We had spent a rather satisfying Saturday night in Borough and I decided that a trip to the Imperial War Museum would be a good excursion for the Sunday morning. However, the sun was shining brightly and the day far too good for wandering around museums. As if by magic, salvation was at hand as Troy called to suggest a pub lunch. We met at the Three Stags (67-69 Kennington Rd, London, SE1 7PZ) for lunch of tiger prawns in chilli butter and a pint of Sussex Summer ale.
Sitting in the sun on Kennington Road was a particularly pleasant way to pass a Sunday afternoon, especially as there was little traffic. However, there is too little time in London to sit in just one pub so we ventured up past Waterloo to the Kings Arms (25 Roupell Street, London, SE1 8TB) a local pub serving Doombar, but a little dated in decoration and lacking in ambiance. It has a nice courtyard garden out the back but the barman advised the kitchen was closed so we couldn’t sit outside.
A peculiar trait of the British, that rules are…well, rules – and wanting to enjoy a pint that they charge you ₤3.50 for – in a more aesthetically pleasing environment – is not an excuse for pulling down one small bolt and sitting in their garden.
We ventured back to Borough and the Market Porter, (9 Stoney St, London, SE1 9AA) a fine building sheltered under the railway arches and nestled beside Borough Market. It is a lovely old pub with much wood and a very traditional feel. A vast array of real ales is served and the choice can become confusing, so you either pick a favourite pint, or perhaps try something new. We found the service good and the beer in good condition. Had more time been available, we may well have contemplated tasting their whole fayre!
One of the nice things about British pubs is the ability to walk outside with pint in hand and stand on the street watching the world go round, although I believe it is technically illegal, it is thankfully overlooked. However, many towns have introduced “No Alcohol Zones” to make it a specific offence to drink in public.