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Vaulty Towers, SE1

34 Lower Marsh
SE1
SE1 7RG
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E TA left this review about Vaulty Towers

Very well described below, this pub is rather different, and it’s certainly fun.  I did look upstairs but it was full, while the basement was far too loud to venture into. No dog present, but there did appear to be a house cat lurking.  Only one ale on draft, Signature Roady IPA, which was in good condition but too fruity for my taste buds.  I’d be happy to jump in again when I’m next passing. 

On 29th May 2019 - rating: 6
[User has posted 2424 recommendations about 2402 pubs]


Rex Rattus left this review about Vaulty Towers

This was once a Whitbread pub called the Spanish Patriot, but it's now nothing like any pub I've ever been. You have a sort of Alice in Wonderland moment as you enter into what seems to be some sort of alternate reality. The extravagantly decorated exterior with its "Maori" style decor is only a gentle precursor to what lies within. There's a pink lit sort of fairy grotto containing a couple of seats; a couple of massive clawed hands suspended from the ceiling just inside the entrance; an enormous bundle of twigs also suspended from the ceiling; a massive silver C, or crescent moon perhaps, with more seating on it; a dartboard surrounded by mock foliage; more seating at the back with more garish blue and red illumination, etc, etc. I saw a sign to a "Liquor Bar" downstairs, but decided to stay upstairs where there was the protection of some daylight.

On to more mundane matters, they did have Five Points Pale on handpump (£2.35 a half) which was actually rather good, and I managed to find a bit of normal seating at which to enjoy it. they had lunch menus on all the tables from some "pop-up" kitchen arrangement, and I thought some of the food on it a tad expensive. The fish finger sandwich "pollock goujons, tar tar suce, served with fries and pickles" was 11 (£11 I guess). There were no diners in there - in fact there were on other customers at all in there - when I dropped in at around 2.30 on a Monday afternoon. Behind the servery were a couple of dispensers with coloured liquids churning away in them - fruit juice I would hope, or cocktail mixes perhaps.

This is a bizarre and surreal place, possibly best visited during daylight hours when some of its most unusual customers are hopefully still sleeping in some dark place. But the staff were very friendly, one of them asking if I was OK with dogs before playing fetch with a young puppy in the pub. All very contradictory. I'm giving this place a 7 for the effort that must have gone into it to make it look so bizarre, and for the excellent Five Points Pale they were serving.

On 20th March 2019 - rating: 7
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Latest updates View all updates for Vaulty Towers, SE1
29th May 2019, 07:14
Review submitted by E TA
 
17th Apr 2019, 19:43
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 December 2017 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Car Park : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Darts : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Dog Friendly : No - Cat friendly, though - last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Function Room : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 March 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Karaoke : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Live Music : Yes - Sundays. - last updated 20 March 2019 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 March 2019 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Pool Table : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays 7.30 pm. - last updated 15 December 2017 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 December 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
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