The Market Porter
Taps: 26 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My first pub visit on a recent trip to London. Being situated right next to Borough Market makes this a convenient boozer if you have time to kill before or after (or while) visiting the market.
I found the selection to be very good, with a nice range of cask ales on. I enjoyed an Essex Best Bitter.
I visited during daylight hours, in the mid-afternoon, and the atmosphere was bright and welcoming, with a lot of woodwork and beery decor. It was lively/busy without being terribly crowded when we arrived. As time went on and more people came in, it got more crowded, but some folks spilled out to drink their pints outside, which is a great option when the weather permits.
Definitely worth visiting when in London, plus there are 3-4 other very good pubs within a 5 minute walk from Market Porter.
11-15-2013 19:48:04 | More by spointon
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located right next to the wonderful Borough Market, the Market Porter is a great place to enjoy a nice handpulled pint. I stayed relatively close so had the opportunity to hit this place up a few times. Inside it is a good looking traditional pub. There is an L shaped bar as you walk in with about 10 cask and an equal number of draught offerings. The cask offerings were all interesting beers with a number of Darkstar choices. The draught was split about 50/50 between local beers and macros. On first visit I did not realize that there was more to see other than the first part of the bar when you walk in. Another 6 or so casks are on the other side of the bar so make sure you walk around.
It was really nice weather for my trip so I enjoyed having an afternoon beer outside watching market traffic and the after work rush. They have food here but I did not try since I was enjoying the market food so much. Directly across from the bar is rock oyster bar which was excellent. Next to that is a French market stall that sells a duck confit sandwich that is killer.
08-08-2013 14:59:58 | More by sleazo
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Stopped in on a Wednesday late afternoon - the crowd mostly City workers and a few regulars. The atmosphere is great in here, classic pub with dark woods, rich green painted exteriors with window boxes. Interesting artwork on the walls. The cask selection here is incredible and changes often. The highlight of this trip was Ringwood XXXX Porter Winter Ale. Highly recommend a visit here if you are anywhere in London. Plenty of other good pubs nearby and the Borough Market is a plus.
02-24-2013 21:12:34 | More by lehows
4.16/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The din of the Borough Market crowd fades to a hushed level the instant you step inside. Ahhh!
Rich dark woods, etched mirrors, leaded glass and muted colors help create a warm and inviting appeal. The furniture is a mix of old and old and worn (in a good way, of course). At a casual first glance you will spy the “Usual Suspects” taps. It sort of lends the impression that the Market Porter is a touristy kind of boozer. But, a closer looksee reveals a proud array of Real Ale pulls that quicken the pulse. If you’re a bit uncomfortable craning your neck and ogling the tap handles behind the regular’s backs at the bar, a board to right provides an impressive list to contemplate.
Andwell Ruddy Darter, Daleside, Half Nelson, Heritage Copper, Sunner Republic, King John Amber, Kiliman Yard and Beach Blonde were the offerings of the day. I can attest to the Darter and Kiliman Yard’s quality and tastiness! Delightful!
If you wish to take your beer outside and have to drink it from a plastic cup.
The stairs to the left of the bar leads to an additional, slightly more formal-looking dining room, but it’s the famous floor-level pub that stars here. Speaking of star, the pub was made over for the role of ‘Third Hand Book Emporium' in the film 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'.
09-10-2012 21:06:18 | More by BeerResearcher
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
So this will always be the location of my first British pub visit. And what a visit it was. Quite awesome. Saturday afternoon while Borough Market wa in full swing and just hours before a local football match. The crowd was elecetric and the place was crawling with folks wearing their club's colors.
We had a couple pints downstairs before the Pub portion opened upstairs. We started chatting with a father/son team that was going to have lunch before the match. (son was my age/adult)
They were awesome and I wound up sending them over a couple pints. You would have thought I paid their mortgage for a year. They came over spent almost an hour with us and bought us beers back. What a great experience. The local cask was awesome and they had so many. tapped.
We did have lunch and the fish & chips were great. Much like the Olde Mitre Pub, I will return to this location.
A must hit in my book. Service was excellent in the pub. Downstairs it was so busy, you just had to muscle your way in. Not unfriendly, but just with a purpose.
04-19-2012 09:31:33 | More by Reagan1984
United Kingdom (England)
4.44/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Depending on when you go The Market Porter is either packed and a bit cramped or pleasantly filled. Decent looking oub but nothing really too special. A lot of times I hang out outside when it is nice and can enjoy the sights and smells of Borough Market just across the street. The quality of the dozen or more Cask ales has always been impeccable and they seem to rotate daily. Most of the casks are from smaller Brewery's and many are one off's. They also have a few quality taps of Meantime beers, and a newly brought in and very tasty Brewdog Zeitgeist which will be perminant from what I hear. They also have some adjunct lagers and Guinness. In the end this is one of my favorite pubs as I can ALWAYS find somethign new and intersting to try adn the prices are very fair for the area. Service has always been friendly and quick even when it is packed. A must visit when in London.
07-18-2010 10:42:35 | More by thepeter
3.8/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
pleasant enough interior but frequently overcrowded with no outside bit. the beer selection is focused on on tap english session beers. They all seemed very well kept and good quality. little in the way of foreig beers though so slightly felt short sold. Bar staff were attewntive and friendly so no complains there. Expectedly nothing was cheap there and we did not eat with nicer looking food places around. Well worth a visit but with the Rake just round the corner there s a much better beer bar.
06-29-2010 23:19:34 | More by DerBayer
3.86/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Market Porter is a decent pub, thronged though it is by the crowds that congregate in the immediate area. The servers were bemused, either by our American accents or our request to get half pints of everything.
And good half pints they were - Norfolk Brewing's Golden Oak, something from Nantes, something with a Bee pun in the title, and Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter, the last of which I developed an obsession for during my time in England.
The bar is windy, with three discrete sections and numerous barrels on which to rest your drink. The walls are saturated with humorous beer labels - or painful, depending on your opinion of wordplay.
We also met a true English ticker here, whose view was that the Market Porter was a "good pub, good selection" - what higher recommendation do you need? I should point out he was operating on six+ pints of beer.
04-17-2010 21:50:53 | More by alfrantzell
4.06/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is what a London pub is cracked out to be in my mind. Typical decorations, lots of coasters stapled to the walls, a dozen hand pumps, plenty of obscure Beers and all in good shape. Friendly atmosphere, mostly 30-somethings coming off work.
I've had 4 Beers here from breweries I've never even heard from before. Awesome. They also have a few typical CO2 lagers and more accessible stuff. The sign also boasted a dozen wines by the glass.
I really enjoyed it here. The south side of the Thames rocks!
09-14-2009 21:57:49 | More by Goldorak
4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited this place during a recent trip to London.
Awesome location. Right near Burrow Market. I am an absolute sucker for open markets my here and the market was a great way for a tourist like me to kill an afternoon.
10-15 real fresh casks on tap at all times. Apparently the rotate new casks in every night. I was there 3 hrs in the afternoon and there were 3 new casks put on while I was there. Great variety of casks. Some larger breweries but mostly smaller British micros.
All beer that I had tasted very fresh as a result.
The bartender was great. Helped me make selections and was happy to talk beer with me.
A bit touristy due to the location.
Recommended. A great place for a beer geek like me to spend a afternoon and try a bunch of great and fresh cask beers in one place.
08-10-2009 23:59:41 | More by tendermorsel
The Market Porter in London, United Kingdom (England)
94 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.