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The Little Driver, Bow, E3

125 Bow Road
E3
E3 2AN
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Tris C left this review about The Little Driver

This place dates from the late 18th century but was rebuilt in 1869, subjected to a refit around 1900, which gets it a place in CAMRA’s heritage pubs inventory, listed as being of Some Regional Importance.
I’m not sure of the name’s origin as there’s a depiction of a railway engine to the window, but I suspect this was once a drovers’ trail, along which drovers would drive their cattle to market.
This is a large pub with a commanding interior. There’s much rich wood carving in here with a deeply textured bar front which features a boarded apron, thereafter carpet (see photo). Still retained, are some partitions with cut and etched glass, similar to the bar back. There’s a column with ornate capital and very fine Victorian fireplace. Walls are off-white with a white Anaglypta ceiling, from which chandeliers hang, though much of the illumination comes from the multitude of TVs, which no one appeared to be watching, the customers being exclusively older males and very East End; the old-school landlady was chatting away to them animatedly, so she’s probably as much of an old fixture as many of the heritage fittings, the most striking of which is the massive gilded Hoare’s mirror (Hoare’s was based at East Smithfield to the north-east of the Tower of London and created Toby ale, both of which were acquired by Charrington’s in 1933). Furniture comprises normal tables and chairs and music played at a decent level, courtesy of a jukebox.
I had made an abortive attempt to come here about a week earlier, but was thwarted by not having access to something called ‘cash’. Having found some of this so-called ‘cash’, I returned only to find that like the previous reviewer, I was deeply disappointed to be confronted by a bank of three Pride clips and as no one could be seen drinking it, I decided not to take the risk so opted for a Neck Oil at the reliably unjustifiable price of £5.70, though cheaper than some, served by a friendly barmaid, though unquestionably a short measure.
This is an interesting pub, not least because of the heritage value. The ale choice – or lack of – is a bit of a disincentive to visiting on its own, but it makes a reliable contribution to a crawl of the area.

On 24th September 2021 - rating: 5
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Moby Duck left this review about The Little Driver

The Little Driver is still much as Rex described it four years ago, in addition there were four tv screens placed around the room, two were showing football, sound up, and two horse racing, sound down. The pub was well attended on a Sunday lunchtime and the atmosphere was very east end. There are three hand pumps on the bar, but disappointingly all were clipped with Pride.
Despite the singular ale choice I quite enjoyed this pub.

On 27th November 2017 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Little Driver

Central bar serves 3 real ales and food.

On 18th March 2014 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
Stratford (London), 1.46 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Hackney Wick, 1.5 miles, 29 min walk (show)
West Ham, 1.64 miles, 31 min walk (show)
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24th Sep 2021, 19:17
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
24th Sep 2021, 19:16
Review submitted by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 April 2022 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
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