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East India Arms, Fenchurch Street

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Fantastic old fashioned pub, well filled by lunch time drinkers on a wet Friday. A pint of Spitfire (4.00) was fine, staff were coping well & swapping banter with all & sundry. Visitors to London can have pre-conceived ideas about City pubs, I know I did, but this one could be poked on any high street in the land, or back street for that matter and not be out of place.
Queenslander - 20 Oct 2014 22:25
One of my favourite pubs on the City chapter from 'London Pub Walks' in the book of the same name. Impressive building standing the test of time surrounded by faceless office buildings. Shepherd's Neame beer and naturally a yuppie clientele but still relatively mixed crowed. Recommended if you're in the area.
Richard_ReadingFC - 7 Jul 2014 12:30
my personal experience of punb in the square mile..1989 2008
6am: unleash bowel movement , purging yesterdays cocaine, lager and sweet meats.
6.30am: get up/shower/power wank ..thereby processing remaining toxins down the plug hole
6.45am: violent argument with wife
7 am: no time for breakfast , off to work!!

7.45 am: toilet, wank , capaucino
8am : work!! push papers around, stare at screen , tap pen on teeth, toilet, wank.
1oam :pretend to read 'lloyds list'
11am : 'strategy 'meeting with other 'non marine facualty specialists', , in reality alcoholics all shaking like the drunken bakers in 'viz'.
item one, agenda one , priority one ..liase to meet in drakes wine bar or the english club 11.45am
11.40am: pick up folders and with the determined look of east german sprinter marlies goher, stride purposefully to the 'market' with durans 'hungry like the wolf' ringing in your head. eager for new business....
11.42am: simply decide against the exciting new buisness venture of going to see some cunt in his 'box' head straight for 'drakes' in leadenhall market.
11.45am. meet with other 'non marine facualty specialists' to discuss covering each others arses, if it all gets on top.
12.15pm: thoughts turn to the kibble and where we take our custom today.
will it be 'wraps', 'bar bed' , the counting house, the elephant or the wine lodge.(descisions descisions!!
1pm: time to take the show on the road!!: press buzzer to gain entry into bar bed's gentlemens club upstairs behind reinforced fire door.
1.01pm: time to mingle!!. associate with 'colourful' collection of junkys, theives, bullys, cunts,pimps, whores and reinsurance brokers.
4.30pm: leave establishment ripped to the tits and £2OO Lighter, but in possession of the life giving elexier that is the kibble. scurry' golem ' like to lloyds of london for an appointment with inaminate object 'the lutine bell'
4.45pm: 'rap' with bob the pristine yeoman at the entrance , of lloyds, cunted , like a long lost brother(making a mental note to ignore him the next day, if i survive the next 24 hours)
5pm: leave bob crying/scared and go to meet broker for my 2.30pm appointment
5.o2pm: wank in bogs, really unloading a pootle of gear in a prolonged orgasm due to being on the kib all afternoon.
5.11pm.... miss my 2.30pm appointment and express my apologies. my nans dying of 'testicular cancer 'or something
5:15pm ..'lunch ' more kibble and more pints in leadenhall market. discuss exciting new opportunities within a growing market with other 'specialists'
5.45pm..return to office. pack up leave.may 'jimmy' open the petty cash box and point the finger at the african cleaners...after all 'my word is my bond' to the wine lodge , more cocaine, more pints, more disscussion on pornography
7pm..asked to leave by management, quick inventory reveals dangerously low stock levels of kib ie 1/2 a grm. reorder critical.i repeat reorder critical!!
8pm..leave the counting house restocked..phew!!!1 the cheshire cheese, reminiscing with other 'specialists' about our brave comrades that have fallen by the wayside and now live above a pet shop in a bedsit in tooting/eltham/basildon. either estranged from their wife and children or dead.
8.15pm to 11pm : have a fucking good laugh about the above 'fallen'. cunts.
11.15pm: time for home!!!. ring estranged ex colleagues wife on train home , wired to fuck, with propositions of a sexual nature, realise you have in fact rung your sister, but continue anyway.
12.15: jump in cab and share a few lines with colin the cabby.
12.25: home time!!!, throw dinner in bin have violent argument with wife, spend a night of fitful sleep on the sette in suit, waiting to do it all again!!

shoomer88 - 25 Jun 2014 12:52
Always been a good pub to go for a drink. On my last visit all was in order except the fact that I had to ask for every pint I ordered to be topped up.

Shouldnt have to ask.
TheHorsesMouth - 6 Mar 2013 13:14
Small homely Shepherd and Neame pub in the city, right next to Fenchurch St station.

Dangerous stairs to the toilets on the left as you enter from the street off Fenchurch St, I can imagine there's been a few near misses in the past!

Wooden floors throughout and old Shepherd and Neame memorabilia on the walls and some excellent GB bunting hanging from the ceiling.

A city pub but good clientele like a homely local should have.

Both Spitfire and Master brew on but to be honest both tasted a bit bad, so maybe the pumps need a clean.

Decent pub though
lezford - 19 Nov 2012 13:19
Cracking little boozer.

In an area overloaded with pretenious crapholes this is a real stand out old school pub, will certainly be back.
kevmac - 10 Nov 2012 10:48
My sort of venue... efficient staff... can stand outside... bogs have a lot to be desired... the real danger is a big thirst and getting on the Spitfire at lunchtime.
NLBS - 16 May 2012 13:11
First time I had been back here since it changed from Youngs to Shepherd Neame so that shows you how long ago I last visited !!
My pint of Kent's Best was fine and the pub hasn't really changed much. I'll probably use it again when I'm in the area.
mcroyal - 10 Aug 2011 18:34
First time I had been back here since it changed from Youngs to Shepherd Neame so that shows you how long ago I last visited !!
My pint of Kent's Best was fine and the pub hasn't really changed much. I'll probably use it again when I'm in the area.
mcroyal - 10 Aug 2011 18:34
I could never get in here when I used to pass regularly on my way from Fenchurch St station in the days of Youngs. Finally managed it on a fine spring day - the SN Master Brew was £3.10 - a bit pricey for the cooking bitter, but the condition and taste was top notch. Interesting pictures round the panelled walls and splendid mirror.
JBGatelad - 26 Mar 2011 09:44
nice ouide, too busy to get in on Friday though
bendyboo - 23 Mar 2011 14:44
I assume that when you say S & N, you mean Shepherd Neame, rather than Scottish & Newcastle?
The_Final_Arbiter - 12 Mar 2011 11:56
Shepherd & Neame pub near to Fenchurch Street station. Clean tidy city pub with well kept ale (although purely from the S&N range).
Rod_Hariga - 12 Mar 2011 11:52
Not a fan of Neame this was close to where I disembarked, so you have to really don't you.

I was pleasantly surprised, whilst very bijou to say the least, it does serve a great pint.

whitenight - 20 Jan 2011 17:46
I second gallon_at_lunch's review - I also have yet to receive anything less than a tip-top pint here - as in all Neame houses in my experience to date.
aairboy - 14 Sep 2010 23:03
Whilst there are a multitude of alternatives, this is my favourite haunt at lunchtime. It's not huge, there's no food and it can get busy in peak trading (especially if it's raining), but the beer is kept in outstanding condition. I hate to think how many pints I have had in here and not one has been ropey.
gallon_at_lunch - 18 Jun 2010 16:27
I chose this pub as an alternative to The Fen on our Monopoly inspired crawl yesterday. We were less than impressed. The rather surly young man behind the bar served us with an air of contempt and disinterest that would be hard to match. Maybe we're not great lovers of the Shepherd Neame style, but the quality of the beer also disappointed.
PJH20 - 2 Jun 2010 23:30
I arrived at this pub, just as most of the City offices were throwing out their workers to the nearby pubs and stations. The pavements outside were thronged with people and I had to fight my way to the entrance. However, in common with many City pubs, once inside it was fairly quiet. This is a Shepherd Neame pub serving Spitfire, Master Brew, Bishops Finger, Kent's Best and RSA Celebration Ale. Service was the best I experienced in any of the 12 pubs on Thursday, being prompt, informative, efficient and friendly. The two guys behind the bar were working their socks off to cater for the thirsty suits. I found the small seating area to the rear of the bar to be completely free. However instead I chose to sit on a stool at this end of the bar. The place is nicely decorated with assorted brewery pictures and hops above the bar. A TV in the corner was on but with no sound. I enjoyed my experience here. If you're a fan of Shepherd Neame beers, you will probably enjoy this place.
blue_scrumpy - 22 May 2010 13:29
Smallish single bar pub situated close to Fenchurch Station. It's a fairly typical bare-boarded stand up to drink City pub with a few stools dotted about. In summer standing room on the pavement outside helps relieve the inevitable early evening crush.

For many years a rare Youngs pub in the City, it's now owned by Shepherd Neame and serves the full range of their real ales. My recent early evening visit found the Late Red - their autumn seasonal beer - in good form, but at a rather pricey £ 3.35p. The pub is listed in the 2010 GBG. Slightly puzzlingly, a blackboard on the pavement outside announced that "Spitfire has landed", although this has been a Sheps pub for several years now.

The interior is rather plain and unremarkable, but there is a large Bass mirror and some interesting photos which includes one of the pub when it was a Charrington's house ( before Youngs acquired it in 1973 ). In common with many Sheps pubs seemingly, the bar gantry is adorned with hops.

It's a perfectly adequate pub for a pint if in the area, but its lack of space and comfort means you'll probably not want to linger long.

JohnBonser - 6 Nov 2009 13:01
A small pub on Fenchurch Street which serves well kept Shepherd and Neame beers. There is a lack of seating but given the size this is hardly a surprise. Very much a bloke's drinking pub.
The downside is higher than average prices and toilets which leave much to be desired.
EssexDave - 3 Aug 2009 13:15
The East India Arms is a Cask Marquee accredited Shepherd Neame house and is situated along busy Fenchurch Street. Undoubtedly a pub which gets its fair share of custom during the working week, it was surprisingly fairly quiet on my recent evening visit. A rather bare and anonymous interior with a distant lack of seating, this single-roomed bar does still retain some charm despite the overall blandness. A few decorative brewery mirrors and old photos were however, sadly, the only objects to catch this reviewers wondering eye. Despite no seasonal offering, a decent array of Kentish ales were pleasingly on offer: Masterbrew, Kentís Best (!), Spitfire and the slightly stronger Bishopís Finger. The condition was excellent. The staff were friendly and the background music was aired at a satisfying unobtrusive level. Despite the odd half-hearted gripe, I quite liked it here. I just wish they would borrow a little more personality from somewhere.
HTM69 - 5 Nov 2008 19:26
Popped in on a weekday lunchtime. Shepherd Neame pub, just round the corner from Fenchurch St Station. Always seems busy, but is pretty small, so a dozen people would make it seem popular. One padded bench-with-a-back area at the rear of the pub but, other than that, its standing or stools n' shelves. An all gents crowd today, but I have seen ladies in here.

Sank a solitary pint of Spitfire. Beer in better than average condition. Decent City boozer.
Mercurial - 16 Apr 2008 15:18
Good old fashioned pub but only a full range of Shep, which to be honest is only average beer. Lucky to be in GBG.
GuideDogSaint - 18 Jan 2008 01:04
Beer good but highly branded image now
anonymous - 13 Nov 2007 23:58
Decent City pub but Spitfire very average
mtaylor40 - 7 Nov 2007 22:00
Fear not "Navigators". The pub is already non smoking. Following a refurb (lick of pain) the pub is now non-smoking. A breath of fresh air. !
TheHorsesMouth - 13 Jun 2007 12:28
Roll on smoking ban - this pub has good beer but is full of smoke...
Navigators - 1 Mar 2007 14:55
First visit for a while. Quality watering hole. 4 different Shepherd Neame beers on pump. My pint of Kent Best was excellent. As usual not over full with ladies. I counted one. Think she was lost.
TheHorsesMouth - 26 Jan 2007 12:47
A small real Pub no food but well kept Shep Neame beers.Best watering hole in area but can get very busy.
leggless - 14 Nov 2006 18:29
Been bought out by Shepherd Neame.
anonymous - 19 Sep 2006 08:37
Timothy Taylor was spot on, well-poured and at £2.60 great value. The ale seemed to be going down well with the patrons who were drinking it, although the pub was mainly populated by suits - with about half the patrons drinking the rather pathetic Magners stuff - gimps.

Anyway, it is a tiny bar, so there is no real seating area per se, and punters tend to spill out onto the pavement.

Still, for a couple of swift, decent ales after work, it does the job.
AleKing - 18 Aug 2006 09:17
Nice little one bar pub just around the corner from Fenchurch St.Station.Gets packed lunch time and early evening.Closes about 9 pm and is closed at week-ends.Normally three beers on and the Landlord today was as good as it will ever get and at £2.60 a pint good value for a city pub.Then again,if you find this a bit dear see The Orange Tree,Havering Atte Bower.
apa - 15 Aug 2006 19:50
Little to add to previous comments, but they seem to have removed some of the beer pumps - only one bank of 2 pumps now, one dispensing Pride and the other Youngs Ordinary. Are they actively eeking to reduce the beer trade and, if so, why ?

London Pride was only £ 2.50 and was in splendid form, however on my visit yesterday
JohnBonser - 20 Apr 2006 10:57
Can't agree more. A proper old fashioned pub. Definitely not one for the ladies. Girls only come in here to ask for directions or serve the beer. Good for a quick pint. Beer is always good
TheHorsesMouth - 15 Feb 2006 14:03
Decent boozer in the City.
anonymous - 14 Feb 2006 13:26
Had a few lunchtime beers at the East India recently. It was busy, but the service was still very good, and the beer in good shape. A 'proper' pub

rockstar - 22 Dec 2005 15:43
insurance market boozer, for insurance market boozers
evers - 29 Aug 2005 17:36
A no nonsense traditional stand-up boozer.
BinBagBob - 18 Feb 2005 12:50
Slightly shabby old style city boozer for standing up and drinking in. I wouldn't bother asking for a glass of wine for the lady as they'd probably think you were taking the mickey. Tasty Eastern European Barmaids, tasty London Pride. Fine by me!
MrLash - 23 Dec 2004 11:08
Proper pub for men to drink decent bitter in. The last time a bird went in here was 1989.
PieFace - 10 Sep 2004 15:07

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