"Brew Wharf is part of the Vinopolis complex... who could have possibly imagined that a cold beer would prove even more popular than a glass of wine with the Borough after-workers? "Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
Housed in the Vinopolis complex in Borough market, Brew Wharf adds a new dimension to the mammoth drinking and dining institution. When it comes to wine, clearly Brew Wharf’s next-door neighbours are one of the first words on many people’s lips; but in this area at least, they could be in the process of gaining a similar reputation for their own tipple.
Borough Market is a tourist haven but battling with these temporary visitors is the huge population of office workers who descend on the area’s pubs every evening. Coming from either local businesses or having departed nearby London Bridge it can be manic. One thing that Brew Wharf certainly has on its side is size. Nobody likes to be shoulder to shoulder after a day at the office and the roomy interior of Brew Wharf makes arm rubbing fairly difficult to achieve.
The bar is all about standing room with an adjoining restaurant offering the majority of the venue’s seating. Exposed brickwork, polished wooden bars and shiny micro-brewing apparatus create a comfortable, albeit slightly corporate, look and business wear is clearly the popular mode of dress.
On draught the selection comes from London’s Meantime Brewery with the majority of their range available here. Choose from wheat beer, pale ale, stout, fruit beer and lager by the pint. Despite Meantime’s dominance of the pumps there is enough to work your way through and connoisseurs can otherwise turn to a good selection of bottles.
The food is up-market gastro fare and when the time comes to heed to your appetite you won’t be disappointed. Think pan-fried duck breast, fish & chips, steak and sausage & mash at reasonable pub prices.
Brew Wharf works well in tandem with Vinopolis and the regular appearance of a packed house is testament to that. Who could have possibly imagined that a cold beer would prove even more popular than a glass of wine with the Borough after-workers?
T.A.O reviewed Brew Wharf on Thu 04 Apr 2013