Boot and Flogger

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This hidden gem, a short walk from London Bridge, is London’s first real wine bar opened in 1964 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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EM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

M
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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

HL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

A
London
11 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

JB
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

S
London
32 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

S
London
32 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

AY
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SW
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

LJ
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

D
London
27 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

RD
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first visit for my wife and I. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening in a relaxed atmosphere. The staff were friendly and attentive. The food and wine were good value. We would recommend the restaurant to friends - and will return!

DR
London
67 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent friendly service as always and very good food and wine. A pity it closed early, at 10pm - we did not realise this would be the case so had to drink up rather quickly at the end of our meal.

FD
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant , slightly hidden and unassuming from the outside ,once inside it is just fab ,there is a wonderfully comfortable feeling about the place with great friendly and professional staff , the food was delicious and a good wine list , also no music so no need to shout at your fellow diners , you could stay all day and all night , just perfect.

m
London
21 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was lovely and Sunday roast was really delicious and so were the cakes and desserts.

A bit pricey, but we have been cuddled by the staff and we loved there.

We also celebrate a birthday and they offered us a yummy chocolate brownie!

Well done

r
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent, cosy venue. Food was faultless and reasonably priced.
Service was excellent as well. Would thoroughly recommend a meal here.

L
London
12 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good quality food . Bangers and Mash was a delight on a wintry evening .
Staff lovely
Great place to catch up with friends

f
London
93 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Our recent lunch at the Boot was as enjoyable as ever with delightful staff and the excellent selection of Davy's wines and sherries by the glass. We will return. The olde-world interior is attractive and the little booths make for a quiet environment. The food is perfectly OK but not a foodie experience. The sausages and mash with onion gravy is always a pretty safe bet.

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good place for New Years meal pre Fireworks. the menu was good value, good quality and varied.
A quiet pub with lots of space around tables

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How lovely to go to a restaurant with NO MUSIC where you can make conversation without shouting, the food is excellent, the service excellent, the wine excellent and the atmosphere is excellent!

P
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find tucked away ! Service was great very friendly staff and the food was fabulous, my group thanked me for finding the boot and flogger !! We all enjoyed it and would definitely visit again and recommend

RD
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is a proper gem of a restaurant. I organised a family get together and everyone had a fantastic time and the food was bloody marvellous! My father who is intolerant to dairy was very well looked after, and we enjoyed the wine list as well! Easy to get to as not far from London Bridge and definitely somewhere that I will be returning to, I'm familiar with some of the Davys winebars, and this is a new favourite, we also had a very switched on waitress who was great.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Amazing wine and port selection. The current Bordeaux specials are interesting and were good value. Truffle Mac and Cheese and the duck pate were wonderful.

Overall good value and evening.

Z
London
11 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a really amazing experience at this restaurant - wish I could dine there every day!

B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Sunday roast, fabulous starters and cheese and wine selection. Service exceptional. Highly recommend.

CH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A gem on the outskirts of Boro market! Went on recommendation and not disappointed....great food, excellent wine...great for a couple or with a bunch of friends...lots of different areas to sit along with private dining area.

W
London
10 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great historic pub in London Bridge with very good drinks selection and pub menu. Interesting historical story too for people interested in London

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for Sunday lunch and had the roast with all the trimmings. The meal was cooked to perfection, good value for money and the portion size was fantastic. We are going back next month!

AA
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited last year and liked it so much that when we were back in the UK again this year we revisited and again were not disappointed. Whilst not a huge menu, what they have is of good quality, well prepared and tasted wonderful. Would recommend and would book again if in the area.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

It was very, very quiet. Food was fine but lacked ambiance.

MP
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very efficient but friendly too. Food was fantastic - beautifully cooked, presented well - the vegetables were interesting, different and attractively served. Two ladies wanted to treat a very special friend and we were able to superbly. Thank you very much.

ID
London
24 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good location and very scenic bar. The decor is beautiful although a bit dark.
The food is excellent . The chairs are really comfy.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and closed out some good business

m
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Comfy setting, food savory

RK
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent spot for lunch. Pleasing time warp. Decent wine list.

l
London
109 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliable. A varied menu featuring some well-loved favourites, like the scallops, and a reasonably-priced wine list. The house wines are very good value. Friendly, efficient service.

L
London
28 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A wonderful find. Excellent wine list, not surprisingly as the place is part of Davy's Wines, with good food and a few better-than-average vegetarian options. We aren't old coots, but my friend and I loved the absence of music which allowed us to converse without shouting. Excellent service, and nice, adult atmosphere, too. I will go back. Will try the Sunday Roast next time.

NB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We visited last Friday...a quirky and interesting venue; 2 mains and 2 bottles of Doombar..£45....inc service charge...
My only issue is that fellow diners need to adjust their noise levels....otherwise an interesting place to spend a couple of hours.

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