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Reviews of The George Inn

Borough High Street, London SE1

 

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The George- a dreadful pub
As a local, it is a real shame that this pub is run the way it is.

Granted, it is a fantastic building steeped in history and is actually owned by the National Trust I believe. However, the staff are beyond rude and ignorant.

A group of 5 friends including myself had had a catch up drink and meal in Borough Market nearby which was lovely. We were having a really nice evening when we decided that we would have one final drink somewhere else nearby before heading our separate ways. Unfortunately we chose The George.

It was approx 10:30pm and so we knew there would be plenty of time for the one drink we all wanted before last orders were called. However, shortly after ordering at the bar inside, it became clear that one of the bar staff in particular was cruising for an argument with customers. He proclaimed at the top of his voice "Do not buy any drinks that you are not capable of drinking because we have a ruthless drinking up policy here at The George". Little did we know that were about to find out that "ruthless" didn't even go anywhere near far enough to describe the actions this person was will willing to take.

We moved to the large outside seated area and enjoyed chatting and drinking for what must of been about ten to fifteen minutes or so. At around 11:00pm, burly security men began wandering around the courtyard and informing customers that they needed to "drink up and begin to make their way to the front". This is usually standard practice across pubs in England. People do need to be asked to drink up and start making a move otherwise they would be there all night. However, it is not something that usually happens before drinking up time has passed.

The original member of staff who had been shouting the odds at customers at the bar earlier then began to do the same to people outside. He approached our group and began speaking to us all extremely rudely and abusively. When challenged he simply became ruder. Another customer on a table separate to us commented that she had never been treated this way in all her life. This "barman" then even became physical with a member of our group. He actually took hold of a female friend's arm which was clutching a glass or red wine and twisted it so that the contents poured all over the floor.

There were scenes of outrage as everyone was shoved out of the courtyard and onto the street before the gates were slammed shut. There were many customers who were angry and voicing their disgust at the way they had been treated.

DO NOT GO HERE TO DRINK OR EAT UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED LIKE DIRT WITH THE DISTINCT POSSIBILITY OF BEING PHYSICALLY AND VERBALLY ABUSED. CERTAINLY DO NOT TAKE CHILDREN TO THIS PUB. AS A LOCAL, I WOULD RATHER WALK FURTHER TO GO ELSEWHERE OR SIMPLY GO HOME WITHOUT A DRINK. SHOCKING.

Diabolical Steak
The pub itself is quite a nice old building. However the lamb steak I ordered was very tough and utterly tasteless. I raised the matter with a member of the staff. However she would do nothing-not even let me have a complimentary cup of coffee.
Only went there because Shakespeare went there
in october of 09 we walked from Tower Hill to The George Inn across Tower Bridge and down. We arrived hungry and thirsty. seated upstairs we ordered, we ate and drank. the food was ehhh beer was---. For payment we offered plastic ( a card which has not given us any problem before or since ). card was refused. my daughter offered to pay with her card In a loud voice audible to the rest of the patrons the waitress told us we would have to pay CASH!! The waitress was RUDE I will not go there again except to photograph the exterior.
George Inn: a place to avoid
Such a waste. I've been there twice in the last month.

The first time there were 8 of us wanting lunch on Sunday. We tried to order food, and were sent to order drinks first. On returning, one food order was taken, the rest of us were told by the wold's most unfriendly waitress that we had to wait an hour... we had our drinks. The manager never appeared, but they did take our food order and deliver it. Soggy broccoli; really bad, catering, mustard; awful meat etc. Oh yes, and instead of wine by the glass, you get a quarter bottle of something that I would hesitate to put on my chips...

Not put off by this (am I mad?) I returned with a friend for a very similar experience except that the food was worse.

Why does the National Trust support this place?
Like many locals, I wish this place lived up to it's name. Living on Borough High Street, I try this every few months in the hope that it has improved.

Clueless staff, high prices and dodgy beer are constants at The George Inn.

The National Trust are wasting their members' subscriptions on this tip.

Gordon Ramsay would have a field day!
I must say the George offered me the worst food and service I have seen in a long time. In an era when the consumer is getting ever more food savvy you would expect pub and restaurant food to be getting better and better alas the George doesn't think so. Maybe the pub prays on tourists who would find it hard to articulate their disappointment. Anyhow I ordered the fish cakes which came with potato skins and a small salad. First impressions were disappointing the potato skins had been incinerated, they were virtually black and stank of burnt oil and when eaten they didn't taste much better. Ironically the fish cakes were completely undercooked, I cut into one and was presented with a white watery liquid which would suggest to me that these have been (half) cooked from frozen. When I challenged the chef about the food he couldn't see a problem with the potato skins at which point I asked him if he would eat them and explained, if I were Gordon Ramsay he would be getting a right ear full right now. His reply was that I wasn't, which is true, but it doesn't warrant that the food I eat should be of an inferior standard to what Gordon would expect. He never gave me an answer to whether we would eat them or not! To be honest the staff were more than happy to refund me the price of my meal, probably to shut me up. The waitress scuttled off to see the manager, I followed her. To put the icing on the cake the manager never came out of his office and apologized personally, instead to gave the refund to the waitress to pass on to me, she gave me the money apologized under her breath with no conviction and ran off before I could say thank you. Well I shan't be going here again and I'll recommend that anyone I know does the same.
Overpriced, dodgy beer, rude staff. Disappointing.
This pub relys on tourists and visitors to London for its trade, because nobody in their right mind would become a regular here. The prices are horrendously high for drinks that are often sub-standard and the bar staff are rude and miserable. At the end of the night, don't expect to be able to finish that pint you bought when last orders were called, because the bouncers start demanding people leave as soon as the last drink has been served. At these prices, the least the management could do is allow customers the legal twenty minute drinking-up time.

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