The White Lion of Mortimer Pub

A few weeks ago, on a Sunday, we wandered into The White Lion of Mortimer, a pub in Mitcham. For those who like more details, it’s located at 223 London Road.


It was in the afternoon and I was famished. Looking around, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to risk ordering food at this pub. The surroundings weren’t all that impressive.


However, the back part of the pub had a lot of tables and all of them were full. And everyone was eating. That made me feel somewhat better so I ordered the Sunday roast. I should note that the meals at this pub are pretty cheap, which may account for the business. There were lots of beer choices, however I can’t remember what beer I had. I think The Better Half just ordered a couple of lagers—nothing too exciting.

Our food arrived and I was surprised. I won’t say that it wowed me, but it was average. And there was a lot of it. If I was in the area again, I would pop in if I was hungry. However, I doubt I would seek this place out with the intention of having food. Unless I wanted something cheap and decent.


Overall, I give the pub a solid three stars out of five. Nothing great about it, but I didn’t run screaming from the joint vowing I would never return.

They may want to fix their window, since right now it says J. D. Wether poo, not Wetherspoon. I got a kick out of that. You may have to click on it to read it.



About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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37 Responses to The White Lion of Mortimer Pub

  1. I could really fancy that plateful of roast right now!

  2. Beth Ann says:

    Hmmmm…..that roast is giving me some ideas for what’s for dinner!!! Yummmmm. And yes—-they def need to take a look at relettering that sign. Nothing like a plate full of poo to turn folks away.

  3. Brilliant – Wether poo – made me laugh, but then I have that kind of sesne of humour 🙂

  4. Ha ha, wonder it they left it that way on purpose.
    It’s so nice of you to do all this research for when I visit London one day! 😉

  5. Well I thought it was a beautiful building on the outside! I love roast and mashed potatoes, gravy and carrots and peas!!! I know it is a worn out description but it IS comfort food.. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I’m a huge fan of comfort food. I know when I’m getting sick, since I start to crave pancakes. The building is beautiful. The surrounding buildings all have some charm and reminds me that I live in England.

  6. Diplomatic review, but I will not be catching a flight anytime soon to dine there. I think the “typo” in the sign was probably some shenanigans manufactured by a regular who was well on his way to getting three sheets to the wind — if he was not already there.

    • TBM says:

      I’ll try to find some pubs to tempt you to book that flight. London is a great town! And I can think of a few people I know who would manufacture the sign. There are many cheeky fellows here.

  7. Vishy says:

    Nice review, TBM. This looks like a place where one might pop in after a busy morning and have a good, old-fashioned lunch. Nice to know that you liked it.

  8. the food looked right for a cool day…is it “bread” that looks like a little bowl???

  9. Frank says:

    Definitely different from the traditional pubs with Old English ambiance.

  10. charmingly understated–the peas and carrots were not so charming though

  11. Nice review for an “average” place:)
    I’ve been away too long from reading your posts, TBM. I have a lot of catching up to do.

  12. Fergiemoto says:

    A roast and a brew sounds good! It’s dinnertime now, so I’m hungry.

    • TBM says:

      I love a hearty meal. Makes me feel like I’m having a home cooked meal. I’m not much of a cook myself, so this has to count. Hope you had a lovely dinner.

  13. This building looks nice on the outside, and I really like bricks.
    The food doesn’t look too bad either, I wanted to ask about the thing on the left but I saw from the other comments it’s a pudding. At first I thought it was a giant mushroom.
    The lettering should be fixed or people might say: do you know that place with poo in the window? Great advertising. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      that would be a big mushroom! When I was a kid I tried Yorkshire pudding and loved it. But since I lived in the States, I didn’t get it a lot. Now I can have it whenever and I love it!

      poo in the window–not sure I would want to be known for that as a business owner 😉

  14. dubmill says:

    I enjoy a Wetherspoon’s roast every now and again. They used to serve it any day of the week, but it’s only available on Sundays now. I’m surprised you opted for lager, because Wetherspoon’s normally have a very good selection of real ales on offer.

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