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The Ring, Southwark, SE1

72 Blackfriars Road
SE1
SE1 8HA
Phone: 02076200811
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Tris C left this review about The Ring

A mid-Victorian pub, originally called the Railway Tavern, the Wagnerian name arising from its location opposite the Southwark Ring, a famous boxing venue destroyed in World War II and now the site of a rather futuristic office building called Palestra, by Alsop Architects.
The interior here is good and as mentioned, the walls are absolutely covered with framed prints of former boxers, Cooper being the only one I recognised; a pair of old boxing gloves hangs from a sconce light, lighting over the bar being white, translucent spherical lamps; further décor arises in the form of what looks like a floor-to-ceiling-height ‘tree’(?). The only annoyance I found, was the bright TV showing the news with the sound off.
Helpful bar staff were dispensing, aside from an unused pump, Doom, Bermondsey’s Mayflower Session Ale and Saltaire’s Triple Choc, at a very reasonable £2.40 a half and moreish, but the novelty may wear off after more than a pint.
This is a solid venue, making for a crawl with some other good pubs in the immediate vicinity, especially if included with the Market Porter and Old King’s Head.

On 9th November 2021 - rating: 6
[User has posted 1500 recommendations about 1479 pubs]


Ian Mapp left this review about The Ring

Used to be the closest pub to my london office at a former company. I was quite surprised to see it in the Good Beer Guide 2021, so 8 years after leaving that company, I headed back to check it out.

Unchanged from as I remember it - single roomed, boxing photos/gloves all around (apparently a gym/ring upstairs), some bench seating out the front under a canopy.

Four real ales on - Doombar, Butcombe, Saltaire Cascade and one unremembered. I went Butcombe and the barman was struggling to get a pint out. He handed over a pint of sludge, that looked bad, smelled worse and didnt get as far as the tasting.

A mere look at my disappointed face caused it to be changed without fuss.

Not really what you would expect in a CAMRA endorsed venue.

On 4th October 2021 - rating: 5
[User has posted 924 recommendations about 916 pubs]


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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Ring

Compact pub on an angled corner plot, with much-needed additional seating on benches outside on the pavement. Tidy interior featuring boxing-related memorabilia apparently inspired by the eponymous site which once stood nearby. On this visit, I found Doom Bar, Truman's Two Halves (£4.60, Tiny Rebel Cwtch and Joe's Cider from Dorset from four of the five handpumps, with a new real ale being pulled through on the other. Run by the small Windmill Taverns group with several other bars in the vicinity. Handy for Southwark tube and Waterloo East railway station.

On 21st July 2018 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Philip Carter
London Waterloo, 0.44 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Elephant & Castle, 0.86 miles, 16 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.15 miles, 41 min walk (show)
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9th Nov 2021, 19:55
Review submitted by Tris C
 
4th Oct 2021, 12:37
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Car Park : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Darts : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Function Room : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 November 2009 by Moby Duck
  • Jukebox : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Live Music : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Micropub : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Pinball : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 13 January 2017 by Steve C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 November 2009 by Moby Duck
  • Real Cider : No last updated 09 November 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 23 November 2013 by hondo .
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