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The Rose, Borough, SE1

123 Snowsfields
SE1
SE1 3ST
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Rose

This pub at the back of Guy's Hospital was still an old fashioned corner local on my previous visit some six years ago, but it has since been partly refurbished to mix the traditional wood panelling and dark wood furniture with shiny hooped craft keg founts and gastro-pub food. Annoyingly, almost all the tables were laid up for non-existent diners, meaning that the compact bar counter area was unnecessarily crowded. Several (rebadged?) Snowsfield-branded keg beers on tap, with a solitary handpump dispensing Banks's Sunbeam (ridiculously expensive at £4.90).

On 15th October 2016 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Rose

A typical street corner Victorian pub, now opened out and taken firmly down the gastro path. Parquet flooring, mostly copper topped tables and a copper topped bar, a reasonably decent carved bar back, wood panelling rather lightly stained and an almost gold effect painted embossed wallpaper on the ceiling as well as the walls. Light blue child or nymph figures over the entrance lobby, a bust of Queen Victoria behind the bar and an old Charrington's sign were of note.
The main space winds around beyond the bar and past an open to view kitchen to a narrow area which eventually leads to a small walled courtyard garden. Stairs lead down to the facilities where the floor in the corridor is surfaced with glued on pennies which I obviously found unusual...how do you properly clean it?
The bar contained various keg offerings of a non-standard nature, one solitary handpump as far as I saw with Banks' Sunbeam, ridiculously priced at £4.90 for a 4.2% beer. Having said that the Sunday menu had a chicken roast for two at £33.
Well if the pricing policy didn't put me off the abundance of young children did, toddlers roaming about and sitting in inconveniently located buggies, not my idea of a relaxing Sunday pint.
A nice building and it could be a nice pub but it isn't one that is aiming in my direction at all.

On 12th September 2016 - rating: 4
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Rose

Located round the back of Guys Hospital and thus handy for London Bridge station (and the Shard), this is a typical back street boozer that has been given a fancy gastro re-fit. It's a simple pub with a single, rectangular room which houses the servery on the rear wall. The pub is bare boarded throughout and has a dark wood servery and bar back adorned with a collection of stuffed birds in display cases. There is plenty of seating in the main bar area and also in the smart, wood panelled dining area which is partly screened from view by a large pillar. A number of salvers and clocks were on show around the room, but the décor still felt a little bland and minimalist, with the wood panelling failing to recapture what was presumably once a smart, traditional interior. A number of plain mirrors can be seen around the walls and some of the windows have nice diamond stained glass inserts. The day's papers were available from a rack and I noticed quite a few old books stacked along the window sills. The clientele seemed relatively upmarket and a good proportion were here to eat from the somewhat pricey menu.
Just the two ales were available on this visit - London Beer Factory Summer Ale and Banks' Sunbeam. The Summer Ale clocked in at a whopping £4.90 for a pint, so suffice to say I only stayed for the one. It wasn't even in particularly good condition and I had the feeling the bar staff weren't impressed with me taking up a table that could otherwise have been used by diners. Keg beers included one more from London Beer Factory (I dread to think how much it cost) and something called Snowfields, which I assume was a rebadge of something else especially for this pub.
I thought this was a reasonable gastro pub that would perhaps be worth a visit if you felt a bit flush. But visiting just for a drink, I was left feeling a bit disappointed by both the choice at the bar and the ridiculous pricing. With so many other fine pubs in this part of town, it really is difficult justifying visiting somewhere that is blatantly ripping you off.

On 20th October 2015 - rating: 5
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