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Time Out

Venture down the cobbled alley of Butler's Wharf and you'll reach a solid pub serving the kind of Sunday lunches that aren't easily found in this part of the[...]

Venture down the cobbled alley of Butler's Wharf and you'll reach a solid pub serving the kind of Sunday lunches that aren't easily found in this part of the city. So what if you've just forked out your savings to follow a Beefeater around all day? A Beavertown Gamma Ray will make it all better.

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Evening Standard

Set just back from the river near Tower Bridge, this is a proper pub with a very accomplished kitchen rather than an out-and-out gastropub.

Slow-cooke[...]

Set just back from the river near Tower Bridge, this is a proper pub with a very accomplished kitchen rather than an out-and-out gastropub.

Slow-cooked beef that makes the most of (rather than steering away from) the full-flavoured fatty parts is a particular triumph.

An impressive array of both beers and board games complete the Sunday afternoon package.

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The Guardian

In this quaint corner pub round the corner from Tower Bridge, there is a central reservation where you can rest your pint, into which various breweries' beer[...]

In this quaint corner pub round the corner from Tower Bridge, there is a central reservation where you can rest your pint, into which various breweries' beer mats have been set in Perspex and inlaid.

That decorative flourish illustrates how seriously the Dean Swift takes its ale. The pub's four cask and nine keg taps and its modest fridges are packed with stellar brews from both London breweries (Kernel, Beavertown, Fourpure, etc), and British craft flag-wavers, such as Welsh wonders Tiny Rebel and West Yorkshire's Summer Wine. There are some rare international gems on offer too, including, on this visit, bottles from revered US gypsy brewer, Stillwater Artisanal. Whoever does the buying at the Dean Swift is clearly a stickler for quality.

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Square Meal

From a ground floor boozing area complete with big screen sports and board games to an upstairs dining room, this pub near Tower Bridge takes every aspect of[...]

From a ground floor boozing area complete with big screen sports and board games to an upstairs dining room, this pub near Tower Bridge takes every aspect of its food and drink seriously. Around 10 beers can be found on tap at anytime, including many a London-brewed or lesser-seen ale, and a short but sound wine list isn't too shabby either. Sunday roasts are the pinnacle of its food offering, with hefty slabs of carefully sourced beef, lamb, pork and chicken slow-cooked each week and served with generous sides. At other times, steaks, burgers and fish and chips form the bulk of a short menu of pub classics. This is a gastro establishment that's kept firmly in touch with its pub roots.

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Fancy a Pint

The Dean Swift, is ever-so-slightly off the tourist trail and, as a result, is easily (and often) overlooked. Which is a pity, because after a recent [...]

The Dean Swift, is ever-so-slightly off the tourist trail and, as a result, is easily (and often) overlooked. Which is a pity, because after a recent refurbishment - and a minor name change - the Dean Swift has become a jolly fine place indeed. If your preference is to enjoy interesting, well-kept beers in simple, stylish surroundings, you'll love it here. There are beers from near and far - the nearest being from the Kernel Brewery just around the corner - and they're all well-chosen and well-kept. With four real ales on the hand pumps, a good range of Continental beers on tap and an extensive library of bottled beer, there's something for everyone. Of course there are wines and spirits too, but the clue is in the name - beer is Dean Swift's raison d'etre. In the early 21st Century, it seems artisan ale is truly on the up - there are now a number of pretty good specialist beer pubs in these parts. We guess this should come as no surprise - if you're going to pay a lot for your pint, you may as well make it a great one - and you'll easily be able to meet that requirement here at the Dean Swift.

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View London

The Venue - A short stroll away from the magnificent Tower Bridge and in amongst the modern Butler's Wharf development you can find The Dean Swift pub[...]

The Venue - A short stroll away from the magnificent Tower Bridge and in amongst the modern Butler's Wharf development you can find The Dean Swift pub. Its a case of old meets new here, as the area has recently been revamped and now sports many modern shops, cafes and a cobblestone, pedestrianised street.

The Dean Swift itself is a quaint, rustic place with a large, square main bar decorated with low hanging chandeliers. Its got a classic pub feel, one large room with a bar to the side. Theres plenty of space to sit back and relax, or upstairs there's a separate dining room available to hire out for a party or group meal.

The Atmosphere - Billing itself as a local beer house, the clientele it attracts is predominantly male. You can almost see them rubbing their hands with glee as they step in from the cold and head to the bar. Having said that, its a cosy little pub foranyone and you'll often see workers from nearby offices or lost Tower Bridge tourists stumbling in. The atmosphere is friendly and homely and the staff really know their stuff. Whether you're a wisened beer master or a novice lager drinker they'll be able to point you in the direction of a decent drink. The pub also shows all major sporting events and on some match days the downstairs bar is heaving, with the majority of people standing up and grabbing some tasty finger food before the game.

The Food - It's not only beer that The Dean Swift likes getting right - the new menu in force is one to tantalise any tastebuds. For those not so hungry, there's a bar snack menu where you can nibble on delights such as a pork pie with apple chutney or venison Scotch eggs (both £4.50). The a la carte menu is sumptuous. A starter of mussels is both tasty and enormous and comes with a side of bread for dunking. For meat lovers, why not try the 8oz rump steak (£17), which comes wallowing in peppercorn sauce with rocket salad and chunky chips on the side - simply delicious. There are also several daily specials on offer including fillet of sea bream with new potatoes (£14.25) or venison steak in a red wine jus (£14). If you're scrimping, pop in on a Monday lunchtime when you can get a beer, burger and chunky chips for a budget-busting £13.

The Drink - This pub is a beer lover's paradise, with four cask ales to try and nine keg brews to sample; it's clearly a labour of love for those who work there. Beers are carefully selected, some chosen from local breweries and others from recommended breweries slightly further afield. The specials are changed regularly and include the likes of Windsor Knot, Windsor & Eaton's Canberra, Skrimshander and Redemption Trinity. The pub also has its own brew named The Dean Swift, of course. A pint sets you back around £3.80, while there's a myriad of bottled craft beer to try should you get bored of the draughts.

The Last Word - They say the best places are hard to find, so if you venture off the tourist trail be sure to seek out this gem.

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customers

"I wanted to contact you to thank you for your support and organisation of the recent xmas dinner at Dean Swift for the staff at the Society & College of Radiographers (SCoR). The feedback from staff has been extremely positive - they loved the food (especially important) and they loved the venue and of course, they loved you the staff. They liked the laid back atmosphere and the fact that you brought their dinner to them by name and that it was still hot. I can honestly say that I have never received such positive feedback about a xmas dinner for SCoR before - so well done!! Thanks so much for helping me to make this a success - I will certainly be proposing your venue again next year. Have a lovely Christmas, Maria" Maria - SoCR

"I just wanted to say thank you for a great night last night. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and the venue worked perfectly for us. Exactly what we wanted. I had loads of compliments about the food! Thank you for all your hard work - I think there are already plans to come back!" Paul Knight

"Just wanted to say a big thank you for your help on Saturday night. We had a great time and everyone was very impressed with the venue! Thank you for being so responsive to emails and helpful with all the organising. We will definitely be back to see you guys again very soon! " Louise

"We had a very lovely lunch, the Dean Swift is a bit of a favourite of ours we love the atmosphere & food, such a rarity to find in that part of London, keep doing what you're doing, it's marvellous" Carmel

"We had sunday lunch hear at the weekend and the food was excellent, I had the pork and my other half had the lamb and both were among the best Sunday lunch we have had in London, I could have had a bucket of the Gravy!" Kirsty

"I just wanted to say a very big thank you to all the staff at the Dean Swift for all your work last night and making my party go very smoothly. The room was great, service impeccable and the food even more delicious than it sounded on the menu. A number of my guests commented what a lovely venue it is and that they would be keen to come back again. I had a very enjoyable evening and a large part of that was the great service you provided which made the whole thing hassle-free for me. Thanks again and look forward to visiting you again soon." Sarah Samuel

"Great Pub!" Went to the restaurant upstairs, which was nice and quiet, compared to downstairs which was heaving. Quality pub food." Erik Lundqvist

"Great Little pub"" Michael Morgan Bain

"Nice booza", tucked away behind tower bridge. They do a great pub quiz - never won though." John Gill

"Great Beer, Fab Food" This is a lovely London pub. The friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you choose a beer by letting you have a taste. The food is fantastic; Sunday roasts are very good, but it's the bar 'snacks', such as home made Scotch eggs, that are really to die for. What is nice about this place is that, although it does great food, it still has a proper 'pub' feel. Drinkers, chatters, football watchers and serious diners are all welcomed equally and all rub along nicely together. My new favourite pub in London - I only wish I lived nearer!" Paul

""I've Tried The Food at Last" Welcoming atmosphere, excellent array of real ales. and the food, Lamb Burger and fries and salad, very enjoyable, "filled the nessecary gap"" London Traveller

"Great Food and Friendly Atmosphere" We had been to this bar/restaurant a couple of times before but never to eat. On this visit to London we decided to have lunch there. I had the most lovely beef and ale pie with mash and braised red cabbage. My partner had steak and chips which were great as well." Karen .F

"Beet Soup!" Had beet soup and fish & chips at this bar/restaurant in early January 2013 with my husband and son. Never had beet soup before. It was lovely....pureed with cream on top, delicious! Fish and chips were wonderful too and my husband and son also enjoyed the beer!" Joan Fergus

"Excellent Food & Great Staff" Have been here a few time and always first class service and terrific food! Keep up the good work. A great selection of beers, lager drinkers should try the house pint, named after he pub ... Dean swift" Graham

"Great Atmosphere" Always heaving. A great selection of beers with warm, friendly and well informed staff! They obviously love what they do!!" Ryan

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