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The Ring is a pub which offers a variety of food as well as a selection of beers and wines.

Ranked #324 of 5241 restaurants in London
Part of the Windmill Taverns Group group
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Famously situated opposite the site of the historic home of British boxing and sharing its name, this compact pub certainly punches above its weight.

Pictures of the men who boxed at The Ring and went on to become World, European and British Champions adorn the walls.

There’s plenty of seating outside the pub, which is directly opposite Southwark tube station and acts as a great focal point, landmark and meeting place right on the corner of Blackfriars Road and The Cut. Please come and check us out, we have a wonderful combination of interesting breweries and delicious food (Big Apple Hot Dogs, Burgers and much more)!
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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

11:00 - 11:00

TUE

11:00 - 11:00

WED

11:00 - 11:00

THU

11:00 - 00:00

FRI

11:00 - 00:00

SAT

11:00 - 00:00

SUN

11:00 - 22:30

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By Andrew M.

Ring is an excellent pub with a great crowd of people whilst the bar staff are fantastic and pour a tasty Guinness. The Ring also does awesome Thai food, really tasty, I recommend the thai green curry - yum!!


By Jane A.

I popped in here as I was waiting for someone and saw it across from Southwark tube - so convenient. GREAT little boozer, staff were welcoming and friendly and they had a good selection of Beer and Wines. I tried their Big Apple Hotdogs (The Big Dog- which is HUGE, with extra onions!) and it was Epic. Definitely coming back here!


By Anna J.

A lovely, quaint bar setting ...unfortunately this was ruined by the obnoxious and rude bar man! i was appalled by the way he spoke to us when we tried to order some drinks. You would swear that he did not want to have any customers. Unfortunately my whole experience was blighted by this staff member...with bar staff like this I am amazed this pub is still open! It does not deserve any stars .


By D E.

Don't order food here unless you want a long wait and poor service.I was going to a show and waited 45 minutes until it was too late to eat no refund offered only microwaved gunk that I left on the bar, poor cutomer service , shame nice drinking venue


By Barry Z.

I visited this place very recently and was confronted with a very unfriendly bar man. It was my first pint of the day so I was surely sober! I read the other reviews here and what "rmc60rmc" and "kennyb" say concurs with my experience. This staff with a tattoo on his right arm was not welcoming, unpleasant and unhelpful. He does not even pour your drink to the top of your glass and when I asked to top it up, his reply was "do you want a half pint?" Perhaps the place is so busy that this man does not think it necessary to treat your customers right?


By Sam C.

It's an excellent bar! Are you sure you're reviewing the right place? I know the venue very well as have worked in Southwark for some time. The staff & managers have always been polite & friendly. Perhaps you might have been a little intoxicated & over zealous as they are all very pleasant people & have never seen any of them be uncivil or rude to even te most obnoxious of customers.


By Martin C.

Spent 3 hours in there Saturday May 26th, night began OK, fair tasting ales. I was part of 3 couples have a quiet post dinner drink. Staff became less and less interested and more and more rude to be point of being obnoxious. Especially the so called manager Will never go back and would suggest everyone give it a miss - they don't deserve your money


By Sam C.

New chefs, new menu, finally got rid of the Thai kitchen and is serving proper British pub food. Been going to the Ring for years & this has made it soooo much better. The burgers are great, small & simple menu but all apparently made using only fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The pies are really good & they have started doing a Sunday Roast too which I'm going to try for sure next time I'm in the City on a weekend, if it's as good as the rest of the menu then I'm sure I will be a very happy bunny


By Ben B.

After waiting AN HOUR AND A HALF FOR FOOD... we decided to cancel. Not even worth the 1 star, but i can't go lower in the ratings unfortunately


By Sam C.

Think this pub must have had a major staff overhaul since some of the last reviews. There were two bar staff on when I visited and they were both very pleasant and fast. The pub is in an ideal spot right opposite Southwark station so great when I eventually head home. The Thai food is still ordered separately from the bar but there are waitresses dotted about so it's been easy to flag one down and order. Lovely pub, is rapidly becoming my post-work local


By Kenny B.

As a regular customer of this pub over the years I can honestly say I’ve been so happy to see you employing a new staffs who are welcoming and accommodating. I have often felt like complaining to the management about your polish barman who always miserable as sin, he treated you bad and unpleasant like you are imposing on him by ordering a drink, as well as if you wrongly want to order food with him, he will look down on you in his eye and said just a word ‘waitress’ and then turned his back on you, but can tell by everyone’s attitude that it would fall on deaf ears. It is a shame that what used to be considered a lovely pub is being thoroughly spoilt by a handful of unskilled and uncaring people.


By Jean Paul D.

the best pub in the area, quite small but it had the best atmoshere and was packed and buzzing, with plates of mouth watering food served by gorgeous and very friendly waitresses. the toilet was a bit on the small side


By William G.

This pub sits opposite the former site of the world-famous Ring boxing arena, but people now go to the present-day Ring pub for less frenzied enjoyment. They are attracted by a goodly range of ales and lagers, decent pub food and a convivial atmosphere.

The Venue
The Ring is testimony to vibrant periods in the social and sporting history of London and of Southwark in particular. It is close to the site of Southwark Fair boxing meadow at which James Figg, the Father of Boxing, famously and frequently appeared in the early 18th century. It is, more significantly, opposite where the once world-famous Ring boxing arena was. Several times a week between 1910 and 1942 hundreds of spectators crowded there as boxing ranked only behind football in public appeal. It nurtured, moreover, the careers of many south Londoners who achieved pugilistic glory. Among these are three World Champions – Sid Smith, Bill Ladbury, and Matt Wells. The boxing arena was flattened by the Luftwaffe but so strongly was it cherished locally that the pub was named as a reminder of its cherished role. A print of the arena building in its heyday hangs inside the pub.

Externally, the building occupies a terrace junction between Blackfriars Road and the Cut and has a pleasantly unpretentious, three-level brown brick frontage. Attractive features are a grey-painted lower level, rows of square-shaped sash windows, awnings and a collection of picnic tables at the front. Internally, it’s one large room with decorative and engraved wooden features and grey-painted walls and ceilings – but not in fifty shocking shades! Noticeable is the amount of upholstery in the wall settles, chairs and stools, which accompany mid-brown wooden tables.

The Atmosphere
Appropriately, the walls of the Ring are festooned with monochrome prints and photographs of boxers and boxing, mainly relating to the former Ring. There’s also a prominent photograph of south Londoner Sir Henry Cooper, the British Heavyweight Champion who once famously floored Muhammad Ali. Pairs of boxing gloves hang from decorative antlers.

The customers are particularly drawn from the innumerable surrounding offices, which have burgeoned since the opening in 1999 of the close-by Southwark Jubilee line station. Consequently, lunchtimes and early evenings are especially popular. Another source of custom is guests at the cluster of the area’s hotels. Often these are from overseas, as the Ring’s interesting social history intrigues them.

The Food
This is predominantly a drinker’s venue but there’s a decent pub food menu prepared by a full-time chef with a sous-chef assistant, and fresh ingredients are always used. Starters include homemade Scotch egg, spicy chorizo bites and mini sausages with a tangy and enjoyable honey mustard glaze. Vegetarian options are hummus with flatbread, nachos and – for a touch of the Korean exotic – fritto misto of calamari and whitebait with kimchee mayo. Diners appreciate how Seoul has come to Southwark. All of these dishes are also available as bar snacks.

Mains feature burgers and these are a house speciality. Supplemented with a cheese or bacon addition they make a substantial dish and the chips are crisp and even. Steak and ale pie is equally good and has a suitable beery flavour. Other mains include chicken escalope and beer battered fish and chips. Care is taken to provide different accompaniments to the mains - the burgers have a salad, the pie has mash and peas and the escalope has Jersey Royal potatoes and salad. The dessert is simple but popular – pancake with vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit and maple syrup. A Sunday roast offering of beef or chicken is much-patronised.

The Drink
Ales and lagers are the dominant choice and there are always four Real Ales on handpull. Among those favoured are Brakspear Oxford Gold, Ringwood Best Bitter, Hobgoblin and the recently and happily resurrected Worthington Red Shield from Burton. Heavy demand given the current Real Ale renaissance means that the ales can always be kept fresh and in good condition. Draught lagers are plentiful and include Amstel, Blue Moon, Foster’s, Grolsch, Heineken, Kronenbourg 1664 and Pilsner Urquell, and this choice is an indication of the serious quaffing that takes place. The wine list is small but appropriate. Whites include a Chenin Blanc from the Cape and an interesting Semillon/Chardonnay blend from Australia. House red is a worthwhile Italian Sangiovese and there’s a distinctive Carmenere from Chile. There’s the usual range of spirits and liqueurs, but beer is firmly first and foremost. Keen pricing keeps this so – ales are usually £3.60 a pint and lagers £3.70 a pint, which is good for a business-heavy area.

The Last Word
The Ring deserves a visit in order to explore the boxing experience that was so central to the life of Southwark and London. It also provides excellent ales, many different lagers and honest pub food. Southwark Station is only yards away – pop along!

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