9 Stoney Street, Borough, London, SE1 9AA, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7407 2495
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-8:30am & 11am-11pm, Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10:30pm
Door: Open door
Style: Pub traditional
Recommended for: Beer
Price guide: Value
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Aptly named after its clientele, The Market Porter is one of a few London pubs which operate market hours, opening early in the morning (6am) to allow market workers to enjoy a drink after a hard morning's graft.
It opened in 1620 but is looking smarter than ever after a refit in 2005, although some say this was to the detriment of its character. It now boasts freshly painted burgundy and light apricot walls contrasting with a bare wooden floor with pump clip badges dotting the walls and clinging to the ceiling rafters.
The market opposite has also been subject to a spruce-up in recent years as it benefits (probably) from the much needed expansion to the busy rail network which runs overhead. The area has become a destination for food lovers who flock here on Saturdays to buy supplies from the market but this pub competes with food offered 7 days a week, without the queues experienced.
The Market Porter has a well-deserved reputation for its traditional cask ales and the choice of eight brews changes regularly.