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Dove Free House, E8

24 Broadway Market
E8
E8 4QJ
Phone: 02072757617
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Reviews of Dove Free House (Average Rating: 8 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Tris C left this review about Dove Free House

This was until around 1990 the Goring Arms and a first for us a few nights ago.
This former Taylor Walker house is situated along Broadway Market, which is to hipsters what the Vatican is to Catholics, so it’s no surprise that a facsimile of Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam adorns the ceiling, with both God and Adam holding glasses of Leffe, presumably influenced by a similar fresco painted to the ceiling of Oxford's Victoria. Presumably then, this pub is to hipsters what the Sistine Chapel is to the Vatican.
The interior is a hotchpotch of styles and periods: the floor is modern bare boarded with slanted t ‘n’ g panelling to dado height. The walls are a mungy nicotine colour – unpainted since the smoking ban? – with some seemingly Art Deco panelling to the front with complementary sconce lights. There’s Anaglypta to selective areas of the ceiling in a similar colour, with parts of the paper peeling off the walls; there are also some rather ugly exposed metal structural members along with what looks like some exposed concrete. Also on view is a lot of saggy electrical wiring. The impression here is that when any electrical work is done, the existing wiring is left in place; it’s not attractive; furniture is mismatched and eclectic. Décor comprises much Belgian brewery regalia. To the rear right is initially what appears to be a balustered gallery but is in fact the rear of the pub which is accessed down a couple of half stair flights. Here, there’s a very attractive dark wood panelled room with separate areas, a little like booths; it’s quite at variance with the front room. At the bottom is the entrance to the lavs which comprise seven unisex cubicles, open to the rear room; I hope there’s adequate air extraction. Customers were understandably young, certainly younger than us, though this is hardly surprising, given that the area and its amenities are generally geared towards a younger crowd.
There is of course a wide choice of Belgian beers on tap and in bottle with three real ales, a selection unchanged for a good nine years: Crouch Vale’s Brewers Gold, TT Landlord and ELB’s Pale Ale, in great shape and – for London – a very agreeable £4.50 the pint, served up by friendly and efficient staff.
Taken at face value this pub is initially a bit of a disappointment, but the beer is good, very competitively priced and can be enjoyed in a very attractive pub, if consumed to the side or rear.
I would return on passing and would especially include this place on a crawl of the area.

On 19th May 2022 - rating: 7
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custodian 42 left this review about Dove Free House

Big place with the bar to the left. Downstairs seating but mainly keg stuff on sale.

On 19th September 2018 - rating: 4
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hondo . left this review about Dove Free House

Located on Broadway market so it can get very busy. It's all a bit continental but nothing wrong with that in this Belgian vibed bar. Bare boarded split level interior. 6 real ales and an extensive keg/bottle selection.

On 26th November 2016 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
London Fields, 0.45 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Cambridge Heath (London), 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Haggerston, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Dove Free House, E8
19th May 2022, 19:18
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
1st Aug 2021, 19:52
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No - Pavement seating. - last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 30 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 26 November 2016 by hondo .
  • Darts : No last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 26 November 2016 by hondo .
  • Function Room : No last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 26 November 2016 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesdays, 7.30pm. - last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 November 2016 by hondo .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 May 2021 by Tris C
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