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Submitted on Monday, 20th May 2013
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Reviews of King William IV (Average Rating: 7 of 10) see review guidelines
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 1094 recommendations about 1094 pubs]
Steve of N21 left this review about King William IV
First time to visit for a while and will concur with the previous reviewers that the extensive beer range that the King Billy was renowned for seems to now be a thing of the past and the majority of the 24 hand pumps are now unused, especially the long row on the back bar.
However, there were still four Brodies Beers and three local guests available dotted amongst the remaining ones for my recent and I still got to enjoy the breweries London Fields pale and Bethnal Green Bitter and there was no sign of GK Old Speckled Hen amongst the decent guests on this occasion.
And with the England v Australia Rugby being shown on the large pull down screen and the various teles dotted about the pub there was a very lively late afternoon atmosphere with quite a few in and I did well to get a seat.
Although perhaps not the Ale emporium it once was, this solid corner Victorian boozer is still well worth a visit in my book with decent pub grub and decent ales and I enjoyed my visit here, especially as we squeezed past the Aussies to boot.
On 22nd December 2014
- rating: 7
[User has posted 1233 recommendations about 1197 pubs]
Aqualung . left this review about King William IV
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 13th September 2014
- rating: 5
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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