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Reviews of The Ring

Blackfriars Road, London SE1


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disappointing experience at The Ring this afternoon
Unfortunately we will not be visiting The Ring Public House in the future.

We live locally. My partner, our baby and I have enjoyed the excellent hot dogs and craft beer many times at The Ring.

Sadly this afternoon when we visited with two friends and their daughter, having ordered a number of drinks and food, we realised we didnít have any food for our 10 months old baby. We hadnít planned to go to The Ring this afternoon or to eat out. But after meeting some friends and mentioning the pub, we decided to stop for drinks. Apart from the drinks, we ordered chips but they were too salty to give to a 10 months old baby.

So I asked whether we could purchase a single hot dog bun. To our surprise, the shift supervisor - a talk redhead man, we don't know his name, but recognise him from previous visits - refused to sell a single hot dog bun for us to feed our baby. He said we would have to pay for a full hot dog even if we were only going to feed her the bun.

We understand that they don't have single buns on the menu, but think it was a reasonable request from frequent customers. Even if it was impossible to add that item to the till, we are sure he could have charged us for another item or even given us a bun for free.

We have always met very friendly staff at The Ring, particularly the female waitresses. This waiter was aggressive and arrogant, not friendly at all. That is why we will not be coming to The Ring again and will not bring friends there in the future.

Gone down hill, horrible bar supervisor!!
Previously been to eat at this pub on many occasions, but won't be going back, due to very unpleasant experience with the bar 'supervisor' this afternoon (18,6,16). The management need to get rid of this guy (tallish ginger) ASAP. He refused to sell us a single hotdog bread for us to feed to our ten month old baby! We and our friends had ordered drinks and food, but the chips too salty for a baby, so asked to pay for a bread but told we had to pay for a whole adult meal in order to get a little bread! Frankly can't understand why the guy did not just give us a hot dog bap when my wife asked, having explained that it was for our child. One of us had to find leave in the middle of our meal and find a supermarket in order to buy some food for the baby! Obviously if we had been visiting a park or museum we would have brought a snack for the baby, but have NEVER had a problem getting a single piece of bread for the baby when eating out in this area (Borough). So, go to 'The Anchor & Hope' opposite, which serves excellent food and beer and employs lovely, proper human beings.
Excellent Saturday lunch at The Ring
My girlfriend and I had intended to go and try Jack's on Isabella Street only to find out that it is only open in the evenings. So instead, we went to The Ring. My main memories of this place as a student were the number of brawls that used to happen outside it (!), but since then it has been re-decorated and the focus more on quality drinks and food than 5 a-side fisty-cuffs. That said, it hasn't lost it's pub atmosphere, which is a good thing as it it makes it a proper gastro-pub.

For lunch, I went for the bangers and mash while my girlfriend decided on the burger. The bangers were excellent; good sausages, fantastic mashed potoato (with a slightly crispy outside), flavoursome gravy and some al dente brocolli, carrots and beans (10/10). The burger looked good, although I wasn't sure whether it was homemade or not; chips and garnish very good (8/10).

The total came to £13.98 and they only take payment via cash (no cards). I thought this was very good value for such a good meal.

Note that you have to pay for your drinks and food separately so cannot run a tab.


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