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Reviews of King William IV (Average Rating: 7½ of 10) see review guidelines
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
[User has posted 398 recommendations about 377 pubs]
paulof horsham left this review about King William IV
A return visit to the King Billy, after a few years absence, to see if they've sorted out the quality problems and I'm pleased to report that things were much better. Quality does seem to have come at the cost of variety, but it's surely better to offer fewer ales in good condition, than many more than comfortably be sold. If the Brodies beers don't move so quickly, it may be because the locals seem to prefer a pint of lager or a bottle of Bud.
On this occasion, those preferring ale had the option of 4 or so Brodies and a couple of guests. A range of Brodies' stronger IPAs were on offer on the craft keg taps. I tried a couple of ales and half of the Brown IPA and all slipped down very nicely.
The pub itself is roomy enough and a reasonable crowd were accommodated with ease. The back room, where we found ourselves, is lined with books and also boasts a piano, fire, a TV with poor reception and a section of the extended bar sporting a number of unused handpumps.
While the building feels a little unloved, the beer's better than on my last visit, so maybe I'll be back sooner rather than later.
On 1st February 2014
- rating: 7
[User has posted 213 recommendations about 210 pubs]
Malden man left this review about King William IV
Finally I managed to shake off the post Christmas lack of inertia and drag myself out east to check out this renowned pub. Inside there are two distinct areas, the main bar being situated to the front. A curious shaped affair with a significant central recess in the counter, being almost B-shaped. The bar extends to the rear area but this section was not in use and was cluttered up with kid's toys. Both areas are carpeted, seating is traditional, the rear room has a large vaulted rooflight. Décor includes stacks of interesting brewery mirrors, a mounted antelope head, suspended coal scuttles, pots and pans, toy pram and a French horn. A double bass is propped up in a corner. There is a usable dartboard with an oche set into the carpet and a bar billiards table in the back room. The coal effect gas fire, red walls and ceiling made for a cosy feel. Sky Sports News featured on two big screens on Saturday afternoon keeping everyone up to date with the football.
Obviously the main reason I had for travelling across town is the attraction of the various Brodies beers in what is the brewery tap; bearing in mind it was Saturday I left feeling a bit cheated, only four cask Brodies beers on, London Fields Pale Ale, Kentish Town Brown IPA, Amarilla and Bethnal Green Bitter (which went). There were also guests in the form of Hanlon's Port Stout and Milestone Dasher the Flasher. I appreciate that there are also a large batch of keykeg fonts but these are generally not to my taste being cold, fizzy and in my view overpriced. £2.50 for the cask beers however irrespective of abv is excellent value. I assume they put on what they know they can shift but the ranks of unclipped pumps looking forlorn and unwanted makes the place look a bit unloved.
I am however glad I made the trip over, The Bell at nearby Walthamstow was a good double too. I do however feel slightly disappointed, perhaps my expectations were too high?
On 19th January 2014
- rating: 6
[User has posted 1114 recommendations about 1100 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 .