If a mudlark is one who scavenges in the mud that line rivers in the hope of finding something of value, then give me some waders and call me a mudlark, for here we have a right little treasure!
Despite being used to film scenes for Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azerbaijan, AND being a small girl’s stones throw from Borough Market and its treasure trove of unnecessary fancies, this pub was delightfully bustling without being a scrum.
Easy to see from the main road, but requiring Potter’s Maraduers Map to actually get to this pub is well worth jinxing to. Warm interior, pre-tastes on the wide selection of ales and decorated with some interesting drawings of Thames docks past. Admittedly there is a television showing sports, but it is decidedly unobtrusive and doesn’t dominate precedings as they tend to elsewhere (Prince Edward). A quizzer is on offer should conversation dwindle (as it usually does when I’m with my brother who has to concentrate hard on being interesting but is well deployed to answer questions only an octogenarian ought to know the answer to) or you are weighed down with odd change from recommended trips to Sam Smith’s pubs, and there’s a smashing little beer garden to enjoy if happen to be in London for the summer weekend.
Unfortunately though, this is another pub that has been struck by the curse of pictures on the menu… I took and good wander round the place and couldn’t hear anyone asking their group what fish and chips looked like together. Nor had anyone forgotten the principle of pizza or what order the bread and meat lump are stacked in when ordering a burger. Pictures of food are odd at the best of times, but even more so when each dish is described in such intricate detail that you practically know what hand crème the waitress serving uses… You know what I mean;
“A 6lb rump slice of Aberdeen Angus burger, hauled down the M1 by a freight driver that stopped at Watford Gap for a Costa, served with a small steel bucket of hand-cut, twice cooked in a Beko oven for 35 minutes on gas mark 5 Lincolnshire Prince Edward chunky chips, with a side order of mixed fifty shades of green lettuce leaves dribbled with a tomato jue, all served on a big slab of wood because plates sooooooo 1990s”.
Other than this, lovely little spot.