Boot & Flogger – Borough Market SE1

Great food at quaint old English pub

The Boot & Flogger was the first Davy Wine Bar, having opened initially on Borough High Street in 1965 before moving to its current location on Redcross Way in 1973. With its old dark wood panelling and pictures of historical scenes on the walls, I felt like I was stepping back in time from the moment I walked in. In a good way.

On our visit last night, a Monday evening, I’d reserved a table for three. It turned out to be a table in a semi-private snug in the middle of the pub, which felt pretty special for our celebration (a final farewell to H who returns to Tanzania tomorrow and our joint early-birthday meal too). Service was friendly, welcoming and efficient and there was an appealing food menu with a good range of drinks.

K and I chose a 100ml glass of Manzanilla Sherry on ice (it was an unusually warm day) @ £5.30 as an aperitif, while reading the menu. H had a Whitstable Ale.

 

 

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‘Olde world’ wine bar with wood panelling

 

 

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Come this way – step into the snug where your private table is waiting

 

 

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Menu at The Boot & Flogger, the original Davy Wine Bar

 

 

For starters, K ordered a truffle mac & cheese @ £5.25 (for benchmarking purposes of course, after all of the mac cheese he’s had in New York this past weekend!) while H had smoked salmon @ £7.25 and I had roasted beetroot and goat’s cheese salad with toasted walnuts @ £7.25, accompanied by a bottle of Rioja @ £29.00.

 

 

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Truffle mac & cheese starter 

 

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Smoked salmon starter 

 

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Roasted beetroot + goat’s cheese salad with toasted walnuts starter

 

The starters were all beautifully served and full of tasty ingredients. We were all very impressed.

For main course, I ordered a wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil @ £10.95 while H and K both homed in on bangers and mash with roasted red onion gravy @ £11.95, accompanied by another bottle of Rioja @ £29.00. This was really good, honest pub food.

 

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Wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil 

 

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Bangers + mash with roasted red onion gravy @ £11.95

 

And finally, H and I shared a three cheese cheeseboard with crackers and chutney @ £9.95 (Westcombe Cheddar, Long Clawson Stilton and Stinking Bishop) while K had a sticky toffee pudding @ £5.50.

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Cheeseboard – 3 cheeses with chutney and crackers

 

 

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Sticky toffee pudding 

 

Our total bill for a three course dinner for three, including aperitifs and two bottles of wine (excluding service) came to £143.00.

The verdict: Interesting venue with an old, homely feel. Most importantly, service and food was excellent and there was a good range of drinks. We also enjoyed the privacy of the snug, it was as if we were in our own private room and for that it felt special (particularly as we had our luggage from New York with us, and were able to easily stow it in the corner).

 

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
– Type: British, pub, wine bar
– Address: 10-20 Redcross Way, Southwark, London
– Postcode: SE1 1TA
– Nearest station: London Bridge
– Website + menus: Boot & Flogger website
– Photos on flickr: images of Boot & Flogger food
– Location: Boot & Flogger map

 

The Boot & Flogger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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