The Rose

4.4
156 reviews
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Boasting reclaimed oak panelled walls, copper topped tables & antiquated artwork The Rose sits in the shadow of The Shard & stones throw away from Bermondsey Street.

We are dog friendly and children are welcome until 6pm.
Please note: We are unable to hold tables for more than 15mins after the original reservation time. If you are running late, please call us directly and we will try our best accommodate.
What 156 People Are Saying
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SD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very nice burgers, I'm glad they do gluten-free buns!

MB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent pub experience. Really good staff, nice food, fast service. Faultless.

j
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pub grub with a twist this is a step up from standard pub food without going too `gastro` I recommend the chicken and waffles, lovely.

JN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Very cool pub, good music too! Had a good selection of beers. Will come back.

E
London
56 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and drink. Perfect spot for any day or a Sunday lunch with the trimmings. Service with a smile, too.

BC
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful food and very friendly and attentive staff

RC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Early Thursday evening visit and pub busy. Table booked at front of bar but took a quieter one in back room. Top notch service from staff members. Food reasonable and hit the spot which rounded off a very enjoyable evening at The Rose. Well worth a visit.

HC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s was great place, we were sitting by the door so it was a bit chilly, staff were great, definitely be back soon

R
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service ....staff are friendly ....dinner came quickly and was delicious !!

N
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, good beer and tasty food. Would recommend and would definitely visit again. One of my favourite pubs in SE1.

i
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was impressed by the attentive and super friendly service of the bartender

NP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always, good food and ambience. Great selection of beers too!

RS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Booked a table for lunch to catch up with an old colleague. Had cod and chips, the portion was massive and really lovely and fresh. The staff were really nice too. They also have a very decadent menu - including chicken and waffles which is definitely great for comfort food. It's a very pleasant experience, definitely recommended.

FS
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great pub just a stones throw away from the Shard. Amazing food and perfect for Vegans! It’s rare to find a pub that serves so many delicious vegan pub food and The Rose really did this well. Great choices of Beer as well.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice pub, not too quiet. Great for a Sunday roast with friends.

NP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious Sunday roast here, great choice of beers too!

P
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I read good reviews but was very disappointed with The Rose. There were a couple of minor issues, for example we booked a table with specific requirements (my dinner guest is disabled) which weren't met. We were supposed to be celebrating a special occasion so ordered bubbly, which arrived warm in an ice bucket with no ice in (why?). When I asked for a cold bottle, staff took our full glasses and warm bottle away very promptly and bought the bottle back with some ice added to the bucket. So we paid through the nose for half a bottle of half-warm prosecco.

Most disappointing was the food though, because it had great potential. The veg was fresh, the meal was nicely prepared, but completely ruined by being covered in ready made bisto-type gravy. What could have been a great dish was turned into cafeteria food for the sake of a few pence. It's a real shame.

I never usually leave negative reviews for restaurants as I'd rather give the benefit of the doubt and accept that sometimes mistakes happen. But when we visited The Rose, we paid the best part of £100 for a very disappointing and frustrating experience. We'd chosen The Rose because all the reviews we read promised it was very good, with a high quality of food, and an excellent venue for a special occasion. Unfortunately, none of this is true and I can't in good conscience *not* leave a review to warn others not to make the same mistake.

j
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and a lively venue, friendly service with minimum fuss. Pub grub as it should be.

BB
London
14 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Both the Sunday roasts chicken and beef are very good. Service here a bit slow but otherwise a good experience

J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great pub and really friendly staff. The food is good but don't expect anything too healthy, most things are fried (but still tasty)!

SH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I have been to this pub before and the food used to be amazing. There is a new menu and it's just your usual pub food now. We had burgers which were average, not good not bad. The vegetarian burger was so greasy that my friend didn't finish it.
I won't go back anymore unless the menu goes back to more restaurant style food than average pub grub.

BP
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service was excellent. Very interesting seitan options for vegans. It is quite expensive for the portion size though.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely roast - I had chicken which was delicious and the cauliflower cheese was a winner.
Nice relaxed atmosphere and reasonable prices

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxed atmosphere with lovely food and friendly prompt service

Y
London
28 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a really great Sunday lunch - we had a burger, two Bermondsey parmos (sensational) and the roast chicken and all were excellent.

It's not a pub you will pass by accident, but its one worth tracking down.

AE
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cracking roastie and not hectic - perfect for a Sunday afternoon

V
London
15 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Simple, short menu but some interesting choices. Caters for Veggie and Vegans too.
Relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. Give it a try. Also does Sunday roasts.

NM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food wasn't up to much, it wasn't awful just not very good. And the table booked was next to the door, which apparently was something to do with a computer. They were very accommodating in moving us to a better table to the. The beer is good in this place, won't be eating again though

GB
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The waitress serving food was surly and needed a refresher in the art of customer service. Throwing her eyes up in the air each time she was asked for something isn't exactly professional...or am I missing something?!

A
Denver
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived hungry and we left full. It's a nice pub and we were sat opposite the open kitchen, so we could see the food being prepared. The food is well cooked and very tasty, but don't go there if you are on a diet!! We will be back.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food and interesting menu with traditional pub staples too. Very busy (I'm glad I booked) and pretty noisy - but hey, it's a lively, vibrant bar. Very dim lighting wasn't particulary suited to eating, though.

b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The vegan chick'n and waffles was really excellent! There is a very good menu for Sunday lunch, including 3 nice looking vegan options. Nice atmosphere, nice place.

RS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always loved this pub but better since new owners brought in a new menu and great value !
Tasty food , good choice offering specials of the day to you Truffle burger!
Would recommend

LC
London
83 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The Rose is a nice pub. Visit it regularly for a pint after work. The food however was awful. Virtually no veggie options, the fish was off, the steak was as tough as old leather, chips frozen. I wasn’t expecting gastro pub standards but this was terrible. Will stick to beer and crisps in future

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Met up with a friend for a chat and a bite to eat. The menu was simple but the food we ordered was lovely, hot and served with a smile....

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

They’ve done a good job at smartening this place up. Decent if unremarkable pub grub. Friendly staff just about coping with festive chaos. The Negronis out-performed the wine. Worth a look.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Our reservation seemed to have been overlooked! They fitted us in on a high shared table at the front of the pub - completely unsuited for eating so had one drink and left!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Have been here a few times previously and always been brilliant. Based on other reviews I understand it has changed hands fairly recently.
Food - the roast beef was good but not as good as previous visits. Seemed like it had been re-cooked on a grill pan. Yorkshire pudding was undnercooked
Service - not sure if they were understaffed but service was slow for getting drinks and paying. Food was served in a good time
Ambience - it's a nice restaurant. shame they got rid of some of the old tables
Value - still pretty good value for a roast dinner in London.

I
London
86 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We'd been to The Rose twice before, in 2016 - and were always wowed by the ambience, decor, and the lovely menu (including a very wonderful lamb plate for two). Since then it seems to have undergone a refurbishment, both of venue and menu. We might have known this, with the current menu shared on OpenTable, but had our fingers crossed that that was a one-off menu.
Sadly not. Afraid it seems to have lost some of the character it once had - some of the copper topped tables now replaced by banquette seating and high stool tables near the bar - and the menu is now smaller (only one dessert choice) and not really anything that distinguishes from other pub food. The food's good - no doubt about that - but no longer, for us at least, a pub worth travelling to.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely pub with great décor. I hadn't been for a couple of years so the 'new' booths were cool. Good food too and service. My only gripe is the beer selection on draft. I like craft beer, the only thing of note is Brewdog Punk IPA - not very well kept. Usual range of standard Beavertown cans. For a pub so close to Bermondsey I would expect some of the local beers to make more of an appearance. The only thing letting the place down.

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