After wandering through the Borough Market in London, we stopped by The Mudlark pub. This establishment is named after those who scavenged the muddy Thames riverside for scraps of iron, coal, and other treasures that may have been left behind from passing ships. These scavengers, who were mostly poor children, started back in the 1700s.
The three of us enjoyed some beers and lunch. My vegetarian sausage and mash was quite tasty. After lunch I enjoyed a hot tea. We meant to pop in for a quick bite and drink. We ended up staying for a few hours
enjoying the atmosphere, a couple of beers, and talking. During this time, many people came and went.
My one complaint about this pub was the service at the end. Up until this time, we had no issues. But when I went to the bar to pay my bill, the poor bartender was overwhelmed. We were there on a Saturday afternoon and as I mentioned it was busy the entire time. I think the rest of the staff was on break or had absconded for a few minutes. Several of us waited at the bar patiently, but some customers asked the bartender if they could grab their plates of food since they had been sitting on the counter for a few minutes and they didn’t want their lunch to get cold. I felt bad for the bartender who was trying to help everyone at once. Maybe it was just unfortunate timing and one of those rare occasions when you loathe your coworkers for making you look bad. It did make an impression though.
This isn’t to say I won’t go back. I will. However, I’ll time my trips to the bar better. I give this pub 4 out of 5 stars. Maybe I should give a lower ranking, but I’m trying not to let one bad aspect taint all that was good. This was a lively place and I enjoyed my time. And I hope the bartender had an uneventful rest of the afternoon.