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Mother Kelly's E2, Bethnal Green, E2

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251 Paradise Row
E2 9LE

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Mother Kelly's

'Tap room and bottle shop' located just across the road, but slightly hidden, from the Underground station and tucked away under one of the many railway arches. Similar to, but smaller than, its sibling down in Vauxhall with canteen-style wooden bench seating inside and more rustic folding tables out in the front yard. Excellent selection of 19 craft beers, a couple of ciders and a perry from the row of 23 taps on the bar-back, ranging from a pint of 2.8% Kernel Table beer at £5.50 through to a 1/3rd of the 12.7% Firestone Walker XXII Anniversary Ale at £5.60, but I settled for a pint of the 4% 'hazy' (as in murky, but deliberately so) Suspended in Azacca from Siren at £5.60.

On 31st July 2019 - rating: 7
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Thuck Phat left this review about Mother Kelly's

A hip, urban and trendy 'craft' only bar set into a railway arch with plenty of outside seating at the front.
The service here was excellent with enquiries made about our preferences and tasters chosen and offered before we'd really had the chance to assess the beer menu. The choices were more hit than miss.
Prices aren't as ludicrous here as other craft dens I've visited although still well in excess of cask beer.
There were 20 beers listed on tap on our visit including offers from Beavertown, Cloudwater, Kernel and Weird Beard as well as a few overseas representatives from Denmark and Estonia for example. In addition to this, the whole left hand wall is dedicated to bottle storage. You'd be hard pushed not to find something worth drinking and we did but the lack of cask is a drawback for me.
A good spot but I'm afraid that cask remains my beer of choice.

On 7th October 2016 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Mother Kelly's

Impressively large space in a railway arch,it's neighbours are restaurants and coffee shops,so this feels a pretty hip area.The wall mural in graffiti style is colourful,and along the opposite wall there is a rank of fridges with a wide assortment of bottled beers.The wall behind the bar has 23 keg taps,while the beer menu on my visit was offering an eclectic mix of 20 beers and styles from around the world,although London craft brewers feature large.The bar staff were very friendly ,and offered a lot of tasters and advice .We were told that there is a constant rotation of beers on offer,once a barrel has gone it will be replace by something completely different.Pricing is also not ridiculous,and although beers are offered by the schooner,half and third,the barman will serve in pints if that is what you want.The food offering was all cold platters of meat,cheese or vegetables,another tick from me.
I liked the good service and the fact that,although it's a bit pricey,it's not rip off territory.Just a shame that I much prefer the cask versions of some of the keg on offer here,but I might be tempted back to sample something very different.

On 2nd September 2016 - rating: 7
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Moby Duck left this review about Mother Kelly's

A nice modern craft bar set in a railway arch,a vast selection of bottled and keg beers are available,Siren/Surley Blue Sky Blue Sea was excellent,I didnt note the price,probably just as well. Definitely worth a visit here.

On 8th December 2015 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Mother Kelly's

This bottle shop and craft beer bar in a railway arch close to Bethnal Green station is described as a 'New York inspired tap room' and is operated by the same people behind the Queens Head in Kings Cross and Simon the Tanner in Bermondsey. The venue is one of a number of hip looking bars, restaurants and coffee shops in this row of arches, and has a large decked seating area out front which I imagine could make quite a nice lively spot for summer drinks. There is large glass frontage which leads you into the bare boarded arch with a high corrugated iron ceiling and cladded walls with New York, graffiti style artwork, all of which obscures the original brickwork which I thought was a bit of a shame. Four upturned barrels with high stools fill the space under the front windows, whilst two long canteen style tables run through the centre of the room, with additional benches down the right hand wall and an impressive series of beer bottle filled fridges occupy the right hand side. The servery is on the rear wall with a typical craft beer bar set up which sees countless beer taps protruding from the back wall. The bar has a very simple counter and the whole room is set up so that the only interesting features are those of a beer related nature, such as the small 'beer library' to the left of the bar where you can browse through a number of booze related books. A chilled indie music soundtrack played throughout my stay and there was a decent mid-week evening crowd in creating a bit of a buzz.
The lack of beer boards means that you need to consult one of the daily printed A4 beer menus, which can be found on most tables and at the bar, in order to establish what is available. I counted a total of 20 taps offering a good range of obscure beers from uber-micro producers, with the odd familiar name such as Windsor and Eton, Wild Beer and Siren thrown in for good measure. A couple of foreign lagers are also included as well as one cider and two perries. Irritatingly, everything was priced in typically silly craft beer bar fashion, so I ended up with two thirds of a pint of Northern Monk Mocha Porter for £4.00, which doesn't seem like good value whichever way you try and work it out. If all that isn't enough, the six aforementioned fridges are packed full of exotic bottled delights which are available to enjoy in the bar or to take home as you see fit. Food is restricted to sharing boards of meats, cheeses and pies.
I left with very mixed feelings about this place. I liked the exciting range of beers it offers and the quirky setting, but felt they might have made better use of the space and most importantly they seem to have fallen into the usual craft beer bar trap of massively over-pricing everything. I would happily return when I'm next in the area but the prices mean I'd only stop off for the one drink.

On 18th April 2015 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about Mother Kelly's

A new pub in a railway arch.Nice glass frontage and is bright and airy with minimal decoration.One wall has a large mural the other wall has fridges with bottled beer to drink in or take away.Long wooden tables with benches with a few tables are the seating arrangements.20 keg taps sprout from the wall so you have to pick up a menu to see whats on.Beer seems to be only sold in 1/2 or 2/3 measures and is not cheap.Beers from Kernal,Beavertown ,Salopian and 7 from DeMolen.Also Siren and my 1/2 of Calypso was £2.50.Not really to my liking.

On 19th April 2014 - rating: 6
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