From a Rotherhithe quayside, near a pub called the Shippe, the Mayflower set sail for America. It was the spring of 1620, on board were a group of Protestants fleeing religious persecution. Captain Christopher Jones couldn't have known that his passengers were to become the most famous Americans ever, the Pilgrim Fathers.
The Mayflower and its crew returned to Rotherhithe in 1621. Jones died a year later and was buried at St. Mary's Churchyard, a stones throw from the pub. His grave is now unmarked but a plaque records his fateful journey.
A century later the Shippe was rebuilt and renamed the Spread Eagle and Crown. In 1957 the pub was restored. In recognition of its historic connection with America, it was renamed the Mayflower. It is licensed to sell both US and British postage stamps, having been a post office for the river.
Sitting right on the river, the pub even has its own jetty, where drinkers can sit in on warmer days. Inside this is an exceptionally cosy and attractive pub, its black wood panelling, large oak beams, brick fireplace and display of nautical items, all add to the atmosphere. Built-in settles form 'U' shaped snugs. Each has pearls of wisdom painted on it in gold, such as "A warm hearth and fine wine, soothes the soul and passes the time". Cheers!
Have lived round area for 50 years and this was my first visit (thanks to my kids). Great pub and setting yet unpretentious, good food at great prices, staff are helpful and friendly. Really enjoyed my visit.
What an inspiring place. This ia a real pub stuffed with history and atmosphere. Thank goodness the paella has gone! A kindly publican and his mother plus boistrous labradoodle! Mulled cider punch was brilliant. See you soon I hope.
It is a beautiful heritage pub and people want to enjoy it but i think the current owners or managers need to improve the maintenance and staff appearance and attitude (the attitude is not bad but it is a bit ill informed about the products being served and presentation) i shall continue to frequent the Mayflower and hope to see some improvement.
I have enjoyed the Mayflower pub for occasional visits over many years. I was sad to find however that under the latest management the place is suffering a bit.
I noticed quite a repugnant smell in the bar area which suggests to me a poor cleaning regime. I was also sad to find that the menu choice is not what it was and indeed has become quite homogenised. they used to serve the best Paella in town sadly not any more.
The americans always say it sail from plymouth which is possible if picking up extra pilgrims, however it sailed from rotherhithe first.