Pub Food Review: The Roebuck Pub. A few friends visited us just before Christmas, so we booked a table at The Roebuck Pub. This splendid Victorian public house serves tasty Sunday lunch in SE1. If you’re looking for pub food near Borough Station or a Sunday roast near Tower Bridge Road, check out this beautiful boozer.
“This independently owned Victorian pub is a neighbourhood gem serving quality Sunday roasts and it’s only a five-minute walk from Borough Station,” Homegirl London
The Roebuck Pub Sunday Lunch Menu
When we visited the Roebuck just before Christmas for Sunday lunch, the menu featured Welsh Rarebit, Leek and Potato Soup, Goat’s Cheese Terrine and an Autumn Vegetable Dip for starters. I’ve eaten at this pub before and tried the Rarebit which is perfect for anyone wanting comfort food. They also had a British Cheese Board with house made water biscuits, chutney and apple membrillo (quince paste). The Ham and Glory Organic British Charcuterie Board came with relish, pickles and bread. You can also ask for a mix of cheese and charcuterie if you’d prefer.
We were there for the mains which included Dexter Beef Rump, Loin of Gloucester Old Spot Pork or Free-Range Chicken Leg. The meat is sourced from Gillwing Farm in Sussex so expect quality. These are served with roast potatoes which are fluffy inside and crispy outside, large Yorkshire puddings, seasonal veg and gravy. Our guests tried these options which got thumbs up all round in terms of taste and presentation. Aside from the roasts, they also served Sticky BBQ Spare Ribs with roast potatoes, salad and coleslaw.
Homeboy ordered the Fillet of Atlantic Hake with herbed cream sauce, roast potatoes and curly kale. He thought the fish was perfectly cooked and said it was succulent and the sauce was delicious. The other fish option was Haddock and Prawn Fish Pie accompanied with seasonal greens. I went for the veggie option of Onion Pumpkin Tarte Tatin with a rocket and walnut salad. This was a lovely dish with a slightly sweet taste. I ordered a side of mash potato which was very satisfying in deed!
Onion Pumpkin Tarte Tatin
No one had room for dessert which was a shame. I would have enjoyed spooning in the Apple Crumble with custard, Salted Chocolate and Raspberry Pot with shortbread fingers or the Fresh Sugared Doughnuts with a caramel sauce. I’ll have to order a pud on my next visit! Desserts were £5, Starters £4.50-6, Boards £11-15, Roasts £13.50-16 and other mains £10.50-14. Drinks include beers from London breweries such as Canopy Beer of Herne Hill and Southwark Brewing Co. The wine list is impressive with organic, biodynamic, natural and vegan options.
The Roebuck Pub Interiors
What a beautiful building this is which occupies the corner of Great Dover Street and Trinity Street. There are a few wooden bench tables outside which is the perfect spot to hang out in the summer months. Venture inside and you’ll fall in love with the traditional style interiors which has heaps of character and charm. Upstairs is a large dining room with high ceilings and stunning windows. The original wooden floor remains and it is kept warm with the fireplace. It has been said that Charlie Chaplin used to perform here!
The Roebuck Pub Information
To find out more about this pub go to the The Roebuck Website. The pub address is 50 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YG. The nearest stations are Borough, London Bridge or Elephant and Castle. Check on line for full bar and kitchen opening times. On Sunday they serve food from 12-9pm. You can hire the upstairs room for parties. Check the website for cultural events which always sound interesting.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy, Anna, Richard and Ellis for dining with me.