE1 3YD
020 7378 1838
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