A delightful little pub, The Gladstone Arms is hidden down a side street next to Borough Station.
Small but perfectly formed, the Gladstone is exactly what a pub should be. It’s quintessentially old English, lit by candlelight and fairy lights and offers live music in the downstairs bar on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. On my date there was live jazz in the form of a pianist and double bass player which was the perfect addition to the relaxed atmosphere. If you’re not up for live music, then visit the mellow upstairs lounge and make use of the scrabble and chess games on offer.
The only food it serves is pies but believe us, you won’t need any more choice! The Pieminster pies are all £6.75 and include choices such as the free range British beef steak, chorizo, olives, tomato, sherry and butter beans pie. They cater for veggies too with pies such as the goats cheese, sweet potato, spinach, red onion and roasted garlic pie – yum!
We wouldn’t recommend going here for a date on a hot day however as the only outside space is the tiny terrace on the first floor. Charming as it is, it doesn’t provide any space for soaking up the sun.
One of those real London finds that you rarely come across. I enjoyed a very chilled out date here and I can’t wait to go back for more.