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The Libertine, Borough, SE1

125 Great Suffolk Street
SE1
SE1 1PQ
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Tris C left this review about The Libertine

This was founded in 1825 as the Skinner’s Arms and rebuilt for Whitbread in 1896.
I hadn’t added this pub to my to-do list, because it doesn’t retain the original pub name; if I hadn’t glanced it down a side street, I’d have missed it and certainly during daytime without lights to guide the way; this only goes to show the perils of pubs adopting stupid, non-pub related names. The scuffed floor is still there from the previous review and the raised darts area, which aren’t the pub’s finest hour. However, the pleasing sea green colour scheme is on show, with dark wood wainscotting to the dado, lighting being Victorian style. Furniture is conventional, with décor in the form of framed prints and large potted palms; it’s really rather nice, especially when paired with decent tunes on the hi-fi; an added bonus is that there were no games machines or visible TVs; to the rear is a comfortable, carpeted snug of sorts. Customers seemed to be young professional types, probably recent incomers to the area.
The old-school landlady was friendly and welcoming, with a beer range that puts most of the local pubs to shame: three pumps, one dispensing the rather pedestrian offering of Sussex Best, but then two hitherto unheard-of London brewed ales, Forest Road’s Work IPA and Brockley’s Pale Ale at a very agreeable £2.25 a half and very nice it was too.
Due to the non-pub silly name, this was an unexpected find, one of the best in SE1.

On 14th November 2021 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Libertine

Probably was a fairly fancy place many years ago but has been gradually stripped back and left to gently decay. The front area is grubby bare board, bland goo green / grey paint walls and a well-utilised darts area. To the rear is what may have been a separate small lounge which now has a worn carpet, dark green walls and fireplace with a mirror above. A few local characters in situ with some interesting chat and “I’m not a racist but [insert contradictory sentence here]” Brexit chat. A surprise entry in the 2020 GBG, there were three pumps clipped with Doom Bar, Redemption Hopspur and Watneys Spaceman, the latter of which was a thin and watery specimen (NBSS 2) served up by the best bit of the pub, a friendly and engaging barman. Didn't see much to get excited about really and I doubt it’ll be bothering the GBG in 2021 unless the local branch really are desperate to fill their quota…

On 2nd November 2019 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Libertine

Corner pub opened out at some stage to leave a rectangular bar with the counter in the middle of the inner side wall. Fairly limited number of wooden tables on a bare-board floor at the front and centre, with a smaller lounge area at the rear. Large windows in the front half but quite gloomy further back. Restrained decor. Doom Bar and Proper Job clips on two of three handpumps when I arrived, but the latter went off as it was poured so I waited a few minutes for the Truman's Gypsy Queen (£3.90) to be put on.

On 9th July 2016 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Elephant & Castle, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
London Bridge, 0.81 miles, 15 min walk (show)
London Bridge, 0.81 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Libertine, SE1
14th Nov 2021, 19:28
Review submitted by Tris C
 
2nd Nov 2019, 13:32
Review submitted by Quinno _

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 31 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Karaoke : No last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 14 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays. - last updated 14 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 02 November 2019 by Quinno _
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