The Market Porter

The Market PorterThe Market Porter
The Market PorterThe Market Porter
Bar, Eatery

9 Stoney Street
London, England, SE1 9AA
United Kingdom

+44 20 7407 2495 | map

Notes: Monday - Friday: 06:00-08:30 & 11:00-23:00
Saturday: 11:00-23:00
Sunday: 12:00-23:00
View: Place Reviews | Events
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 39
Photo of RedDieselBrewing
4/5  rDev -6.3%

One of my favourite places in London. huge selection of ales with resident draft from Meantime brewery in Greenwich.
great atmosphere, huge overspill of folks fresh from work on the street outside, trains passing overhead, market stalls and food vendors close by. i cant think ov anywhere better on a summer evening for after work beers!
Up the street a little bit is where parts of Lock Stock and two smoking barrels was filmed!

 429 characters

Photo of spointon
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.

 805 characters

Photo of sleazo
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 1,097 characters

Photo of lehows
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

 485 characters

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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'.

 1,310 characters

Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 1,050 characters

Photo of thepeter
4.44/5  rDev +4%
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.

 887 characters

Photo of DerBayer
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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.

 500 characters

Photo of alfrantzell
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

 860 characters

Photo of Goldorak
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

 507 characters

Photo of tendermorsel
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.

 796 characters

Photo of soulgrowl
4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Even in the sea of awesomeness that is Borough Market, the Market Porter is outstandingly awesome. If memory serves there are something like a baker's dozen hand pumps that rotate very frequently, all very well-kept and properly poured. The pub itself is nothing special really, but the vibe is friendly and just a little bit boisterous, and the staff is always helpful and cheery even when it's crowded (which is often).

At any given time a solid majority of the real ales on offer come from microbreweries, which means there are delightful new beers to try on each visit. There is also a focus on seasonal or limited-release ales.

Oh, and although I haven't tried the food here, one of the best things about this place is that you can grab a beer in a plastic tumbler, then take it outside and drink it with any number of the wonderful delicacies on offer in the market. In a way, the location of this place is one of its greatest assets.

Overall it is a lovely pub with a very good ale selection that won't disappoint. Highly recommended; I would even say this is a must-visit pub for visitors to London.

 1,110 characters

Photo of Antilochus
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Went on a Saturday afternoon. Wasn't impressed with the crowd or the inside - 'garage' style entrance with lots of smokers and tourists outside. Bartenders didn't really know much about the beer they were serving, although the selection was quite good. I asked about a few of the real ales and they said 'light' and 'like the other one' when I was looking at Oakam Inferno (ESB). They did provide samples though which was appreciated. Also, pints were pretty cheap given the location - less than 3 quid.

On the food side I had the pan-fried duck egg & asparagus to start with fish and chips. In total paid about 15 quid, food wasn't great but hey this is England. Exceptionally prompt service.

 694 characters

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Visited on June 22nd, my last day in London. Lovely summer day meant that patrons were spilling out onto the sidewalk surrounding the pub. We got our beers then headed outside. My pint was excellent (Hereford's Bitter). 12 micros on tap (including one micro cider..yuck), listed on a chalk board. Plus the standard range of macros to appease the masses. Only glanced around inside, but I would have been just as happy indoors as out doors. Not your typical beautiful London pub, has more of a grubby feel to it. Not disgusting, but not a refined traditional London pub by any means. Definitely a must-see for beer hunters in London, especially for the selection of micros.

 672 characters

Photo of austin
4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a pub I wish I had more time for. With 12-14 cask ales (mostly micros) you need about 3 sessions. It's a busy place close to London Bridge tube across from Borough Market and Utobeer. The pub is on the ground level with a restaurant and a good selection, upstairs.

I had the Ascot Anastasia Stout(5.0 abv). It was solid black in colour with good chocolate and roasted coffee flavours and a solid hop finish. Maybe the best stout I had in the U.K.

Market Porter is a must for all BA's, just give yourself plenty of time to sample the many micros or go with a large group.

 580 characters

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Market Porter is a bit of a tourist place, but it has a fine selection of English Ales. It alway has a range of beers for any style of drinker. I usually only stay here for one or two drinks because it's so busy and their toilets smell awful. If you stand in the wrong place (yes more than likely you'll be standing), you can smell the toilets and it's just unpleasant. If it's nice enough, I'd recommend standing outside.

If you're lucky enough to get a seat away from the toilets, the place is really nice and you can get through a bunch of really nice English microbreweries.

The servers have always been fairly busy, but they are usually nice and responsive to questions.

Recommended for a pint or two in the afternoon after checking out the Borough Market.

 771 characters

Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

 687 characters

Photo of JohnW
4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

As others have said, this is a MUST visit when in London, and easy to get to on the Tube (Northern Line) from London Bridge Station, or Borough if also visiting the Royal Oak!

Right opposite one of the Borough Market Hall entrances on Stoney Street, attractive exterior on corner with hanging baskets of flowers and stained glass windows. Large U shaped bar with seating around, also side room at the rear. There were (I think) 12 hand pumps serving a terrific selection of real ales, making it hard to know where to start! The three beers we had were on great form, and efficient and friendly service from the bar staff. Comprehesive food menu at mid-day day (though typical London rating it accordingly) but what we had was very good and worth it.

The ceiling wooden beams are covered in the pump clips of the beers they have had in the past and make interesting reading (and a stiff neck!) Very busy at mid-day, and could be difficult to find a seat if you want to eat, so you might have to be patient.

Highly recommended, would visit here everyday if I was in London for a weeks stay!

B'ham UK August 2007

 1,142 characters

Photo of DrMalt
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

One of the first "must try" pubs on my list & I wasn't disappointed. A bit crowded but what else did I expect for the after work time slot.

First up was to try one of their hand drawn real ales...a Sussex Bitter that went down real quick after a 40 minute ride in the Underground. A great thirst quencher but that was just the beginning.

Don't remember the brewer but a porter that I was expecting to be a Baltic but was a terrific Brown Porter. Again another real ale.

One more for the Underground (actually went to Utobeer across the street) was the one that impressed me. Again I don't rememebr the name but the gal served me up a "dark mild" which was under 3.5% but full of taste!

Awesome...3 pints and I'm still raring for some more tube riding.

Terrific beer, amazing selection..everything I was hoping for. Atmosphere was nothing notably different or better just well suited for their beer offering.

Could have stood for a few less smokers in the crowd. Many stood outside to smoke but it was a bit hazy in there.

Great English pub with the best selection of English beers I encountered in my 5 days in London! So much so I visited it again on my last day.

 1,187 characters

Photo of jasonm
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I got lost during my last visit to London trying to find the Market Porter, so this time I came armed with better directions and emerged from the London Bridge vs. the Borough tube stop.

Located across the road from Borough Market, the Market Porter is located in a beautifully adorned building with green trim and flower boxes. Interior is classic pub decor, with lots of hardwoods, barrels for tabletops, and the hundreds of old Handpump clips adorning the ceiling beams and walls. Stopping in during the weekday lunch period, the Market Porter was busy with business lunchers and locals.

While the decor is nice, the selection of Real Ales is what drew me to the Market Porter. 12 hand pumps are to be found at the bar downstairs, carrying a varied supplied of English and Scottish (Cairngorm) micros. I opted for a the excellent Cairngorm Trade Winds and a nice Ale from Otter.

Commendations to the service staff for being able to handle the large crowd in a courteous and efficient manner.

The Market Porter has a decent bar menu at lunch, offering slightly more than the standard pub grub. A sausage panini and chips hit the spot and a solid bargain at less than 5 pounds.

The Market Porter should be on any beer drinkers must-see list while visiting London.

 1,279 characters

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Saturday, early evening on St Patricks Day, the market had just closed and the Irish had left (mostly).

The place was very full and friendly, most people looked like they had been in a while, if you know what I mean! This bar always seems to be overflowing with humanity, just as many drinkers outside as inside. Shoppers, tourists, beerhunters and locals all mixed together enjoying a pint or two.

The beers I had were good. Bomber County and Old Timber, both from Tom Woods (Lincolnshire beers), so felt at home straight away. There were at least 12 real ales to choose from, if I remember correctly.

No food, it was too late, although the sausage bloke next door was still doing a flying trade (and he had the Rugby on the Big Screen).

One of the best pubs in London without a doubt.

 798 characters

Photo of Mark
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

A real ale pub for real ale lovers. I beleive there were 12 real ales on cask and all from smaller breweries. Small areas front the bar and then the pub opens up near the back with a separate room. We lucked out as it was not too crowded nor smokey when we visited. I'm glad I finally made it to this place, excellent atmosphere and well kept beer. Could spend lots of time here if wanting to try different beers. One bit of irony, in this a real ale lovers pub, they had Fosters and Budweiser bar towels. I was scratching my head.

 531 characters

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I lost track of the number of recomendations I got for Market Porter. Unfortunately, the first time I stopped, it was just after 11 p.m., and everyone was rolling out the door to go home for the night. Oops. So I stopped in the next day, New Year's Eve day, and hung out at the bar for a couple of hours.

I started with Meantime, mostly because a Meantime rep told me to go to MP for more of their beers. 20+ engines around the dark wood bar; I didn't really count, and never got past having beer from the firkins. I have a hard time passing up stuff I don't recognize, so Acorn Brewery and Daniel Thwaites were next, and then Moorhouse's Pendle Witches Brew and Harvey's Best Bitter. All good, and very well served. Looking at the website today, even more are offered and constantly rotating--good place to survey the British beerscape.

Sitting at the bar, I met Jim, who very nicely looked up the number for my next stop, the Royal Oak, and even called to see if they were open that afternoon for me to visit. Later, I had a great talk with John and Laura about beer, politics, and culture. Excellent afternoon at the pub. In addition to the bartender being very much in the beer know, so were the people at the bar--real beer people who knew and appreciated excellent brew. While I don't mind sharing the good beers news, it's nice to say things like "IPA" and "CAMRA" and not have to define it.

With such a short trip (5 days) and a lot of touristy stuff to do, I didn't have much time to just sit and drink. MP was basically my main time in a pub that I wasn't rushing off to see a giant clock or fireworks, and it didn't disappoint in the slightest. You can't go wrong stopping early (or often) at Market Porter.

 1,730 characters

Photo of BeerHonky
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

There's two reasons you should go to this pub. One, because its a great place and feels like a cozy, warm, friendly pub. Two, because its right next to Borough Market! I recently went on vacation with my girlfriend and we decided to go the market on a Friday afternoon. After getting off at the London Bridge tube stop, and walking through the market, its the perfect ending to a nice afternoon. The time I was there it was a little bit busier than I would have liked it to be, but regardless the vibe was cheery and bright. A decent selection of cask ales is available and can be enjoyed on old banged up wood furniture behind thick glass windows. This is exactly what an english pub should be like.

 700 characters

Photo of mdagnew
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited here while on a course in London on the 13th November 2006... When i discovered that our hotel was only about a 15 minute walk away from here i was most happy !!! The nearest tube station would be London Bridge...

Bar is situated down a side street (Stoney Street to be exact) right next to Borough Market... Initial impressions are of a typical London bar - lots of wood panels etc. As you walk round the L shaped bar though the decor becomes slightly more modern with exposed brick work replacing the wood... Lots of wooden casks are dotted around the place serving as tables... The ceiling is covered in a very impressive collection of pump clips from (i'm assuming) all beers that have previously been available...

Selection was as good as i've ever come accross in a pub - although coming from Northern Ireland that wouldn't be too hard !! There were probably around 12-15 different beers on cask and a couple of ciders as well. I sampled the Archers Oyster Stout which was pretty much perfection in a glass and served at a perfect temperature. I also tried the Archers Foxy lady and the Otter Ale which were both very good. I had one of the ciders as well (i forget which one) which was also very tasty...

Other beers i noticed were 3 Meantime brews (Wheat, Helles and Raspberry Wheat)...

Probably my only criticism about this place was that it can get pretty smokey which can spoil the enjoyment of the perfectly looked after pints...

Overall i highly recommend this place - if you're anywhere in London it's a must visit... all the beers sampled were so fresh and perfectly looked after. It's bars like this that make you understand why people love cask conditioned beer... When i'm back in London again i will return !!!

 1,752 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
The Market Porter in London, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 39 ratings