Horseshoe Inn, SE1 3QP
- 020 7403 6364
- 26 Melior Street, SE1 3QP
- Mon-Wed: noon-11pm; Thu-Sat: noon-midnight; Sun: noon-10pm
Small pub with real ale near Guy's Hospital and London Bridge Station. The decor inside is heavily focused on bare wood, and the interior is broken up by wooden screens with glass panes. There's a dartboard to the right of the bar.
Kake first visited on a Sunday afternoon in May 2009. When I arrived a little before 5pm there were just a couple of other customers in. Music was playing; when I arrived it was relatively quiet and sounded sort of Portishead-like. It got more bizarre, and louder, while I was there. On another visit on a Friday early evening in November 2011, tables were at a premium (not helped by a large reserved area) but there was standing room at the bar, and a little hovering eventually gained us somewhere to sit.
The real ales available in May 2009 were Brakspears Bitter, London Pride, and Davenport Bee-Zone (£1.60/half). Blackboards outside and behind the bar advertised other ales coming soon (Golden Hare, Everards Sundance, Hopback Crop Circle). In November 2011, the ales were Jennings Cumberland (£3.25/pint), Brakspear Bitter, and Brakspear Oxford Gold.
They used to do Mongolian food (see old version of this page for an assessment), but as of early 2014 this is no more. The menu is now a fairly standard pub food selection.
There's a bookable function room upstairs; it's quite plain but includes the roof terrace, which is nice.
Accessibility: Small step (more of a ridge) to get in. Step-free to the bar, at least some of the seating area, and the ladies' toilets, but didn't check the gents'.