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The Palm Tree, Mile End, E3

24-26 Haverfield Road
E3
E3 5RP
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Tris C left this review about The Palm Tree

Originally dating from around the 1840s and built at the corner of Palm Street and Totty Street, this was a pub which served a myriad surrounding houses, swept away as a result of bombing, in what is now Mile End Park. Another first for an E3 pub, into this Grade II-listed former Truman's house dating from 1935. At first glance it would be easy to assume that it was built by their in-house architect, A. E. Sewell in the so-called 'improved' style, but this would be a basic schoolboy error, as it was in fact designed by Eedle & Myers, architects of the legendary Angel, which gives its name to a part of Islington and a square on the UK Monopoly board.
I won't go into any real detail about the place as it's well documented below, on CAMRA's Pub Heritage website and that of Historic England, suffice to say that unsurprisingly nothing has changed and the couple who have run it since the 1970s are presumably still here.
Arriving with around 40 minutes to go before the 'new normal' last orders and what a shock compared to The Lord Tredegar over the road, not because of the obvious differences in architectural style but because of the customers: the Lord Tredegar was pretty much as full as the law allows with diners aplenty and probably all recent incomers to the area. Here, just one old boy who has probably been a regular all his life, chatting away to the staff behind the bar.
Entry required very little in the way of track and trace, just a notebook for names and numbers and a bottle of denatured alcohol to be splashed sloppily onto the hands without any little pump with most of it spilling onto the floor. As mentioned, the lighting in here is rather different (or traditional?) as there's little illumination beyond a deathly orange glow. Music flowed gently but was contemporary where one would have expected Glenn Miller or The Andrews Sisters wafting over a windup gramophone. The floor is carpeted but I doubt it’s original though. The lavs were ok, but what was a little alarming is that there's no gent's cubicle.
There was one solitary ale, Mighty Oak's Maldon Gold which was very good but at an absolutely excruciating £5.00, which is more than a substantially stronger pint at the Tredegar with its far more affluent client base. It also had to be paid for in cash which I had brought along specially, having been forewarned, though it didn't go into the cash register of yesteryear.
I'm glad I saw this place in all its original glory, but I doubt the interior will survive in its current state once the current landlord/lady move on, so best see it while you have the chance.

On 28th November 2020 - rating: 8
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Palm Tree

Still as described previously, an imposing pub standing alone in a small park by the canal. Don't be put off by the lack of signs of life from outside; at first sight it can appear firmly closed but inside is a very traditional and unspoilt two-roomed pub. Still two ales on offer from Mighty Oak, although condition can be a bit variable, as can Alf's jokes! Definitely one to visit before it inevitably gets changed beyond all recognition.

On 14th March 2019 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Palm Tree

The very thorough PSM review needs little imbellishment.On my trip only the side bar was open,with it's small stage for live music and a very friendly welcome from the guv'nor.Val & Alf Barrett have been here since just after the War,and that is why so much has been preserved,so it's well worth a visit to this CAMRA Regionally Important Interior listed pub.No food and cash only,it's old school.The public bar opens when demand is sufficient.A lot of filming takes place both outside and in because of the authentic features.
The two handpumps were drawing Mighty Oak Endeavour and Maldon Gold (good nick,pricey at £4.50),and it seems Alf will usually stock their ales,he is rightly a keen fan of the brewer.
The muzak was gentle ballards creating a good atmosphere and this is a proper welcoming East End boozer.

On 30th August 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Bethnal Green, 0.8 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Cambridge Heath (London), 0.92 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Whitechapel, 1.41 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Palm Tree, E3
28th Nov 2020, 17:20
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
27th Nov 2020, 18:59
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 21 October 2020 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 14 March 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 29 November 2020 by Tris C
  • Darts : Yes - London fives - last updated 27 November 2020 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : No last updated 27 November 2020 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 November 2020 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 27 November 2020 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 November 2020 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 November 2020 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 14 March 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : No last updated 27 November 2020 by Tris C
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