The Dean Swift information

The Dean Swift is a contemporary pub that offers a variety of British meals and a huge array of craft beers. The Dean Swift also hosts weekly quiz nights and occasional live music, as well as showing the latest sporting events.

Ranked #262 of 2091 pubs & bars in London
Part of the Local Beer House group
"The Dean Swift is your ‘Local Beer House’ in Butler’s Wharf, SE1. Serving some of the finest craft beer in London and a food menu based on our core principles of preparing the finest ingredients the seasons have to offer; including our highly rated Sunday roast dinner.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 11:00

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By Andrew M.

I got extremely drunk at Dean Smith pub last week. It was a mates birthday so we went hard. Spent the night chatting up a hot blonde on a hens night. Unfortunately didn't get anywhere. Will have to go back to Dean Smith this week.

By Willie S.

i think the pub is good but i think they have a manager from hell. very friendly to the customer but not with the staff. asking staff to do everything when he just sit and chat.

By Ana M.

i think the comment superwillie posted was harsh and very offensive. the manager and all the staff in this pub have been very nice and still nice to everyone specialy the locals. they please everybody with their friendly manners and they always welcome you with a smile. thumbs up to the dean swift =)

By Ross H.

I am not sure where "superwillie" is coming from here. I am a regular in this place, and good friends with all the staff who all have a great working relationship. The manager has been conducting various trial shifts here recently where a dictatorial approach is often required to the lesser experienced in retail - this may have been where comment has arisen from however his approach with his staff has been grossly misinterpreted.

By Lewis T.

What a place. great staff and great food! The atmosphere is spot on, offering a warm, laid back welcoming ambience. Has some great perks - open until 1am some evenings and you are able to sample beautiful lagers from across the globe such as - Veltins. This is far better than your commercial brands, notably - Becks Vier.

By Ross H.

a local beer house sums this place to a tee. great collection of beers, great chilled out atmosphere, great staff (ask for the 'Chest' - a true hero!), and excellent food. This place is hidden from the tourist trap of tower bridge and shad thames so an excellent haunt to read of the sunday times over a large golden one. Be sure to ask for a Becks Vier and end up with a Veltins!!

By John H.

What a cool place. An amazing range of quality beers, great food and friendly staff. This is a real hidden gem tucked away on the corner of Lafone and Gainsford Street. They call themselves a "local beer house" a great contemporary pub with great atmosphere. Already planning a Sunday lunch in the not too distant future. Really worth a visit!

By Becki H.

South east London’s local beer house – a must-visit for any ale lover.

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. It’s a case of old meets new here, as the area has recently been revamped and now sports many modern shops, cafés 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. It’s got a classic pub feel – one large room with a bar to the side. There’s 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, it’s a cosy little pub for anyone 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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