The Market Porter
Taps: 26 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sleazo:
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located right next to the wonderful Borough Market, the Market Porter is a great place to enjoy a nice handpulled pint. I stayed relatively close so had the opportunity to hit this place up a few times. Inside it is a good looking traditional pub. There is an L shaped bar as you walk in with about 10 cask and an equal number of draught offerings. The cask offerings were all interesting beers with a number of Darkstar choices. The draught was split about 50/50 between local beers and macros. On first visit I did not realize that there was more to see other than the first part of the bar when you walk in. Another 6 or so casks are on the other side of the bar so make sure you walk around.
It was really nice weather for my trip so I enjoyed having an afternoon beer outside watching market traffic and the after work rush. They have food here but I did not try since I was enjoying the market food so much. Directly across from the bar is rock oyster bar which was excellent. Next to that is a French market stall that sells a duck confit sandwich that is killer.
08-08-2013 14:59:58 | More by sleazo
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4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.43/5 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
The Market Porter in London, United Kingdom (England)
94 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.