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Old Kings Head, SE1

King's Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High Street
SE1
SE1 1NA
Phone: 02074071550
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Tris C left this review about Old Kings Head

Being here by the mid-16th century is no surprise to me, given the history of the area and its pubs in general, the current incarnation dating from 1881.
It’s quite a large single room, carpeted with some stained glass; a mural of old London Bridge prior to the Great Fire of 1666 and a typical coaching inn’s alleyway covers the left-hand wall, where a modest TV hangs, showing the footie; for once people were actually watching it, which comes as no surprise as this is a very blokey pub – with not one woman – to the point that on entering, I wondered if it was a gay pub, but then gay men don’t dress like the blokes in here. Brimful of Asha on the 45 played at a reasonable level and there are some knickknacks about the place, with a traditional bar array, serving up Southwark’s Mayflower Session Ale, Doom, Sussex Best and Proper Job, at an unacceptable £3.00 a half, though good.
With a good vibe, this is quite a nice pub, certainly just about the last traditional boozer in the area, other pubs having all been trendified; I’d pop in here again if in the area, but the down-to-earth air of the place can in no way justify the high prices; the ‘fashionable’ pubs by Borough Market don’t charge this much.

On 31st October 2021 - rating: 7
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Delboy 20 left this review about Old Kings Head

Another decent little pub tucked away from the main road. A good pint of Adnams Ghost Ship. I would happily call in again.

On 11th October 2018 - no rating submitted
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Old Kings Head

Easily missed as you wander down Borough High Street,the yard entrance does have a pub sign above.The yard is currently very scruffy and is clearly used an an alfresco lav late a night.The pub itself is modest,and has a horrible neon "Open" sign which being illuminated sped our entrance.The interior is very basic,although the frontage has good stained glass .One of the window panels opens in good weather.There is a wallpaper mural of the area years ago along another wall,but the furniture was very functional,mainly high tables and the flatscreens and muzak did nothing to improve the ambiance.
The six handpumps were offering national brands as you might expect from a pubco owned premises.That mean on my trip Doom Bar,Adnams Ghost Ship,Black Sheep Bitter ,Harvey's Best,St Austell Tribute and Proper Job (in great nick).It's in the 2018 GBG and that seems fully justified,but it's a basic pub with not much else to warrant another visit.

On 15th November 2017 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
London Bridge, 0.31 miles, 5 min walk (show)
London Bridge, 0.31 miles, 5 min walk (show)
London Cannon Street, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Old Kings Head, SE1
31st Oct 2021, 20:04
Request to add pub to area London Bridge by Tris C approved
 
31st Oct 2021, 20:04
Request to add pub to area Southwark by Tris C approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 30 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Darts : No last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 30 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 12 September 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 30 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Jukebox : No last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Real Cider : No last updated 31 October 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
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