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The demise of the Stoney Street Wheatsheaf, a cosy Young’s boozer that was mercifully devoid of the brewery’s usual decorative blandness, was bemoaned by locals, but not for long: this is, after all, an area rich in terrific, traditional-ish pubs that serve excellent beer. Regardless, it soon resurfaced around the corner, under the umbrella of the small Red Car group.

Whereas the original Wheatsheaf was calm, cosy and old-fashioned, version 2.0 is large and modern, and the staff’s attempts to make the capacious room feel more intimate (there are even sofas, anathema to old regulars) haven’t been wholly successful.

But there’s no criticising the beer: you’ll usually find at least nine ales on tap, including many obscure varieties, with a pub grub menu to help keep your stomach on an even keel. Worthy competition to the other pubs in this neck of the woods.

As of December 2012, the original Wheatsheaf has reopened - you can read a review of it here.

Venue name: Wheatsheaf
Address: 24 Southwark Street
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Fri; 11am-11pm Sat; noon-10pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 5-9pm Mon-Thur; noon-3pm Fri; noon-9pm Sat; noon-8pm Sun
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
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The old-new Wheatsheaf, the new-old Wheatsheaf - we didn't know what to call it to distinguish it from the one tucked beside Borough market. Thank goodness they have now renamed it: The Sheaf. They have re-vamped the seating in one half of the pub to include long tables and oddly, American diner-esque benches and stools. My favourite place to nab a seat is still in the little cave that comfortably sits up to 8 people. At lunch times, it can get very busy and the food has a tendency to be served in dribs and drabs, so you will end up staring longingly at your friend's sausage sandwich for 15 minutes before your plate arrives. Nevertheless, there generally are no complaints on the quantity or quality of their dishes. I fell in love with their fish-finger sandwich. It's not the fish-finger as you know it though; it is battered pieces of fresh cod, cooked to perfection. That soft, flaky cod flesh tastes so good smothered in their tartar and stuffed between two thick-cut slices of bread (your choice of white or brown).  


Totally revamped in Summer 2013. Food menu good as it has to be near Borough market but has erratic problems like food not always being available when you want it, and can be very noisy if there is football on.