Jan 15 16

The Miller, Snowsfields, London Bridge, SE1

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Visited: Friday 1 January by JC

Is it cheating to include the pubs that we started the year in, on account of being there for New Year’s Eve? Of course not, it was 2016 when we left the pub, wasn’t it? And anyway, how can I cheat at a challenge that I’ve made up? You can be really stupid sometimes you know.

The Miller was holding an improv comedy night on New Year’s Eve, the first half of which I watched before being enticed by the irresistible charms of the bar (sorry improv comedy, nothing can compete with that). Comedy and other live entertainment is fairly regular at the Miller, with a dedicated space upstairs, which is always better than a cordoned off corner of the pub which is so often expected to suffice for live entertainment in pubs.

But back to the important stuff. The draught lager selection is nothing to write home about, but they make up for it with a very large selection of (bottled) craft beers. If you’re here to try some nice new beers then you’re in the right place. If you’re here to try some nice beers but also get drunk, you’re probably better off finding somewhere that has the nice beers on tap, so you can buy them a pint at a time. Trust us, it’s just more efficient. It was of course nice and busy at 1am on January the 1st, but when we’ve been there previously the atmosphere can be a little bit flat.

It’s reasonably priced as well, and we’ve never experienced bad service. The only time we have eaten here was to eat a very nice pizza, but apparently that’s not really relevant now as they’ve stopped serving pizzas in favour of burgers. I’m reliably informed that the burgers really are good, so it’s probably still worth coming here for food. But every pub does burgers, so I can’t say I don’t miss the pizza option a bit.

There’s a good sized smoking area with plenty of tables, and – best of all for Boozehound when he’s getting his New Year’s Drink on – it’s located right next to Guy’s & St Thomas’ hospital so you can pop in for a cheeky stomach pump on your way back to the tube. Or, if you’re more of a romantic than a drinker, it’s also next to the tallest building in London so you can bring a date here after you’ve taken them up the Shard.

Sorry.

Beer: 4
Price: 3
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 3

Do they do food? Yes and if it’s anything like the pizzas used to be then it’s well
worth trying.
Are they in the 21st Century? There’s a ten pound minimum if you’re paying by card unfortunately.
Are there dogs? Not always, but sometimes.
I want to smoke: There’s a good smoking area with plenty of benches outside, you lucky thing.