Greene King IPA, Greene King Abbot Ale, and Guest Ales,
Re-opened and invigorated, the George Inn looks fresher and brighter. The windows gleam and walls look regal in their new Studio Green. Best of all, the pub's rooms in partial use have now been opened for business. New kitchens and a new menu offer better food and service.
The George is London's only surviving galleried coaching inn. It stands on the south side of the River Thames near London Bridge, for centuries this was the only bridge across the river.
The George was rebuilt in 1676, after a devastating fire swept Southwark. It was one of many such inns in the area, perhaps the most famous being the Tabard, where Chaucer began his 'Canterbury Tales' in 1388. The Tabard too was rebuilt after the fire, but was demolished in the late 19th century, despite a public outcry.
The George also narrowly avoided total destruction. Coaching inns declined as the railways advanced. The Great Northern Railway used the George as a depot and pulled down two of its fronts to build warehousing, leaving just the south face. It is now in the safe hands of the National Trust.
The George is tucked away in a cobbled courtyard just off Borough High Street. The ground floor is divided into several connecting bars. There's a wealth of pretty lattice windows and oak beams. The Parliament Bar was the waiting room for coachmen and passengers and has a rare Parliament clock. The Middle Bar was the Coffee Room, a haunt of Charles Dickens.
The bedchambers (now the restaurant) were in the galleried part. The gallery design provides both access and light, as the back walls would have been crammed against other buildings. The George Inn is one of London's greatest treasures, how wonderful it would have been if it had survived intact. The George Inn -
I queued with my Dad, once the barman had finished serving the couple he came out of the bar and walked away, no comment to us like one would expect like 'I'll be right back'. We stood there like lemons waiting, a female staff member came over, snapped 'excuse me' and grabbed some polish and a cloth and left. The barmen returned then walked off again, we said 'excuse me' twice and he chose to ignore us. We walked through an area with a strong smell of urine and left.
The George InnLondongirl,
Both staff were extremely miserable and unfriendly. I will not be returning to this cold pub again.
The George InnLondongirl,
Was there for Sunday lunch on 3rd March, great food and service. Lovely atmosphere, would like to have stayed all day!
The George Inndantom,
We started using the pub for our Bushcraft meets. I am member of Bushcraft UK. I find the pub very pleasant. Have never had a rude staff member. They are very helpful. We now use it every month for our meet ups.
The George Innwoodpoet,
To all you fans of The George: Pete Brown's book,'Shakespeare's Local' is an absolute MUST READ. It is simply wonderful.
The George Innlizbatchelor,
Absolutely lovely pub spoiled by two things. Greene King so-called beer and short measure.
The George Innfrancizee,
would be there, but i'm sitting in vienna and be not lucky here. hope this year is going over fast, than i'm back in the best city of the world and also in the best pub of this city much greating from vienna to the southbank of london. england will be the new european footballchampion(i hope so) excuse my bad english bey bey
The George Innenglandfan,
Great atmosphere, good food, terrible service.
The George InnLondoner,
worth stopping outside to look at the building but inside the bar staff are amazingly rude and the beer bland - won't be going again
The George Innmusicman,
This is quite a nice old pub. However the lamb steak that I ordered was diabolically tough and utterly tasteless. When I raised the matter with a member of the staff, she would do nothing-not even offer me a complimentary cup of coffee.
The George Innsuperman,
I do hope the fire's you are having in London has not touched the George Inn.
I was there in 1970 and had the BEST Kidney and Beef Pie. In 2008 I found the Inn by myself. It had changed a LOT. And no Kidney and Beef pie :-(
The George Innmpbaumgras47,
Working on the same road we gave this a go. Thought the pub was really nice and the young staff very friendly. Would be perfect to sit outside in the nice weather.
Went back last Monday since it was the hottest day of the year only to find it was closed (a man shouted we're closed at us as we approached - so not so friendly!)
Anyway aside from the diaapointment of them closing on such a nice day we would definitely go back again - providing it's open!
The George InnNikki1980,
Stopped over here last Sunday. Had a few pints. Love the atmosphere. Next time I am in London, I will stop by again.
The George Innkrystle0819,
In 1968-69, I had an office in Leathermarket Street, Southwark and The George was my Local. As an American, I found this to be quite a departure form our typical bar. There are tales of ghosts that still wander the upper floors and if you can get the publican to talk about it, I am sure he will confirm. I never go to London without having several pints here.
The George Innjaysee,
Lovely pub, real feel of history. The restaurant upstairs is something really special
The George Innthestar,
No I dont think its the same George as Oliver Twist as it refers to a town inn. The George does get a passing mention in Little Dorrit. Cheers
The George Innpaulk,
I HAVE SOMETHING TO ASK. IS THE GEORGE INN THE SAME CHARLES DIKENS QUOTE IN OLIVER TWIST?. ANYBODY KNOWS? THANKS.
The George Inn11111111,
Wonderful pub. Lovely cosy and historic interior. Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Busy inside and out but not crowded or noisy and a table soon became free. Quick and friendly service at the bar. Ordered the cod and chips which came quickly and was superb. Friendly and attentive staff. Wish this were my local. Cannot recommend enough.
The George InnNickBrum,
Excellent historic architecture and the George ale was good. Outside was full of football supporters who were very noisy but not any bother.
The George Inncovman45,
pleasant pub with very quiet interior and rocking outside bit. shame they do not have more quirky real ales given the age of this pub. Greene King beers are OK, but they are from Suffolk. Would be better to have some Kentish ale, Sussex, etc as this pub is on the old coaching road going south. Expensive - two pints nearly 7 quid.
The George Innhdesign,
The best part of this pub is the architecture. I enjoyed seeing such an old building. The tap room itself is ordinary, and the selection of brews is adequate. Worth a stop, but perhaps not a repeat stop.