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Rose (© Josh Kearns)
© Josh Kearns
Rose (© Josh Kearns)
© Josh Kearns
Rose (© Josh Kearns)
© Josh Kearns
Rose (© Josh Kearns)
© Josh Kearns
Rose (© Josh Kearns)
© Josh Kearns
Rose (© Josh Kearns)
© Josh Kearns
Rose (© Josh Kearns)
© Josh Kearns
Rose (© Josh Kearns)
© Josh Kearns

Once an unremarkable Southwark pub with a good jukebox, the Rose re-emerged in the summer of 2013 after a two-year closure and refurbishment, sporting a dashing new look – dark wood, bronze-topped tables and posh pork scratchings. The tunes, meanwhile, are gone altogether; other than the hum of unwinding office folk, the only sound you’ll hear is that of Dickens audiobooks in the loos downstairs. Speaking of spending pennies, be sure to check out the remarkable floor made of one- and two-pence pieces in the downstairs hallway – Instagram gold if ever we saw it.

Behind the bar, the Rose has all bases covered. Cocktails are of the hot-right-now pre-mixed and barrel-aged varieties, complete with a £9 price tag. Try the Snowsfields if you’re partial to a G&T – its blend of spirit, spiced orange liqueur and ownmade lemonade is the stuff idyllic British picnics are made of. For something stronger there’s a dedicated martini menu; cask ales and craft beers come from Red Squirrel, plus there are bottles from Beavertown, Kernel and the like.

The menu’s a daily changing bill of pub classics – four types of pickles and sausage rolls for salt-craving snackers, carb-centric platefuls for the famished. Puffy pies come served up in the now ubiquitous blue-rimmed enamelled dishes. Only the honey mustard chicken salad missed the mark; the tender, sweet meat struggling to hold its own against an over-abundance of peppery rocket.

So sod the Shard – this might be the best bit of regeneration we’ve seen of late in SE1.

By: David Clack


Venue name: Rose
Address: 123 Snowsfields
Opening hours: Noon-11pm daily
Transport: London Bridge rail/tube
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A nice pub for after work drinks. It looks like they will be focussing more on the restaurant side of things as they have expanded the kitchen. They didn't have a cocktail menu on my last visit; the barman's excuse was that they had just produced a new food menu and didn't want to confuse things with a new cocktail menu at the same time (?!). I settled for the pre-made cocktails: the Negroni was a big disappointment for me which is not much of a surprise as I do have a sweet tooth; I did enjoy the Snowfields (maybe a little too much) which includes a dash of orange liqueur and home-made lemonade however the taste differed between my first and second glass - some of the bar staff are still fairly new I presumed. The gin infused rhubarb tasted like soap. Oh well, at least the atmosphere was good. 

A wonderful "instagram pub". We had a wonderful time and wished we stayed for food as it looked divine. A real find!

A very rude barmaid spoke in an unnecessary way. However the barman ( the one from Romania) was just fantastic. Very small pub not enough tables and chairs . There are better pubs than this in the area . to be honest.