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The Banker, Cannon Street, EC4

Cousin Lane
Phone: 02072835206

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Steve C left this review about The Banker

The Banker is a Fullers pub located on the northside of the Thames down an alleyway off Upper Thames Street. There is some seating outside the front door with views across the river and there are steps up to the entrance. The arched high-ceilinged interior houses a main bar area with counter on the back wall that faces some high tables. To the left are a couple of booths and to the right steps lead up to two long and narrow arched vault seating areas with windows that look onto the river under the railway bridge. Above the bar is a second seating area and advertised games room. This area was closed for a private function during my recent Wednesday afternoon visit. The television was switched off and I didn’t see any live sport advertisements. However, there was some background music playing.
Available from the polite staff was a range of premium keg products and the bar supports two banks of four hand pumps. These were drawing Knight of the Garter, Pride, Oliver’s Island and Passionaide. Food is available, with rotisserie chicken being the pubs speciality. I’m a big fan of Fullers Pubs, but this wasn’t my favourite because I struggled to get comfortable, even though there were hardly any other customers.

On 27th September 2019 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Banker

Fuller's pub located in an unusual position under the Thames end of Cannon Street station. Small riverside balcony with fine views. The bar itself is quite a tall, dark place, but if not heading back outside then try to get one of the tables in the enclosed front terrace joining the two higher seating areas under the vaulting brickwork (with its curious views of the underside of the railway bridge). On this visit, I found Pride, ESB and Oliver's Island plus the seasonal Red Fox and Firecracker available from a total of seven handpumps. Overall, worth seeking out but definitely avoid the busy post-work period as it can get very crowded and I've seen a few noxious displays over the years from some stereotypical City boys that one would expect to find in a pub with this name.

On 28th November 2015 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Banker

The highlight of this Fuller's house is the outside terraces which give a great view of the tidal Thames as it sweeps under Cannon Street bridge.The interior is quite dark with wood panelling and a modest sized L shaped bar with two banks of handpumps serving a standard range of Fullers ales ,namely London Pride,Discovery,Seafarers and ESB on my trip.Sadly none of the excellent seasonal ales from Fullers were available.
This pub is very popular with a younger after work crowd on a Friday evening,the interior was heaving at 9pm and clearly this is also a destination pub on the waterfront.Possibly better visited at a quieter time,although worth a look given the location.

On 1st September 2013 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Banker

Location and interior as described below. Usual Fuller's beer and food served. The pub has a pool table.

On 6th November 2012 - no rating submitted
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Quinno _ left this review about The Banker

A Fullers pub tucked down an alleyway that you wouldn’t notice from the main road. The pub is set within the arches of the Cannon Street railway bridge, which gives it a bit of uniqueness. The large room on entering looks like a 80’s-style brickwork and wood fitting interior. Up a few steps are two arched brick tunnels clad in white wood that lead to an adjoining room which is the big payout as it overlooks the Thames (though from under a large bridge). The usual Fullers fayre is on tap along with a welcome sighting of Gales Seafarers which I thoroughly enjoyed, though it was quite expensive. Pub is located in the City, so expect it to get rammed with suits from the nearby firms.

This is a decent place and is clearly best visited in summer to sample the riverside views – do it outside of peak hours though.

On 9th June 2011 - rating: 8
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Roger Button left this review about The Banker

The Banker isn’t a place you would comeacross by accident being tucked away down a side street alongside Cannon Street Railway Station. The cavernous but spacious interior consists 2 massive Victorian brick arches that prop up the station above and running perpendicular, 2 smaller tongue and groove lined arches with a more intimate loungey feel. At the end is a narrow enclosed terrace that commands a panoramic river view beneath the railway bridge passing overhead. The vast expanses of brickwork have some unusual arty style modern black and white photos of the local architecture and some of the river traffic whilst the smaller arches contain some portraits of the classic river views. There is also an upstairs balcony which is occasionally sealed off for private functions and an open riverside terrace. Even during the busiest periods I have always managed to get a seat and a table. A well positioned plasma screen covers the usual sporting occasions and the music is unobtrusive albeit fairly safe and mainstream.

On the beer front, a good selection of well kept Fullers beers available (Chiswick, ESB, HSB, Discovery & Pride) but a bit on the pricey side (London prices blah blah blah). The other downside from my most recent visit was the woefully short measure, especially given the Cask Marque accreditation and a top up wasn’t exactly delivered with a beaming smile. As a non-regular I wouldn’t let it affect my rating but it is something I would keep an eye on in future visits. In general, it is a pub that is well worth seeking out but needs to pay a bit of attention to the service side of things.

On 20th January 2010 - rating: 8
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Banker

This was my first visit to The Banker and I found it a much better alternative to the Anchor on the south bank and now that I know there is a much better boozer opposite I will be taking the short detour across Southwark Bridge in future.
It is a bit difficult to find but well worth searching out for its design (the way they've made full use of the Railway station brick arches) and for the riverside location. The outside terrace is an excellent place to enjoy a beer and even though they had a BBQ in full swing in the corner, it is still large enough to accommodate several groups.
The Fullers ales were decent quality and nice to see them served in the correct glasses with The ESB coming in the large goblet style glass.
So in conclusion , a very decent example of a large Fullers pub in the City, and I will be back.

On 2nd August 2009 - rating: 8
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