Two words: Beer. Garden.
The woolpack has a great big beer garden. Like it's pretty great, and big. So I'm a fan. It's a great place to hang out when the sun decides to show it's face - chilled atmosphere, drinks are average price and the crowd is friendly.
I haven't eaten here but have heard the food is ok - will be spending a fair amount of summer evenings in this area from now on.
The Woolpack is probably the best known pub on Bermondsey St, and is a short walk from London Bridge. To look at in on the tin, it's a pretty normal London pub. Not too rough, not too upmarket either. What makes this place special is the huge courtyard garden which is well heated with lamps and out of the wind. Drinks aren't expensive for the area, and if you need somewhere to go afterwards there is always Hide Bar nearby (my number one cocktail bar in the whole of London- see my review!). What makes me love the Woolpack even a bit more is that it's very chilled out, they let dogs in (the canine kind, I know what you were thinking) which is AWESOME. Not enough London pubs do this. It's like, a sure fire way to keep all the girls in the bar cooing over the amazing black labrador that is often in there.
I like this place and I will be back. I haven't tried the food yet (bar some chips, which were good). Once I've scouted that out, I'll update my review.
Had the pulled pork sub and Kirin on tap. Good food, decent prices. If I have any complaint, it's that the wait at the bar is too long and they could fix up a few of the booths. The one I sat un had a huge rip in the upholstery. I'd definitely go back, though.
Really busy festive crowd in here last night, from office bods with 'zany' Christmas jumpers, to student types with 'zany' Christmas jumpers on.
The food was ok, my Fish and Chips were ok, but my friends burger was really good and i was gutted that i didn't have one.
Don't take your eye off your drink for too long as the staff are a bit eager to clean up the tables even if your glass isn't completely empty.
What a ceiling upstairs! we spent some good drunkard time trying to spot the bar staff that have been superimposed. good stuff.
A good pub on a lovely street.
Staff that would pour your drinks while you popped to the loo.
the only thing that let this place down was the overwhelming stale beer smell as you walk through the door! wow! BOOM! BEER!
London's equivalent of The Lord Clifden (Birmingham).
Large and cool pub which is very popular as i was recommended this place by others. Very vibrant and busy with crowds of people as well as couples. Excellent selection of quality and premium beers on draught. Friendly staff. Decent size beer garden out back for when the weather picks up. Food menu looked very nice. Further seating area upstairs. This pub is definitely worth starting out in and even making a night of it. Atmosphere is buzzing, yet everyone seemed chilled out.
From my experience, I can say i would return here without undue hesitation.
This is a good standard pub. There is a really pleasant beer garden in the back which can get quite crowded on nice days.
The food is fine. This time we shared some chips, pork scratchings and mackerel pâté. All were well prepared but not necessarily anything to write home about.
Service can be surly. Wow, what a bunch of grumps!
Good things about the Woolpack:
Bad things about the Woolpack:
-price of food
The obvious conclusion:
-drink at the Woolpack
-preferably in summer
-eat somewhere else on Bermondsey Street
A very different proposal compared to The Garrison, more laid back I would say and possibly more stylish. The combination of the old with the new is quite refreshing to see in a pub. Their pub food is what it is, pub food, but would recommend their Lebanese inspired dishes, or even their chips to go alongside your lager. It tends to be crowded most of the time, and although the roofed beer garden is great, it is very difficult to find a table (when it's not raining).
I discovered this place when I was invited to a function to celebrate a friends book launch. The staff was always very attentive and the nibbles were great, I specially recall the samosas. The distinct decoration of the room always stuck to mind, very heavily designed, but unique.
The conclusion? Once you go to the Woolpack, you will keep on coming.
Ah the Woolpack. What to say about it other than it's a pub. It's nothing special, there are no elements I'd praise, but overall it's a perfectly adequate pub.
The layout is quite conducive to getting a massive amount of people in and served at the bar, so with that in mind it's quite good for large groups. On a sunny warm day (when you are lucky to be finished with work before the sun goes down), this place is the winner on Bermondsey street as it has a largish outdoors area at the back with plenty of tables. There are heat lamps during the winter but I wouldn't risk it unless you get a prime spot right under one of those suckers.
Sadly, someone decided to put the bathrooms at the doorway to the outside area, so each time you traverse between said area and bar, you get the nice stench of urine. However, they have luckily hired a few barmaids to provide table service so you can keep such discomfort to a minimum.
Foodwise, the menu doesn't dazzle but there are the general staples of pub grub. Let's be honest, if you wanted a good meal you'd probably be in the Garrison or Village East. You made it to the Woolpack to knock down a pint or three with your mates and that's just what it was meant for!
Overall, it's good to keep in mind for a drink but not for anything more.
The Woolpack located on Bermondsey Street in SE1 is a kitsch and charming little pub. With a stylish, dark and theatrical interior this is where the old meets the modern. With Victorian tiles, 60s wall papers and a Baroque style function room, The Woolpack is eclectic and unique without trying too hard. The decked beer garden is great on those rare British occasions when the sun is shining.
Many pubs don't tend to consider the toilets as part of the decor but the toilets here are reminiscent of a backstage theatre with lights surrounding the mirrors. It is also great for a bite to eat; serving good pub grub at a not too expensive (but not too cheap) price. Attracting all manner of folk and an array of weird and wonderful haircuts, The Woolpack has a lovely atmosphere and really gives that 'local pub' vibe.
At the bar itself, an imaginative selection of continental lagers are the order of the day including 'Bishops Finger'. I instead, safely opted for a dry white wine.
With a wonderfully rustic blend of dark wooden furniture, vintage-style decoration and comfortable booth seating, The Woolpack creates an atmosphere of laid-back sophistication and relaxation. It's the sort of place that makes you wish you smoked a pipe.
The punters here reflect the chilled out vibe making for a relaxing but cheerful environment. Though not one for a wild occasion this is certainly an ideal destination for a drink and a chat of a weekday evening.
Though the menu is not quite as impressive as that of its close neighbour The Garrison, The Woolpack certainly packs in the flavour with a small but well-balanced selection of European dishes which are big on taste whilst being light on your pocket.
Sadly the drinks selection is a little dissapointing and you'll struggle to find anything particularly adventurous or out of the ordinary.
A pub. With a beer garden. In a nutshell.
Well there isn't much to say about this place. It's a usual pub which punches you with a sour smell of booze as you come in. Its advantage is a beer garden of a good size - about 6-10 tables outside - it has a very private feeling. On a warm sunny evening - there could be nothing better than this. Mind, though there isn't many warm sunny evenings here anyway!
Friday evening queues are super long (that could be quite fun at least that's how I keep myself entertained - talking to strangers in a queue).
The toilets are quite horrible to be honest, I remember once they painted them on a Friday morning. Not sure if that was some kind of a joke for the drunk ladies of London bridge on Friday night.
Tip if you are going there:
1. Go on a sunny day to enjoy the beer garden thoroughly.
2. Get rounds rather than drinks individually - you will spend ages in a queue otherwise.
Solid, busy and fun pub on the happening Bermondsey St - perfect hideaway. It was busy but not too rammed and I'm a big fan of their garden out the back - it just felt like everyone was enjoying it being a Friday and letting off some steam. Real mix of people in here too. All good so far. Serves Aspall's cider on tap too, great success.
Wasn't overly chuffed with the bar staff though... 2 of them appeared chipper and enjoying life - the other two? Faces like a slapped arse and the pretence to go with it unfortunately. So for now this place gets 3 stars. I will be back soon enough though and suspect that it'll get bumped up a star when I'm not served by Mr and Mrs Grumpy.
Hmm... three stars at a pinch. The owners of this pub must be immensely happy with the elevation of Bermondsey Street from Sourf London semi-slum to urban uber-chic. The Woolpack has the interior of a 1920s pie and mash shop after a 1970s refurb. The banquette seating and not-Tiffany lamp shades scream kitsch. Were it not for relatively well heeled new local clientelle packing the place out you could easily imagine Bob Hoskins dropping in to plan a bank job.
I met some friends here and had roast beef last Sunday. The beef was pleasantly rare, the vegetables were just right, the roast potatoes were about as OK as they can be from a small commercial kitchen, although there were only two in the bowl. I don't know why they serve roast dinners in a bowl, possibly to corral the food into the centre to optically emlarge the portion size. The gravy had a strange fruity taste to it and I feel certain it came from a catering size tub of granules.
Not an unpleasant experience more of a "mehhh" really. Can I give it two and a half?
If you pay for your lunch before you even get the meal, then it puts it into the category of pub rather than restaurant. This what this place is like. I had a good enough meal, but there are nicer places that would go to.
There was nothing wrong with the meal... but nothing that would make it stand out either.
I worked at the Woolpack in my second year of university and I suppose I have a slight soft spot for it still. When working there, my colleagues and I were always silently jealous that we were not working at the superior, more interesting pub across the road- The Garrison. The Garrison, where the food was better and the interiors more classy had a cinema downstairs and a less rowdy crowd at closing time. The Woolpack, in retaliation to the Garrison's moules and chandeliers bought all of London's street signs and posted them in a grand beer garden at the rear of the pub. They also coated their bathroom doors in Windows 95 fruit clipart images.
The food is typical of a place desperately trying to be a gastro pub- very average Mediterranean platters and mediocre burgers. It isn't bad, but it certainly isn't fresh and is disappointing for the price.
The Woolpack is an average pub with an above-average beer garden- it offers solace for those wishing to escape the crowded pub, or for those who cannot get a table across the road.
Bermondsey Street behind London Bridge is unexpectedly glamorous. It's home to a bunch of pubs and shops that are worth visiting. The Woolpacker is perhaps the most attractive.
It has a fairly large downstairs and a garden outside, mainly used by smokers. The décor is fairly standard for a vaguely scrubbed up pub. I remember coming a few years back and thinking it was pretty sharp, but over the years it has dulled. It has a pretty vibrant atmosphere, and is popular with the after-work crowd. The last time I visited we went upstairs which is cosier, has kept its gloss and is rather romantic.
The selection of draught and bottled beers is decent, and the wine and spirit section is pretty good too. There is also food, which I have not tried, but looks like fairly standard gastro pub fair.
This rustic looking two storey gastropub is classy. I chugged down a tasty fruit beer and gazed longing at their excellent selections on beer, wine and cider; it is impressive. I was there on a Saturday night and it was busy but not cramped. I am glad of this because the temperature in the Woolpack was sweltering.
I will certainly be back to this trendy spot to try the cuisine, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and drink more strawberry beer.
This is a nice place, went for lunch yesterday. Had the guest ale, which was tasty (never found out what it was) and a burger. Disappointingly the burger came without the advertised pineapple, but it was otherwise fine.
Have been here before and on other occasions the large comfortable outside area has proved very suitable for hard drinking and smoking.
A tardis disguised as a pub, this place is deceptively huge. Wandering in you'll find a regular-looking pub, with a long bar and comfy booths (get there early to grab one).
But walk through it and you'll discover a sprawling outdoor area, with plenty of seating any time of night. One table is made out of a Tube sign. It's all very London.
Eventually, their licence will require everyone to come back inside quite a shame! - but that's when you'll notice there's also a second floor, with a pretty staircase, and Renaissance style décor. There is no bar upstairs, simply comfortable seating and an artistic ambiance.
This is my 'local' both for my home and my office. I love coming here both with friends/family and colleagues. It gets very busy on Thursdays and Fridays with all the local businesses going there after work, but it's still nice even when packed.
The drinks are good, the service comes with a smile, the seating is great, there is a decent outside area and a lovely upstairs room with a fake fresco on the ceiling.
The food is perfect pub fare. Fabulous fish and chips, wedges, schnitzel, steak, burger, saladthe list goes on. Not much choice of dessert though. All great as a hangover cure and much better than any other local alternative.
One slightly weird thing - they always seem to serve wine in a small tumbler. No idea why. However, last week, I saw someone drinking from something that looked suspiciously like a normal wine glass. Maybe they've seen sense
A really lovely pub with eclectic decor mixing old and new. The outdoor area is lovely in the summer too.
If you are looking for a private room then check out upstairs. You walk up a spiral staircase to be greeted by a classical fresco painted on the ceiling (well maybe not hand painted but very effective) large gilt mirrors and crystal chandeliers. Not what you expect to find if you've been having a quiet pint downstairs but a great little find!
The management are friendly and the pub really seems to be part of the local community.
Plus the food is deeeeelish.
Ok pub on Bermondsey Street.
The food is standard pub fair, nothing exciting or out of the ordinary. Cooked to an ok standard.
Reasonably lively in the evening. Staff aren't the friendliest!
This is a trendy pub in Bermondsey with a great garden. The food is pretty good value (about £8 for a main) and is tasty. The garden can get a little crowded on sunny days but there is plenty of room.
Service is a little poor. At busy times food can be very slow, with about a 45 minute wait for a beefburger.
The toilets are also in a poor state at the moment. There is a sign saying they are being renovated but there isn't much sign of the renovation happening.
Got to love Yelp for teaching more about this pub than I learned in my experience there....It was such a nice day that we went straight to the back patio which was a chill and laid back place to have a drink on a Sunday afternoon. It was not the overwhelming scene that you sometimes find in an outdoor place on a nice afternoon. Excited to go back for food and checking out the interior.
I'll probably always associate the Woolpack with being an after-work pub, but that's not to say it's a bad one. After a handful of visits, including one work party where we rented out the upstairs room for the evening, I think it ticks all the boxes for me. The food is better than most, as is the service. It always seems to be packed, even on a weeknight. I am really enjoying the exploration of Bermondsey Street. There's always a new fun place to see.
This place serves good food and has a good variety of beer on tap, from Kirin, Leffe to Hoegarden all of your big names are there. It is very relaxing while being busy. Good people watching either sitting at the window watching people walk by on Bermondsey or in the pub which has a good crowd at all times. The Woolpack also has a twitter account and their daily specials can be seen there. I can't wait to try out the beer garden in the back.
if you're on Bermondsey Street, you're cool.
1.5 stars for the location. It was a little nippy, so we tried finding a seat towards the back because the place was packed. However, as we went walked towards the back we discovered an outdoor gardenish area with a lot of seating. The place was teeming with people (in a good way). We had to overlook the slightly below optimum temperature and go for the outdoor garden seating.
The crowd is very young; and the non-single patrons brought their babies along. The place was compulsively full and packed with energy. Singles were busy eyeing each other as was our single friend, so there you go singles - nice place with a lotta potential on a supercool street.
The orders are placed at the counter, you need to reference your table number (which is engraved on a little metal plate at the edge of the table). We missed it, so there's a good chance one might. The food comes quickly. I ordered the classic burger. Well cooked. Fresh. Delicious fries. Cold chilled cider.
Well worth the visit.
Pretty decent pub. They have a great selection of ales and some good food options. The atmosphere is always on the verge of cosy and lively and staff are really friendly people. Totally recommend trying the duck and cherry pie, I know it sound gross, but it's mouth-watering delicious.
Good cheap pub food, good day drinking place in astro turf outside area. Inflexible opening hours (closes at 11pm) and pretentious staff.
I really liked the Woolpack on my first visit for a quick glass of wine, and was especially impressed with their outdoor space, which I imagine gets pretty heaving in the summer. I'll write a proper review once I've eaten there :)
Agree with the other reviews - this is a good pub with great food, and far better than the Garrison pub opposite for atmosphere and value for money. The outdoor area was redone not too long ago, and in the summer there's plenty of seating. The walls are tiled, giving it a real victorian pub feel and there's a good range of beers and wines at higher than average prices.
Perfect neighborhood bar. The fish and chips were the best I had my whole trip. Full of young people hanging out on a bank holiday, a great atmosphere. Beautiful, antique tiles on the walls and burgundy painted ceilings make this place feel cozy. If I lived here I would go to Woolpack often.
Lovely traditional pub. Large outside space which is great in the summer. The food is good and the staff are friendly. Get's quite busy but this is just because its such a nice pub.
This is a great traditional pub in Bermondsey Street. Quite unlike the likes of The Garrison (which is opposite), this pub is more traditional although still serves food which is more refined than some of the things you would find on a pub menu in the 80s and 90s. I have had tapas plates, burgers and sandwiches which have all been excellent. It is quite a bit cheaper than some of the smarter restaurants/gastro-pubs in the area and is definitely where you want to go if you are starving and desperate for a good pint. The atmosphere is cosy and welcoming but by no means pretentious. They have recently added a large outside area which is great for summer and warm spring/autumn evenings or afternoons.
The Woolpack is an excellent place to get a decent beer and good food. It has undergone a recent facelift, including the beer garden which is one of the best Bourgeois hangouts I've ever seen in London. The drinks are competitively priced and as such can get rather busy after working hours. All in all, a very good place to have a beer.
This is my local and I love it. Having moved to London 3 months ago I was surprised and pleased to see the number of pubs in this great city. I discovered the Woolpack about a week into my stay and have been going back ever since.
It is a really great Sunday afternoon pub where you can spend a lazy few hours in the garden out the back (if the weather is good) or lounge in one of the booths on the ground floor. Upstairs the roof is decorated like a Roman cathedral. The food is really tasty and reasonably priced (the chicken salad is a fav) and they have a great roast on Sunday just make sure you get there early though because they sell out! Must also mention the Pimms, which is made in the traditional English way with loads of fruit, plus both mint and cucumber which you don't always find at other pubs.
I always bring visitors to the Woolpack and they always leaving wishing it was their local too.
Lovely fish and chips and beer garden with heaters, have always managed to get one of the tables outside, great atmosphere too
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