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I thought it a really good pub- food was excellent. Pretty perfectly balanced- wasn't cheap but came up with the goods for what you paid food wise.

More important don't know of a pub in the area as good if your after something that comes up with individuality - good food - not too big. Not too small.

A good old school type of place with a nice land lady. Soft Irish
ruftytufty - 15 Sep 2014 08:47
Popped in for a half for the first time - a clean and nice place with good service.
Trinker - 8 Aug 2011 12:25
I hadn't been for a long while, and thought I'd drop in after an all-morning meeting on Monday.

Regretably winter opening hours early week are from 15.00 onwards, so I had to hurry on to the Tankard 176 - 178 Walworth Road SE17 1JL.

I can't find that one on the site -but it does a very reasonable pint of Greene King IPA on hand pump for 2.45.

It is a Greene King Retailing Ltd managed house, but a friendly and homely welcome from the regulars and behind the bar Tom Mitchell, who told me that he had previously kept pubs around Islington, and had known the pubs around City Road Basin - the Wenlock Arms, Prince of Wales, and the Narrow Boat - well.
zorrodp - 1 Mar 2011 13:31
A classic pub in an unusual location - a little oasis of the Walworth road. The pub is nicely laid out with muted decor and thankfully no slot machines, blaring music or big screen TV.
There is not only a great selection of beer, but also of wine and spirits (esp. whisky). The food is consistently good, maybe a tiny bit pricey, but the portions are large and always satisfying. The Sunday Roast is particularly impressive.
To top it all off, the staff are very friendly & professional (mostly from the southern hemisphere!) and the clientele are a nice mix of old regulars, families and students.
In summer the beer garden is a lovely spot for some drinks.
PatW - 11 Feb 2010 22:39
I quite agree with previous post, there is nothing special about this place, its beers, its service and deff its location...
hatandscarf - 15 Dec 2009 22:57
I can't imagine how this place is currently at no. 18 in the 'Top 20' on BITE's front page, but I would note that it has 35 ratings but only 24 reviews so a bit of multiple scoring may be going on... However, there is nothing really wrong with the place - just the sort of stripped pine and candles on the tables part-gentrified establishment that you would expect to find at this distance from central London. Quite a selection of whiskies if that's your thing, but only two of the four handpumps had clips on, and both of those were for Pride! Not worth going out of your way for.
rpadam - 30 Oct 2009 23:20
There were four handpumps on the bar two were unused; one had a Bombardier clip turned round; and the fourth was dispensing London Pride. I had the Pride (of course) which was OK and at 3 a pint reasonably priced. This looks like an estate pub with delusions of grandeur. Its bare-boarded, with plain wooden tables and chairs. There is a TV screen, but when I was in it was showing Sky Sports with the sound muted. There was some music playing in the background, although not too loudly; in fact pretty well drowned by half a dozen mirthful girls having lunch (luckily for me) at the other end of the bar from me.

There looks to be pretty good food menu. I had a tuna ciabatta sarny, that came with some sort of crisps, and a bit of salad not too bad at 4.99. The wines on offer were listed on a large chalkboard above the bar. This is one of those pubs that have been made over to such an extent that they retain little or nothing of their original pub character. Maybe I am missing something, but I just do not think that this pub has any of the qualities that ought to be needed to justify the high BITE ranking it has achieved. I suspect that I know how it has got such a high score, but that is another story. A decent ale would help. Its an OK bar, but there are better pubs about.
RexRattus - 10 Sep 2009 19:00
Princemonolulu - 28 Aug 2009 09:36
Truly one of the very best pubs in London. A must to visit!
FeeFyeFoeThumb - 12 Jul 2009 11:36
One of the best kept secrets in London. Only for the true Ale drinker and lover of all good things.
DEPTFORDDUTCH - 30 Jun 2009 21:10
Cracking pub. (I'll admit I know the owner but I'm not swayed by this.) Excellent real ales, great food, friendly staff, superb selection of Whisky, and bags of room outside. The only downside is the location, bit of a walk for me, although that is probably a good thing as if it were closer I think I'd end up in there most nights!
konarob - 26 May 2009 12:37
Really winner of a pub this one.

My second (possibly third) visit last night for a birthday celebration with a group of about 10 in total and just a pleasing evening in every respect. A special salute to the staff for the friendly and excellent service throughout. Most of us ate and not a single complaint there.

Highly recommend for most occasions
Badgers - 6 Mar 2009 08:52
Why, oh why, is this wonderful wee pub never highlighted on this web site as one of the very best pubs in London? Constantly clean, well managed, with good clear fine tasting beers and one of the best Whiskie selections in London! Wandering back down from Camberwell in the Snow the other night, I aimed for the Beehive knowing that it would be a very welcome treat; and I wasn't wrong. A very pleasant South African bar man, tip top and on the ball service wise. A bar that I recommend worth seeking out.
anonymous - 5 Feb 2009 13:06
This is one of the lovliest, best run bars in London. Clean, sunny, Superb! Tucked away a short walk off the Walworth road; well worth the walk. Originally one of the first pubs to service the original Surrey Cricket club, before it was moved down to the Oval. Another pub that other decerning drinkers should seek out and enjoy. Smokers too; plenty of benches outside.
anonymous - 25 Sep 2008 09:47
This is a lovely bistro-type pub with a jolly atmosphere, particularly at the weekends. Great on a fine evening when you can eat outside.
Food was well cooked and presented. Fresh fish and real chips (with the skin on)and very reasonably priced for the quality of food.
Wines also good value and a good selection of beers and lagers (including draught Leffe which is my favourite).
All in all a great find in this location.
lnbmk01 - 12 Sep 2008 15:25
Really excellent pub in slightly unlikely location. The atmosphere is great - a real pub, no musak or fruit machines, rarely too crowded (except for the extremely popular Sunday lunches) but usually enough people to make it feel comfortable. Staff are friendly, the beer (Pride) is well kept, and the wines are ok too. Having been through a rocky patch, the food is back up to a high standard (though not fancy or expensive), and served in big portions. Fine place.

kopke - 16 Jul 2008 13:53
Excellent little local pub in a primarily residential area sandwiched between Walworth Road and Kennington Park Road. Cosy both inside and out in the small beer garden. Let down slightly by the uninspiring lager selection but when I last went in Guinness, Leffe, Pride and Bombardier all available. Most of the other pubs in this area are pretty poor so worth going slightly out of your way for this place.
Pentargo - 1 May 2008 20:36
seems to have changed hands. not nearly as friendly. menu looks tacky and fussy at the same time. the landlord was off hand when i very politley made an enquiry about whether the directors was off. used to go ther a lot. will not be in the future.
kevinh - 11 Oct 2006 10:09
Great pub: quick & friendly staff, good beers (warm & cold), fireside seating, outdoor seating, great food.

I'm actually unsure how this pub exists, tucked away in terrible Kennington/Walworth it has a really charming atmosphere and is never too crowded. Thankfully the potato heads from the overhanging council estates seem to find Monahan's round the corner more enticing.
A gem.
thortb - 12 May 2006 12:08
Used to be my favourite pub in walworth before Monaghan's opened. Staff are friendly, draught lager a bit ropey, nice relaxed atmosphere inside & out (bistro feel).
Best pub in walworth for relaxing & drinking in the sun. Menu's gone a bit stale now & quality of food isn't always great.
Food at Monaghan's, walworth rd is better & more modern, as are the surroundings
brady79 - 11 Aug 2005 16:39
It's a nice place with good beer and friendly staff, but the food has gone right downhill recently. I was served a hard dry inedible piece of fish, and when I sent it back the staff didn't seem interested - no apology or offer of an alternative until I complained - which didn't get me anywhere. So, go for a drink but don't order the food!
Phil66 - 11 Jun 2005 19:06
A great pub. Saffos behind the bar are good humoured and well dressed. The bar food is good value and there's plenty of it. Lots of seating space outside and a fire inside for the cold nights. Never too crammed to be uncomfortable. A local joy.
shave - 30 May 2005 23:32
Hate to repeat the old cliches, but yes, this is the 'only good pub in the barren wasteland of Walworth'. Old-Speckled Hen, Pride and something else half-decent on tap (I forget!) when I visited last night. Reasonable food, generally friendly staff and a good atmosphere. Pretty good.
benadamsintheusa - 31 Mar 2005 21:54
Best pub in Walworth. Not that that's saying much. Good service, friendly staff. The food and wine are all good quality. The beer is good as well but the brands stocked are only standard ones. Could do with stocking some decent belgian beers.
The decor is nice and quite bright. There a large beer garden for summer and a real fire at the back for winter.
All round a very good pub.
Brian - 26 Oct 2004 10:52
Very suprised by the allegations of unfriendliness - every visit I have made I have been impressed by the conscientious South African barstaff. The London Pride is always good and the Sunday roasts although not cheap at 6.50 are the main reason for going.
Matthew - 1 Aug 2004 13:25
Bit of a Jekyll and Hyde pub. Called in two weeks ago and was impressed by the friendy atmosphere, polite staff and a good pint of Wadsworth 6X. Called again at the weekend and the atmosphere was anything but friendly. The beer was drinkable ( just ) and I was made to feel guilty for pointing out that I had been charged for 2 pints instead of one and a half. I was enventually refunded by the surly barman without an apology or kiss my arse. With just a bit of effort this place could be a good little pub in the otherwise barren wastes of Walworth. Shame.
Tuna - 22 Jun 2004 13:19
Best pub in the area. Staff are friendly if you make the effort. Ales kept well. Big selection of single malts. Good for a swift pint before closing, a few pints and a chat, or an afternoon session on the porch.
Dai - 14 Oct 2003 17:07
Smart but welcoming bistro-style pub. Good year-round pub with several outdoor tables. Always good range of drinks, food ok but fairly typical pub grub.
John - 22 Sep 2003 12:47
The staff are efficient and smartly dressed, music is inoffensive and grub pretty good. Candles on the tables, nice wines on offer, can feel quite romantic with the right company!
suzanne bye - 9 Sep 2003 11:50
Something between a pub and a bar. Some of the locals are friendlier than the staff! Not too far from Kennington tube station. Real ale here, quality was just ok when I visited last year. Probably the "best" pub in the SE17 area - visit and make your own minds up. Also try the Prince of Wales in Kennington.
Robin Kerwin - 10 Jul 2003 19:59

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