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The Ring

Bars and pubs, Pubs Southwark
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)

Time Out says

A traditional Southwark pub that takes patriotic pride in its position across the road from the home of Great British boxing - the Blackfriars Ring boxing arena that was sadly destroyed back in the Blitz. Expect a boxing theme to the aesthetic, with pugilism memorabilia alongside the burgers, Big Apple hot dogs and booze. 

There's a focus on real ale here too, with a regularly rotating selection of guests alongside a few that stay - some of London's best breweries showcase their wares here. Well kept lagers do brisk business too. Outside of the beer expect a short wine list and all the usual spirits and mixers. Keep an eye out for special offers and seasonal menu items, too.

It's worth noting that it's not just about the boxing here - all the big sporting events are usually shown. 




Address: 72 Blackfriars Road
Transport: Tube: Southwark
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Users say (6)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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Staff deliberately try to overcharge. Bought 3 doubles and charged £35.40. When challenged barman stated was now £30 and he had hit wrong button. No apology! When asked for receipt at the now £30 price, saw the doubles had been put through each as 2 singles to inflate price. Disgusting to take advantage in busy pub. Ask for a receipt or be ripped offf

Great pub.
So cozy it feels like you are in your best friends house!
Wonderful selection of beers and the Smokin' Joe burger is awesome!


I came here for years as it used to be one of my work locals. Apart from a few changing food themes (Thai was my favourite) it's kept the same high standards for a small corner pub you might walk past if you didn't know how good it was. 

I was doing a course in Waterloo and suddenly remembered it as being the perfect place for a comfort lunch after you've spent the morning working your brain. The bangers and mash were delicious, although the huge portion left me as beaten as some of the boxers covering the walls. Still, I didn't have to eat it all (I kept telling myself, whilst shovelling mouthful after delicious mouthful in).

It should feel quite blokey with its sports theme and dozens of quite frankly scary action and mug shots portrayed in black and white around the room. Instead it remains friendly and welcoming, with a decent number of benches outside to enjoy the London summer when it chooses to arrive. 

The Ring has its own history and mine so if it stays the way it's always been I don't think I'll ever be able to resist its charms. Just don't let me near the fish & chips, it's like Moby Dick on a potato farm.


This place is better known for its hot dogs, but i've never eaten the hot dogs here - I can just tell you they look great - but I can tell you that the pancakes are pretty decent. They do a selection of savoury pancakes, but we opted for the sweet ones for our weekend brunch, because there are fewer starts to the day better than syrup, vanilla cream, strawberries and icing sugar on top of a fluffy American style pancake. Keep this one in your arsenal for upcoming pancake day, or perhaps even for the upcoming 6 Nations as this place shows quite a few sporting games (it's a Boxing themed pub, in case you hadn't worked that out from the name) and I always find a big sweet plate of pancakes really helps to elevate a sporting event (because it means i don't have to pay attention to the sport...)

Cracking local pub. They really care and know a lot about their beer selection which is ever changing. The staff treat you like your at your local pub. They do amazing Hotdogs too and tunes are great.

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