I intend to pop down to the Borough some time in the new year to visit a couple of museums. I shall need to take sustenance during my visit and wondered if anyone could recommend a nice pub for a pint of good ale and a ploughman's. I vaguely remember once visiting a pub which I think was called the 'Goose and Firkin,' and was renowned for brewing it's own beer. That was about thirty years ago when I was working in the City, so things may have changed. Any advice/recommendations would be appreciated and rewarded with a foaming pint if anyone would like to join me on the day.
I hope that you enjoy your day Chalkey when you visit Borough.
Unfortunately I cannot recommend anywhere that would help in your search for "good ale."
Try as I might, from the tender age of my early teens when I first managed to finagle my way into pubs right up until today, I just do not like the stuff, (beer that is, alcohol yes, but not beer.)
If I find myself in some foreign land where the temperatures exceed 30 Centigrade I may occasionally have one, or maybe two, never more, frosted bottles of what would no doubt be considered crap by the cognescenti, Sol/Corona/Coors etc.
I'm much more at home with Stolichnya/Absolut/Grey Goose/Belvedere, occasionally straight up, or with a modicum of ice.
The Royal Oak for certain, or the Lord Clyde are my recommendations Chalkey.
It's difficult to find a good, old-fashioned pub these days but I love them both. Let us know when you're gasping and we'll meet up
Chalkey the Goose & Firkin is now a pretty decent Shepherd Neame pub called the Duke of York. The best real ale pub is the multi-award winning Royal Oak in Tabard Street. Great Harvey's real ale, hearty pub grub and no annoying Sky TV or fruit machines. In summary a perfect traditional London Pub. Would agree with JayBee that the Lord Clyde is also a top pub and has been owned by the same family for over fifty years.
Thanks guys and gals. I think the Royal Oak is the choice.
Jan, according to billreese, (above,) it's now called the Duke of York. As I said earlier, it was best part of thirty years ago when I went for my first and only time and they brewed their own beer on the premises. I do recall that it was quite close to the corner of Borough High street. It was a real good old 'spit & sawdust' pub, with bare floorboards. I got the distinct impression that it was all done for that effect and not it's natural state. I'm guessing that it was newly taken over back then and re-furbed in the style.
BSB, if that's a few 'rude words,' what constitutes swearing? LOL.
Happy new year, all.
I think the last Firkin pub (say that fast and it'll sound rude) closed over 10 years ago. It was quite a decent sized chain and on site brewing was the norm. It was split up between Mitchell's & Butlers (Bass Pubs, O'Neills etc) ad Punch taverns.