Saturday 29 May 2004 12.28pm
I have never stayed in the Mad hatter Hotel, but have frequented the Bar there many times for food and drinks. It is run by a company called Fullers, which is a brewing concern. The beers are usually of a good quality, which you should expect for a company such as this. The food in the bar area is reasonable but the menu is a bit limited, the price is also about average.
For restaurants around the area, there is a Spanish Tapas bar called Meson Don Filipe in the Cut, which is reasonably priced, but it does get very busy, so either go early or book a table in advance.
There is also a cheap and cheerful Chinese restaurant in the Cut called Culture Grub, which is fast and tasty.
If you want to try South American there is La Bodeguita
at the Elephant and Castle, or for Italian there is Castello's which is also at the Elephant and Castle.
No doubt you will get other recommendations.
I would recommend the following pubs, definitely the Royal Oak in Tabard Street
, to see a genuine old London Victorian pub.
Other pubs of local historical interest would be The George
in Borough High Street
, the Anchor on the bank of the River Thames near London Bridge. And if you are staying at the Mad Hatter, I would definitely walk down the road and have a look in the Black Friar pub near Blackfriars tube station, with its unique interior.
Other pubs I would recommend if you have the time would be the Lord Clyde just off Marshalsea road in Clennam Street
, The Anchor Tap
in Horseleydown Lane and The Market Porter
in Stoney Street
Hope you have a good trip