The Market Porter

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Welcome to The Market Porter pub and restaurant, where we serve delicious, classic British and Modern European pub fare, using local and seasonal ingredients. All of our food is complemented by a great range of award winning traditional ales, craft beers, local gins, and fine wines.
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London
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

3 family members came here for Sunday lunch. We really enjoyed the food, although might have preferred a little less meat and more veg variety. It would have been great to have bread sauce or cranberry sauce with chicken.
The staff were very friendly and efficient and this is obviously a very popular place. We each had one course, one glass of wine and shared a pudding. Maybe we not used to London prices but £30 a head seemed quite a lot for a simple pub lunch.

AF
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good place with delicious pies ! The waitress was adorable.

The Market Porter
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you AurelieF Our homemade pies are truly scrumptious! Hope you can come back soon to try more 😋 Many Thanks 🙏 From myself & all The Team Rachel

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EM
London
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, better than standard pub fare and very friendly staff

The Market Porter
Responded on September 27, 2019

Come & see us again soon EsterM! Many Thanks 🙏 x

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PE
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usuak cheerful and efficent service good food too - but I do wish they would reinstate sausages and mash! Always know how to keep their beer well and always a good choice.

The Market Porter
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you PETERB Lovely to hear you enjoy our home cooked pub food. Sausage & Mash does make an appearance on our specials board from time to time. The next you book with us, request sausages and we’ll try our best to get them in for for you! Hope to see you soon x

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r
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

very average pub——————————————————————————————————

The Market Porter
Responded on September 2, 2019

Hi Raymond Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear that you had an average experience here at The Market Porter. I’m interested to know what happened on this visit and why we did not leave a better impression. Great customer service is something that we do take pride in. My email is below if you would be so kind as to take this conversation further. Many Thanks, Rachel Brown Restaurant Manager themarketporter@markettaverns.co.uk

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and the staff was very friendly. The live music downstairs created a nice ambience for the dinner. Will definitely be coming back.

The Market Porter
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thank you so much LauraS, that is a lovely read. There certainly is a lot of buzzing atmosphere in our pub and on the street outside! We look forward to seeing you soon x

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DH
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Generous portions of the Sunday roast and warm, welcoming service.

The Market Porter
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thanks Denise We do serve a hearty roast to be proud of! Hope you can join us again soon. Many Thanks From All The Team 🙏

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GR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and the service very efficient while relaxed. A great place for a family reunion - Borough Market is just over the road for a stroll afterwards

BH
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place - everything was outstanding! Service was excellent as was the food. Definitely recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a last minute booking on a busy summer night. The food we had, the service and atmosphere was FAULTLESS. I had a lovely home made summer pie which was one of the most perfectly cooked and delicately flavoured pies I have ever had. The second time I have eaten here recently and on both occasions every aspect impressed us all. A very very strong recommend

The Market Porter
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for such a glowing review! 😊 It is a joy to know that we are getting it right and consistently, a huge credit to Team Market Porter. Many Thanks 🙏 Hope to see you soon from everyone here x

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SM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I have met my cousin for lunch at the Market Porter. Each time the service and food have been excellent. We both enjoy the atmosphere of borough market and the pub is like an oasis right in the middle of everything. 😊

The Market Porter
Responded on August 3, 2019

This is so lovely 😊 to read SteveM We do hope you will keep coming back with your cousins, we are always delighted to have return customers. All the best and Many Thanks From all The Team x

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PE
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food freshly cooked to order friendly service. Book a table in the restaurant upstairs.

The Market Porter
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thank you PETERB Our upstairs dining room is a little gem, so glad you enjoyed. Hope to see you again soon!! 😊

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PK
Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosy place, very kind and attentive staff, great food, and good views of the crowd outside Borough Street market - highly recommended if you like pub food.

The Market Porter
Responded on July 30, 2019

Thank you PeterK We are delighted you enjoyed, the window tables in our upstairs dining room are great for people watching. We hope you can come and see us again! Many Thanks x

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in when they were about to close and they seated us right away.. service was awesome! Plus the food was outstanding. I enjoyed my experience and will be back when I come to London. Thank you! (From Washington D.C.)

The Market Porter
Responded on July 30, 2019

Thank you for your kind words We are always happy to accommodate 😊 Hope to see you on your next visit back to London x

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JH
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit just as good as the first! Beautiful roast dinner for Sunday lunch. Will definitely recommend & return.

The Market Porter
Responded on July 30, 2019

So glad you enjoyed our Sunday Roast JoHass, it really is delicious! We look forward to seeing you on your return Many Thanks from all The Team! X

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NN
London
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Its a good pub to bring international visitors too. The range of traditional food is limited but the quality is good. Usually the quality of the beer is something, but in the summer, cask ale is more restricted in terms of the number available, which is a little disappointing given the reputation the pub has.

The Market Porter
Responded on July 4, 2019

Thank you for your review We are glad you enjoyed your food and visit here at The Market Porter. In this warm weather unfortunately we do see our sales of Cask Ale drop slightly, customers preferring cold keg beer and cider in the sun. To avoid our lovely ales spoiling before they are sold, we reduce the availability so that the ales on offer stay in tip top tasty condition. We have delicious keg ales such as Adnams Mosaic, Meantime Pale Ale, Founders All Day IPA and Beaver Town Gamma Ray

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MW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every meal I saw coming out of the kitchen looted good. Chilled filtered water placed on the table straight away without being asked for which is good. Service excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Liked the extra little pot of gravy for personal use. Recommended.

The Market Porter
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thank you MarkW We take a lot of pride in what we do in our little restaurant but it’s still nice to know that we are getting it right. We do hope you can join us again soon!

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A
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely evening, great service and food. Relaxed atmosphere and quiet enough in the restaurant to be able to talk. Small menu but quality of food was very good.

The Market Porter
Responded on June 19, 2019

Lovely to know Ajb123, Thank you! Hope to see you soon!

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R
Kent
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Traditional Pub in Borough Market.
Genuine old pub with great Atmosphere, friendly staff, no fuss, good beer and wines.
One of London’s finest!

The Market Porter
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thanks Rory! We love our old pub too! We are delighted you enjoyed your visit, be sure to come back soon!

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OT
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Picked for a business dinner with clients. Despite heaving with evening drinkers inside and out, the upstairs dining area was relaxed and comfortable. Seated instantly, attentive service, unrushed dinner, ample portions of good pub grub. Will return soon.

AH
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had dinner in the upstairs dining room & the food was a really pleasant surprise. I had ox cheek croquettes followed by an excellent asparagus & pea risotto which was perfectly cooked. My companions had the Market Porter burger which they said was excellent.
The service was very cheerful and pleasant. Our waiter had only been in post a week and did a great job.

The Market Porter
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thank you AlisonH for your kind words I will pass your comments on to our Freddie, he will be so pleased 😃 We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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VW
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice place to eat, good food. The restaurant upstairs is made super special by the lovely, cheerful waitress who makes you feel so welcome and well attended to.

L
London
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely time, great food, good to have a window view

AM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Food was very bad - the Prawn Linguine special had the tiniest prawns I've ever seen and was pretty tastless. This place is situated next to Borough Market for goodness sake! Get some ingredients. My friend asked for a chicken pie asking specifically to make sure it was not a chicken and mushroom pie. The pie came with mushrooms.

SL
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Okay for a quick informal lunch. Food was good. The furniture could do with a refresh.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dinner. Excellent service and was very impressed with the portions and prices. Will definitely return.

The Market Porter
Responded on May 12, 2019

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it’s always nice to know we are getting it right! Hope to see you again soon.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent lunch. The specials were superb and the service very efficient and friendly - from a young lady (English) and a young Polish man.

The Market Porter
Responded on May 12, 2019

Thank you Paco! Myself and Waclaw are delighted that you enjoyed, please come and see us again soon and be sure to check out our great daily specials!

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T
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very friendly welcome and nice ambience in dining area. Downstairs bar is very noisy so it was a relief to be upstairs. All was fine until a table was seated next to us and it became very hard to hear my companions, whose first language is not English.
I am vegan and only one choice, not a very exciting option, on the menu. My friends were happy with their meat options however.

PS
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant serving high quality food - you simply must try the Salmon Scotch egg!

The Market Porter
Responded on May 12, 2019

Thank you PhilipS, so glad you enjoyed the salmon scotch egg, we think it is superb too! Hope to see you soon!

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BP
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to have dinner. Quiet enough to chat but buzzing downstairs and food/ wine good

The Market Porter
Responded on April 27, 2019

Thank you BenP279, come and see us again soon!

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FB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very tasty, our family ate upstairs and had traditional pub fare: meat pies and fish & chips. Great spot to relax at the end of the day with delicious comfort food.

The Market Porter
Responded on April 20, 2019

Thanks for joining us FrankieB! Glad you enjoyed our homemade pub grub!

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W
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place...fish and chips were perfect for a Friday evening catch up!

The Market Porter
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed, hope to see you again soon

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JM
London
113 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely meal and drinks at the Market Porter. Good for vegetarians too and great for people watching over Borough Market. Very friendly staff too

The Market Porter
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you JMilli, those window tables in our dining room are perfect for watching the world go by! Come and see us again soon.

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AF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the fish and chips and they were excellent! Crispy and flavorful! The mushy peas were also fabulous! Don’t leave without ordering the sticky toffee pudding!!!!

FF
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Comfortable upstairs dining room in a busy pub near Borough Market. Once you've fought your way through the crowd outside and downstairs at the pub, the dining room is an oasis of calm. Good menu of classic dishes. Our fish and chips were crisp, succulent and tasty. Efficient service and prices that are relatively good value for the area.

SC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The downstairs bar was typically chaotic, but upstairs was lovely, with views of Borough Market and a nice server who let us linger for hours. We will definitely go back!

ST
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I was there on a Wednesday lunchtime which wasn't busy so that might have influenced things but I couldn't fault it - good, friendly service, excellent food... what's not to like!

FB
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great little find. Great food and good service - the choice of real ales was an added bonus!

SM
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My cousin and I had agreed to meet at the Market Porter for lunch. I knew and had used a the pub occasionally in the past but this was the first time I had used the restaurant. Overall a very good experience and my cousin and I agreed we would use it again. Great position in Famous Borough Market. Friendly staff, good food and noticeably cheaper than the equivalent pub would be the other side of London Bridge in the City. 😊

L
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Comfortable atmosphere, good food and service!
Only downsides are very limited choice soft drinks available and lack of salt and pepper squid on a Sunday :-)

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