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Boot and Flogger

4.6
4.6
175 Reviews
£26 to £40
British

This hidden gem, a short walk from London Bridge, is London’s first real wine bar opened in 1965 by John Davy trading as a Free Vintner. Brimming with genuine character and jovial service, it has the feel of a private members club (for ladies and gentleman) and is home to some of the most original private rooms in the area. Best quality meats hand carved off the bone, award winning steak and delicious seasonal dishes cater for discerning customers. All polished off with a British cheese board and sticky puds. Our wine list boasts a large number of rare vintages alongside an extensive range from Davy’s wine merchant cellars.

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Booked 14 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    020 7407 1184

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

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What 175 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. N

    Natasha

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and incredible food. I would highly recommend this place

  2. AJ

    AnthonyJ

    London

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We arrived at the restaurant to find that it was closed, notwithstanding that they had accepted our reservation via Open Table. As it was New Year's Eve, this oversight condemned us to more than two hours of wandering around seeking to find an alternative place to dine.

  3. P

    Pezza

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I went with my wife and found it to be a lovely spot for a cosy drink and meal. I'd not been to a Davy's for quite some time, so I was delighted that this restaurant (the original!) still retains the traditional charm and ambience of the brand that I recall. Great food, very helpful and friendly staff, and great service. Thoroughly recommend and will be returning.

  4. MW

    MichaelW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Eaten here many times, great atmosphere, service and food.

  5. G

    Goodgrub

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service staff cozy quiet wine bar a hidden gem 5 🌟

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the decor, service was excellent, the food was amazing. We had a Rioja 2013 it was incredible! Amazing varieties of wines. Such a interesting pub, very old and traditional which added to its charm.

  7. SP

    SallyP

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We had a problem with payment - there is still a second charge on a credit card and I have been unable to get the accounts department on the phone despite 4 phone calls and leaving a message

  8. DB

    DanielB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2020

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Just a very friendly, relaxed place with a good atmosphere, great wine and a simple but good menu.

  9. JM

    JohnM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice bar / restaurant off the beaten track - busy but quiet enough to have a decent conversation with mates. Food was great - smallish size but a great taste. Staff very warm and welcoming and a credit to the establishment. Thanks for a great night.

  10. JA

    JamesA

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My first visit to Boot and Flogger, but decidedly not my last! Truly a perfect ambience, with excellent British and continental food, for entertaining friends or international guests. Comfortable seating, attentive but not intrusive service, moderate pricing (for London) - it was a terrific night. I noted that they also have private rooms of various sizes, which would be great for special entertaining.

  11. ET

    EstherT

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food was amazing. Service ok - the waiter we had struggled to make recommendations. Really lovely venue inside. One loud and very brash table dominated the noise levels. When they left it was much better. Some quiet background music wouldn’t go amiss. Would definitely go again - not cheap but very reasonable for the quality of food.

  12. B

    Bill

    London

    125 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Went for Sunday lunch before seeing a show at the chocolate factory which is closeby. Both starters and main courses were first class and the recommendation to have the cauliflower cheese was a good one! Staff were very helpful. well worth a visit.

  13. n

    nwinky

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Hake was replaced with Sea Bass but was still great. Portion on the fish slightly small but food quality across all courses was excellent. The venue itself is unique and has both character and isn’t too loud. Would definitely return!

  14. R

    Rahl

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Decent restaurant, very good ambience. Service was pretty average on the night i attended.

  15. CM

    CarolineM

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    This is a really good watering hole, in a quiet spot near London Bridge. Unfortunately, I picked up some negative vibes outside the Pub, and found that the history of prostitution and unmarked graves made me nervous in the area. But this is no reflection on the Pub, which gives excellent service

  16. H

    Hardofhearing

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Unique, traditional,cosy wine bar in tucked away location with lovely staff who look after you very well. Untouched by current trends in decor and food, the place to go for bangers and mash and an excellent glass of wine; the real charm is in the interior, with its panelling, private booths and Dickensian feel. The menu is short but well executed and the puddings very good. A happy birthday lunch with my husband and grown-up daughter with faultless service and no difficulty having a conversation in peace. I do hope they never decide to change the place.......

  17. R

    Rylands

    London

    80 reviews

    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A great place for good food, a generally lively atmosphere, not overwhelming, handy little glassed-off sections giving a little privacy. I love the old wooden floors and the old feel of the place. Unpretentious.

  18. CB

    ChrisB

    Kent

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 November 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Our party could use the private room which worked out well for us. Service and food were both good in line with Davys establishments. Would recommend for a group.

  19. LB

    LBLB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed it here, the setting is very comfortable and conducive to good chat. The wine was lovely and my food was delicious. Will be back!

  20. SE

    SEdiner

    London

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2019

    overall5food3service4ambience4

    Very accommodating staff, great wine list and excellent value.

  21. PS

    PSAF

    London

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 19 October 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    I have long been a fan of the Boot and Flogger, but it was the first time for my missus and the in laws. The food was excellent and surprised those who hadn't been before as they thought it was going to be something like a gastropub. Everything was superba nd we had a fantastic evening.

  22. JH

    JohnH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Typical Davy’s wine bar with quite a lot of tables cheek to jowl. Food was good and a reasonable and varied enough wine list. Quite empty on a Saturday late lunch

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great meal. All 4 starters, mains and desserts were really complimented and enjoyed. Would absolutely return. Full of character and talking points. Only one thing I would say is that light background music would improve overall atmosphere I think but that is personal preference. Service was great too from both the staff members. Real hidden gem just away from the busy part of Borough and Bankside .

  24. AY

    AndiY

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2019

    overall3food1service1ambience5

    Booked for our 12 year anniversary dinner, fairly last minute. The actual restaurant itself is lovely and exactly what we were looking for. Cosy, comfortable, quirky, casual. The food took absolutely ages because they had a big party going on elsewhere, which we didn't mind because they gave us loads of free wine to compensate and we were enjoying each other's company and not in a hurry to go anyway. Unfortunately, the food was shocking! I had the Gnocchi, which was inedible. The waiter really didn't seem surprised when I only ate 1 bite and agreed with me that it was terrible. My husband had a steak, which was over cooked and gristly. We decided we'd had enough by the time the dessert menu came so can't comment on that. The wine was delicious!

  25. SM

    SusieM

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Nice little hidden gem. Great wine list and waiter had excellent attention to detail. Our meal was delicious and prepared to perfection. We had a wonderful night enjoying wine, food and ambience

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    Penhecker

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Such a lovely atmospheric place, retains its original character. The selection of wines is outstanding and the staff are very knowledgeable. The shortish menu had some traditional and modern choices, and the oven-baked hake with almond crumb and a delicious sauce was perfectly cooked.

  27. EM

    EMLM

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful. It was a new discovery for all of us and all agreed it was very enjoyable. Food and wine very tasty and we all especially enjoyed the complete absence of music. How lovely not to have to struggle hear and be heard. We’ll be back!

  28. M

    Michelle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    I was really looking forward to trying this pub/restaurant. The atmosphere was amazing but the service was terrible and the food was mediocre. Very basic pub food at best. Very Disappointed

  29. O

    Oliver

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 30 August 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good food and hidden gem of a venue. Feels like something between an old fashioned club and a gastropub.

  30. HL

    HarryLily13

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A wonderful experience. A charming gastropub with style, history and a relaxed vibe. Attentive, professional and friendly service by the knowledgeable owners. Lovely food and a fantastic, well curated international wine list. Highly recommended for a night out.

  31. A

    Anon

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Full of character, a little quiet at 6.15 on a Thursday but soon got some atmosphere. Summer special offer is good value - plus the £2 extra for a glass of wine. We shared a starter and dessert and had the chicken burger each as a main. Stuffed afterwards. The salted caramel brownie cheesecake was delicious. Staff a little hard to get when we wanted to pay but attentive enough throughout the meal.

  32. D

    Diegof

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2019

    overall2food4service1ambience4

    I used to visit and recommend this place frequently, especially when I lived nearby up until a year ago. I came back and I guess something changed. Service was not up to scratch. We ordered a nice bottle of white wine which was way too warm. Complained immediately about it and we were offered 'a bucket of ice'. Ok, I think what they should have done is offer a new, cold, bottle, but anyway i thought a bucket of ice will do. However this was no bucket, but one of those coolers, with a tiny bit of ice at the bottom. It took forever to cool. Waiter kept coming to top up only to be told to wait because it was still warm. By the time it was almost at the right temp, it was too late and we'd almost finished dinner. The waiter was quick to offer another bottle, but we had to decline, in case it was warm again. Food was fine, and the place still has its charm, but in a wine bar, getting a £35 bottle of white served at room temperature is unforgivable. Service should know that, and they didn't know or care. Probably not their fault, but management should keep an eye on those things and have staffed trained accordingly. It's a shame because this was my go-to favourite place in the area, but I doubt I'll be back anytime soon.

  33. JB

    JacquesB

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Service was prompt and courteous. Food was very good. Close to Borough market but away from tourist spots. Was very nice place to have traditional British meal.

  34. S

    Simon

    London

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time here, I booked a table for 8 people celebrating my birthday. They gave us a private dining room which felt very special. The food and wine options were great and the service was bang on, the right blend of being around and leaving us to it. The entire party was satisfied, we'll be back!

  35. S

    Simon

    London

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Lovely place with a lot of character, a bit of a cross between a gentleman's club and an old pub. The food was great (very reasonably priced for the quality!) and an excellent choice of good wines. The service was excellent for the first half of the meal but our server seemed to go home and after that is was a bit frustrating, the replacement server seemed very arrogant, pretty much threw the plates down and was generally inattentive. We were going to stay for another drink but ended up leaving as the experience was slightly soured. All that said, it is a fantastic place and we'd definitely go again! Perhaps just one bad server having a bad night.

  36. AY

    AlY123

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great hidden gem with great wine list and decent food! Save room for dessert!

  37. SW

    SusanW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    A surprise gem hidden off the main thoroughfare next to the historic Crossbones Garden. The rather unprepossesing exterior belies the exquisite period charm of the interior. I was given a conducted tour of the extensive number of rooms converted from earlier cottage industrial use which lend themselves well to group occasions. We had a private room on the ground floor with the door open; it was lovely hearing the general hubbub without imposing upon our meal. A terrific afternoon which Dickens may well have known himself in his time.

  38. LJ

    LJTH

    Birmingham

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best Sunday roast I have had in a long time.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great service, quiet, clean, good wine list. Menu is a bit limited but everything was delicious.

  40. D

    Diner49

    London

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    The wine is great, and very reasonably priced. The food was tasty and affordable, although there didn't seem to be enough serving staff around, and we had to get up to ask for things a couple of times after a lengthy wait. It's a lovely, intimate setting, and an interesting place to look around.

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Boot and Flogger is rated 4.6 stars by 175 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Boot and Flogger

10-20 Redcross Way London, SE1 1TA

  • Area

    London Bridge

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    London Bridge

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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