Time Out says
A classic Borough pub, reopened after a sprucing.
Beloved pubs getting turned into blocks of flats is a depressingly common narrative in London. So it’s heartening that Borough’s The Gladstone, having been condemned to the property developer’s wrecking ball in late 2016, has reopened six months later, having been declared an asset of community value and taken on by a new team. Hooray for that. Old regulars needn’t panic – the much-loved live music offering is still intact. Elsewhere, the new-look Glad brings few surprises: a craft beer offering, a menu of small plates, reclaimed furniture and the obligatory canopy of filament lightbulbs. Even if you’ve never set foot in the place, you’ll feel like you’ve been here before.
On my visit, the draught line-up was solid, if a touch conservative, with Hammerton’s punchy N7 pale ale the pick of the bunch. Given the pub’s location, it was disappointing not to see any south London brews on the taps (except the omnipresent Meantime), though Kernel, Brew by Numbers and Partizan all featured in the bottle fridge.
Food lacked finesse, though: Japanese-style fried chicken ought to have come with something to dunk it in, while nicely crisp chips were in need of some seasoning.
Still, most people won’t come to The Glad for two-thirds of Belgian sour and a gourmet feed – they’ll come for the cosy, friendly atmosphere, up-close live music and to bask in the fact that for once – just once – developers got told to do one.
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We booked for a group of 40 and could not have picked a better venue. Amazing food (especially the kara-age chicken and the calamari), great service and really good value for money. Could not recommend enough!
This is easily one of the best pubs in London! It has really friendly staff, some delicious ales and a cloudy cider. It sells Pieminster pies, the tastiest pies in London! It has amazing live music 3 times a week including a jazz / honkytonk night on a Wednesday (in house piano), and folk on a Sunday. It's cosy and full of friendly punters. This is Borough's best kept secret!
Found this pub after a search on the internet and it certainly exceeded expectations! The staff are really friendly with good drinks recommendations, the decor is quirky, they have a fine selection of beers and the roof garden is cosy. That would be enough to make this one of the best pubs I've been to in London, but they also serve the best pies in the world (Pieminster_ check out the venison for a real treat) and they have live folk/blues/honkytonk 3 days a week (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday).
Fantastic pub, great ales, great music and lovely pies. Staff are friendly. You pretty much turn up here and have a different experience each time, depending who's playing, in which room and who else is there. I wish it was my actual local!
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