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user reviews of the King Edward VII, Stratford

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One of the better pubs in the Stratford area. A bit careworn in parts of its rambling layout, but plenty of character.
mozzzzzz - 15 May 2017 14:48
Lovely, well preserved pub, serving ropey ales while playing Christmas music very loud. But certainly worth a visit fir it's character alone.
strangetorpor - 12 Dec 2014 20:30
Went on with the boys after football yesterday, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Couple of decent ales on, and though the pie and mash was over a tender, it was generously portioned. Not bad, and will return if in area.
TommyRogers1979 - 5 Oct 2014 08:48
The pub itself is a gem, but I can't say anything positive about the beer, service or food. Food is expensive twaddle, the beer is at best variable and the service appalling. The barman did not understand what I was ordering and so I resorted to pointing at a pump and indicating one pint. Maybe he was trying to say it was off, because it was and then I spent ages trying to tell him so and get a replacement.

I'm sorry to say that I have stopped using this pub.
BusterGut - 24 Jan 2014 12:57
I'm afraid I have to add to the negative reviews for this pub in the hope the landlord will do something about it. I used to come here quite a bit but hadn't done so for maybe a year. I wish I hadn't. It was still busy enough but when we arrived early on a Saturday evening there were only two draught beers on tap and then this reduced to one when one of these went off. The TV was on so loud in the side bar it totally destroyed any atmosphere that might otherwise have been there. The side room where we moved to nearest the toilets was freezing. It was a sad sight to see 7 or so pumps with no labels or the labels turned round. They need to get it together quickly and not just to make money on the previous reputation and the food. It's always been the case that the toilets are pokey for a largish pub, but with the rest of the place having gone downhill you notice that all the more. A bit of investment in the right areas and a return to valuing real ale would help no end. It will probably remain popular because Stratford is so busy these days - but that just makes it easy for the landlord to remain complacent. It's inexcusable to have so many ales unavailable. I hope it was just a really off day but I doubt it.
Latecomer - 25 Nov 2013 17:23
I come here every other month or so and haven't been victim of any of the problems mentioned. Earlier this year when I visited the upstairs bar was being used for a private party, I didn't notice any loud music but perhaps that started later. On my last visit, Wednesday afternoon, the beer was good, the service was excellent, the food a bit overpriced but very tasty and a pleasent time was had.

Haven't found a better pub in E15 so far.
blondini - 20 Apr 2013 11:53
Really nice pub. I totally disagree with the comments below. Yes it has changed hands year ago and they are trying different things. Manager arranged 80s disco night on Thursday and I have say what a great night it was. All the people enjoyed and no it was not any goose crowd but they were all suits and ties. Yes they did run out of glasses on one point but I think it was extremely busy night. I am regular in eddies and I would like to say nothing has changed apart from few staff. It is still great boozer with serving really good pub. Try it yourself. Obviously you can't make everyone happy...
Johnp12 - 1 Apr 2013 13:18
What have they done to the Eddie!!! Have loved this pub for many years and was a great place to go, Victorian interior, great staff, friendly owner, alas no more. Since it changed hands it is now one of the worst pubs to drink in Stratford and that's saying something!! Last night there was an incongruent disco, no glasses for drinks, shorts being served in beer glasses and people dancing in the balcony area like they were on a podium in Ibiza. Maybe I'm getting old but it's not for me anymore. I agree with a previous reviewer that it's now like an overpriced goose, looks like my love affair with it is done
mollymoo - 29 Mar 2013 11:38
What a shame, this used to be a rare find in the pub desert of Stratford, but no more. The pub changed hands shortly before the Olympics and the initial handover didn't go well. There was a severe lack of stock on occasions and the staffing was a shambles. However, they seemed to have sorted things out lately.
On a recent Sunday evening visit, things had deteriorated to such an extent that we shall not be going there again anytime soon.
The food prices had been inflated in what I assume to be a cynical attempt to exploit the new clientele in the area, possibly visiting the local Westfield shopping centre and on the look out for a half decent pub. A wild mushroom risotto turned out to be a meagre portion of fried ordinary mushrooms added to some pre-cooked rice. The price astonishingly near £12. A burger, supposedly sold with coleslaw, turned up with so few strands of the stuff that it was later found hiding in shame in the bottom of the bun.
The service at the bar was at best poor, at least one of the people serving was having real difficulties with the english language. Not unusual in the area, it's part of the charm of the place, but this was beyond a joke.
The manager really shouldn't be in the business, He used to be humorous in a Fawlty Towers sort of manner, now he's just sullen.
It's sad, it was almost a good pub. I think it's only a matter of time before this enterprise prices itself out of the market and then applies, like so many, to convert to "luxury" apartments, close to transport, shops and sadly, no decent pubs.
All rather cynical, I feel. Do yourselves a favour, if you need a decent beer, then Tap East in the Westfield centre is the place to go. Expensive, little ambience, but good drinking.
DrBob - 16 Mar 2013 12:15
Been coming to this pub for only about 18 months, but until the change of ownership was a regular haunt of ours. Quiz nights were buzzing, food and drink was of excellent quality, and the atmosphere very welcoming.
When it changed hands just before the Games, there was a severe lack of stocks, in drinks and foods. We thought maybe it is just the change over, and went back a few times to see if it improved. The stock level has improved, at least we can get more than one sort of wine, but the food has gone very downhill, almost to the level of false advertising, and the drink prices went higher than expected.
For example, last night we had burger and chips with coleslaw, and wild mushroom risotto. Well we had to complain about the lack of coleslaw with the burgers, which used to be amazing. We were told it is now at the base of the burger. So we lifted the meat up and sure enough, at the bottom on top of the bun was four, yes, we counted them, four strand of cabbage which we assume was the coleslaw.
The wild mushroom risotto was plain recooked rice, not risotto rice, with a few bits of what looked, and tasted like, tinned button mushrooms. But the dish was definitely NOT risotto, more like left over Chinese takeaway rice with tinned mushrooms.
We felt the bar was overpriced, food way overpriced, service nonexistent, manager surly and couldn't care less, and we could have maybe put up with the overpriced food if it at least bear some resemblance of the descriptions on the menus.
What was once a very nice pub I feel have sunk so low down, as a group we will not be going back. Given it a long enough time since the change over for some improvements, and can see this is as good as it will be, and that is not anywhere good enough for a pub.
OzT - 25 Feb 2013 11:14
Well, what a difference a day makes - a week or two at least. Went in on Saturday, having not been in for ages and didn't find any of the problems that lilchris did. Staff were attentive and friendly, three ales were on- Eddie's Best, Bombadier & Tribute - and the Eddie's was fine. Never really noticed that the prices were any higher than London in general, and I do notice the exceptions having been fleeced for £4.25 recently in a Sam Smiths pub for Weiss beer !
Overall my mate and I had a very enjoyable experience in the three hours or so spent here. Look forward to going back soon.....didn't encounter any 'undesirable elements', although the happy throng of Halloweeners who came in looked a bit fierce...
chippysupper - 29 Oct 2012 11:36
Has gone badly downhill. The place smells,is dirty and the prices have risen steeply. It also seems that the management are happy for the less desirable elements in Stratford to drink here, which might explain the claret all around the gents last Saturday. Rapidly turning from the best pub in Stratford to the equivalent of the Goose, only worse
lilchris - 13 Oct 2012 02:31
Visited Friday afternoon and like many other reviews a lack of beer two clips turned around just had Nethergate Eddies Best on .Visiting the Paralympics and was planning a couple of hours in here but had one and moved on
pinkyroyal - 8 Sep 2012 23:14
Visited early evening last Monday and they'd run out of real ale. Not a drop! In their defence, it was the day after the Olympics closing ceremony, but that said, the barmaid didn't seem particularly surprised and wasn't apologetic.
halfabitterman - 16 Aug 2012 17:45
A happy return to one of my old student haunts! Friendly & attentive staff, four pumps with Nethergate Eddies Best, St Austell Tribute, Hopback Summer Lightning & Wells Bombadier all in fine fettle. The architectural character of the place has not been molested - tiled corridors, split-levels & etched glass, and space for a fag out the back. Its also on the wrong side of the tracks to be overwhelmed by the Olympian hordes. Look no further than the Eddie if you are in the area!
Wiccaman777 - 18 May 2012 00:31
Paid a brief visit here last Sunday afternoon. Despite having 4 handpulls, there were no ales on. Nethergate Eddies Best, Taylor Landlord & St Austell Tribute clips were all turned round. The pub itself is quite pleasant. But left feeling disappointed. Despite being in a shopping centre, I enjoyed the Tap East (next to Stratford International) much more.
blue_scrumpy - 3 May 2012 18:08
Tumbled off a National Express coach thirsty and desperate. Went in here expecting your average East London doghole - but what a pleasant surprise. Good atmosphere, attentive & friendly staff and architecturally interesting. Probably feels all a bit M C Escher in here if you've had a skinful. Don't let the Olympics spoil this one.
ShenaniganOFlanaghan - 26 Feb 2012 10:39
Just paid my first visit to this place and was very pleasantly surprised. A super little front bar which looks like it has been there since the 16th century but is probably not that old (1913 according to one of the etched windows). Anyway, split level rooms at the back and a very interesting side corridor with impressive tiling. It was good to see that it still remains fairly untouched but obviously is up-to-date in trading terms with food and music available. There were 4 cask ales on pump and I tried their "house beer" Eddy's Best from Nethergate Brewery. It was fine as was the St.Austell Trubute. This pub would be a great place for ther tourists to discover when the Olympics come round but I doubt if any of them will eveer get to this side of town as all the venues are on the other side of the station - maybe that's a good thing as the pub will remain unspoilt!!
After a long and boring bus journey from The William IV in Leyton this was a great find and one I shall use again. You reach it by going straight through the shopping centre from the station and across the Broadway.
mcroyal - 7 Jul 2011 20:17
" suprisingly quiet on a sat afternoon - solihullmaniac - 10 Apr 2011 17:11"

That's cos we're at the Boleyn Ground watching the Irons !! Have been drinking in the Eddy now for 28 years and it's still the best boozer in Stratford if you like decent beer.
lilchris - 15 Apr 2011 23:20
good smart friendly pub, quite different to everything else in stratford...lively enough on an evening, suprisingly quiet on a sat afternoon

food looked decent although i didn't eat
solihullmaniac - 10 Apr 2011 17:11
Definately the best pub in the area, good beer& food , friendly staff and generally a warm welcome feel.
TONSAI - 9 Sep 2010 15:58
Traditional town centre pub situated in the heart of Stratford Broadway.

"King Eddies" - as it badges itself - is a 19th century Grade 2 listed building, still retaining many original features including etched windows. A nice tiled entrance leads to a 2 bar pub. The front lounge bar has wood pannelling, low ceilings and a partly flagstoned floor. Up some steps towards the rear is a lighter, more airy room, which is the main restaurant area. The saloon bar has a mixture of sofas and normal pub seating, but still retains a traditional feel. There's no TV's at all and you get the feel that the pub is aiming at the more upmarket, professional end of the customer spectrum.

Food is evidently a big part of the operation and each table had a rolled up paper menu in a beer glass. A number of tables had "reserved" signs for stated later times.

In the lounge bar, there are 4 handpumps , but only two beers were on - Sharps Doom Bar and Bombardier. In the saloon bar, there's 2 banks of 4 pumps. One of the banks appears unused - all 4 pumps were unclipped - and the other bank of pumps were serving the 2 previously mentioned beers plus a beer called Full Steam Ahead. My pint of Doom Bar was average at best and, despite being listed in recent GBG's, I didn't detect any real emphasis or focus on real ale. The house beer - Nethergate Eddie's Best - wasn't on. Interestingly, the drinks menu includes some unusual bottled beers - Sam Smiths Organic Cherry, St Austell Clouded Yellow and Innis and Gunn amongst others.

On my early Sunday lunchtime visit, the temperature in the front lounge bar was a bit chilly and there was a distinct whiff of cleaning fluid, which made me retreat to the saloon bar.

I'd probably pop in again if in Stratford, but, taking the experience as a whole, I don't regard this as a pub worth going out of your way to visit.
JohnBonser - 22 Jan 2010 12:48
Visited the KE before the visit of the might Colchester United to Leyton Orient on 10 October 2009. Had a couple of pints, a very pleasant Nethergateís, Eddies Best, which although local to Colchester Iíd not tried before, also a pint of Sharpís Doombar which was also in tip top condition. Very nice pub which I havenít visited for over 20 years, good selection of ale, friendly staff and although I didnít try the food the chips on the next table looked home made and smelled divine. 7/10
Monkdawallydahonk - 12 Oct 2009 12:21
Interesting pub with lots of character both inside and out, and plenty of original features in the lounge and saloon bars. The 'house' Eddie's Best from Nethergate Brewery was excellent. Busy, but not heaving, and a reasonable atmosphere. Given its location on Stratford's charmless gyratory system, opposite the equally unappealing shopping centre, it is almost verging on the remarkable...
rpadam - 12 Jun 2009 19:49
By far the best Pub in Stratford if rather expensive. Not many good pubs left in the area now. The only other I would frequent is the Black Lion, Plaistow. If you don't mind a multicultured community, and the lack of good pubs, Stratford is not as bad as some on here make out. There are worse places in London with no pubs at all, or ones with a chav fighting clientelle.
919er - 22 Mar 2009 11:41
This has to be one of the best pubs in London, beer, food, staff and patrons. There isnt a bad thing to say about it. If only it could be picked up and placed outside of Stratford where more people could appreciate it. That's the only thing holding it back....being situated in THE biggest shithole in London.
IslandLaddie - 31 Jan 2009 18:42
The pub is a 19th Century Grade II listed pub. A quick walk through the shopping precinct seemed the quickest route and only took a few minutes from the underground station. The pub as you enter certainly does look all original. It is however like Nick Davies comments a pub of two halves. The rear bar restaurant area is definitely not original, and presumably recently changed. Like Trainman has already commented image 1 should not be the piccie for this pub. Image 3 or 2 would be much better. During our visit on 19/12 there was also a work Christmas Do going on in the seating. It seemed good natured and they were also giving out secret Santa presents. A girl from this group received an inflatable horse/jockey costume and took it with good grace wearing it to everyoneís amusement. A tall customer also wound up one of his mates my lifting his pint on to the ledge at the top of the panelling.

Two banks of four hand pumps in the pub part but only four in use during our visit. Nethergate Umbel and a personalised Eddies Best with Sharpes Doom Bar and Flowers IPA. The pub was chosen by our group as it was in the GBG and not too far from the O2 before the Madness gig. The music was quite loud here but it was the last Friday before Christmas!
Love_good_ale - 31 Dec 2008 15:02
Strange split personality here. The front is a proper pub and looks much the same as it has done for decades. The back is faux gastropub, complete with pastel coloured paint over the wood panelling and those horrid horrid leather sofas, dim lighting and awful loud music. Which is fine in its way, all those who don't really like pubs can go and sit out the back on the sofas being deafened leaving the rest of us to enjoy quite a decent pub at the front with very decent beer.

I've no idea why anyone goes specifically to eat in town centre pubs like this, it is almost always regretted.
nickdavies - 11 Dec 2008 10:51
Traditional pub decorated with lots of wood with several different areas. Reasonable range of beers, including two frm Nethergate on my visit. Beer was well kept and the place seemed to do a lot of food (but did not try any).
Rod_Hariga - 5 Dec 2008 19:32
I think image2 is far more evocative & representative of the pub, showing the front bar, rather than rear dining area in main photo. Front bar has stone tiling, wooden furniture, windows to street, but is softly lit & has darkly atmospheric feel as you enter, I wrote Dickensian but itís actually 1913. I know! & Iíd only had 2 pints at this point. Rear right continues the woody feel and here you find leather chesterfield sofa & chairs, something of the feel of a gentlemanís club, beyond this to scrubbed wood tables in restauarant & more leather chairs to rear. Bar menu included Saus&mash £8, Vension Burger £9, Duck Cassoulet £12. Wine of the week Collet de Bovis, Bellet, sounded steep at £20 but it can retail at £15 (cuvee de Mathilde). You can witness the gamut of Stratford life in the short but circular walk from the station, or take Greshonís advice (16Feb07) & take a taxi to Ďavoid contact with Stratfordí, - itís cosmopolitan, but not as we know it, hahaha!
Anyway, Bombardier, Wooden Hand Cornish Mutiny, Tribute, all £2.80, or Nethergate Eddieís Best (pres.IPA) £2.60. Bit of a drag out here for a one-pubber, but we combined it with Pembury (8mins Stratford to Hackney Central) & Carpenters/PrideofSpitalfields (6mins Hackney Downs to Bethnal Gr BR).
trainman - 25 Nov 2008 10:47
The best pub in Stratford, easily. Nice pint of St. Austell Tribute, good rock on the sound system, yeah that'll do for me! Didn't try the food.
zabadak - 17 Sep 2008 17:31
Used to like this pub and think that the new publican has done a good job. However, drinks are pricey and the food is so not up to scratch, huge disappointment! Chef clearly not skilled and have observed him being extremely agressive to members of the public! It seems when the governor is away the staff do play!


convertor - 11 Aug 2008 18:34
The Thursday night open mic nights are great, quiz nights are ok.

Foods a atd pretencious and possibly one of the mroe expensive pubs in Stratford, but thats becuase its the pub with the least trouble in Stratford.

Just be careful of the Italian barman if your taking your misses in there with you, as much as barman are paid to flirt with the ladies he really is trying to get her to go back to his.
prime - 22 Jul 2008 14:40
Stratford really is the devil's bumhole, but this place shines like a diamond haemmeroid. Sunday's pint of Nethergate Umbel was one of the best pints I've had in London - the equal of anything served by the Harp or the Olde Mitre. Really, it was that good.
Albert_Campion - 17 Jun 2008 14:56
Starford is a $#!thole. This pub is one of only two reasons to visit. the beers good and Ive never seen any bother in here which, considering the area, is a minor miracle.

Nice quiet and relaxed of a weekday evening. if your in Stratford go here - nice.
Magpie - 14 May 2008 16:14
Cracking local with good beer and stunning food. The sprouting broccoli with shrimp was sublime.

The best real ale selection in Stratford (the cognoscenti don't consider Wetehrspoons a proper pub!) with some unusual bottle beer (St Peters is excellent) and a wine list that would shame most restaurants.

The also run a superb monthly wine tasting led by some bloke from The Groucho.

If only all pubs were like this......
Escoffier - 23 Apr 2008 11:56
I was amazed to see two or three drunk people being served at the bar, where they remained. I was even more amazed when the three of them almost won the pub quiz!
loopzilla - 21 Apr 2008 11:25
Went after Leeds game at orient yesterday. Can only comment on the beer, which was fine and the clientelle mix which was very mixed.
loveleedshatebates - 6 Apr 2008 09:11
Studenty
zabadak - 25 Mar 2008 15:51
In summary if you fancy a drink its not a bad spot, but the food has pretentions that the kitchen is not capable of fulfilling. I think it popularity is a result of the other pubs in stratford not being too good.

The pub itself has a nice old interior. The drinks are pricey but a good range. The food I have been very disppointed with and no longer eat there, For example Sunday Lunch was served on cold plates and hense all cold on arrival. Venision burger was really dry as overcooked and served in the kind of cheep burger buns that you would buy from you local Costcutter !
topcat - 4 Mar 2008 12:40
A quick visit Saturday lunchtime and quite impressed with the place it has wooden floorboards and an Victorian interior and is posh for Stratford.Tried Nethergate beer from Clare in Suffolk and was good but pricey.More a fancy food place I guess but it has its attractions.The toilets were worth a visit alone.
hogshead - 28 Feb 2008 15:31
Have only visited this place at lunchtime but it's always been an oasis in an area devoid of even quarter decent pubs. Good range of very well kept ales, very good food and a very attractive environment. I'm happy to pay the rather steep prices since it offers something which isn't available for miles around.
Dave_the_Bee - 7 Feb 2008 21:11
One of Stratfords better pubs, although it's gone a bit poncy in the last couple of years. Maybe not such a bad thing, seeing as the majority of the boozers in Stratford are such sh*tholes. Sometimes I don't mind a pub with posh pretensions if it means a change from visiting a filthy drinking pit and getting my head kicked in.

And cohenst - you're wrong - Shakespeare actually dined on foie gras here, and drank a spendid glass of 1523 'Old Mans Thumper'.
villain73 - 28 Dec 2007 15:28
Hmmm, the only Stratford entry in GBG 2008, and, admittedly, I only stayed for a while, but I found it too noisy (ridiculous, unnecessary loud music that ill-matched the toned down decor) and a bit disappointing. Perhaps a rather harsh summation, but the Nethergate Best Bitter was pretty good.
JonW999 - 30 Nov 2007 22:47
full or irons.... advoid unless you want to here people talking about the slave trade, how great divercity is and 'i can't belive it's 2007 and theres still racism in the world'
bowhammer - 21 Oct 2007 20:08
After seeing the reviews on here & living near to Stratford, I grabbed my partner & we went here for lunch one Saturday. The service was spot on, food even better & the range of beers was great. My partner likes Ales, but also drinks a lot of belgian beers, so to find a pub that close to us that serves Leffe was lovely. Staff are really friendly & we'll definately be going back with a few friends in tow!
Minxy - 10 Oct 2007 14:45
Just a silly joke. Actually, I'm British. I thought you'd like the custom of hoards of gullible American tourists. Good luck with the pub.
cohenst - 14 Sep 2007 03:41
I guess that cohenst, being in America, doesn't know the difference between Stratford and Stratford-on-Avon, hence all the comments posted at 04:something. Never mind, he won't know that the Eddie is really quite a decent pub for the area. It does serve proper ale and has far more character than the Golden Grove.
canastajim - 13 Sep 2007 06:54
Shakespeare liked to kick back and smoke a cigar here.
cohenst - 13 Sep 2007 04:16
Don't be put off by the accompanying photo that looks like a restaurant! The front bar is quite traditional and dark and 'pubby', and is below pavement level. The toilets are very small and inadequate; but everywhere is clean, there's a surprising range of foods from light snacks through to posh stuff, there are three or four interesting real ales and the staff are friendly.
Trev - 8 Sep 2007 20:44
Just missed the D8 bus, so thought why not pop in and have a quick one. Wasn't expecting to find such a great place. Nice selection of ales. I'll be back.
Barchester - 29 Jul 2007 18:50
What a dreery, dingy, dark, un inspiring tip !
anonymous - 5 Jul 2007 08:48
Beautifully quaint little pub, did I say little? It's only little at the front as it seems to sprawl miles the further you walk to the back. Restaurant with space aplomb and an extensive menu not to mention the tasteful decor.

I'm a musician who has recently been invited to play at their Open Mic's on Thursday nights and wow, the crowd was so supportive! The sound system was great! For once, there was no hostile atmosphere so often found in east end boozers. I hate the area but this pub is a real diamond in the rough.

Head on down at your next opportunity. You won't be dissapointed!
anonymous - 25 Jun 2007 14:23
A real gem in a rubbish area for pubs. 4 real ales on draught 2 from Nethergate, 6X and Summer Lightning when I visited. Great multi bar pub. Good Whisky selection. Even has a garden outside. Definitely worth a visit. The Nethergate Suffolk Bitter was top notch. Service was excellent and toilets were clean. Excellent!

TheHorsesMouth - 4 Jun 2007 14:42
Have to agree with becks007 about this one. My heart always sinks when my work colleagues suggest going here instead of the Black Bull just down the road.

Surly staff and slow service have been the themes whenever I've been in there. Not been there for about 6 months now so it may have changed but I doubt it.
jtourettes - 4 Jun 2007 12:28
i have to disagree and say i don't know a better pub in Stratford. Great beer, great food, nice staff and customers. With the smoking ban in coming into place more pubs will have to do more food to survive. get used to it. Top pub.

JB217 - 22 May 2007 22:23
How can this be the 3rd best pub in the country?
Its not even in the top 3 in Stratford.
If you want dinner go to a restaurant,if you want
a good drink go to a pub.
I dont dislike this place but I wish pubs would
be pubs and restaurants would be restaurants.
becks007 - 18 May 2007 12:56
Lovely food, great selection of beers, this is a gem in an area of grotty pubs.The one improvement to be made will come in the Summer when the smoking ban comes into effect.Can't wait.
georgekaplan - 11 May 2007 09:21
nice friendly pub, well kept ales, enticing menu, well worth a visit
moclips2002 - 1 Apr 2007 22:36
'King Eddy's' is a perfect old pub and the only reason for coming to Stratford. It's a traditional old place that does everything right, including the drinks and the exceptional food. God knows what it's doing in the middle of such a hell-hole, but it really is worth making the effort to get here. In a taxi, preferably, to avoid contact with all else Stratford.
Greshon - 16 Feb 2007 09:37
Haven't been in for a few years, and in the meantime it seems to have had a bit of a spruce up without touching any of the Victoriana that this pub is famous for. There is a new dining room off the back bar and a couple of comfy sofas in keeping with a new, low-key 'gastro' approach. I'm no fan of gastropubs, usually, but Stratford certainly needs one. By and large, pubs in this area tend to be flyblown hovels haunted by the lonely, or places where you can expect to have a broken ashtray rubbed in your face, and then partially eaten by an illegal fighting dog. Or Yates. Or Wetherspoon. So it's nice to come to a place in Stratford where you can get a decent, well-kept pint, sit on a clean chair at a clean table (with a beermat.) and actually enjoy a bit of civilisation in the crappiest corner of our great city.
Albert_Campion - 9 Jan 2007 14:46
Good beers and nice food in a good old fashioned smokey pub... recommended!
drunkmarv - 14 Nov 2006 10:23
Nice warm friendly pub, good Food, went in one sunday pm for dinner was very nice indeed.
anonymous - 26 Aug 2006 14:30
King Eddies is really one of the best places to drink and eat in Stratford and probably most of the East end. The food is absolutely fantastic in the bar and in the restaurant. There's a board in the restaurant that describes what British food is in season and what's going out which is brillaint. You can tell that the food, drink and service means alot to the people that run it and the atmosphere is great. Really worth going to!
Armadoli - 26 Jul 2006 12:30
im a pub manager from the area and im not affraid to say that i also think this is a nice pub. i dont use the premises but maybe other pubs should adopt some similar polices.
anonymous - 26 May 2006 12:31
Absolutely fantastic food, a whole class above the usual gastropub fare, and at very very reasonable prices. Great wine list too. Definitely worth the trip to Stratford; this was the best meal I've had in a long time.
anonymous - 24 May 2006 13:47
Is Stratford the bastard brother of Bradford? Cos these places are both as grim as each other. However, after the olympic nonsense we will no longer be able to sit and have a quiet cheap pint at the eddie - it will be a nobby gastropub full of 3-wheel buggies and yummy mummies. enjoy the silence whilst it lasts.


deejayblack - 1 Mar 2006 12:35
The area around Stratford shopping centre and the station is a William Hogarth print made into a film by David Lynch. With a bit of Hieronymous Bosch chucked in. This pub really IS the only reason for going there. Well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. If you sit in the windows at the front you can watch the winos punching each other in the street.
Albert_Campion - 16 Dec 2005 17:01
I've always had a friendly reception at the Eddie and the food's good & varied as well as the beer.

It's an unusual layout with varied furiture, lots of dark wood and the building itself has a relaxing atmosphere.
mikecharles_mjc - 10 Oct 2005 20:50
i really like this pub, looks like an old man boozer from the outside. But good young crowd on a thursday thru sunday night..
anonymous - 12 Jun 2005 21:19
The only reason to go to Stratford,
BusterGut - 31 May 2005 18:52
A lively atmospheric pub and the best in E15. A fab cross section of patrons (do they still hold their D&D evenings mid week?) Used to by my local when I worked for a local bank. Great times back in the late 70s. Good juke box.
Thunderstar - 5 Feb 2005 15:34
Excellent pub with a selection of real ales (Adnams Broadside & Charles Wells Bombadier amongst others). Used to be a great haunt of students of the nearby University, but probably less so now as the upper bar has been transformed into a fully fledged restaurant.
graley - 18 Jan 2005 18:08
well i wouldnt go as far as to say stratford would be 100% sh**t if it wasn't for this bar as thats idiotic. Obviously this writer/rater likes their drink ;-)

I really like this friendly pub, young, trendy and good music. I hear they have a open mike night too. 8/10 rating.
anonymous - 9 Sep 2004 12:24
The only reason to go to Stratford is for this pub. The rest of the place is like Rhyl on a bleak weekend.
Thankfully, the Eddie manages give some sort of hope for the residents and locals.
Rachel - 5 Mar 2004 19:04
Stratford would be 100% sh** other than this fantastic boozer and the fact that I live there.
jon - antmanbeeart@yahoo.co.uk - 21 Feb 2004 21:24
fabulous pub, great atmoshere and good food. Landlord not bad either
sharron dumez - 27 Jan 2004 17:11
Apart from that recidivist alco bullshitter Dave Bass (a.k.a Gibson - Gibbon more like (geddit?)) charming atmos with the trendy young things of E15 splendid pint of Scrumpy Jack not to be found here fair chance of a shag (though skag mor likely) after nineish on a Saturday evening. Highly (!) recommended
Fantastic pub,went in for a drink on 02/06/03,great barman called dave bass, nice beer aswell. 9/10
d gibson - 6 Jun 2003 12:31
East-End boozer, youngish 20-30 something crowd, friendly, relaxed and good natured staff and customers, good choice of food and beer (usually 4-5 real ales on at a time).
SeŠn - 17 Mar 2003 09:12

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