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Popped in again a week or so ago. A Greene King pub but one with a large variety of real ales. Redemption Rock the Kazbek, Bedlam IPA, & Truman Swift were some of those available alongside Greene King IPA.
A large corner pub with bare floorboards, a dining area and a separate function room upstairs.
Despite being busy service was prompt.
outtamehead - 30 Jul 2017 05:32
Was a bit concerned about this one being a GK pub actually it was quite impressive. Decent size with some good ales on, and only one GK, the IPA. I had an Aylesbury Brewing Company mild from the selection of 6. Several more unusual brewers featured and a range of beer styles too. Good service too.
Rod_Hariga - 8 Jul 2017 17:05
Greene King pub on a street corner in an area of narrow streets. Despite being a Greene King pub, only their IPA was on. So there is a decent range of guests - Aylesbury Brewhouse Company Supersymmetry, Bedlam Porter, Trumans Swift & G2 Orion. Only a stone's throw from Liverpool Street station. So it may be quieter than other local pubs. Worth knowing about.
blue_scrumpy - 23 Apr 2017 11:59
Our 2nd pub on a Saturday evening, I've walked past here several times but this was my first venture inside.

A large stripped back pub with one bar serving 2 separate areas. The front area with its large plain windows is more a bar with lots of floor space, while the other area is packed with tables and chairs and is more for diners, however this area was mainly being used by groups like us who needed to rest our tired bodies! In this area they also offer waitress service which is dead handy if you are lazy and cannot be bothered to get up and go to the bar, beware though that 50p is added to your bill for this service.

When we arrived the pub was half busy but it filled over the hour and half we were here.

Now onto the ales, 5 hand pumps, I had a few pints of the Golden Ale @ 4.0% from Hackney Brewery

Upstairs are the toilets and a separate function room which was packed out.

I also thought this was a GK pub, maybe it was but I'm not sure it is anymore.
lezford - 31 Oct 2016 14:16
perfectly reasonable pub - geared to the after worker crowd. Decent selection of local ales for a greene king house....

Came as it was in the GBG. Probably wouldnt go out of my way to come again. All very typical.


Mappiman - 6 Oct 2016 16:34
Popped in here the other Saturday afternoon. Another pub of the bare floorboard and brickwork variety. There is more space upstairs for sitting and drinking and the toilets were also to be found on that floor.
A good selection of real ales, I had the Chelsea Blonde which was very drinkable.
It was quite busy with a mainly young (20-35) crowd.
The service was good. Not the best pub about but one I would return to.

outtamehead - 19 Feb 2016 02:42
The pub has been my favourite for pub lunches and after work drinks for years (at least 1 visit a week).
The pub has been refurbished for the better and reopenned recently as more modern take on the traditional british pub experience.

The feedback relates to the period after reopenning:

- the food is excellent
- the menue changes frequently to keep the clientelle interested
- the selection of ales moved from Green King to Trumans and remains good.
- the service is pleasant and very nice

I CAANOT FAULT THE PUB IN ANYTHING BUT - THE TIME LAG BETWEEN ORDERING FOOD AND ACTUALLY GETTING IT SERVED. THE RATING IS AN URGENT WARNING TO KS MANAGEMENT TO IMPROVE THEIR SERVICING TIMES (GET MORE HELP IN THE KITCHEN). AFTER WAITING FOR 50 MINUTES (3 PEOPLE) TO GET OUR LUNCH SERVED WE HAD TO TAKE THE FOOD AS TAKEAWAY, CLEAR THE BILL AND WALK BACK TO THE OFFICE.

I WILL REVISE THE RATING IF THE SERVICE IMPROVES.

osteryc - 19 Oct 2012 14:29
Well it's a City foody 'pub' that also seems to have a decent wine list. Of course it isn't cheap but (for the City) it isn't that pricey either. If you want cheap food KFC & Subway are very close. Nice clean pub with very quick, friendly service. 4 real ales available, I had a very good pint from a micro brewery. The food I had was of high quality.
Abteilung - 17 Oct 2012 22:19
Popped in for the first time last night as we could get a seat, unlike many of the other boozers in the vicinity on a busy Saturday. Possibly because it wasn't showing any sort of live sport (Champions League games on terrestrial shown, but that's it for football).
Not the type of place I would think of visiting as from a first glance it looks quite gastro/wine bar-esque with mood lighting, wooden floors and blackboards advertising some rather posh/overpriced food.
However, was pleased to find four ales on tap (well, three, as the Cornish Coaster was off). Tried a couple from Truman's (Runner and Swallow & Swift) which were both in decent nick - as was my mate's St Edmunds (Greene King). And they also came served in proper handled pint pots, so extra marks for that. Three pints came to 11.60 (so about 3.90 a beer), which is expensive, but still cheaper than, say, Dirty Dicks, just round the corner.
Quite a trendy crowd in the busy downstairs area. Dining area upstairs was empty, suspect because it wasn't open. Toilets, also upstairs, were very clean and posh by usual pub standards.
An unexpected discovery, and while there are other places with a more pubby feel nearby, nice to have another option in the Liverpool Street area.
duchyjim - 23 Sep 2012 15:48
nice relaxing pub handy as a warm up b4 entering artillery passage-gorfeous french barmaid-i think you will find that the middle east is part of the continent of asia-so he can actually be described as asian!
mother123 - 18 Oct 2011 21:30
On the down side, the KS isn't what you'd probably want from a City boozer. It lacks character and you could imgine you're in any town centre pub once inside.

Having said that, the staff are good, and the couple who run it are very friendly and always go out of their way to help you (to the poster below - the 'Asian' is Middle-Eastern). Food is standard fare, but priced OK, and never had a bad pint.

You won't go there for the 'experience', but there's a lot worse.
stwutter - 2 Aug 2011 16:04
One of the most uninspiring pubs i've ever been in, really dull !!
The Asian chap behind the bar was nice enough, as was the two pints of London Glory i had, but don't think i'll be rushing back.

topPINT - 4 Apr 2011 16:32
Slightly bland looking wine bar style place - shame given the history of the area - unfortunately went about 6pm on a Thursday and it was so packed you could hardly see your drink let alone the decor etc - but got served quickly and had a good range of beers etc.
adamwalsh - 2 Apr 2010 11:27
Usual GK fair but the IPA was OK. The bland sterile interior is not my cup of tea but packed with after work City workers who obviously didn't mind.
The open set up makes it very noisy when busy , so only stayed for the one.
OK pub, but there are better in the close vicinity in my humble opinion.
Gann - 10 Mar 2010 15:13
Stopped off here when in the area the barstaff were always friendly very good service the real ales on when I called in always clear and very drinkable.
anonymous - 4 Nov 2009 15:57
One has just returned from sampling a couple of Speckled Hens from this establishment, an have to say it was rather good.
smithn123 - 27 Mar 2009 14:52
Just horrible .................
peterwarlock - 7 Nov 2008 14:14
Not a bad pub ..the landlord is a friendly chap and his wife is lovely.
We like drinking outside in the summer and enjoy people watching( young trendy types with floppy heads (jeans round there ankles, pants showing,got dressed in the dark look )
This pub is not bad but they are not big on real ales.....
bigbadjon - 5 Aug 2008 17:51
I won't lie to you I like a nice tuna sandwich !
Washed down with a couple of pints of Stella
Try it it was lush !
eastendboys - 20 May 2008 16:14
People afraid of catching MRSA at the Royal London Hospital should ask to have their operations done here, such is the sterile atmosphere of the place. Egg-white walls, bright lighting, easy-wipe surfaces (no carpets, hard-wood seats) - the place has about as much atmosphere are Mars. Don't expect a seat either, they keep tables and chairs to a minimum, as it would hinder their pack-em-in policy. Imagine city workers packed at the bar, like pigs packed at a water trough in a barn, and you've got this place. Terrible.
topdog_andy - 19 Dec 2007 10:37
Quite possibly the worst pub in the world
otc - 27 Nov 2007 12:31
Crap IPA, end of the barrel and they didnt want to change it, kept serving the same crap to the other customers..... It was limp and lifeless and obviously not right but still they served it....
anonymous - 11 May 2007 22:50
Paid my first visit last Friday for some time and was greeted by a bloke smashing the quiz machine. Only one real ale on and that was below par. Will be a while before i visit again. Go to the Shooting Star instead.
TheHorsesMouth - 20 Mar 2007 12:38
Suffered from the notorious pub makeover this one - it's ok but there are better pubs in the immediate vicinity.

I spent a lot of time in this one in the early 90s drinking Moosehead and generally getting rat arsed on a Friday night but it's not the pub it used to be that's for sure
murgatroyd - 11 Feb 2007 09:26
Role Playing Cub (Dungeons and Dragons) meets upstairs here every Wednesday night from 6pm, 7pm or so.

geekclub.co.uk
kodabar - 7 Feb 2007 13:03
Has changed a lot over the last 4 months. A bit guff now I have to say. Jason the barman is a laugh. A small, balding laugh. But the pub has lost its mojo. Better pubs around this area.
henriktheking - 9 Nov 2005 16:22
Nice pub, easy going nice atmosphere for a city drinking hole.
raging - 5 Aug 2005 12:48
Dodgy beer, not worth going to. Much better places nearby, eg. Dirty Dicks.
PieFace - 1 Oct 2004 12:54
Great Pizza in this pub... worth a visit just for that
Lyn - 21 Jun 2004 12:03
Managed to get a load of chairs thrown at us last night by some of the frequenters. Great!
anonymous - 24 Dec 2003 11:19
A great atmosphere, 2min stagger to the tube and the greatest pizza's for evening munchies. Lots of drinks specials -pint of lager 1.95!!
Free hire for private function.
Loved it!
travelchicky - 20 Dec 2002 15:27
Lets get the facts right - Guiness costs 2.75 - if you are charged more - challenge it!
anonymous - 20 Dec 2002 10:33
Guiness at 3.00 per pint !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
anonymous - 16 Dec 2002 13:35
Good honest pub and convenient for a curry afterwards
Jason - 4 Dec 2002 16:10

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