Birkbeck Tavern, The
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Bumped into this pub when wandering about in the Leytonstone area. This pub is situated fifty-seventy meters away from a big Catholic Cementary, at a corner of two small streets in a quiet residential area near railway tracks. At night it looks rather weird and not approachable, as from outside the building you couldn't even see through the high windows and get a feel of what's like in there~~
I, for one, went in courageously. Upon the entrance I got a feeling of this place once being a hotel in the Victorian times, as right in front of me there's a lounge-like area with a lone, long staircase leading up to the first floor. Plus very high ceiling, sparsely placed tables and chairs, big and high windows, it all looks very spacious, and good amount of air is allowed to circulate freely as a result, further helped by very big ventilators on the ceiling. The whole ground floor of the building which the pub occupies is divided into two parts, one public bar with a pool table and fruit machine, and the other side, much bigger but quieter, available for dart tournaments taking place there quite often. An oval-shaped bar connects the two parts, with six handpulls on the bigger side and three on the smaller side. BTW, though I didn't use it there's a very big beer garden at the back.
The beer range is o.k. for a big free house like this. All available real ales are written on a small blackboard beside the bar, with only three guest ales (Everard Beacon, Hopback Crop Circle and the other one I forget) and one regular ("Rita's Special", according to the Barmaid it's supplied by Courage and named after the landlady(?), tastes quite like Courage Best Bitter) on nine beer engines upon my visit. All in pretty good condition though. The service is just about right and efficient, in the good hands of a Polish barmaid. As it was pretty quiet when I was there (7:30pm), with three, four locals drinking at the bar and two aged couples on the sofa, the atmosphere was... a bit weird actually for such a big pub, and no music was played either.
Overall this is an above-average, local freehouse, and boasts the only entry in the latest Good Beer Guide 2006 in that area. If only they could make more beer engines serving, the place could be a hit for real ale goers.
11-03-2005 06:45:54 | More by wl0307
Birkbeck Tavern, The in London, United Kingdom (England)
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