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The Carpenters Arms, Shoreditch, E2

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73 Cheshire Street
E2
E2 6EG
Phone: 02077396342
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Tris C left this review about The Carpenters Arms

A first into what was once supposedly London's most notorious pub, on account of it having been bought in 1967 by Ronnie and Reggie Kray for their mother Violet; Reggie's funeral cortege passed by in October 2000 and indeed a photo of the two hangs above the bar.
It's undoubtedly an attractive Victorian pub, the curtain to the door now having gone. Otherwise it has a simple, homely interior with some pew seating and photos of the area from yesteryear; in all, unchanged since the review below. Clients are young and do indeed seem to be of the trustafarian type. There was a lively group in the rear room, when most of the other pubs around here were almost dead. There's a fireplace, which I hope will be used as the winter draws in; the lavatories though are a little scruffy, with coarse graffiti.
Staff were friendly enough serving just two ales with a third pump reversed, dispensing Gloom Bore and TT Landlord which seem to have got the pub an entry in the GBG 2019. It would however, appear that this pub's notoriety lives on in the form of my pint of Landlord costing £6.00! This is simply the most expensive pint I've ever bought; I could almost see Ronnie and Reggie's lips in the photo curling into a smile.
On balance this is a very nice pub, but the price is such that I could only justify staying here for just the one drink, hence the low mark.

On 1st October 2019 - rating: 4
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Quinno _ left this review about The Carpenters Arms

Not realising I’d done this one before a few years ago, I popped in without expecting anything. It’s still a classic corner pub that has mercifully stayed out of the hands of the hipsters retains a traditional feel. Enter to a small L shaped bar with half-length varnish wood panelling, mint painted uppers. Noted the classic and rarely seen circular curtain to pull in front of the door on cold nights. Some modern filament lights are the only encroachment and even those are fairly tasteful. To rear right is a discrete doorway which leads to a back room and small garden. Three pumps with two ales and a cider. Tim Taylor Landlord and Adnams Mosaic as the choices, the latter was a good drop (NBSS 3.5) if expensive at £2.70 a half. 12 kegs with an eclectic selection too. Punters on the 'moved to Shoreditch on daddy's funds yah' spectrum but could be worse. Enjoyable stop. 7.5

October 2010
A grand old corner pub recently re-opened, this makes for a good stop-off if touring the Brick Lane area for a bit of the ethnic grub as it’s a decent yomp away from Liverpool St station. Three ales (Trumans Runner brewed by Nethergate, Adnams Old Ale and TT Landlord) available on my visit and although certainly not cheap, the Trumans was in good shape. An interesting selection of bottled beers was available alongside prominently-advertised coffee. The recently refurbed interior has a horseshoe shaped bar which is quite lively, with a quieter drinking area at the right rear. The big etched windows at the pub’s front allow for a lot of welcome light to give a contrast to the dark wood floor, chairs and tables. Is the greenery dangling in the interior real though? Unobtrusive piped music and good atmosphere made for an enjoyable visit, despite being a bit of a hipster magnet. In an area struggling for good pubs, this one is well-worth your time. Rated 7

On 5th August 2019 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Carpenters Arms

Bare boarded interior that snakes it's way back from the entrance. 3 real ales.

On 27th September 2017 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
Shoreditch High Street, 0.39 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Whitechapel, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Bethnal Green, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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1st Oct 2019, 21:03
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
1st Oct 2019, 21:01
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