Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 1 | Reviews: 1
United Kingdom (England)
3.53/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
A back-street pub in the Hackney area. I first heard of this pub from Steve, the publican of Pembury Tavern, that this freehouse is like Black Bull (nr. Whitechapel in East End London), wholly dedicated to Nethergate's beers. So I decided to give it a go in early July 2006.
The outer appearance is rather decent. Inside the pub it's two-room layout separated by the U-shaped bar. 6 handpumps in two groups but only one Iceni beer and two Greene King ales were available--not a bloody shadow of alleged range of Nethergate, Steve?! The Iceni beer that I had was very well-kept and poured carefully by the skilful yet lukewarm barmaid.
As it was a hot Sunday afternoon on my visit, the pub was quiet and scattered with locals here and there--some watched the sport programme in the larger bar on the right hand side of the pub and some gathered for gossips in the smaller space at the left hand side with an unattended pool table. Nothing too rough or intrusive here. Two large well-preserved old engraved glass-mirrors on the wall caught my attention, one for Fuller's and the other for the Ind. Coope in the bygone era. And there's a lovely tiny beer garden at the rear overlooking a high railway viaduct and some handsome trees.
All in all, this is a relaxing local not as imposing as some East End pubs in my neighbourhood--or perhaps on a Sunday afternoon at least. Hope the Nethergate legend is indeed going on.
09-01-2006 03:35:17 | More by wl0307
Chesham Arms in London, United Kingdom (England)
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