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Bars and pubs, Wineries South Bank
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)

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.


Venue name: Wheatsheaf
Address: 6 Stoney St
Cross street: 6 Stoney St
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
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Wheatsheaf's USP seems to be the small garden which can be transformed into a place to watch sports (handy to know). I've seen it literally packed to the rafters during the World Cup final and also in summer where outside spaces are at a premium. It's a low maintenance, no nonsense kind of place but with quirky little details. For example - they always have one of those fun signs outside which is like bad day? Come in! Good day? Celebrate! They recently introduced tyre swings outside around a table so you can literally swing out in the garden. My favourite drinks here are usually the wines but I have been known to have the odd cider. I've never eaten there but they do have sausage rolls on the bar for a quick snack. A good choice for a quick drink before or after a look around Borough Market. A great choice for hanging out with friends.

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Poor selection of real ales, just the usual bland stuff from Young's. However, this place is always buzzing, if you're lucky you can grab one of the big tables at the back. Good in the summer for an al fresco pint but can sometimes become overcrowded. One of better pubs in the area though.


Wheatsheaf Great place for a beer - really good selection of draught and craft beers. Wait staff all very friendly. An interesting food menu with delish curly fries and mash your own guacamole which is sooo good, easy to do and fun concept. Best of all the location is in Borough Market and it's a lot bigger than it looks with a courtyard for those who don't like to be inside. Best on Sunday without the Tourists and Suits! But also great for a last beer before those less local hop on the tube at London Bridge every other day.

Recently I visited Wheatsheaf on a typical hung-over Saturday with only one mission: stuff my face. The venue (especially the "garden" under the railway" is brilliant with lots of cool seating arrangements. The food was good, but not great. It did the trick for that day though so I will definitely be going back.

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.

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