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The George Tavern, E1

373 Commercial Road
E1
E1 0LA
Phone: 02077907335
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Tris C left this review about The George Tavern

This pub dates from the mid-17th century, the current commanding structure built in 1891 for Courage.
I had come by here about a week ago and the place looks closed, if it weren’t for a large fluorescent ‘Free House’ sign to the parapet. It’s only for the doorman outside that gives the game away, after a brief chat, the door being opened to a couple of customers, revealing flashing blue lighting and very loud noise. A return last night, with a similar performance, three young customers being frisked by the doorman, only to reveal more flashing blue lighting and loud music; this door and right-hand window are boarded up with chipboard. The website seems to indicate that this is some sort of hire venue or live music joint, but little is divulged.
I doubt I’ll try getting in here again, but I’ll bet that neither a traditional pub experience nor real ale await.

On 28th May 2022 - no rating submitted
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Rex Rattus left this review about The George Tavern

This is essentially a music pub that relies heavily on its late licence, and thus opposes the planned building of multi-storey residential accommodation right behind the pub. The interior has that “shabby chic” we see a lot of these days, but it still has a sort of lived in feel. As a music pub, the stage at the back tends to dominate. There are some seats, including some around a massive solid wooden table on the left. There used to be a pub on this site called the Halfway House, a name that is still commemorated on the side of the current building. Perhaps more importantly, the previous name is still seen inside the pub. One wall at the back (unfortunately now obscured by the servery which must have been re-sited there at some point) has some superb original Victorian tiling. The centrepiece is a panel entitled “Ye George Tavern in Ye Olden Times 1654”, and is apparently based on a painting of the Halfway House. The tiling is by W B Simpson, which makes it some top of the range tiling, and is the only Simpson tiled panel I know where the subject is the pub in which the panel is sited.

There was a Doom Bar clip on the handpump when I dropped in, but unfortunately it wasn’t on, so I had a pint of Czech Kozel Lager (£4.10 a pint) which is a decent drop for a lager. I reckon it’s definitely worth dropping in here (it doesn’t open until 4.00 PM) to have a look at the tiling, which is what I did. Or for the live music it that’s your bag.

On 23rd March 2014 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The George Tavern

Three men and a dog (literally) sitting at the tables in the alleyway alongside, and no-one at all inside despite the fact that it hadn't even got to 14:00 on a Saturday afternoon. No real ale, but it is the only place I've ever been in where the barman put an LP of marching-band music on the sound system! Odd, but it's got to be better than yet another block of flats.

On 15th March 2008 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Shadwell, 0.28 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Limehouse, 0.62 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Whitechapel, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The George Tavern, E1
28th May 2022, 19:06
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
13th May 2022, 19:49
Review submitted by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 13 June 2019 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 March 2008 by hondo .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 13 June 2019 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 13 June 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 15 March 2008 by Moby Duck
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