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The Blind Beggar, Whitechapel, E1

337 Whitechapel Road
E1
E1 1BU
Phone: 02072476195
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Tris C left this review about The Blind Beggar

Passed many times but never ventured in until we arrived a few nights back. The pub's history is generally well covered, established around 1654, the name taken from the legend of Henry de Montfort and rebuilt in 1894, formerly the Mann's brewery tap next door. In the mid-19th century, William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army preached his first sermon outside here and in 1888, Martha Tabram, Jack the Ripper's first victim, was found round the back. In 1966, George Cornell was shot dead at the bar by Ronnie Kray, ensuring the pub's name will forever live in infamy.
This is a large pub with a central bar of field panelled front and gantry which appears to be original, though the glazed white and green tiles which make up the bar back are modern. The floor is worn pale modern boards with furniture confined to the periphery, modern oxblood leatherette studded couches separated by modern dark wood and glass screens; chairs and tables are conventional modern. The colour scheme comprises white walls to the picture rail, the remainder and ceiling clad in dark red Anaglypta; the front can be opened up due to an array of bifold doors. There are at least two substantial brick fireplaces, unused, topped with gilded picture frames. Lighting comes from chandeliers, ornate sconce lights and rectangular red glass tealight holders on tables; it's a bit gloomy though. Decor is spartan, save for a few small prints. A large open garden can be seen which is where most of the young customers - students? - were congregating; the pub was virtually empty. There's a projector screen and speaking of which, lavs are good; music played at a decent level.
Ales: seemingly three pumps, unused. Thereafter, a large staple shaped copper fount dispensing Aspall's, Guinness, Eurofizz and Hop Stuff's IPA at a murderous £5.88 a pint, which beggars’ belief though not bad once it had warmed up.
This isn't a bad pub - it serves a basic purpose and is no better or worse than the Good Samaritan round the corner, though different. The White Hart (opposite) was full, manages with ease to sell quality real ale and at just £4.50 a pint.

On 7th November 2020 - rating: 3
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Blind Beggar

I am glad in a way we ventured in here for a tick and for the tourist aspect, but I found this pub to be dark, drab and scruffy looking. A couple of well oiled characters slumped at the bar on our Monday afternoon visit didn't inspire us either. The beer choice hasn't altered in years and the choice still remains with a Pride, Doom Bar and the house beer Beggars Belief.

On 2nd April 2018 - rating: 2
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john gray left this review about The Blind Beggar

Basic boozer really and not moved with the times on beer selection.Pride,Doom and a rebadge .Quite busy and noisy on my visit.Drunken guy at the bar told me it used to be a hard pub.(found it hard drinking my half of Beggars Belief to be honest)and it was famous for the Craze brothers shooting a blind beggar and running away to Cornwall or something like that.

On 9th December 2017 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Whitechapel, 0.23 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Bethnal Green, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Shadwell, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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7th Nov 2020, 18:55
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
30th Oct 2020, 19:12
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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