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The Barrowboy & Banker, SE1

6-8 Borough High Street
SE1
SE1 9QQ
Phone: 02074035415
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Fuller's

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Rex Rattus left this review about The Barrowboy & Banker

This is a large Fuller's pub, obviously a former bank, and with its name giving a nod to the erstwhile workers at the nearby Borough Market. I doubt whether anyone working there now could be described as a barrowboy. As it's such a high ceilinged room, they've managed to squeeze in a mezzanine floor looking down on the main room. There's also a dining area up a few steps on the left, with the dreaded "wait to be seated" sign guarding the steps.

The main room has some fixed bench seating around the sides, with a few tall tables/tall stools and normal tables and chairs in the centre of the room. There's some attractive herringbone parquet wood flooring, as well as a bit of black and white tiling. A visual reference to the previous use of the building is provided by the numbered security box covers, complete with locks and keys, along the front of the mezzanine floor, plus a safe front set into the front of the bar counter.

There was a pretty good ale selection (as long as you're OK with Fuller's beers). From the Fuller's stable we had London Pride (of course), ESB (£2.55 a half), Oliver's Island, and Day Dreamer (some sort of New Zealand themed beer); a couple of Darkstar branded beers in Hophead and Revelation, plus a guest in Truman's Zephyr. Seven ales isn't bad going even though there wasn't anything very special - apart from ESB of course!

A standard Fuller's Ale & Pie house menu is available - pies are £15.50 a go here, but do include seasonal veg, and mash or triple-cooked chips. It is an expensive area, and Fuller's have never really been known for inexpensive food and drink.

I wouldn't go out of my way to visit again, but there are very many worse pubs around. It gets a 7 mainly for the ale selection.

On 5th April 2019 - rating: 7
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Delboy 20 left this review about The Barrowboy & Banker

More a comment than a review. I fell foul of the old "no football fans" line so didn't get to visit - even though the football fans I was due to meet were inside! Plenty other pubs nearby....

On 11th October 2018 - no rating submitted
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E TA left this review about The Barrowboy & Banker

Pretty well described below, the striking building has found a new role as a Fuller's town pub catering for the itinerant tourist and market trade. The architecture is impressive, though the upstairs was roped off so we couldn't appreciate the whole building. There were mute tv screens, padded bench seating and some of the original bank features – for example the safe built into the bar counter. Sadly, most of the families were unwilling to control their children who created a trip hazard and tried nosing around in our bags. The staff were pretty decent, but the food let things down a bit – apart from being expensive, it was under-cooked and poorly presented. There were 8 handpumps in total, dispensing Pride, ESB, Navigation, Santa's Grotto, Three Wise Men, Holly Bush and Oliver's Island from Fuller's, and Sambrook's Prussian Red Ale. Architecture aside, there's not much to distinguish this place from other London pubs in the tourist areas.

On 2nd February 2018 - rating: 6
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London Bridge, 0.29 miles, 5 min walk (show)
London Bridge, 0.29 miles, 5 min walk (show)
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5th Apr 2019, 23:22
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
 
11th Oct 2018, 19:46
Review submitted by Delboy 20

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 November 2013 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 23 November 2013 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Fuller's. - last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 23 November 2013 by hondo .
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