Of all the Thamesside pubs, this one is the most special, the most atmospheric, the most tucked-away – and its wooden deck at the back has probably the best view of the river too. If there’s a better accompaniment to an evening pint than the sound of the river slapping away through the slats under your feet, and the lights of the City twinkling away in the distance, we’ve yet to find it. Inside is brilliant too – it dates back to 1620, with ecclesiastical wooden pews, real ales, an open fire and a friendly hubbub of chatter. A real find of a pub.
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|Venue name:||The Mayflower|
117 Rotherhithe St
|Opening hours:||Open 11am-11pm daily. Food served noon-3pm, 6pm -9.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-3pm, 6-9.30pm Sat; noon-9.30pm, 6pm - 8pm Sun|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:18
- 4 star:10
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
was there on Saturday before the winter wonderland. nice cosy atmosphere (to combat the awful weather outside) and a great range of craft beers. food was very good and there was no problem with my kids being in the pub even though they were quite busy.
I stumbled upon this pub on the way to another event I had booked in the area and due to the amazingness of this pub I nearly didn't go!
I'm always on the hunt for old, historical,traditional pubs in London and The Mayflower has to be up there with the best of them.
You are made to feel welcome instantly, the atmosphere, staff and drinks all create a very homely vibe. I was lucky enough to get there late afternoon in the week so managed to grab one of the snug booths. Nestled down with a good book and a pint was pure perfection.
I will be back to try the cheese board which goes up to 11 cheeses and half a carafe of port.
I love this place - it's just perfection in a pub. If you can get a seat - either in the winter warmth or the Thames overlooking balcony in the summer - you'll just want to stay all day. Always a cheery bunch behind the bar too. Only downside is it's not big enough to always have enough seats :(
THIS, see, THIS is why we come to live in London!
You come expecting Mary Poppins, Sweeney Todd, rain, tea, ducks, top hats, red phone boxes and shady pubs where you chat by a cosy fire and smear beer foam all over your jeans. Well, the Mayflower has it all. (Except nicer and cleaner and not everyone looks like a serial killer.)
The Mayflower has an excellent selection of ales and an extensive pub menu that keeps you in the spirit of the times - once you enter this dark, barely-lit pub with so little space you're bound to rub up against a bunch of international students having their first London catch-up, you sort of forget what year it is.
In the haze of candle light, warming pies and a lovely, bit more spacious outside deck that is especially nice in the summer, you can spend hours in here without feeling the need to check your watch. With friendly staff, lovely food and a true London feel, could you ask for anything more?
Food, drink, setting, staff... all good or very good.
Gets too busy weekends though..because of the above..!!
Lovely atmosphere, good range of beers, large portions of delicious homemade food, waterside terrace- beware of very high tides: the passing boats' wakes can cause a splash through the floorboards!
Awesome place, never disappoints. Great in Summer on the jetty and great in winter with the fire on and all the candles. They've now just added a bunch of heat lamos and on the jetty with a tent - great for me as this is my favourite part of the pub being right over the river! Food is delicious and made fresh - amazing gravy :)
New owner took over 3 years ago and completely transformed the menu, ambience and overall experience of the place. It's simply the best kept secret in London and it's my local! Staff are really laid back and freindly, there's no pretentiousness here - they think it's a great pub too!
My favourite pub in London!! I always bring my friend and family or anyone who doesn't know it!! I advice to take the special, the pie is amazing!! the beer reel beer (Ale) and the staff great and cheerful. The terrace is the best spot during a warm evening even if you need to come early as it is very crowded!!
Nice crowd. Ate LAMB char grilled with salad. The lamb was extremely rubbery. I mentioned this to bar staff and the the waiters but not even an apology! So pls don't order the lamb which was red inside and doesn't settle well in the stomach. Staff not helpful. Not recommended.
Went December 2011 for my birthday. Went last night for my partners birthday. Both times experienced terrible service. Last night the food was terrible. I paid £16.99 for a fillet steak, waited about an hour after finishing the starter before the steak arrived, I had ordered it rare, so it was hard to ruin, but they managed. It was so dry, it had obviously been reheated, the chips were dry too. Plate presentation did not exist. Utterly terrible, it was low quality pub grub, charging gastro pub prices. I will never eat there again, unless I hear that the management and chef have both changed.
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