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Posted: Tue Jun 11 2013
If you’re looking for a ‘lite’ beer – those insipid beer-style beverages – then look elsewhere. Instead, The Miller pours British delights such as Hop Back Brewery’s Crop Circle, Everards Tiger and a host of other fine real ales all in tip-top condition. The bar staff here are proper beer enthusiasts and don’t tolerate substandard pints.
Although it looks like a dodgy council estate pub on the outside, within, it’s been given a squat-chic makeover with playful contemporary art and comfy old chesterfields, attracting a crowd that seems to have been teleported in from London’s more outré art colleges. Maybe they’re here for the vintage arcade games.
If you’re looking for something decent to eat with your pint, Street Kitchen, the street vendors, have arrived in their City Airstream to rustle up some dude food. It’s along the lines of a smart hot dog menu. J-Lo would be jealous of these buns, and the fillings range from pert pork sausages to hot-smoked salmon. The details, from dill pickles to skin-on chips, are all far better than the very reasonable prices suggest; you can eat very well for under a tenner.
On our visit, there was an evening of improvised comedy hidden away upstairs, keeping a small crowd fairly amused. It all seemed very well organised, if that’s not an oxymoron. On other nights you might want to throw some shapes to the DJ sets. Do this in the safe knowledge that Guy’s Hospital, with its A&E department, is on the other side of the road.
Reviewed by Guy Dimond
What's on at The Miller
Character comedy, Cabaret, Stand-up
An evening of comedy, cabaret and music to different themes each night. On November 3 it's 'Back to the '60s', with a line-up featuring inventive character comic Joseph Morpurgo, The Human Loire, Phil Lunn, Lizzie Bates, Panic Room, Short & Curly and...
Improv troupe Giggle Loops host this night of scenes and games, featuring up-and-coming improvisation gangs. On October 30 guests troupes include the Pina Colliders, All Made Up and Shoes & Socks'
Improv comedy, Stand-up
A weekly (and often twice weekly) night of improv comedy from some of the finest off-the-cuff troupes on the circuit performing made-up-on-the-spot tomfoolery.
At this innovative improv gig, each act has to perform alone, making up a speech on the spot, about a topic decided by the audience. Regular performers include Paul Merton and Suki Webster, but check the dates below for the full line-ups.
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We were verbally assaulted and had our own drinks thrown over us by a group of people who hadn't bought drinks/food and appeared to be stealing in this pub. The bar staff seemed to react that we were in the wrong drawing attention to these wrong doers. The management still haven't acknowledged our complaints. Not recommended