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The Dolphin, E8

165 Mare Street
E8 3RH
Phone: 02089853727
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Reviews of The Dolphin (Average Rating: 6 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

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custodian 42 left this review about The Dolphin

One room pub with island type bar. Three hand pumps - none working. Rest keg rubbish. Why bother?

On 19th September 2018 - rating: 3
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Dolphin

Sometimes it's hard to know where to start. This pub is on CAMRA's National Inventory of pubs with unspoilt interiors, mainly in recognition of the superb Victorian tiling that still survives in here. The W B Simpson tiled panel on the right featuring Action being rescued by a dolphin after having been tossed overboard by his avaricious shipmates is as good a tiled panel as anything I've seen in London. This panel is on the right hand wall and would have been the first thing you would have seen on entering the corridor that would once have been there. In the room on the left is another, much smaller, panel featuring Diana the Huntress, and all of the other walls had tiling on them. I was told by the guv'nor that the tiling had been covered up (and thus preserved) and only revealed when a previous landlord had removed the hardboard, or whatever, that was hiding it. There is also some internal screenwork (featuring dolphins in the glazing of course) that would once have completely separated the various rooms. And the ceiling also deserves a mention, being elaborately wood panelled. It's worth looking up from your beer to have a butcher's at it.

But apart from the maginificent tiling, this is a very ordinary pub. There were three clipped handpumps at the front of the counter, but none were on, and when the barman failed to get the keg Meantime Pale Ale to work, I settled for a half of Kozel (£2 a half). This pub is definitely worth a visit if only to view the heritage features.

On 12th July 2015 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Dolphin

The Dolphin is set in a terrace and looks like a pretty normal East End pub from the outside.
Once inside it is quite a nice pub,the main room is L shaped with the bar facing,this room had normal tables and chairs,there is a smaller separate lounge to the left plus a separate pool room to the rear left.
There was a TV showing football score updates.
There were three real ales on the bar,i asked for a drink of ELB Pale Ale,the barman said this may not taste that good so gave me a taster it tasted more like vinegar than beer,he then asked what other beer i wanted i opted for Adnams Ghost Ship which was a really nice drink,when i offered payment for the drink he refused saying "this was not your first choice of beer so you can have it on the house" i thought this was really nice of him to do this,the other beer was Adnams Broadside.
This is a very pleasant pub that was sadly almost empty on my Saturday afternoon visit.
Ime very surprised that no Londoners have been in and reviewed this pub yet.

Pub visited 4/10/2014

On 4th October 2014 - rating: 8
[User has posted 6113 recommendations about 6113 pubs]

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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Fields, 0.18 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Cambridge Heath (London), 0.57 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Hackney Central, 0.62 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Dolphin, E8
19th Sep 2018, 14:55
Review submitted by custodian 42
12th Jul 2015, 15:58
Review submitted by Rex Rattus

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 June 2018 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 June 2018 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 June 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 13 March 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 26 October 2014 by Alan Winfield
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 June 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 26 October 2014 by Alan Winfield
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 October 2014 by Alan Winfield
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