Draft House – home of the thirds

Follow this link to read about Draft House Battersea, with a 2013 update


Draft House Tower Bridge is the third branch in the Draft House chain.

Having visited the Clapham Junction and Battersea branches a few times and enjoyed the selection of real ales, and the ‘home of the thirds’ concept (you can try a third of a pint of three different beers to maximise tastings) we’ve been keen to try the food for a while. We did so last night at Tower Bridge.

Located a five minute walk away from London Bridge station, the Draft House was nicely busy but much less packed than those by the station (it was a Friday night, the start of the weekend). We were celebrating a birthday so tried a good selection of draft ales (including Mac’s Gold NZ, Porterhouse red, Wandle ale, Budvar dark) and bottled (Konig Ludwig and Weihenstephaner wheat beers; the Brooklyn chocolate stout was wonderfully treacly with deep dark flavours but thoroughly lethal @ 10% volume and not one I’d be able to drink much of regardless of the price @ £7.25 a bottle).

Draft House interior is simple and cosy: wooden floors and tables with candles in old beer bottles, and comfy green benches to sit on, while there’s an American diner style layout to the restaurant side (table booths run the length of the wall). The menu comes with a suggested beer-match for each dish though draft beers change regularly.

For starters our party had roast beet and duck egg salad, ricotta dumplings and truffled cauliflower (heavenly), a pot of pate and smoked hock and trotter (bone marrow – cooked well enough but simply not pleasant – this got left).

Draft House Tower Bridge – Lardbutty pub/restaurant of the week:
Roast beet salad
Roast beet + duck egg salad

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Ricotta dumplings + truffled cauliflower

Our main courses included macaroni and forest mushroom gratin with steamed spinach (very good, I’d happily have this again and the pairing with Thwaites Nutty Black ale was a good match), steak tartare and a 10oz burger made from 28-day aged Oxfordshire charolais beef (very tasty though slightly greasey) served with salad and fries followed by a cheeseboard of artisan cheese, Williams pear chutney and house oatcakes.

Our bill came to £160.00 for four including the service charge @ 12.5% (not unreasonable by any means). Food was very good, range of drinks was exceptional and service was down-to-earth and chatty. We’ll be continuing to visit the Draft Houses for some time yet.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5 (2011-2012); 2.5 / 5 (2013)
~ Type: British, pub
~ Address: 206-208 Tower Bridge Road, London
~ Postcode: SE1 2UP
~ Tel: 020 7378 9995
~ e: booktb@drafthouse.co.uk
~ Nearest tube station: London Bridge
~ Website + menus: Draft House Tower Hill website
~ Location: Draft House Tower Bridge map

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2 Responses

  1. […] My sister-in-law and niece are visiting this weekend so – along with K – we visited the Design Museum at London Bridge this afternoon, followed by food and drinks at St Christopher’s Inn on Borough High Street (well, after a cheeky winter warmer or two at The Draft House). […]

  2. […] As it’s now reached *favoured pub* status, this Draft House branch warrants its own listing (you can read about The Draft House Tower Bridge, here). […]

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