Yesterday we had an appointment to get our shots and medicine for our upcoming trip to Malaysia. This is one of my least favorite parts of travel. I hate shots. I hate needles. When we lived in Boston I worked near a hospital, which made it super convenient to hop over on my lunch break and get it over with. The bad part was I had to go alone. Yesterday The Better Half was there for moral support. Well it turns out The Better Half is the best lucky charm ever. I found out I only needed to take medicine. No shots!
I was in such a good mood I took The Better Half to lunch. And you guessed it, I opted for a pub. The Barrow Boy & Banker pub is located on Borough High Street right next to the Borough Market. This pub derives its name from this proximity to the market since the barrow boys used to carry out their trade there. More than likely they sold the same type of goods that are sold now in the market. The building used to be the first branch of the National Westminster Bank. Beneath the bar, the bank vaults still exist and that’s where they store and condition all of their beer.
Both of us opted to have Front Row, a Fuller’s beer. This seasonal pale ale is brewed to 3.7% abv and will be available through March. It was my first time having it and I was delighted with the taste. According to Fuller’s website, this beer is perfect for rugby matches. Not sure how, but I won’t argue. And there’s rugby on this weekend … Oh, back to the pub review. The cask ales at Barrow Boy are brewed less than nine miles away at Fuller’s in Chiswick. Fuller’s is the last surviving traditional family brewery in London.
I’m a sucker for sausage and mash so that’s what I ordered for lunch. This pub is known for their pies so The Better Half tried their chicken pie. I have to admit I ordered the wrong thing. My meal was fine. The Better Half’s was great. Next time I’ll go for one of their pies. Teaches me not to stick to the same meal all of the time.
Since we were there on an Thursday afternoon there wasn’t much of a crowd. I did notice that they had some large TVs and from what I hear it’s a great place to watch sports. Overall I was super impressed by the atmosphere of the pub. It’s huge and fun. My meal let me down some. However, the beer was yummy. I give this pub 4 out of 5 stars. And if I go back, I’m ordering a pie.