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Bethnal Green Tavern, Bethnal Green, E2

456 Bethnal Green Road
E2
E2 0EA
Phone: 02076134263
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Tris C left this review about Bethnal Green Tavern

Originally built in the mid-18th century and rebuilt in its current form around 100 years later, this was originally the Camden's Head and reopened in the current guise last August, having undergone a refit to lift it from its reputation as a wretched hive of scum and villainy, so that customers no longer need be cautious.
I'm guessing that the interior has been upcycled from a dark wood interior as all the woodwork - of which there is a great deal - is now very pale with a slightly distressed look, as though someone has played a blowtorch over it, including the floor. I don't know if the rough grey concrete screed flooring to the front is original, nor the tiled bar apron.
Furniture is conventional and there is some semi-booth seating to the periphery with padded button-back upholstery. Lighting is all very conventional, the whole looking like a railway station bar - it's hard to believe that this was once a traditional Charrington's Victorian pub. There's live music, but seemingly neither the Elton John nor Phil Collins tribute acts that were playing in May 2013, at which time the windows had external pull-down metal roller shutters which I'd not seen on a pub before.
Out back there's a very sizeable garden and customers as such, were young - possibly students?
A very friendly barman was serving up the ales as listed below, with my pint of XT3 weighing in at £4.40 which is a bit steep for this type of outlet - it was also very slightly on the turn.
I can't imagine how bad this pub was before, but it's hardly great now and as the Old George is down the road, I can't see a reason to return but I hope the place does well.

On 16th August 2019 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Bethnal Green Tavern

This place was fully refurbished before reopening in August 2018 and has now been given a slightly rustic look with bare wooden floorboards, several booths and a mix of semi-traditional furniture. One of the old 'spoons local history displays has also been left in place. Food is available again, although I saw no-one eating when I visited, and there is a patio garden out back. Two of three handpumps in operation, offering XT4 and Truman's seasonal Scratcheroo (£4.40), with the XT3 just having gone.

On 31st July 2019 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Misty Moon

This one has clearly gone downhill since its 'spoons days. The table at which I sat was incredibly sticky, and the seats were dirty. Seating in this place is mainly normal tables and chairs, and there's a carpet on the floor, but that's where the pluses end. There are fruit and games machines around the place, and I spotted nothing of interest in the way of decor. Little natural light permeates to the nether reaches of the pub, making it seem quite gloomy during the day - perhaps it's better in the evenings.

There were four handpumps on the counter, two with clips half reversed (something from Caledonian, and a red ale as I recall). The barmaid didn't know if any real ale was on, but she kindly drew some liquid from three of them, although as it was nothing drinkable I went for a half of Guinness (£1.85).

This is clearly somewhere for the less discerning drinker, or the truly desperate.

On 25th October 2017 - rating: 3
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by hondo .
Bethnal Green, 0.16 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Cambridge Heath (London), 0.43 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Whitechapel, 0.77 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Bethnal Green Tavern, E2
16th Aug 2019, 20:02
Review submitted by Tris C
 
31st Jul 2019, 23:16
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 19 September 2018 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 08 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 08 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 19 September 2018 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 16 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 16 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 16 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 08 March 2019 by ROB Camra
Opening Hours
Sunday11am - Midnight
Monday12noon - Midnight
Tuesday12noon - Midnight
Wednesday12noon - Midnight
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - 1am
Saturday11am - 1am
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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