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The Astronomer, E1

125-129 Middlesex Street
E1
E1 7JF
Phone: 02079296818
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Fuller's

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Astronomer

Previously the Shooting Star, this large Fullers pub was renamed the Astronomer in the summer of 2016 under the brewery’s Ale & Pie brand. The pub has an unusual layout, running around two side of a small square which affords plenty of outdoor pavement space which Londoners seem to love so much. You enter into the right hand part of the pub, where a couple of steps lead up to a sizeable, smart seating area to the right and the bar area over to the left. The servery has a long L-shaped counter and pleasant bar back, although seating in the area opposite is rather limited, with most tables situated beyond the point where the pub turns 90 degrees down the left hand side. Seating throughout is mixed but of a pretty high quality, although I found myself seated at a table to the right of the bar with unusual stools that were fixed to the table on swivelling arms. The decor throughout is smart, with various allusions to astronomy, although I wasn’t able to fathom what the pub’s connection with this field is. There are stairs at the far right end of the room leading down to the Hubble Bar – a large space with loads more seating in a typical cellar bar, with its own servery to one side.
The usual range of Fullers beers were lined up on handpull and a very friendly barmaid served me a good pint of their Summer Ale – my first of the season and certainly a good advert for the brewery’s wider range. The standard Ale & Pie menu was available, but drinkers outnumbered diners by a huge majority, with just a couple of tables in the far corner settling down to eat.
Whilst this lacks the visual impact of other Ale & Pie venues in the city, I thought it was a decent pub with plenty of seating, comfortable surrounds and some decent beer. There are a number of good pubs around this part of town so that I’m rarely stuck for inspiration when looking for a good pint, but there is always room for another good option and I’d keep this place in mind when I’m next in the area.

On 21st August 2017 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Shooting Star

This place was very busy when we visited on Thursday evening, with no chance of getting a seat. The raised area at the back was unfortunately out of bounds as it had apparently been booked for a private party.

Being a Fuller's pub the choice of ales was fairly predicable, but they had pretty much the full range on, but these days with Oliver's Island taking the place of Chiswick. As it's an Ale & Pie house they obviously do food, but I didn't get the chance to scrutinise a menu at the corner of the bar counter where we were squeezed in. It looked a really nice pub, and I reckon it would be nice and comfortable if you don't visit when it's packed to the rafters. I would visit again - at a quieter time.

On 24th February 2016 - rating: 6
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Philipp MacDowell left this review about The Shooting Star

This pub serves four very well-kept ales (all Fullers; all pumps working) and serves delicious food (pies); I argue that the price is right: take location into account.Many reviewers are in favour of cheap ale in cheap chains, but this policy suffocates small,authentic, traditional, privately owned pubs that represent British history rather than American style chains. The building dates back to 1896 and is of historic significance as till 1956 it housed the board of guardians and trustees for the relie of the Jewish poor; the ground- floor was subsequently transformed into a bar. The tiled flooring, wooden area around the bar as well as the wooden panelling are definitely of recent production (fake). The whole atmosphere is a bit that of an airport wetherspoon.

On 25th February 2015 - rating: 5
[User has posted 8 recommendations about 8 pubs]


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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Liverpool Street, 0.19 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Shoreditch High Street, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.57 miles, 10 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 21 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 26 September 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 November 2013 by hondo .
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 21 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 21 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 November 2013 by hondo .
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