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Submitted on Sunday, 22nd March 2015
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Aqualung . left this review about King William IV
I returned here last Saturday to find nine Brodie's beers on and not a guest ale in sight. The Old Street and Jamaican Stout were very good so things seem to be looking up, this is what a brewery tap should be like. I'll be back again to have a look and have upped the score to 7 from 5 hoping it will increase again. The only down side was that there was a boring boxing match on the big screen but the back room was fine.
Sadly this place is a shadow of what it once was. The brewery for some time has not been able to keep up with demand which has meant at times there may only be a couple of their core beers on offer here, usually London Fields Pale and Bethnal Green Bitter. Plans to have a new brewery open by the end of the year show no signs of fruition.
They have been relying on guest ales to make up the numbers and while these were from brewers such as Hopcraft, Siren and others the lack of Brodie's beers was not too much of a problem.
On my Friday afternoon visit there were the two usual Brodie's beers on and the guests were from Wychwood, Holt's, Milestone, Wadworth and worst of all GK Old Speckled Hen. I walked out without buying a drink and really don't know if I will return.
On 25th May 2015
- rating: 7
[User has posted 742 recommendations about 728 pubs]
Alan Winfield left this review about King William IV
The William the Fourth is a large and grand looking Victorian pub.
Once inside there is a very large square shaped room to the front with the bar to the front right,there is comfy bench seating around the edge of the room and what i thought was a real fire on the go to the left,there is also a large drop down screen to the front left which was not in use on our Saturday dinner visit, there is also a large room to the rear which is oblong shaped,the seating is similar in this room and there is a bar billiards table to the right.
There was a good choice of real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Brodies Bethnel Green bitter which went down very well,the other beers were Brodies Old Street Porter,Shoreditch Sunshine and London Fields Pale,the guest beers were Wychwood Imperial Red,Charles Wells DNA and Robinsons Mojo.
I thought there was a decent enough choice of real ales on the bar to please most drinkers.
Pub visited 21/3/2015
On 29th March 2015
- rating: 8
[User has posted 5174 recommendations about 5174 pubs]
Bucking Fastard left this review about King William IV
Having read the mixed reviews below,I entered this fine Victorian building with some trepidation but was pleased to see a decent selection of Brodies ales available from the most unusually shaped serving bar with it's double headed arrangement.The choice was from Brodies Old Street Porter,Shoreditch Sunshine,London Fields Pale and a very decent Bethnal Green Bitter.Three guests in Wychwood Imperial Red,Charles Wells DNA and Robinsons Mojo which wouldnt offer much competition to the far superior house beers.Maybe the pub just needs to remove the excess handpumps,as they do give a poor impression.
The interior is quite grand with the high ceiling ,a decent fireplace sadly with only a coal effect fire,an impressive Truman mirror above and the unusual bar.The rear lounge is large with it's own fireplace and lots of seating.
It feels like a proper boozer with a darts board and bar billiards ,and on my visit the vast drop down screen was ready for the rugby later in the day.
With that range of Brodies produce ,I would certainly call again to sample their wares and it makes a good double header with The Drum if your looking for a decent pint.
On 23rd March 2015
- rating: 7
[User has posted 1214 recommendations about 1214 pubs]
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- Accommodation : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Aqualung .
- Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
- Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
- Beer Garden : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
- Car Park : No last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
- Darts : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
- Jukebox : No last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
- Live Music : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
- Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
- Pinball : No last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
- Pool Table : No last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
- Real Cider : No - They have done it in the past - last updated 07 August 2013 by Aqualung .
Last inspected: September 1st 2014