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The Water Poet, Shoreditch, E1

11 Folgate Street
E1 6BX
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. Wittenden left this review about The Water Poet

Large,rambling pub close to Liverpool Street Station.Would probably be pleasant out of hours, but by five thirty on a warm June Saturday it was packed and deafening.My notes said "hell hole", a touch unfairly. Our group all agreed that the cask ales-Siren Craft Liquid Mistress and Thornbridge Jaipur IPA were on the warm side.Other cask beers included ones from Redemption and Truman's.

On 1st July 2018 - no rating submitted
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Tris C left this review about The Water Poet

Clearly a very trendy place in which to be seen.
Unfortunately the place was rammed and service was nigh-on unavailable so we left.

Visited autumn 2016.

On 19th October 2017 - rating: 3
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Water Poet

First opened in 1992 as the tongue-twisting Pewter Platter Tavern, this is a large, multiple room pub set down a side street between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations. You enter into an open main bar area which offers plenty of standing room in an L-shaped space with the servery to the rear right. The bar has a dark wood counter and bar back with some retro bubble lamps shades suspended above. Large windows along the front and right hand walls allow a bit of light in from the narrow street outside and a row of high tables and stools run underneath with several button backed sofas and standard chairs over to the left under some elaborately framed mirrors and a TV screen showing live football. Further back there are some tub chairs, a fireplace with a fancy mirror above and a skeleton sat in a chair under a top hat which has been pinned to the wall. A door to the left leads into a games room - a narrow, wood panelled space with two pool tables and limited seating options. A passage to the rear of the main room has a single sofa next to a kitchen serving hatch and a nice relief artwork and leads to a dining room to the right with bar access and some formally arranged tables ideal for those wanting food. Both the games room and dining room had their own TV screens showing the same football fixture. Further back, you emerge into a covered garden with long rows of picnic benches and thousands of fairly lights, which created a nice effect when lit during the hours of darkness. An uber-hip soundtrack played throughout the pub and there was a good mid-week, post-work buzz about the place, which was mainly frequented by a younger crowd, with a conspicuous absence of suits.
There were six ales available on handpull - Truman's Swift and Zephyr, Sharps Doom Bar, Thornbridge Jaipur, Purity Mad Goose and Dark Star Partridge. I hadn't tried Jaipur for a good year or two, so decided to have a pint, which was in good condition but didn't seem to pack the same kind of punch I recall from drinking it in the past. Reasonable bottle and keg beer options were also available.
I didn't really have any expectations for this place, which I only visited because I passed an A-board they'd left on the main road which reminded me of the pub's existence. However, it turned out to be a pretty good venue, with a nice atmosphere, separate areas to suit different customer groups and good beer. For all of Shoreditch's trendy reputation, I still find it tricky getting hold of good cask ale in the area, so this place is definitely somewhere I'll refer back to in the future.

On 25th May 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Shoreditch High Street, 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
London Liverpool Street, 0.37 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.64 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Water Poet, E1
27th Mar 2019, 10:27
Request to mark pub as closed by hondo . approved
27th Mar 2019, 10:25
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by hondo ., with included notes: Other:

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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 25 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 25 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 25 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
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  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 01 February 2010 by David McNally
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 25 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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