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The Dundee Arms, Bethnal Green, E2

339 Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9LH
Phone: 02077390276
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Tris C left this review about The Dundee Arms

The Dundee Arms dates from the late 18th century but was probably rebuilt in the 19th and the first thing you notice on approaching is the very pretty and highly unusual name to the fascia picked out in small mosaic tiles, a recent discovery resulting from the pub being turned from a multi-generational locals' boozer into the hipsterfied venue we have today; above is a fine example of a Taylor Walker sign bracket with cannon trademark. On entering, you cannot but pause to admire the polychromatic glazed tiles in the entrance vestibule, but thereafter it's a bit of a mixed affair. Walls are field panelled, wood painted in repetitive 'gastro' smoky blue then to the rear, there's an abundance of bare brick. The floor is black lacquered but it's the ceiling that stands out in that it's more distraught than distressed, no doubt the result of the former incarnation being ripped off, leaving some bare electrical wiring. The bar is field panelled and features an unusual foot shelf rather than rail; the attractive bar back is of wood with plain mirrors and could be original. Décor comprises some old portraits along with knick-knacks and old records to a high shelf. Lighting comes from sconce lights and shaded brass candlestick lamps.
The front section features a good-looking fireplace topped with a mirror but sadly it wasn't in use. Furniture here comprises tall conventional stools to a window drinking shelf and tall table along with a kilim. The rest of the furniture comprises a black - and tatty - leatherette banquette running along the right-hand side, then Britannia tables and conventional stools; there's a TV which frequently shows sport, but was mercifully off on my visit; mood music played at an agreeable level.
To the rear of the pub is a small, partially covered fag patio with stairs leading up to the lavs and a barber's shop(!).
There's food of sorts, but not a jellied eel in sight; a sandwich toaster stands sentinel over the bar top. Toasties include as standard, cheese and spring onion but an extra £2.00 each gets you ham as expected, but also kimchi or truffle, all very Bethnal Green - honest guv!
Customers were on the younger side and indeed, the young landlady was charm personified, serving me up a very decent pint of ELBs Walthamstow Beer Pale Ale at £4.80 a pint; new to me, it was a decent gulping beer; a second clip was sadly unused. Thereafter it was really a selection of around six craft ales dispensed from a chrome fount, then Guinness, Symond's cider and two needless taps allowing Eurofizz to flow.
This is a decent pub and is worth including on an E2 crawl. Get rid of the bare brick, paint the ceiling, get the upholsterer in, ditch the TV and get a good selection of locally sourced real ales on and this could even be a destination pub.

On 26th October 2020 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Dundee Arms

Just across the road from York Hall and close to Bethnal Green tube station, this is a bit of a shabby-chic style pub that wouldn’t look entirely out of place if it was part of the Antic pub estate. You enter through a stunning glazed tile porch which really sets your expectations high, although sadly this is about as good as it gets in terms of retained historic features, emerging into an opened-out main bar area with a bare floor and dark wood panelled walls. The servery runs down the left-hand wall and has a nice panelled counter front and matching bar back adorned with a couple of large mirrors, some blackboards listing wine and snack options and a rather austere looking portrait of someone I didn’t recognise. A couple of high tables and stools have been set up under the front windows next to a pleasant little fireplace and there is a long banquette along the right-hand wall which serves several small round tables with numerous low stools in support. A TV screen on the rear wall was showing a live football match with the sound turned on and there were a few more unusual portraits along the right-hand wall. Further seating can be found as you move through to the rear of the pub, with plush button backed banquettes along one wall and low stools elsewhere. Out the back, a small courtyard has a few benches beneath the railway line that runs behind the property and a staircase leads you up to another small room with a TV screen also showing the match and a barber’s shop. The pub found a bit of fame in September 2017 when it was taken over by the rock band Foo Fighters for a week to promote their new album.
There was only one cask ale available when I visited - Five Points Best – which was in reasonable shape, if not tip-top condition. One other pump sported a turned clip and there is a reasonable craft keg selection. The pub was surprisingly quiet on a Saturday afternoon, although a large group arrived just as I was preparing to leave, which may have livened things up a little.
I quite liked this place and thought there were plenty of encouraging signs here. I found the pub comfortable and quite interesting to have a look round, the beer was in reasonable shape and there is even somewhere to get your hair-cut, which might be worth remembering once we’re out of lockdown! Not the best pub in Bethnal Green, but I certainly wouldn’t mind popping back again some time.

On 10th June 2020 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Dundee Arms

A small pub but painted in a very dark grey,it's been hipsterised but not ruined.It's one open plan room despite the two front doors with the front section containing mainly circular high tables and a rug on the otherwise dark floor surface.A fireplace remains and portraits hang along all the walls giving some character.Original features remain ,although I couldn't work out if the distressed ceiling is part of the design or merely waiting for a few coats of paint.The bar is good looking with a mirrored back and interesting copper top piece,while opposite is a long bench with brittania tables and stools.Bar stools much in evidence and then towards the rear is a corridor section with a sky light and another bench.Outside there is a small courtyard,partially covered by a brick shelter.If you want the loos go through a door marked Barber,the first floor is shared with the hairdresser and is quite atmospheric up there.
There is exposed brickwork in the main room with a narrow slit in it and a flatscreen above,off during my Saturday midday trip.The slit allow a DJ to see out from a small mixing room in what I assume to be a former fireplace.This may well mean the vibe here could change dramatically into the evening,but during the day contemporary hip music was playing.Food seems to consisit of toaties,so this is very much a drinking establishment and various spirits and wines are described on the mirrors.
Four handpumps but just two operational on my trip with Truman's Runner and a decent drop of Purity Bunny Hop.Although there are 14 keg taps there was a lot of mainstream choices with a few crafty options from the likes of Signature and Five Points.
I thought the beer and ale selection could have been more adventurous and with some strong competition not far away ,maybe the DJ's are more their USP.At least the look and feel of a boozer has been maintained for hipster consumption these days.

On 27th August 2018 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Bethnal Green, 0.17 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Cambridge Heath (London), 0.24 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Whitechapel, 0.91 miles, 17 min walk (show)
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19th Aug 2021, 18:13
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 19 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 01 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 19 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Rear partially covered patio. - last updated 26 October 2020 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - Discount amount not stated by East London CAMRA - last updated 19 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 19 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Until 7 p.m. - last updated 19 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 01 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 19 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes - Cheese toasties at lunchtime - last updated 27 October 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 June 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 June 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : No last updated 19 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 19 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 19 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 01 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 01 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 26 October 2020 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 19 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 19 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs upstairs. - last updated 26 October 2020 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 19 April 2017 by ROB Camra
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