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Galyons Bar & Kitchen, E16

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Albert Basin Way
E16
E16 2QZ
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Rex Rattus left this review about Galyons Bar & Kitchen

It's unusual that a pub that was built in 1881, and is still functioning as a pub, was not on the site until now. It was originally called the Galleons Hotel, and is one of a trio of pubs built in the 1880s for the London and St Katharine Docks Company at the Royal Victoria and Albert Docks. The Connaught (now the Fox@Connaught) still survives down at the other end of the docks, but the Ship has gone. Being Grade II* Listed will have helped the building survive, although the Listing unfortunately didn't save the original fittings inside from being stripped out at some stage. It now appears as a lone survivor of a bygone age surrounded by very modern and taller buildings, probably containing unaffordable housing. The exterior still boasts a magnificent frieze of nymphs and the like - I always say that nymphs will invariably improve any pub. It originally had entrances on two levels, with what might be regarded as the upper class saloon bar on the upper level, and the public bar appropriately on the lower level. There was also an entrance that led directly out to the platform of the adjoining train station.

But the interior no way matches the exuberance of the exterior, looking like what it is - a hotel lounge. There's no real ale of course, the best bet being keg Meantime Pale Ale. They do food from 9 to 9; main courses are all £12 (e.g. beer battered haddock, chips, peas and tartare sauce) apart from the Black Angus steak at £21. Bar snacks (e.g. sausage roll, Scotch egg) are £4. The furnishings are what you would expect in a hotel lounge - mainly comfortable fixed bench seating but with some normal tables and chairs. There was a separate room on the right, which was being set up as a cinema when I was in on Wednesday early evening - and I wasn't certain whether this room would normally be available to drinkers. There's also some bench seating at the front.

It's a shame that such a magnificent old building now has such a nondescript bar, and is totally surrounded by modern developments. But at least it's still here. I'll give it a six for the building's architecture, and not for the bar or drinks.

On 9th June 2019 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Woolwich Dockyard, 1.97 miles, 38 min walk (show)
Woolwich Arsenal, 2 miles, 38 min walk (show)
Plumstead, 2.66 miles, 51 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Galyons Bar & Kitchen, E16
9th Jun 2019, 13:48
Request to add pub to area Royal Docks by Rex Rattus approved
 
9th Jun 2019, 13:48
Request to add pub to area Royal Docks by Rex Rattus

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 09 June 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 09 June 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Ale : No last updated 09 June 2019 by Rex Rattus
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