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The Mayflower, Rotherhithe, SE16

117 Rotherhithe Street
SE16 4NF
Phone: 02072374088
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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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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Rotherhithe, 0.13 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Canada Water, 0.52 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Wapping, 2.37 miles, 45 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 13 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 13 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Terrace overlooking the Thames - last updated 13 April 2014 by Malden man
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 13 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Car Park : No last updated 13 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 22 March 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Darts : No last updated 13 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by David McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 13 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Karaoke : No last updated 13 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 08 May 2014 by Malden man
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 13 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 13 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 13 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays. - last updated 16 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by David McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 22 March 2015 by Bucking Fastard
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