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The Horse & Stables, Lambeth, SE1

124 Westminster Bridge Road
SE1
SE1 7RW
Phone: 02079286277
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Tris C left this review about The Horse & Stables

This place dates from the early 19th century, originally known as the Horse & Groom for Wm. Younger & Co., a name which can be seen in tiling between the first and second floors; the pub’s name written in ‘OK Corral’–style writing has gone with the arrival of ‘hipsterfication-lite’.
The interior is quite brightly lit, allowing all to be seen. A lacquered floor, mixed furniture – some boudoir-style – and a colour scheme being a combination of black, white and cyan, along with some wood panelling and columns, with obligatory gold painted Corinthian capitals. Live music wafted out from a back room where perhaps other customers may have been seated, otherwise there was an elderly couple with me in the front room.
Enticingly, there were five pumps, but to my horror, none was in use, me plumping for a half of Peckham Pale at £2.90 the half, served by a friendly barman.
This pub’s format isn’t too bad, but the lack of real ale and lack of ambience, resulted in a venue that’s a bit soulless. The fact that it’s closed on Sunday and Monday, with early closing at 10.00 pm until Thursday probably doesn’t help.

On 16th December 2021 - rating: 4
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E TA left this review about The Horse & Stables

Well described below.  We had to push our way through a bunch of ignorant smokers blocking the door, but once in we found it agreeable and welcoming despite being busy.  Ales on were Siren Session Pale Ale, Titanic Plum Porter and Hogsback TEA.  There was one dry pump.  The barmaid was quite pleasant, but she did look a bit shocked when I went to pay with cash.  This place was much better than I expected and I’d be happy to return and include in a crawl. 

On 25th March 2020 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Horse & Stables

Like others before me, I wasn't expecting much based on the garish bright blue signage on the front, but I was pleasantry surprised on entering. But having only a narrow frontage the interior, which stretches back quite a fair way, was fairly gloomy. The clutch of sofas are still there at the the front; there are a couple of booths further back on the right with the remaining furnishings being normal tables and chairs - a pretty comfortable mix in my view. Just about everything in here was dark brown, including the four original capitalled columns.

A massive chalkboard now covers the right hand wall as you enter, mainly listing wines and drinks, but with also some elaborate chalk artwork and poetry. There are some rune like symbols and other meaningless script, and as Tolkien is mentioned I guess it must be Elvish. One thing I did rather like is the dispaly of Scottish tartans in the Gents corridor, which I'm guessing is a nod to Wm Younger & Co who, judging by the surviving old exterior signage, was the erstwhile brewery owner.

There were three ales on when I visited - Hogsback TEA, Hobgoblin, and Tiny Rebel Stay Puft (£2.50 a half - 5.2%), which was a salted caramel and marsmallow flavoured porter. It sounded so unusual that I had to try a half, and the overwhelming flavour was caramel. A half was sufficient. I didn't see a menu during my Monday mid-afternoon visit, but they obviously do food as there were little buckets containing cutlery on all the tables. The tables all also had on them a single tulip in a small vase.

It's a quirky little pub, and much nicer than I expected. And I also quite enjoyed my half of Stay Puft.

On 20th March 2019 - rating: 5
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London Waterloo, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
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16th Dec 2021, 19:16
Review submitted by Tris C
 
25th Mar 2020, 07:35
Review submitted by E TA

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 22 November 2013 by hondo .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 16 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 16 December 2021 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • Car Park : No last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • Child Friendly : No - Banned after 19.30. - last updated 16 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 07 October 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 November 2013 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 16 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 16 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 16 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 November 2013 by hondo .
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