There are many great pubs in London, but I’m going to make the bold statement that The Mayflower pub in Rotherhithe is possibly the greatest. I know, I know – I just love it so much!
The Mayflower has everything I’d ever want a pub to have – plenty of cosy nooks and crannies to hide away in (and I don’t say this lightly – the pub is basically the epitome of cosiness), lots and lots of history and plenty of yummy comfort food on the menu. Dating back to 1620, The Mayflower claims to be the oldest pub on the Thames and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that was indeed the case – you can really feel the history as you step into the pub.
There’s loads more about the pub’s history here on the Mayflower pub’s website – I personally find things like this so interesting!
It doesn’t get cosier than this!
You can find all sorts of knick-knacks dotted around the Mayflower such as taxidermy, super old books, various sailing related artefacts and god knows what else. It somehow manages to be really quirky and at the same time really steeped in history, too – though who says you couldn’t be both?
The quirkiness doesn’t quite end at the weird and wonderful items found around the pub, either – The Mayflower also sells stamps (!) because in the 1800s sailors docking at Rotherhithe were able to order a pint and a stamp and so the pub still retains that licence. I’m pretty sure it’s the first pub I’ve ever heard of doing that!
The pub also has a book called ‘The Mayflower Descendants Book’ which you’re allowed to sign if you can prove that you’re a descendant of the pilgrim fathers from the original 1620 voyage of The Mayflower. I told you the place was steeped in history!
Here are some of the views from the pub’s beer garden which is open both summer and winter and is pretty much always full no matter what the season. Luckily they’ve got those neat warming lamps!
My friend Maria and I visited the Mayflower pub for lunch just before Christmas (when the pub was looking even more cosy and festive than usual!) and really enjoyed ourselves.
Maria went for the sausages and mash (is there anything better suited for a cold winter’s day?!) and I opted for the vegetarian platter with falafel, Baba Ganoush, hummus, olives, crudités, Manchego cheese & pitta bread. It was so good and very, very filling – I especially enjoyed the hummus and the cheese piled on top of the pitta bread!
Other things you can find on their menu are burgers (there’s even a vegan option!), roasts and salads, amongst many other things. One thing to mention is that they also do the BEST mulled cider – seriously. I know we’re past Christmas now, but that’s just something for you to keep in mind for next year… I had a lot of mulled cider during the festive period and the one here was by far the tastiest.
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