The Black Dog Pub Company was founded by Paul Graham in 2013. The independent group owns and runs three venues in London: The Mayflower Pub in Rotherhithe, The Prince of Wales Pub in Kennington and Leadbelly’s Bar & Kitchen in Canada Water. 

With so many pubs across the capital at threat from property developers, Paul and his team are committed to protecting the heritage of some of London’s oldest independent pubs. Since 2001, London has lost an average of 81 pubs a year, and with that the social and cultural value they bring. By preserving the characteristics and rich history of these old pubs, the Black Dog Pub Company is ensuring some of London’s most unique pubs can continue to be enjoyed by their local communities and visitors from around the world. 

The company name is inspired by Ringo, Paul’s gorgeous black haired Airedoodle. When he’s not posing for social media photos for fans you can find Ringo hanging out with our locals or making mischief in the local park with his friends and Mayflower regulars “The Salty Seadogs”.


The Mayflower, Rotherhithe

Having taken over The Mayflower in 2010, Paul and his team have turned the much loved local into one of London’s best pubs. A traditional English pub surrounded by cobbled streets, The Mayflower is a hidden gem in the heart of Rotherhithe. The outside decked jetty and cosy candlelit restaurant have stunning river views and you can spot the original 1620 mooring point of the Pilgrim Father’s Mayflower ship, warm yourself by the open fire and imagine who may have been sitting in your seat 400 years ago! The Mayflower kitchen offers consistently delicious food and people return again and again.

Visit The Mayflower website here.


The Prince of Wales,

The Black Dog Pub Company took over The Prince of Wales in 2019, giving this long-established local pub a beautiful interior renovation and with a new chef at the helm we’ve overhauled the food, beer and wine served. There is also an exciting new first floor restaurant coming in the new year, watch this space for more details. With a small seating area outside, you can relax with a first-class pint or a glass of wine and have a go at petanque in the Georgian square by hiring equipment from behind the bar.

Visit The Prince of Wales website here.

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Leadbelly’s, Canada Water

Whilst not an old London pub, Leadbelly’s is a much-loved local restaurant and bar and follows our commitment to creating independent neighbourhood bars and restaurants focused around fresh, seasonal produce and quirky design. Leadbellys has become famous for its award winning gluten free dishes and our bar staff are renowned for their creative cocktails. Perfect for relaxed eating and drinking, all our food is fresh, with a focus on well-sourced ingredients; from brunch to lunch, to bar bites and Sunday roasts. Leadbelly’s offers a great entertaining space and can cater for groups or more intimate gatherings.

Visit the Leadbelly’s website here.

With over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Paul is passionate about finding unique pubs and restaurants in London and working with his team to bring out the individuality of each space.

Whether that’s enjoying a pint at The Prince of Wales while watching a petanque match unfold in the beautiful Georgian square, or a roast dinner by candlelight at The Mayflower on a Sunday, our team are committed to making sure your experience of our pubs is like none other in London.

Leadbelly’s was added to the group in 2016 and has become a cool and vibrant addition to Canada Waters social scene.

We’re really proud that most of our team, from Pub Managers and bar staff to Head Chefs and sous chefs, have been with us since we launched in 2010.

We know the difference this sense of family makes to our staff, our regulars and to our guests and we encourage any new faces in our venues to ask us about the history of our pubs from our knowledgeable team.

If you have an enquiry about any of our venues or would like to discover more about The Black Dog Pub Company please email us here. Thank-you