Rail-bridge engineering works above Borough Market forced the closure of this pub for three years; it’s been revamped and reopened in December 2012 with a whole new look. Walls inside are clad ceiling to skirting in reclaimed wood, apart from the bits that consist of unplastered lathe; black and white pictures of the market are dotted around. It’s a pleasant place to sit, although no doubt is heaving on market days.
Here, food service is a ‘concept’. Pick up a card from the bar, tick off your choice of main, side and sauce (spit-roast chicken, ‘allotment’ salad, maple mustard, say, or ‘hay box’ ham), and you’re given a buzzer to take back to your table. When it does its thing, go out and collect your order from the sawn-in-half camper van in the yard outside. Condiments and cutlery come in a hamper.
This being a Young’s pub, the beer offer is limited by the brewery tie – ignore the underwhelming choice of bottles and go for something by Meantime or Camden Town. Wines are decent, though, and there are a few London gins.
The new Wheatsheaf is a good bet for a pint and a breather if you’re trawling the market – but there are many better places to eat right on its doorstep.
Confusingly, there’s another Wheatsheaf pub round the corner in Southwark Street.
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Agree with you there Peter re not being for the real ale buff. Says it has a great selection of real ales but actually doesn't stock Ram Rod which is Young's flagship prize winning bottled ale, nor amazingly Young's Ordinary or Special bitters. Instead the taps are full of fizzy designer lagers. Good atmosphere but if it's traditional Young's beers you're after, forget it. Walk out of the market and across the road to the excellent Bunch of Grapes just next to London Bridge Station. My rating is for the lack of Young's ales in a supposed Young's House
For all tastes, not especially for the Real Ale connoisseur, but have an occasional good real ale. The owners of the original Wheatsheaf moved around the corner into Southwark Street and call their pub the Wheatsheaf too. It does amazing real ales and although it is underground, many of us call this the REAL Wheatsheaf.