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The Hammers, East Ham

Re-opened at the start of 2018 after a lengthy and extensive refurbishment, and has now reverted to it's original name - The Red Lion. Despite living in East Ham for 39 years, we'd never ventured into the pub in the days when it was The Hammers. No particular reason for that - not really close enough to be convenient, and nothing about it to lure us inside. However, since it's makeover, we owed it to ourselves to give it a try. Not really a gastro-pub, though there is an emphasis on food - particularly a large range of pizzas on offer. As far as real ales go, Doom Bar and a "coffee porter" (I've forgotten the name of) were on offer, as well as a hand-pumped fruit cider (not for me!) - a forth pump was waiting for another beer to be put on. They also sell an extensive range of craft beers - the two we tried were excellent. As an added bonus, the pub has a large and pleasant garden at the rear. The staff were very friendly, and highly delighted the pub had just been voted the best in East Ham - though as I cynically pointed out to them - that's as much a reflection on their competition! Obviously, The Red Lion is unashamedly geared up to appeal to the young professionals slowly moving into the area - and it's prices reflect that. But if you want cheap beer, there are three other pubs in the area that can offer you that! Personally? We've waited a long time for the area to get a decent pub - so plan to use it regularly.

2 May 2018 17:10

Richard I, Greenwich

As I remarked in my previous review "we won't be rushing back..." I'm not sure if we have or not since I wrote it, but we popped in last Monday lunchtime, having been driven from the garden of The Old Brewery by sudden heavy cloud. As far as I could see, there was only one other customer when we walked in. We initially opted for pints of "Ordinary" which were barely that, so next went on to the "Special" - again, anything but special. The quality of both beers were not quite bad enough to complain about - but heading in that direction. A group of "yummy mummy's" plus assorted buggies then appeared - so we headed for home.

31 Mar 2018 12:43

The Central, Upton Park

We passed it recently and it looked closed - a victim of West Ham United moving to the Olympic Stadium. Though never a pub I choose to drink in.

5 Sep 2017 12:07

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