Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 1 | Reviews: 1
United Kingdom (England)
3.8/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a family-run pub situated in a literally real ale-desert area in East London. Actually this pub along with Pride of Spitalfields are the only two entries in zone E1 to the GBG for quite some years, which partly explains how "desert" it might be like over here.
A freehouse itself, it's run by the same family for more than half a century so far (I'm told). Due to the landlord's specific tastes, it's more like a tied house of an Essex brewery, Nethergate! On four handpumps there're constantly four Nethergate's real ales on offer (or occasionally incl. a guest), usually in good, albeit never perfect, condition under the care of the landlord who also acts as the cellarman. Usually you get Suffolk County and two-three occasional/seasonal brews, and now is the season for Old Growler on cask and it's simply awesome! Nethergate's bottled beers stand by in the fridge too. The landlord is quite attentive and friendly as well as polite, and so are other staff (who I presume are all families?), usually providing some useful info. about what's on next if customers care to ask.
The interior of this seemingly very old building (from the outside of the building the exposed beams are painted black and white and gives a bit of medieval touch, though it's not that old at all), is quite simplistic and a bit dark, with tables and chairs/sofas arranged reasonably well so from my experience it's never too crowded. A very big screen is hung on the corner of the pub, playing satellite TV music programmes almost non-stoppingly. The clientele is basically locals (council workers and hospital staffs, as it's situated right opposite to a big hostipal), who contribute some liveliness to the otherwise very quiet atmosphere esp. in the afternoon. But this is definitely not a "local-only" that sort of pubs of which there are quite a few in this part of London.
All in all, if you're in East End London (E1) for any specific reasons, a visit to this pub in early evening should satisfy your thirst for a pint of good honest Essex ale.
11-21-2005 17:03:59 | More by wl0307
Black Bull in London, United Kingdom (England)
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