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George Tavern, Stepney

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I obviously got there WAY too early - Sunday about 3pm - no one in there except barman cleaning the place - I walk and check he is open, he affirms, I order a pint and sit in the outside section so as to not be staring at him cleaning (seeing as its now just me and him in the whole place) - crazy outdoors section - burnt out car, lots of debris, wheelchairs and things............very odd!! But barman was cool - very friendly.
adamwalsh - 13 Feb 2011 19:56
This is great pub, nothing pretentious about it. Has some great live bands playing blues, rock 'n' roll, motown and so on. Normal pub prices, and a small charge when bands are playing - but you get there early enough aand it's free.

I was hungry there one night, asked if I could go get a kebab, they were fine about it.

Friendly staff, friendly people and great live music! My favourite pub in the East End. The beers not bad either.
MarkAdrianCorbett - 6 Mar 2010 04:51
In a way I'm grateful for the bad reviews of this place as they should keep away many of the people who we all want to keep away.
If you go to the George and complain about the toilets or the fact the beer garden is actually a road you're missing the point. If you think the people are pretentious or worry it's not a real boozer because there aren't Victorian carpets or a chunky Labrador roaming around licking peanuts off the floor it's probably because you don't believe in the future.
This is a fantastic pub; utterly unique, exciting, funny and very very raw.
RickyBobby - 26 Aug 2009 13:48
full of morons who claim to be artists. the manager pauline is one most irritating people on the planet. i hate the place, the people and what they stand for
bowhammer - 11 Feb 2009 21:35
4.50 is for specialist beers not ya stella and grolschs!

Must take you ages to come up with a racist stereotype to illustrate a misinformed point.

amazing that you can assume that the customers are trust fund types -- you obviously havent bothered to be friendly and get to know the variety of people at the george.

lovepubsmuch - 17 Sep 2008 13:20
Er chaps! The George now does a real ale -- Bass.

Love this pub, really friendly. Never really found a place like it anywhere else in London.

great music
lovepubsmuch - 8 Aug 2008 12:24
A half decent try to bring a bohemian vibe to a benighted corner of Stepney and at least it's not another gastropub. A sign proclaiming free wi-fi ain't necessarily a good thing: computers are for Starbucks, not pubs. It's also very lazy not to make at least one real ale available - contrast with the excellent Pitfield beers peddled by that other palace of squatdom, the Foundry a few kilometres west. My friend also remarked that he felt out of place by not sporting a pork pie hat. However, probably better than it could have been and on balance, I'm a fan of uncompromising pretentiousness, so let's give it a chance.
BoehmBawerk - 13 Apr 2008 17:22
Three men and a dog (literally) sitting at the tables in the alleyway alongside, and no-one at all inside despite the fact that it hadn't even got to 14:00 on a Saturday afternoon. No real ale, but it is the only place I've ever been in where the barman put an LP of marching-band music on the sound system! Odd, but it's got to be better than yet another block of flats.
rpadam - 15 Mar 2008 22:09
Despite what everyone say's about the George, the main thing is, that it's still a pub, albeit not to everyone's taste- including mine i hasten to add.

But whilst they are selling beer, they are not redeveloping it, the pub industry in the east end, and in general, is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.....Just remember, a new proprieter can change the pub around, but once it's turned into flats, it's gone forever.
moncrief - 8 Mar 2008 07:51
I'd agree with the posts below. Its a really bad pub. It sells the worst wine I have ever, ever tasted. A friend took a glass back and said 'that isn't wine, thats port'. They misheard and said 'it can't be corked, its screw topped'. As if screw topped was the ultimate sign of quality control.

It isn't even good on its own terms. That is to say I've got nothing against a scruffy pub for artists and musicians, but as a musician who played there, it has rubbish sound equipment, lazy , stupid sound staff. And some really rubbish local 'poets' who do poems about Henry the 8th where every two lines rhyme like a year 7 child.

I really do think that everyone working in there was a bit 'simple'.
beulah37 - 12 Dec 2007 07:44
Nice. A unique spot. Friendly peoples. Something going on a lot of the time. Mucky and cheap. Good for a crowd, or just a mate. If you don't like a slightly odd but good environment with interesting people then don't bother walking down.
bertsmith - 9 Mar 2007 17:21
i thought this place was gonna be flattened to make way for flats..??! at least I get to see Tipper Irie and big john carter playing in the same room when I drink in this boozer... And thank the Lord the place is still open, we love it! (except the toilets). Long live the George!
anonymous - 10 Feb 2007 11:52
Just saying that it's one of those desecrated grand old east end boozers, that if it hasn't been turned into flats or a fried chicken takeaway, gets filled with the sons and daughters of middle England who are scared of pubs with carpets. That's all. If you want to drink in it then do, just know that you've missed out on what was a fantastic, atmospheric, popular meeting point for people who were actually from East London, and these sort of places are dropping like flies due to the demographic changes within Tower Hamlets. If you live in East London, use the real pubs or lose them for good. This is unfortunately what has happened in the case of The George.
Dochers - 31 May 2005 22:13
Actually they do clean their lines every week, and i find it worrying that you know what Jordan's piss tastes like?, also isnt there enough, mock victorian decor in the rest of the country for you?, why should all things old be conserved?
anonymous - 6 May 2005 22:38
pity they dont clean the beer pipes. the tastes likes Jordans piss.
tombs - 16 Mar 2005 13:48
This pub used to be a London classic and was very popular, the new management has short sightedly ruined it by ripping down the victorian plasterwork and carpets and replacing them with, well... nothing. All very trendy and bohemian now, if you like that sort of thing.
Dochers - 8 Nov 2004 17:14
A fantastic bar, two sections. One old school Sat Night Fever, the other traditional pub meets the inner sanctum of London. An excellent venue nestled in the heart of grimey London.
anonymous - 15 Sep 2004 11:31
Will very soon be recognised as the best pub in East London. Great Beer, great atmosphere, open late at weekends, still undiscovered by all those people you don't like... damn! I hope they're not reading this.
Tim - 2 Apr 2004 03:55

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