The Mayflower, SE16

01/08/2011 at 18:03 | Posted in pub reviews | 1 Comment
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My local pub is the Mayflower in Rotherhithe Street, SE16.

It’s well worth a visit, especially since new management arrived in the summer of 2011 and introduced rather more interesting beers than the previous landlord; it’s located in Rotherhithe Village, opposite the Brunel Museum and a stone’s throw from Rotherhithe station, and is on the banks of the Thames. In decent weather you can sit on the jetty over the Thames, and on poorer days you can sit inside and admire the old-fashioned interior, with some of the wood panelling being very old, although much of it was installed in a post-war rebuild.

It is called the Mayflower because it was from here that the famous ship departed for Plymouth, where it picked up the Pilgrim Fathers for transit to the new colony in America. (The ship’s captain is buried in the churchyard opposite.)

It wasn’t always called the Mayflower though; it was originally the Ship, along with several others in the area, and then became the Spread Eagle & Crown. It was in this guise that Pathé visited in 1949 to film a short piece on the pub, which is online for posterity here. Fortunately, the development discussed in the film never came to pass.

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