Newly relaunched by the guys behind The Sebright Arms, this pub brings a bit of east London south of the river.
Situated off Borough High Street and next to Guy’s Hospital, The Miller is not somewhere you’ll stumble upon, but it is worth the effort. The pub might be easy to walk past, unassuming as it is from the outside, but this would be a huge mistake. Once inside, mismatching tables and chairs create a rather haphazard look, which only lends itself to the charm. Graffiti art is scattered around, courtesy of east London street artist Pure Evil, and there is a decent pub garden out to the side. An upstairs venue offers comedy nights and music, with an area that is free to hire for music promoters and a band rehearsal studio in the basement. This is a venue that wants to be part of the scene, and it’s going about it the right way.
For a location so close to the Guy’s Hospital campus and a décor that could almost be deemed student-union-worthy, there are surprisingly few drunken students here. That’s not to say the City boys are here in their droves either - in fact, suits are a rare sight at The Miller. Instead, there is a mix of twenty-to-thirty-year-olds, often in large groups. The pub seems perfectly suited for rounding up a group of friends for a drink, with plenty of space and the impression that the bar staff will be more than happy if you pull a few tables together. Staff clearly know about the drinks on offer, which is quite reassuring when facing a wide range of craft beers and ciders.
The two lovely boys from Street Kitchen – Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel – have taken up food residency at The Miller, and offer up their delicious gourmet hotdogs. Meat is sourced directly from farms around the UK and supplied by local butchers, so you can eat guilt-free. The small details – like having the buns cut ‘just-so’ to make sure that you get all the flavour, and not just a mouthful of carbs – show that a whole lot of love and attention has gone into these offerings. It pays off; hotdogs are mouth-watering, with favourites being the Boston Hound and the American Pitbull. Who could resist those names, anyway? Lollies created by Ice Kitchen finish off the meal, with flavours such as raspberry and basil covered in white chocolate.
With some standard cider on offer, The Miller can accommodate the casual drinker, but there’s a fantastic range of the good stuff too, made on farms, and thick and tasty. The Cornish Orchard Press is especially delicious, while the Yarlington Mill should also be tried. As well as cider there is a range of beers on offer and some wine and spirit choices.
The Last Word
Although the location is just off the high street, if you are around London Bridge or Bermondsey and want something a little off the beaten track (both geographically and stylistically), this place comes highly recommended. Real cider and delicious food means The Miller is not to be missed.