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The Mulberry Bush, SE1

89 Upper Ground
SE1
SE1 9PP
Phone: 02079287940
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Mulberry Bush

Located a short stroll away from the Thames Path behind Gabriel’s Wharf, this is a traditional looking pub from the outside but has clearly been “renovated” at some point and now seems to cater to a primarily younger clientele. Our Friday evening visit found it very busy, with the music somewhat too loud for easy conversation.

Décor wise it’s a mixture of traditional and modern with grey slate style tiling on much of the floor with large areas of inlaid wood strip elsewhere. Paintwork was mostly a dark green with further areas of dark green wood panelling as well as green iron supporting pillars, whilst a freshly plastered ceiling had been painted white. Large bi-folding doors all along the front of the pub no doubt make it light and airy in the warmer weather, and there looked to be some sort of more contemporary extension at the rear with light oak panelling, although we did not investigate this. Lighting was predominantly exposed filament light bulbs, which are of course de rigour in any pub renovation these days.

Despite five hand pumps on the bar, only two were in use dispensing Young’s London Gold and Proper Job, with two appearing to have run out and one seemingly unused. Not a great start to the weekend. To make matters worse, the solitary cider was Aspall’s Suffolk. Had I caught this at a quieter time and with a better drinks selection available I might have warmed to it a bit more, but as it was I don’t feel any particular urge to rush back.

On 5th February 2020 - rating: 5
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hondo . left this review about The Mulberry Bush

Young’s pub that hasn’t changed much from the reviews below.

On 26th October 2019 - no rating submitted
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Mulberry Bush

This modernised Young's pub always seems to be doing a roaring trade whenever I pass it, perhaps benefiting from being situated just a short distance from the Southbank. You enter into a small lobby with a single high table and stools in a draughty spot beneath a staircase. A door to the left leads into the main bar with the servery running down the left hand wall and a raised seating area to the right. The bar has a chunky curved counter and a decent mirror and bare brick bar back. The room has bare pine flooring throughout which created a very loud and echoing environment on a packed weekend visit - so loud in fact that my companions left midway through to watch a firework display on the Thames which they claim was significantly quieter than being in the pub! There are a few long tables directly opposite the bar, ideal for large groups, with smaller tables and standard chairs on the raised platform to the right. The walls are painted white with a few sections of glazed brick tiling and the decor hints at the nearby TV studios with a giant clapperboard on one wall. Elsewhere there are some nice framed mocked-up book covers for classic titles and the obligatory picture of the Queen Mother. In the front right corner there is an attractive curved glass wall which screens a spiral staircase leading up the 'The Green Room, which is seemingly a separate dining area. Elsewhere, a few nice etched glass partitioning screens add a bit of character to a pub that has obviously been given a very contemporary makeover. To the rear there is a wide but shallow area that almost feels like a separate room and seemed to have been reserved for one large group on this visit. Some comfy looking seating options were available back here under wood plank walls decorated with various mirrors and lamps, whilst stacks of books filled the window sills.
The pub was remarkably busy when we arrived but we were rather lucky that a group left whilst we were milling around, so we were able to bag their table. A very friendly chap who was collecting glasses, spotted us taking a seat and came and took our drinks order to save us getting stuck in the scrum at the bar, which was very good for us, less so for those waiting at the bar. There were three ales to choose from - Youngs Ordinary and Special and Wimbledon Common Pale. I tried a pint of the latter and thought it was in very good condition and it went down very well after a long afternoon of sight seeing around the city.
I felt a bit conflicted about this place, as the lively atmosphere, good service and well kept beer were spoilt a little by the corporate interior design, uninspiring beer range and maddening noise levels. I'd say this is a decent enough place to stop off if you want to avoid the pubs on the Thames Path, but you'll need to be prepared to take the rough with the smooth.

On 12th December 2016 - rating: 6
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London Waterloo, 0.44 miles, 8 min walk (show)
London Charing Cross, 0.75 miles, 14 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.06 miles, 39 min walk (show)
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5th Feb 2020, 14:33
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26th Oct 2019, 16:32
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