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The Mayflower, Rotherhithe, SE16

117 Rotherhithe Street
SE16 4NF
Phone: 02072374088

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Steve of N21 left this review about The Mayflower

Haven’t been to this wonderful historic atmospheric pub in the backstreets of Rotherhithe for quite a while, so being in the area decided to look it up again. In these covid pandemic table service only times we were lucky to get a table for a drink opposite the bar in the main section of the pub for an hour or so, but only due to it being pre booked at 6.00PM. But at least the upside due to the covid restrictions were that it did not get uncomfortably crowded which can happen as previously mentioned.
Four of the five ale pumps were in operation with one reverse clipped and alongside the pubs Mayflower Scurvy Ale were Bexley Brewery Golden Acre, East London Brewing Pale Ale and a very decent stout that I failed to make a note of.
Very good service levels from the young team and although we had not intended to eat here we were talked into going for some of the snack dishes by the guy who seemed to be in charge and fortunately the home made scotch egg with Piccalilli lived up to its central London £6 price tag, and the spicy Pattas Bravas (apparently on the menu due to their being an Ecuadorian chef in the kitchen) took no prisioners and were some of the best I’ve had in a long while.
Very good ale, very good food, and a warm atmospheric historic pub on a cold October afternoon, it was actually a bloody good job that they had to move us on at 6.

On 20th November 2020 - rating: 9
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Mayflower

Must visit pub, for those with an interest in history.

Story well told - from this site the Mayflower set sail for American in 1620. The captain is buried in the churchyard opposite.

The pub is completely old world. Leaded windows, door to the. A bottom bar full of nick nacks and nautical pictures. An upstairs terrace for dining. Low ceiling and lighting make you think you are in any century since the mayflower set sail.

Greene King house. Around four handpulls from independent breweries - Redemption Hopspur in reasonable condition.

Cheese board looked intriguing.

On 13th January 2020 - rating: 9
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Quinno _ left this review about The Mayflower

A wonderful old atmospheric tick box pub in the backstreets of Rotherhithe. Inside is a tight, L shaped layout with much in the way of 17th century olde worlde charm (leaded windows, fireplaces, wooden beams etc many of which are good reproduction – the pub was rebuilt in the mid 1800’s and then again after being bombed during the war), and oodles of nautical ephemera everywhere, more than you can possibly take in on a single visit. Atmospherically dark and low-lit inside, there are a few nooks and crannies to find a seat in and pretend it’s 1719 rather 2019. However it gets very crowded, and atmospheric can turn to claustrophobic very quickly here at certain times of day I’d imagine. To the outside rear is a large area of covered decking with river views. Five ales on the go, I sampled the Old Dairy Green Hop (NBSS 4), Oakham Bishops Farewell (3) and one from Bexley (2.5). If you’re in the area this is a must-visit. 8.5

On 18th December 2019 - rating: 9
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Moby Duck left this review about The Mayflower

Lovely old pub backing on to the Thames,beers on were Mayflower Session IPA,Twickenham Naked Ladies,St Austell Tribute and an exceptionally good Kent Citra, plus Old Rosie Cider. A bit busy Sunday lunchtime With people dining but didn't detract from the pub.

On 8th July 2018 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Mayflower

A decent looking pub tucked away in the back streets of Rotherhithe and just around the corner from the Brunel Museum, it is named after the ship that carried the Pilgrim Fathers to America which departed nearby. A terrace at the rear offers views of the Thames and the building opposite and a notice warns that your feet may get wet at high tide! The rear door from here to the pub is also clearly a waterproof affair.

Internally it’s got a rustic, olde worlde charm with all manner of bits and pieces covering every available surface. Essentially it’s all one open plan room, although divided in to a few different areas. There are leaded windows at the front of the pub and wood strip flooring, along with some exposed brick walling. An attractive brick built fire-place was towards the rear of the pub and there were a few wooden beams on the ceiling as well as substantial looking supporting timberwork. A few pictures on the wall documented the ship from which the pub takes it’s name, as well as other historical notes. The pub was liberally adorned with tankards, miner’s lamps, model ships, stuffed birds, candelabra and a stag’s head among other things.

Beers on tap were Mayflower Scurvy Ale, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Robinson’s Trooper, Evans Evans Britannia and Oakham JHB. Ciders meanwhile were Aspall’s Harry Sparrow and Rosie’s Pig. All in all, a lovely old pub and definitely worth making the effort to get to.

On 13th April 2017 - rating: 9
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Mayflower

Just a short distance from Rotherhithe station, this is a fantastic old pub dating back to 1780 and capturing a sense of what a historic riverside pub might have felt like, in a way that so many other Thames tourist-trap venues fail to achieve. You enter into a dark room in which pretty much every surface is clad with dark wood, thereby adding to the low light and atmospheric feel. There's a small, traditional seating area to the front of the pub, under some lattice windows, which looked a little cramped and, much like the rest of the pub, was busy with diners on a Saturday lunchtime. The servery runs down the right hand side of the building and is directly opposite the entrance. It is a real sight to behold with all its decorative dark wood features and a canopy straining under the weight of ship's wheels, model ships, life rings, tankards and all manner of other bits. A bust stands on the end of the bar counter, wearing a headdress made from teeth and facing a couple of pew formed booths in which the pews are the star with their ship's head end pieces and witty quotes painted along the sides. Further along this left hand side, there is a raised seating area under a rare section of bare brick wall which is focused around a nice fireplace and a few more seats are squeezed into the rear right corner, past the end of the bar. The whole room is liberally decorated with an eclectic range of items, much of which seems like it might have come from an 18th Century riverside boozer, including mounted fish, ship's wheels, pulleys, masts, deer skulls, cages, stuffed birds (including what looked very much like a dodo to me), oil paintings, salvers, lamps, flags, keys and a few stuffed rats running along the rafters. It's a nice overall effect, even if it is perhaps a little contrived for the tourist market. To the rear there is a rather bland covered decked area with lots of bench seating. I'm guessing that the covering disappears in the summer months, as the decking forms part of a wonderful private jetty which offers some great views of the river. With the cover in place, only a small strip of the jetty affords this view and despite the poor weather, I made my way out here and watched river life pass by.
There is a pretty good row of handpulls on the bar and these were offering Greene King London Glory and Abbot's Reserve, Dark Star Hophead, Saddler's One Stop Hop, Belhaven Smoke Stack Stout and a house beer called Mayflower Scurvy Ale. My pint of the One Stop Hop was in good nick and my only real gripe was that every table was occupied by diners, making it difficult to get comfortable inside.
This is a quality pub with a good beer selection and arguably the best interior of any Thames pub this side of Big Ben. I thought the place suggested a keen eye for detail and a strong focus on quality - two attributes that set it apart from the vast majority of tourist-based pubs. I really enjoyed this visit and was slightly amazed that I'd never been before, having been a frequent visitor to Rotherhithe for five or six years in the mid 00's. It was certainly worth the wait and if you're looking for a riverside pub with which to impress visitors to London, this is a very good bet.

On 31st January 2017 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Mayflower

A 16th Century pub steeped in history, serving good food and good beer. The pub also has a experience Dickensian London, every Sunday when the pub is lit by candles and called 'Blackout Sunday'. The majority of the customers here try to find space out back on the timber jetty. I liked the small front room with leaded windows and the booths opposite the bar area. Beer wise we went for the GK Golden Breeze IPA and Black Wolf Brewery IPA, both were in good shape.

On 1st August 2016 - rating: 8
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Roy Collins left this review about The Mayflower

Great location overlooking the Thames with an interesting decor and good selection of beers.The Scurvy ale was in good form and £4 a pint.

On 22nd April 2016 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Mayflower

Very attractive old riverside inn, run by Greene King these days, retaining a tremendous amount of character in the three small seating areas around the central bar counter. The best spot, however, if the weather permits and you can find a space, and you don't get drenched by salt water washing up through the slats (which happened to some whilst I was there, to rather dramatic effect) is the narrow decking terrace with a great view overlooking the Thames. The beer selection is good too, with the 'house' Scurvy Ale (£4.00) supplemented by Hook Norton Hooky, St Austell Liquid Sunshine, Ossett Silver King and Dark Star Hophead from five of six handpumps on this visit.

On 13th September 2015 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Mayflower

Our correspondent from Malden has nailed the main points,and I can confirm that the ale policy feels like a free house with 6 ales although the presence of the charmingly named Scurvy Ale brewed by "Hardy and Hansons" still shows some link to GK.The interior is full of sailing bric-a-brac which enhances the interest although a small cage with models of two rats placed on a window cill did give some female customers a fright !The interior is small and cosy but the staff do put reserved signs on the tables during the popular Sunday roasts,so it maybe worth booking.We moved upstairs to the restaurant and were lucky to get a table after a cancellation in what is a charming room with a low ceiling and views out over the Thames.My sausages in red wine,black pudding and mash was very good and worth the £12
Real ale included Cotleigh Tawney Owl,Black Wolf Rok IPA (decent),Dark Star Hophead and TT Boltmakers on my trip and I would pay another visit for both the interior and the ale if walking the Thames Path again

On 22nd March 2015 - rating: 8
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