Anchor Tap, SE1 2LN
- 020 7403 4637
- 28 Horselydown Lane, SE1 2LN
- noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10:30pm Sun
Samuel Smith's pub in Bermondsey, on a side street near Tower Bridge. This used to be the brewery tap for the Courage brewery, which was based here from 1787 to 1981 and can still be seen when crossing Tower Bridge (it's now an apartment block).
There are several small rooms inside connected by doors. One of them has a pool table. The dedicated "games room" is small and dim, with a couple of whirring, flashing games machines as well as tables inlaid with chess boards etc. fullpint.com says it contains (among other things) shove ha'penny.
No handpumps, but a nitrokegged pint of Sovereign Bitter and a half of Extra Stout came to £3.02 in September 2008.
Food is served from noon until 8:45pm every day.
Has a courtyard, which you can smoke in.
secretlondon and colleague visited in May 2009 looking for somewhere to have a drink after work. Unlike other local pubs there was plenty of seating here, and no suits. A large glass of wine and a pint of wheat beer came to about Â£8.
Accessibility: There's one step up to get in; ladies' and gents are both upstairs (separate staircases). The stairs up to the ladies' are narrow, winding, and steep.