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The Horse & Stables, Lambeth, SE1

124 Westminster Bridge Road
Phone: 02079286277
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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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Steve C left this review about The Horse & Stables

The Horse and Stables is an open plan pub with a bar that runs along the left hand wall up to the rear where a kitchen can be found. Standard tables and chairs are found at the front of the pub and high tables at the rear. I didn’t spot any televisions, but there was some background music playing at a very low volume. An upstairs bar/function room is advertised, but I did not investigate during my visit just before Christmas. It wasn’t very busy, but there were a couple of dining families with young children present. I didn’t read a menu, but I would be very surprised if the food is expensive. A premium keg range was available from the bar that supports five hand pumps. One of these was unused so the four available ales were Adnams Shingle Bells, Brentwood Gold, Fullers London pride and XT 3 Brewing Company’s Indian pale.
I found the service to be polite, but I found the décor to be disjointed and the atmosphere to be lacking. I do not plan to do a return visit anytime soon.

On 1st February 2017 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about The Horse & Stables

The rather garish and gaudy external signage doesn't promise much, neither does the sign that advises the pub doubles up as a hostel. Once inside however initial misgivings are dispelled, there is a long tapering room with a boarded floor, bar along one side and with a long photographic mural on the opposite wall of Waterloo Bridge and the river. The floor is filled with mostly regular seating plus a clutch of well used sofas to the front. A pair of black horses heads bookend the bar counter over which the wine and cocktail lists are displayed. Food served, leaning towards the USA with various burgers and the like, Tennessee bourbon burger £7.95. TVs were off mid Saturday afternoon but live sports are shown with posters advertising The 6 Nations.
There are four handpumps, all were in use offering Oakham Citra (£4), Pride, Grain Best Bitter and Bespoke Brewery Company Saved by the Bell. A decent enough selection, my Citra came in a dimpled jug and was carefully topped up by the friendly barmaid without me having to ask.
It certainly isn't what it appears from outside, well worth popping in if you find yourself around the back of Waterloo or heading for The Imperial War Museum as I was.

On 31st January 2015 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Waterloo, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Elephant & Castle, 0.84 miles, 16 min walk (show)
London Charing Cross, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
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20th Mar 2019, 16:51
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
6th May 2018, 08:39
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 22 November 2013 by hondo .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
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  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 07 October 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 November 2013 by hondo .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • Pinball : No last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 October 2010 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 31 January 2015 by Malden man
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 November 2013 by hondo .
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