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The Wheatsheaf was a Young's pub (managed by the Red Car Pub Company) right next to Borough Market; it closed on 7 January 2009 due to work associated with the Thameslink upgrade (a new railway viaduct is going to be built over Stoney Street, which rumour has it will involve taking off at least the top floor of the building which houses the Wheatsheaf).

Happily, the London SE1 Twitter feed reports (with photo) that the Wheatsheaf will be reopening in mid-March 2009 at the new location of 24 Southwark Street, where the Hop Cellars used to be.

The information below is retained for people who want to know what it used to be like in its first incarnation.

Young's pub right next to Borough Market.

Inside, the decor is quite basic, with bare floorboards (and not in a gastropub way). There are maybe three or four tables, but it's mostly standing room only. There seem to be separate entrances for the public bar and the other side, but they connect to each other at the back. There's a dartboard at the back too.

Kake and friends visited on a Monday early evening in December 2008. All six handpumps (three on each bar) seemed to be on, with St Austell Tribute (£3.05/pint), Young's Winter Warmer, Young's Ordinary, Courage Best, and a couple of others. Rock music was playing, but relatively quietly. There were about 20 people in at 4:30pm, with a surge after work (5:30pm-ish) which quietened down again by 7pm.

They may serve food, but it's not clear at what times (the website has no further details of food).

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Last visited by Kake and friends, 22 December 2008. Opening hours taken from Young's website, February 2008.
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