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Hugh Thomas


The Bermondsey Beer Mile. The best craft beer crawl to be found on either side of the Atlantic. A bold claim? Hardly, given the breweries involved.

It all started with The Kernel under a Victorian railway arch back in 2009. Then, in 2012, others started to join in on the fun – Partizan, Brew By Numbers, Fourpure Brewing and Anspach & Hobsday. Anyone care to guess what happens when you line up all your popular little craft breweries in a row, beer liberally flowing from each taproom? A phenomenon. That’s what.

Thanks in part to The Mile, Pan-Londoners now call south of the river ‘interesting’. Not so long ago, we didn’t have this collection of drink-on-site microbreweries. We didn’t have Neal’s Yard and St John Bakery. And we didn’t have markets at Druid Street and Maltby Street — home to some of Britain’s best street food. But now we do. All on the same little stretch of road and back alley in Southwark. So grab your coat.

And hey – along the way, duck into the Marquis of Wellington. Locals might know it as that closed down, banged-up old boozer opposite Anspach & Hobday. But it’s banged-up no more. It’s undergone a facelift of Geordie Shore proportions. And they’ve asked us to put some top draw traders out front.

Expect to see on the menu local familiars Sticky Bundits, with their sushi burgers that won over Victoria Stewart, and Smokin’ Lotus, with their smoked beef shortrib that sold out at the BSF Awards final in Birmingham this year.

It’s BSF-approved street food. It’s in a nice cosy pub. And it all kicks off this Friday with Blooming Tasty’s British meats, Chip Club’s triple cooked fries with Cornish sea salt, and BearBQ’s low and slow barbeque with British reared, grass fed beef.

The food and drink revolution is well underway. Even as revolutions go, it’s a big one. Only this isn’t the Bastille – it’s Bermondsey. See you there?