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Reviews of King William IV (Average Rating: 7½ of 10) see review guidelines
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 1224 recommendations about 1188 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
[User has posted 453 recommendations about 436 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]
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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 .