Half Moon

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Bar, Eatery

213 - 233 Mile End Road
London, England, E1 4AA
United Kingdom

+44 20 7790 6810 | map

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thepeter from England

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2

As far as where I live, this seems to be the best place to grab a pint and have a chance at trying something different. It is nicely, and more modernly decorated than most Wetherspoon's pubs. there is a very nice beer garden and plenty of space. While I cannot speak of the overall quality, as I never eat or drink anything there, I have never had a bad pint at the place. The service is not very good. If you go there and people are in back of the bar then it will be fine, but sometimes there's no one around and it takes a while to get served. Selection is fine and they usually have at least 6 different Casks going. There are 12 pumps so sometimes much more. As for food, it is a Wetherspoon's, and if you want a cheap meal it may do, but I stay away myself. The Beers are cheap but unlike the food they have always been great.

If you are in the area and want a pint, it is as good a place as any to hit up.

Sep 14, 2010
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wl0307 from England

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

My local Wetherspoon's pub in East End London, nr. Stepney Green tube station. It's converted to what it is now from an abandoned theatre which in turn took over from a Welsh evangelical church in the mid-19th century, if I'm not mistaken. So much for the history, and you could still get a feeling of a combo of church and theatre from both outside and inside if entering from the main side of the pubs.

The pub is divided into two parts, with the older building for smoking area and 3/4 of the other side, extended part from the old church/theatre, for non-smoking. Interior is basically JDW, quite frankly providing no atmosphere but functions. A big beer garden is right outside the extended building and provides more seatings, rain or shine. The two separate bars are equipped with 6 beer engines each (pumping from two separate cellars I believe), serving around three rotating Wetherspoon's regular beers like Marston's and Greene King's (and Ridley's), plus four-eight guest ales (in total) by microbreweries from all over this country. Usually the beer condition is pretty good, but sometimes the staff there need kind reminder of how to pour a decent pint, as most of them (pretty young and a lot are foreign students) confess they'd never fancy a pint of real ale and under-trained so have basically little idea what that flat liquid is all about, let alone how to serve it right. Once I even had a lively exchange with one of their young arrogant managers over the under-measure problem, when he insisted a 2.5cm thick head was normal for a good pint?! But apart from that guy, all young staff there are very friendly indeed, remedying their lack of knowledge+passion about real ale and adding points to the service side.

The atmosphere is mixed, with lots of elderly clientele in this area and local real ale drinkers especially throughout the afternoons. But more often than not you get invasion from lots of children (with their parents of course) and bunches of young students (it's just three hundred meters from Queen Mary College London) since early evenings and it could get quite noisy, even rough, inside the pub (fortunately there's no music played, just like all JDW pubs), not ideal for a decent pint at night.

Overall this is my local pub because this is the only pub in the whole E1 area to provide a wide range of real ales to choose from, and also at hugely-discounted price (1.59 pounds for a pint of guest ale), to keep me going and studying in this rough area. If not for this pub I'd move out of this part of London without hesitation.

Nov 21, 2005
Half Moon in London, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 2 ratings