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Well & Bucket, Shoreditch, E2

Pub added by Graham Mason
143 Bethnal Green Road
E2
E2 7DG
Phone: 02036646454
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Tris C left this review about Well & Bucket

This pub closed around 1989 and was converted to retail use, so it was something of a surprise when it reopened in 2013. Though much mauled over the years, the interior features some absolutley superb polychromatic glazed tiles with lovely integrated mirrors - this is the good news. Modern interior modifications includes some relatively subtle steampunkery including filament bulbs. The bar top is copper and unsurprisingly, there's much bare brick, which seems to be the mainstay of pubs in this street. The bad news is that just the sound of conversation in here is enough to induce tinnitus and the lighting is very gloomy. Customers seemed to be of the younger hipster bent, with conspicuous beards. There was a real ale on offer but the clip was reversed. Thereafter, the mainstay of beers seemed to come from the multinational brewing arm that is the Camden Brewery.
Staff were pottering about mixing cocktails and one barmaid was diligently wiping the rim of a glass with a strip of lemon rind, for God's sake. With the lack of available real ale and tediously slow service, I decided to cut my loses and leave. This isn't my format so I'll not be returning, but do stick your head round the door to have a look at the tiles before moving on to the King's Arms.

On 16th August 2019 - rating: 3
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hondo . left this review about Well & Bucket

Must've had a really impressive interior when the tiling was intact. Central island bar served 2 real ales 2 taps off and an extensive keg selection.

On 26th September 2017 - no rating submitted
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Quinno _ left this review about Well & Bucket

Re-opened in 2013 as a craft beer pub after a period of time as a shop. There’s a semi-heritage interior with some lovely Victorian tiling which has sadly been vandalised at some point, it is a shame that the current owners haven’t tried (yet?) to do some proper renovations on them (here’s hoping they do). Instead (perhaps to try and cover up some of the worst areas), there are some dubious ‘portrait’ artworks of a Gothic/EMO persuasion. Some other items of a more pleasing nature are in place, such as a large Well and Bucket mirror on the back wall. The island bar (with impressive copper topping) allows for a fairly uninhibited way to explore the pub (pushchairs permitting), with access at the rear to a small smokers patio. Sodium lighting makes for an ‘evening’ sort of atmosphere even in the middle of the day; it also serves to complement the aforementioned copper bar top and perhaps also helps to soothe the worst parts of the damaged tiling. Busy inside, with a youngish clientèle present. Four ales at the bar (from Gadds, ELB, Alchemy, Hop Stuff). My Alchemy Five Sisters was in good shape. I also noted some impressive bottles in the fridge as well as a large range of craft keg. Toilets were (unexpectedly) rather plush. If they can stump up the cash to renovate the tiling they could really turn this into a Top 20 London pub. Still, it’s most definitely worth getting the bus out for as it currently stands.

On 25th February 2014 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Graham Mason
Shoreditch High Street, 0.24 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Hoxton, 0.62 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Whitechapel, 0.8 miles, 15 min walk (show)
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16th Aug 2019, 17:42
Review submitted by Tris C
 
4th Oct 2017, 10:04
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 26 September 2017 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes - But none on at the time of my visit. - last updated 16 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 September 2017 by hondo .
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