The Dean Swift

Photography by Simon Difford

Words by Simon Difford on 01-Jun-2014

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Address: 10 Gainsford Street, (corner Lafone St), London, SE1 2NE, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7357 0748
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Sun-Thu noon-midnight, Fri & Sat noon-1am
Door: Open door
Style: Pub contemporary
Recommended for: Beer, Board/card games, Food, Sports screens
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
Owned by: Pubs of Distinction


Named after Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), an Anglo-Irish satirist, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, the Dean Swift buzzes with local office workers and residents from the surrounding warehouse conversion apartments who are drawn to this little corner pub by its food and selection of predominantly London brewed ales and lagers.

Although Victorian built its interior has been 'modernised' by a liberal coat of white paint over its old panelled walls and a pair of prominently hung bling crystal chandeliers. The furnishings remain traditional boozer with a mix of stools, chairs and banquette seating around dark wooden topped tables. Even when crowded this bright little pub, with windows on both sides, has a deceptively spacious feel. Discreetly placed televisions show major sporting events and a collection of board games is provided to while away time.

Expect four casks ales advertised on a chalk board and a selection of seven keg ales and lagers with the obligatory stout and two ciders. Although beer-led, the good food and roasts served here are also a major draw and the upstairs restaurant a cosy haven from the buzz below.

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