Where's a good neighborhood pub (not a chain please) to watch Sky Sports that's not full of coked-up cavemen with homicidal tendencies, close to Bermondsey Square? Unless we are saved by a miracle suggestion, it looks like we're headed to the George.....
The Marigold at the bottom end of Bermondsey St (south of Long Lane)? Wasn't too sure what reception non-locals would get so passed it by a few times before finally chancing it. Turned out to be very welcoming and two big tv's with Sky (as well as a fine pint of John Smith's!)
A bit late for today but after a desperate search for local pub with Setanta, I watched Middlesbrough v Newcastle last season in Suchard on Crucifix Lane. It was pleasant enough and I didn't get my teeth knocked out even after leaping up to celebrate Boro scoring before realising that the group behind me were Newcastle fans! Oops!
Thanks all! We ended up going to the Marigold, as it takes about 45 seconds to walk there. It was okay, but the accoustics are bad -- walls and ceiling are apparently constructed of special space-age voice reflecting/amplifying materials. With just 15 or so people in there it was deafening, and the guy with the insane hyena laugh was not helping. Also, some couple broke my "no babies in the pub!" rule and we got out just as she began to change its diaper right there next to the bar.
I will have to check out some of these other recommendations. Fantastic. My friend was born and raised in Bermondsey and thanks to you guys I know more about the area than he does. Ha!