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Turners Old Star, Wapping, E1

14 Watts Street
Phone: 02077029199
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Ian Mapp left this review about Turners Old Star

An unspoilt gem of a pub for the locals. Looks unchanged for decades but is neat and clean. Used as a location for the big "I came for a shoot out" fight scene in the Krays film, legend.

Open plan, with pool table room to the side.

Two from the Southwark Brewing Company on - at £4.20. As the minimum card transaction was a fiver, they had me hooked for two.


On 19th January 2022 - rating: 8
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Tris C left this review about The Turners Old Star

A first in here the other night whilst out on a tour of Wapping, a fascinating area rich in history and one which is subject to immense change and gentrification. Whilst this may have affected neighbouring pubs, the Old Star has so far escaped.
As mentioned this is a largely traditional East End boozer (with traditional staff) which would once have served the local dock workers. The exterior still displays some original Taylor Walker regalia which probably dates from the early '70s. Inside the L-shaped interior, the bar has an attractive rear as well as pot shelf; spirits bottles are inverted and dispense via traditional optics rather than the infuriating modern cylinder measures which take up so much time.
The picture windows have lower portions which are leaded and stained and the floor is bare boarded, furniture is very standard; to the rear is a pool table, beyond which are the lavs and attractive rear garden.
Unfortunately the sport TVs let the place down as do the ugly combined lamp/ceiling fans.
Ales: three pumps, one unclipped the other reversed thereafter just so-so London Pride at a very reasonable £3.80 a pint.
This pub is worth a visit if in the area and in many ways I prefer it to The Prospect of Whitby but in my opinion I'd take The Town of Ramsgate over this if I had to choose.

On 1st September 2017 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Turners Old Star

As far as interesting back stories go, this pub has to be up there with the best of them. Originally comprising two cottages, the pub came into being when the artist J M Turner bought the cottages and converted them into a pub so that he could install his mistress - a recently widowed landlady from Margate - as the proprietor. He named the pub 'Old Star' and continued seeing the landlady until his death in 1851. The pub was renamed 'Turner's Old Star' in 1987 to celebrate this rather remarkable genesis. The pub looks rather attractive on approach and has a lot of evocative old Taylor Walker livery on display. A corner porch boasts some ornate glasswork and leads into a small bare boarded L-shaped room with a similarly shaped servery to the rear left. The bar has an angular counter that zigzags its way across the room in quite a satisfying way. The counter is a marvellous chunky old specimen with a decorative dado and some carved columns, whilst above there is a fine canopy with nice etched glass and beautifully worked support pillars. The bar back is fitted out in a darker wood and also has some nice details, with decorative panes between each section and a rather incongruous gnome collection on the top. A second, smaller porch to the right has more of the etched glasswork and a mocked up Turner's Old Star road sign and to the rear there is a smart tiled fireplace with a nice painting above. Standard tables and chairs with a few low stools run around the perimeter under a wonderful mix of stained and etched glass windows. To the left is a small side room with half panelled walls and more bare boards, which makes the space echo quite a lot. The room opens into the main bar and is dominated by a pool table. A couple of TV screens were showing the day's early FA Cup fixture and I think I spotted a juke box, although it might have been one of those electronic advertisement boards.
There are three hand pumps here, but only one was operational on this visit, serving a very good pint of Fullers London Pride for £3.70. The barmaid was very friendly, stopping to help an elderly visitor enter the pub before serving me. I'm told that the pub usually has Sharps Doom Bar and/or a guest ale on as well, but with the Pride drinking so well, I wasn't too fussed by this omission.
This is a lovely, down-to-earth local's pub of the sort that are increasingly vanishing under the wave of gentrification engulfing the capital. There are plenty of interesting period features throughout which, combined with the pub's unusual history, makes it worth a pilgrimage in its own right. Finding some excellently kept ale on the bar was a real bonus and whilst this isn't going to set the pulses racing in terms of ale range, it's well worth a look should you ever find yourself in Wapping.

On 31st January 2017 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Wapping, 0.19 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Shadwell, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Rotherhithe, 2.37 miles, 45 min walk (show)
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19th Jan 2022, 19:10
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 01 September 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : Yes last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : No last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 29 December 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 08 March 2010 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 14 August 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Thursday - last updated 08 March 2010 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 March 2010 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 31 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
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