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The Thirsty Bear, SE1

62 Stamford Street
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Malden man left this review about The Thirsty Bear

A split level boarded place with a central bar. The room returns around beyond the bar where there is a dartboard, a bar football table and a huge chalkboard covered in pointless statements. It is a curious place, many of the larger tables feature an interactive screen from which you can order drinks or even pay and pour your own fizz using a smartcard. I have encountered this gimmick once before somewhere in Chelsea some years ago. Naturally I eschewed this means of service and went to the bar where they had Ilkley Pale, Tribute and Thistly Cross cider on the three handpumps.
The interior is of little merit, some exposed brick columns and a bit of panelling on the walls. Another area is upstairs but I couldn't be bothered to look. TVs on brick piers were both off.
The toilet door signage is a bit risqué and would appeal to a sniggering schoolboy and the urinals are converted beer kegs. One to look into for a bit of novelty value but not to return to in my book.

On 22nd March 2016 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Thirsty Bear

Not been back in since the Stamford Arms days, but the previously unremarkable pub has been refurbished and modernised somewhat. The jumbled arrangement of seating and drinking areas remains, as does the upstairs seating area (never visited). The only real points of note are the technology-enabled tables with ordering screens and their own lager taps (although I didn't actually see anybody using them). Thankfully, there is still real ale available from two of three handpumps: Windsor & Eton and Canberra and Tiny Rebel Chtch (£3.90). File under novelty value...

On 1st December 2013 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Stamford Arms

Well Rex, the ambience of a real pub is no longer and firmly swept away.
Having undergone a major makeover in January this year, it is now more of a marketing concept for the future of city bars than a traditional boozer and has been rebranded as the Thirsty Bear.
Now owned by a company called the Robot pub group, which appears to be two former IT consultants who bought the place for around £200K , and have turned it into a technology driven self service pub.
The traditional pub interior has been swept away and replaced with the usual bland sterile modern bar restaurant space but the difference here is that the modern wooden tables now have their own chrome lager taps and an enclosed iPad ordering system which allows you to pour your own beer or order drinks and food that is then delivered to your table.
The proper bar still supports the more interesting drinks and bottles that cannot be directly dispensed at the table and these still include two ale hand pumps that were dispensing Deuchars IPA and CW Bombardier. According to the leading bar staff member this pub provides not having to ever queue at a busy bar and wait for a drink ever again. Well that may be so if you actually drink the dead products that can be dispensed at the table, but after ordering a pint of IPA through the console and having to wait for it to be poured and brought to the table I could have drunk two if I’d have walked to the bar and ordered it directly.
Anyway, that’s my colours firmly nailed to the mask as far as this place is concerned. I will not rate it as a real ale drinking traditional pub enthusiast I am clearly not the target demographic for this place and I’ll leave it up to the bright young things of the surrounding digital marketing and PR companies to judge if this is the type of place that has a future once the gimmick has worn off..

On 19th July 2012 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Waterloo, 0.47 miles, 9 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.79 miles, 15 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.19 miles, 42 min walk (show)
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22nd Mar 2016, 09:09
Review submitted by Malden man amended by Malden man
22nd Mar 2016, 09:07
Review submitted by Malden man

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 20 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 20 October 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 19 July 2012 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 19 July 2012 by hondo .
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