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The Princess of Wales, Clapton, E5

146 Lea Bridge Road
E5
E5 9RB
Phone: 02085333463
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Tris C left this review about The Princess of Wales

Dating from the mid-19th century as the Prince of Wales, the only original interior feature is a couple of leaded stained-glass panes with the Prince of Wales ostrich feathers; the pub underwent gender reassignment in 1997.
There’s still the substantial outdoor seating overlooking the Lea Navigation with canal boats, along with what looks like a giant sewage pipe to the left, running parallel to the bridge.
The interior is fairly airy with a lot of window space and modern field panelled bar to the centre with its tubular steel drinks’ rack and similar suspended modern pot shelves. The floor is modern bare boarded and the interior is zoned with substantial pillars, one of which houses a log burning stove with tiled surround. They too are field panelled with wood painted a smoky blue colour with white walls on up to a white Anaglypta ceiling. Furniture is traditional with some pews to the periphery. There are small glass bottles to tables, containing dried flowers along with salt and pepper grinders, supporting single sheet A4 menus, displaying a pan-global eating experience, which includes a Ploughman’s featuring glazed ham hock, triple-cooked chips, spiced lamb scotch egg, pork and chorizo sausage roll, piccalilli, Dorset Blue cheese and onion marmalade with sourdough for the bargain price of just 22.5 units. Décor amounts to framed prints to walls, lighting coming from copper shaded hanging lamps and similar sconces with hanging fluted glass shades above the bar. There’s a retracted projector screen, so unless it’s going to be used for PowerPoint presentations, sport must be shown at some time.
Music played at an acceptable level: Jamie T and Verve’s predictable Bittersweet Symphony. Customers seemed to by under-40s, incomers to this gentrified enclave and a family of four having a meal.
Ales were from the standard Young’s range and its new inseparable sidekick, Proper Job, at a reasonable – for now – £5.20, served on good form by a friendly barman.
This is really more of a restaurant than real boozer, but it seems to fulfil its aims well and would be worth using if living locally, or perambulating the towpath, in need of feeding and watering.

On 3rd September 2021 - rating: 5
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Princess of Wales

Decent waterside pub that is now part of the Geronimo Division of Youngs which means it’s been gentrified in recent years to a fairly smart modern pub interior with a focus on food and a beer range that includes some guests as well as Young’s own beers.
Well described below a key selling feature of the Price of Wales is definitely the sizeable outside seating area by the River Lee Navigation which on the recent bank holiday Monday had a shack cooking burgers to complement the main food menu. This does indeed make the pub a comfortable stop when cycling or walking the Lee path.
The bar has two sets of three real ale pumps and the set on the bar closest to the garden entrance had Youngs Ordinary and Special and Redemption Big Chief. There may have been another Young’s brew on the other set, but on seeing the Big Chief I didn’t have to explore further, and very fine it was too..
Now that this whole area of the Lee Navigation from the Edmonton reservoirs, through the Walthamstow Marshes down to the Stratford Olympic park has been turned into a pleasant wildlife space I can see myself returning to this one.

On 29th August 2018 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Princess of Wales

This is Young’s pub set right beside the River Lea Navigation. The most unusual thing about this Young’s pub is that it didn’t have any Young’s ales on, at least when I visited on Wednesday afternoon. That’s a first for me. But they did have on Sambrook’s Wandle, Truman’s Swift, and Redemption Big Chief (£2.05 a half) – a stonking 5.5% hoppy IPA. Food is available at normal dining times, and there are single sheet menus on all the tables, with top of the list being “flat iron steak, tripled dipped chips, tomato and mushroom”. Probably steak & chips with added adjectives.

This pub makes the best of its major asset, its location. There is some bench seating outside along the towpath as well as to the rear of the pub away from the road. Being a Young’s pub it’s been modernised to a large extent, with the walls painted a light grey pastel shade, the floor being modern replacement boarding apart from a bit of carpeting along one side. The bar counter looks an original bit of kit though.

As you move along the bar counter to the left you go through an archway into an area where all tables are laid for diners. There’s some of the library bookshelf style of wallpaper back here which I guess is intended to add a degree of gentrification. This pub’s a bit corporate (staff in black shirts) but it clearly serves a valuable function in providing thirsty walkers, cyclists and narrow boat enthusiasts travelling the waterway with somewhere to slake their thirst. It doesn’t look like the sort of place that many would choose as their local. I remember this pub from the 70s, and I’m really glad it’s still here, although it’s much more “gentrified” than the pub I remember.

On 17th March 2014 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Clapton, 0.57 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Lea Bridge, 0.76 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Rectory Road, 1.15 miles, 22 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No - Mondays 8.00 pm. - last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Young's. - last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 03 September 2021 by Tris C
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