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The Market Porter

The Market PorterThe Market Porter

Taps: 26 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.53%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

9 Stoney Street
London, SE1 9AA
United Kingdom (England)
phone: +44 20 7407 2495

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Monday - Friday: 06:00-08:30 & 11:00-23:00
Saturday: 11:00-23:00
Sunday: 12:00-23:00

(Place added by: RobBeer)
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bark

Sweden

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

A no-nonsense free house with an ever rotating assortment of ales from small/micro breweries around the UK.

The real ales are kept and served in the best possible way. I think there were 12 pumps at the bar. The friendly staff seems to know quite a lot about the beers, too.

Although the place gets crowded during the day, there is always some peaceful corner to sit and relax in. At the 2nd floor, there are tables facing the Borough Market. I didn’t try the food, but I am told that it is tasty and well worth the money.

The atmosphere is very relaxed and in high spirits. The guests are a mixed bunch; market traders, tourists, clerks in dark suits and the regulars at the bar.

09-17-2007 07:36:14 | More by bark
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Tevla

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-14-2014 14:44:51 | More by Tevla
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spointon

Illinois

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
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ICJ

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

10-16-2013 12:50:46 | More by ICJ
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SevaTse

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

10-12-2013 03:43:32 | More by SevaTse
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sleazo

New York

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.

Definitely recommended.

08-08-2013 14:59:58 | More by sleazo
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lehows

New York

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
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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.

Go here.

04-19-2012 09:31:33 | More by Reagan1984
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thepeter

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
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The Market Porter in London, United Kingdom (England)
94 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.