Woolpack

Bars and pubs London Bridge
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Woolpack
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The Woolpack is a down-to-earth alternative to the Garrison opposite, even if its website witters on about ‘unwinding in the heart of bohemian Bermondsey’.

The location is prosaic – a side street branching off from the London Bridge rail estuary – but that shouldn’t detract from what’s a quality two-floor pub-restaurant. Beer-wise, you’ll find the likes of Kirin Ichiban, Leffe and Thwaites Nutty Black, while the dozen-strong wine list (by the glass and bottle) includes a few unusual offerings.

Mains are of the beer-battered haddock and chips or Cumberland sausage and mash variety, and cost around a tenner. The smaller, tiled downstairs space feels lived-in and traditional, while upstairs is even more relaxed.

Venue name: Woolpack
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Address: 98 Bermondsey Street
London
SE1 3UB
Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-10pm; Sat 9.30am -10pm; Sun 9.30am-9.30pm
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
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Average User Rating

3.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:9
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  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:5
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denise
1 of 1 found helpful

very suprised by the below comments. Just had a great lunch there with lovely friendly waiting staff who could not have been more helpful. Great atmosphere and I am not easy to please as I had already walked out of a pub because the bar staff were rude.

Johannes
1 of 1 found helpful

Fantastic venue with a gr* Caesar salad and juicy lamb you can reall sink your fangs into! Dog-friendly!

Ladyvp
Tastemaker

I went here for Sunday lunch with a large group of friends and enjoyed this place thoroughly. We eat outside and you didn't need to book to get a table on a sunny Sunday- just go there around 1h30pm and you should be fine! The food was very nice- I had the lamb burger which was one of the nicest ones I have had in London. They have some nice looking salads (did not try this but my friend had a goats cheese salad that looked really impressive and they have a confit of duck salad- which if I was not being greedy I would have picked) and a welsh rarebit that is divine! The food did not take too long to get to our table which was great considering how busy it got and the drink prices are reasonable. They have quite a few craft beers if your taste run that way. 

AME
Tastemaker

First plus is that it’s a dog friendly pub! Second plus is that the food is great. Given there isn’t a vast menu you would expect it to be good and it is – lamb and pearly barley was delish, as was the brownie! mmm. It is lovely and spacious both outside and inside and the staff are attentive and friendly. A short walk from London Bridge and the river… perfect!

Danielle H

Will never visit this pub again. The staff were offensive rude childish and physically abusive. If you want to enjoy a nice calming drink visit the pub opposite this appalling pub which offers an mature and friendly atmosphere without the verbal abuse myself and a large group received from the hideous staff at the woolpack. So many who were physically chucked out of this pub for no reason other than it was 1 minute past 11 were outraged and disgusted and will not return. It is being run by children who have no idea about hospitality or human interaction. Absolutely disgusting.

Alex Plim
moderatorStaff Writer

The Woolpack is a dependable boozer with affordable drinks, plenty of seating and sport often shown on the TV. I'm very fond of The Garrison, which is opposite, but The Woolpack is a better option if you're in a big group, or if you're not in the mood for spending a fortune on your drinks.


My only real complaint with The Woolpack is that the floors are a bit sticky – but hey, it's a pub and that's just what happens, so that's a very minor quibble. Beware of the spiral staircase too – it's tricky to navigate after you've had a few.

Photosbysooz
Tastemaker

A lovely boozer with gorgeous features and a lovely layout. You do need to get in early if you want seats and for us arriving at 6pm on a rainy Tuesday assured that we did. Decent drinks at normal London prices and friendly staff greeted us. The garden is fabulous, but not in this weather!

Food was pretty decent, though my friend's meat dish was about three times the size of my very modest fish pie and much better value at only £1 more than mine. If they had given me a better portion I would have been a lot happier, it needed to be at least a third bigger to fill anyone with a decent appetite, and I needed a fishing rod to find the fish inside.

But I'd happily go back there to drink again and might just ordered differently off the menu. An aesthetically pleasing and warm drinking establishment like this will definitely receive my custom again.

Sarah (kukkiiandkoppee)
Tastemaker

We came for a quick work lunch; service was quick so it was do-able in an hour. It was busy on the ground floor but the autumn sun was out so we sat on the terrace. I ordered a truffle aioli and gruyere cheese burger.  The truffle aioli is overwhelmingly strong. It would have been better if I could have tasted some flavour from the beef. Also the beef patty was cooked well done. The twice cooked chips had a perfect crisp and crunch while still maintaining a fluffy middle. At £13 it is a bit pricey and should have had more balance to the taste. 


After a few weeks, I came back for after work drinks. The place was buzzing and full of atmosphere. The beer selection is decent enough. The Peanut Colader cocktail, made with their own peanut butter infused rum, was gawd-awful. It was so disgusting that it went to waste and sat in that martini glass all night long. Still, I had a great time. But that's mainly down to the crowd I was with.

Natalie D

Great place all year round. Cozy in the winter and massive beer garden in the summer. Good pub food (big fan of the steak) and good choice of drinks. Friendly staff too!

Raquel F

Today I went to Woolpack pub and got truly DISAPPOINTED.

I am registered in an app called freedrinkpubs, as some of you might know, some pubs are registered there and this weekend they were suppose to offer one drink to whoever had the voucher.... 

Anyway, I walked a long way to get there and finaly get to know this pub, as I got in and talked with the barmaids about the voucher they immediately said NO, without giving any explanation AT ALL, they were EXTREMELY RUDE with me and it was a very UNPLEASANT situation. 

This is not the way to treat a potential client, and no one at all!

Wish you bad luck and hopefuly I wont have to pass through your door any time soon.

Ros A
Tastemaker

The Woolpack is hands down one of my favourite pubs in London. Not because it's fancy, mainly because it's not, actually. It's a straightforward, uncomplicated pub with an enormous beer garden. Dogs are allowed and are often pouncing around grabbing stray chips. Food is reasonable, if unfussy, on the note of chips they are particularly good. Good booze, nice vibe, usually busy and full of nice people.

Masumi S

The perfect time is to rock up in the morning, that way you have seat in the garden, enjoy the food and drinks, if you want to go in the evening more fool you!

Tatiana N
Staff Writer

Been there a couple of times. Just another pub really but nice place to go in Bermondsey St - not the friendliest of staff but I've seen worse. 

Emily R

Good during the day, but not recommended for evening drinks especially at the weekend. Very overcrowded with no where to sit, and closes strangely early.

Melo

Good terrace but regrettably that's all it has as positives. Awful service and for me its what counts in pub. Takes long, service is rude and not really helpful. Normally you must beg for a beer and also it takes so long. Last time asked for a burger all I got was without a table no burgers - got a table 5 mins came back kitchen was closed. .. As a best alternative with a terrace and with much better service and food I recommend the Millers 2 mins walking distance

John Sartiri
0 of 1 found helpful

I've been there once and staff was unfriendly and service just below average. I gave them the benefit of doubt, but they escalated to become rude and terrible service - and it wasn't even full. No excuses now. On top of it, their drinks selection is poor. Not recommended.

Clare Braddick
0 of 1 found helpful

Great breakfast but it is the service that was a disappointment. Very young and inexperienced staff. They brought the bill without asking and then proceeded to ask 3 times how we would like to pay. Got the message and moved on... we had 2 full breakfast 4 cups of coffees, 2 juices and would have liked time to digest without feeling turffed out onto the street.