User name:



Sign in with Facebook

Not already a member?
Join our community and - Rate & review pubs - Upload pictures - Add events JOIN for free NOW

Chat about:
Wetherspoon's news of the day with Tris39 on the Pub Forum

Williams Ale & Cider House, Bishopsgate, E1

22 Artillery Lane
E1 7LS
Phone: 02072475163

Return to pub summary

Pub Type

Metropolitan Pub Co (Greene King)
Page: 1 2

Reviews (Current Rating Average: of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Tris C left this review about Williams Ale & Cider House

This place has a history going back to at least the late 18th century and was known as the Ship until around 1980.
A first in here the other night, and as mentioned, it's a bit like a cellar bar with the actual bar running down part of the left wall, all of which is bare brick. The floor is modern bare boarded and there is a divide of sorts as there are in effect two bare brick rooms separated by brick arches. The second half has opposed semi-booth banquettes, probably for eating. There's an upright piano though I don't know if it's used. There are a couple of TVs but these were off, even during an Arsenal match so it's clear that unlike the Woodins Shades and especially the Kings Stores, this isn't a sports bar; music played at a sensible level.
There's a large array of keg taps and in addition, seven pumps - my half of Truman's Lazarus was very steep at £2.50 and it was also too cold.
This isn't a bad place and light-years better than the Kings Stores but it's very pricey and the beer wasn't in brilliant condition but it's worth a visit.

On 16th April 2019 - rating: 7
[User has posted 997 recommendations about 982 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Graham Coombs left this review about Williams Ale & Cider House

Despite being a street level, this place has something of a cellar feel to it, with much bare brick and dim lighting. Not unpleasant however and more of a local feel than most in the area. The front bar has a splendid selection of 7 casks and 9 decent keg beers (or thereabouts), while the rear part of the bar has 7 handpumped ciders and perries. Breweries represented included By the Horns, New River, Trumans and Old Dairy as well as a couple of GK. At the back are a couple of dartboards and the odd sports TV.

On 14th March 2019 - rating: 8
[User has posted 2266 recommendations about 2214 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Ian Mapp left this review about Williams Ale & Cider House

All decent enough - nice decor, plenty of ale choice - all interesting.

Quiet on a monday night at 9pm - I guess the target audience of after work drinkers had braved the trains.

Photos at my blog -

On 6th October 2016 - rating: 7
[User has posted 277 recommendations about 276 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Rex Rattus left this review about Williams Ale & Cider House

This pub is unchanged since previous reviewers' visits. The ale choice here really is superb - when I visited on Thursday evening they had on GK IPA (well it is a Greene King pub), Spitalfields Brew (also GK I believe), something called Winter Gold, Windsor & Eton Tree Tops Stout, Bedlam Brewery Pilgrim, St Austell Proper Job, and Old Dairy Gold Top. These were on a bank of pumps at the corner of the counter as you enter, but there were more pumps along the bar counter, perhaps for the ciders. They did serve food with extra adjectives - British gammon, hens' eggs, and skin on chips (i.e. ham, egg & chips) is £10.50. Beer battered north sea haddock, etc, etc, is £11.50.

There are essentially a couple of rooms here, with a second room reached via exposed brickwork arches on the right. It's comfortable enough in here, and the ale selection makes it a winner. It's definitely one of the better places in the area to get a decent pint.

On 24th February 2016 - rating: 8
[User has posted 2577 recommendations about 2495 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Danny O'Revey left this review about Williams Ale & Cider House

Actually amazed Greene King have produced something like this, a fine, dark pub with brick arches to booth seating on one side, lots of draft beers & ciders and all round good place near Liverpool Street station. Ok, it plays to recent trends but it makes for a lovely place. The beer quality wasn't perfect (though it was good) and I would like to go back to see if this is a one off, but still enough here to make a really good pub.

On 28th January 2016 - rating: 9
[User has posted 1281 recommendations about 1258 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Malden man left this review about Williams Ale & Cider House

You enter to a reasonably sized main room with lots of exposed brickwork, the bar is along the left hand side wall and is split by a bulkhead wall with a street sign affixed above "Whitechapel E1". The handpulled ales feature in the front part of the bar and the ciders through into the rear section. There is another side room accessed via arched openings in the wall.
There are a multitude of old framed brewery advertisements plus an old road map of North London, I also spotted a mounted guitar towards the rear and there was a upright piano painted sky blue with clouds. There were a stack of games on a shelf under a brick arched window. Quite a bit of Truman's memorabilia about, perhaps once one of theirs, although now Greene King have it. It is part of GK's Metropolitan branch which means their own beers do not major leaving the pub open to serve a real variety.
Ales were Spitalfields Brew (GK I'd guess), Portabello Autumn Red, Sambrook's Battersea Rye, Redemption Trinity, ELB Nightwatchman, Aylesbury Brewing Co Curiousity and Triple fff Team Spirit (£4.00). A clear non-dimpled jug appears to be the default vessel. Snacks offered were scotch eggs, sausage rolls and home made scratchings, proper pub staples. Most of the five or so ciders to the rear had hand written clips so I am unsure as to their provenance, all however are "proper", no Strongbow etc here. One was 8.4%.
Seating was mixed, high tables and drinking shelves to the front bar area, proper tables in the side room and a couple of banquettes at the far end. A wall mounted case looked like it might contain a dartboard but it wouldn't be usable. There are a couple of TVs, the rugby was advertised so sports are shown but not sure if regularly.
This is an excellent pub, there are some good choices around Liverpool St station, this one is right up there.

On 1st November 2015 - rating: 8
[User has posted 1687 recommendations about 1663 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

. Wittenden left this review about Williams Ale & Cider House

An old style pub , handy for Liverpool street Station:three main drinking areas, ably described by previous scribes. Late afternoon on a windy August Saturday. Fairly quiet.I'd hoped to spot some hipsters with ironic beards, but everyone was cleanshaven. I’d also, more importantly, hoped to find some exciting beers from some of the new London micros that we country bumpkins hear so much of. Unfortunately the beers that I’d tried (from London Fields and Trumans) were rather lacklustre.
Date visited :16th August 2014

On 28th December 2014 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 244 recommendations about 243 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Pub SignMan left this review about Williams Ale & Cider House

Tucked away down a narrow side street close to Liverpool Street station and Spitalfields Market, this place has transformed itself in recent years from a basic Greene King pub to arguably the best ale house in this part of London. As the slightly expanded name now suggests, ale and cider is the main driver for this pub and a recent mid-week visit certainly found plenty for the discerning drinker to choose from. Two banks of hand pulls either side of a partitioning wall that divides the servery in two, were dispensing Ha’penny London Particular and Brinx Gold, Jo C’s Bitter Old Bustard, Adnams Lighthouse, Sambrooks No 5 Barley Wine, London Fields Harvest Ale, Head in a Hat Tommy, Trumans Swift and a house beer, presumably from Greene King, called Spitalfields Brew. Weston’s Old Rosie and Thatchers Heritage Cider took up the final pumps. There were also three of those ‘in vogue’ keg taps on the bar back, which had Lagunitas IPA and two other exotic options to compliment a strong range on the bar counter keg taps. It’s a fairly bewildering choice, especially when you have to move between bars to figure out the entire range, but I ended up with a pretty good pint of the London Particular.
The pub itself is a fairly smart affair split across three clearly demarcated areas, each with similar décor and furnishings. You enter into the bare boarded main room with the servery midway down the left hand wall. There is a large mirror, a Finnegan’s Wake clock, some old black and white photos and various bits of framed breweriana on show alongside a nice “Whitechapel E1” sign and several blackboards. Seating here is confined to the perimeter, mostly in the shape of high tables and stools and some drinking ledges, with plenty of vertical drinking space in the centre. The right hand wall has exposed brickwork formed into a series of arches which lead through to a seating area made cosier by low level lighting and lit candles on each table. Some padded bench booths can be found in the rear right corner, with standard tables and chairs elsewhere and a large TV screen was mounted to the rear, but turned off in favour of a pretty funky soundtrack. The final section can be found by passing along the bar into the rear of the pub where you’ll find some button backed banquettes, another TV screen, a book swap and a closed dartboard case. This is perhaps the least appealing part of the pub, but acts as good overspill and has additional vertical drinking space, should it be needed.
Greene King seem to be slowly coming around to the idea that they can produce pubs like this and still make a truck load of money, so I’m all for supporting such a venture. I’d say this is the best place for a quick pre-train pint in the vicinity of the station and longer visits offer the chance to work through all those lovely hand pumps.

On 7th November 2014 - rating: 8
[User has posted 2541 recommendations about 2541 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

john mcgraw left this review about Williams Ale & Cider House

A good addition to the real ale/cider scene. A front bar on the left selling a good range of real ales with a bar at the back selling a selection of ales and ciders. A drinking area at the side. The Hackney Calypso I hade was in top form and at £3.90 a pint about the norm for the area. A couple of minutes walk from Liverpool St. Station.

On 28th August 2014 - rating: 8
[User has posted 2044 recommendations about 2025 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Williams Ale & Cider House

Now run by the Metropolitan Pub Company, the Williams does the 'ale & cider house' thing rather well. Comprises several rooms, partly opened out, with all the bare brick and dark wood that you would expect. Limited furniture in and around the bar, but some booths and lighter decor in the side seating area. Seven handpumps on the front counter, the same again at the back and three gravity taps at the back (with one dispensing a cider). Opted for a London Fields Chocolate Porter (£3.90), but the ale choice was excellent. Well worth seeking out.

On 18th April 2014 - rating: 8
[User has posted 6198 recommendations about 6198 pubs]

Page: 1 2