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Simon the Tanner, Bermondsey, SE1

231 Long Lane
SE1
SE1 4PR
Phone: 02073578740
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Simon the Tanner

Limited frills pub with a few gastro-pub style pretensions (such as the clipboard lists of snacks and drinks) and rather curious fenestration at the front. The 'L'-shaped counter (although hardly large) takes up a fair amount of the floor-space in the bar so many of the tables are to be found in the opened-out back room. Plainly furnished too, although there is a good display of pump clips behind the servery. Three real ales - Marble Manchester Bitter, Great Heck Navigator and Gun Parabellum milk stout (£3.80) - plus a cider on handpump, together with a reasonable selection of craft keg offerings.

On 12th November 2017 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about Simon the Tanner

Quite a small plain interior with the bar area at the front a more foodie area to the rear. 3 real ales and "craft keg" served.

On 26th October 2016 - no rating submitted
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Pub SignMan left this review about Simon the Tanner

Set in the middle of a terrace along a prominent road in the trendy part of Bermondsey, this is a traditional pub given a bit of a modern makeover. The pub has a single room layout but retains two distinctly different areas, with the front part sporting dark floorboards, an unusual but not entirely unappealing paint scheme and plenty of standard tables and chairs. Décor includes stag's skulls and antlers, a beer board and some Warhol-style paintings. A simple curved servery with an art deco counter and plain bar back covered in pump clips stands midway into the room on the right hand side. As you move past the bar, the floorboards change and you find a space with four small tables, a large TV screen and a few unremarkable decorative bits. A small recess opposite the bar houses an upright piano and a collection of board games and next to this was a plaque commemorating John Shirley, also known as "Ale John", who was one of the pub's first and most loyal regulars. Limited seating is available on the pavement outside and there was an indie music soundtrack playing throughout my visit. The menu seemed a little basic, with just five main meals available, each costing around £9.00, which sounds pretty reasonable to me.
The pub, previously tied to Shepherd Neame, is now operated as a freehouse and has appeared in recent editions of the Good Beer Guide. Siren Undercurrent, Otley Thai-Bo, Adnams Lighthouse and Hamerton Pentonville Oyster Stout occupied the handpulls alongside one real cider. I tried the Undercurrent which was passable, if not quite up to GBG standards. Keg stuff included beers from The Kernel and Gipsy Hill, whilst the fridges (and beer menus) boasted a strong range of bottled goodies.
I had quite high hopes for this place, which seemed like a good bet for some interesting beer in a part of town where good cask ale seems to gravitate towards London Bridge. However, my pint was a bit of a let-down and the place lacked the character of their sister pub, the Queen's Head in Kings Cross. Perhaps one for a revisit, but not quite up to scratch this time round.

On 20th October 2015 - rating: 6
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London Bridge, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
London Bridge, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 20 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 26 October 2016 by hondo .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 26 October 2016 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes - Piano on Wednesday - last updated 12 April 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 11 April 2019 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesday - last updated 12 April 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 October 2016 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 October 2016 by hondo .
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 10:30am
Monday5pm - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - 11pm
Wednesday12noon - 11pm
Thursday12noon - 11pm
Friday12noon - Midnight
Saturday12noon - Midnight
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