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William the Fourth, E10

816 High Road Leyton
E10
E10 6AE
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Aqualung . left this review about King William IV

After the sale of it last Winter by Brodie's to Rose Pubs (according to What Pub) I was interested to see what had been done. The carpets have gone and there are bare floorboards in the front and a parquet floor at the rear. The benches around the walls have been completely refurbished and new furniture replaces the old. The bar counter in the back room now houses an open kitchen. The front bar counter looked much the same but with less hand pumps. All the bric-a-brac has gone including the best mirrors. For some reason they thought it was a good idea to install a prominent pool table in the front room but no dart board. One of the reasons I stopped coming here was because of the incessant TV sport. They now have two huge screens in the front bar and one in the back. Given that they are now advertising Sunday roasts I wonder how they will reconcile that with Sunday Premier League games. A second reason I stopped coming here was because of din of loud music on Saturday nights. They have promised DJs for Saturday night and on my opening evening visit they had a loud soundtrack blasting out.
Although the bar retains around a dozen hand pumps only four were in operation with ELB Foundation Bitter, Howling Hops Ruby Red & Pale and Crate Session IPA.
I noticed both the Howling Hops beers were coming up very lively which left me wondering if they had sorted out the cellar temperature problems. The Ruby Red (£4.20) wasn't entirely clear but was reasonably OK. Compared to the majority of Brodie's beers it was very pedestrian and of course, expensive.
Overall I was disappointed with this new incarnation and doubt that I will return. It should be noted that it doesn't open until 16:00 weekdays and 12:00 weekends.

On 28th May 2018 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about King William IV

Having read previous posts, we half expected to be disappointed with the ale selection, but were pleasantly surprised by the range on offer. Unfortunately the stout had finished, but there was a mild on, as well Bethnal Green Bitter (excellent value at £3 a pint), Rhymney Hobby Horse, Brodie's Shoreditch Sunshine, Old Street Pale, and a stonking 5.8% brown ale. We were well satisfied with that selection. I didn't see any sign of food at Wednesday lunchtime.

The pub has been well described by others. The bizarrely shaped original Victorian bar counter is still there, as is the collection of photos and prints on the walls, musical instruments hanging from the ceiling, bar billiards and dartboard, etc, etc. One of our number was enthusiastic about the ancient clocking in clock on one of the walls (some of my friends have strange hobbies!).

Having all enjoyed pints of the excellent Bethnal Green Bitter, we then bought five halves of other beers in order to have a mini beer sampling session. We thought that was a good idea.

We really enjoyed our extended stay in this pub, and all agreed that it was a pub desrving of a revisit.

On 27th October 2017 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about King William IV

We popped in here on a Monday afternoon, so the pub was very quiet, this gave us a good opportunity to see how big this corner pub actually is. After choosing our beers, we decided to settle in the large rear lounge, which was bright and sunny thanks to the original Victorian glass roof gallery. There was a choice of 9 ales on our visit, with the majority of them being pale ales, so I went for the Brewers Gold Pale Ale, which hit the spot. Also tried and tasted, Brodies Bramling Cross and Minstrel Pale Ale. The barman was upbeat and up for a bit of laugh, which was also an added bonus on our visit.

On 18th February 2016 - rating: 8
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East 17 by Bucking Fastard
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Will Larter
Leyton Midland Road, 0.46 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Walthamstow Central, 0.78 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Walthamstow Queens Road, 0.89 miles, 17 min walk (show)
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22nd Nov 2019, 18:30
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 25 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 25 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 25 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes - patio - last updated 25 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 26 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 16 July 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 25 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 16 July 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 25 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 25 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 25 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 16 July 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 25 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 26 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 December 2017 by Aqualung .
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