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Bancroft Arms, Stepney Green

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Proper East End, old boys pub this. It has not been decorated in a while, but that adds to its charm. The beer is pretty reasonably priced and has a few TV'S in there for the sport. It just never seems that busy, although it odes have a loyal set of regulars. As it goes, it is good it ain't that busy durting football and other sport as you get a decent view and are spared the argy bargy of a packed pub during a match. Thisn is much more preferable to maybe more popular pubs near by which get crammed during matches. Much prefer the space here.
Serlo - 5 Jun 2015 13:41
Went in here the other night. The landlady dorren is so rude it is unbeleiveable. She is very nice to her little clan. Would not reccommend to anyone. The wicked witch of stepney still here.
themysteryman - 18 Feb 2011 12:01
People on here moaning that a pub doesn't serve real ale should realise the reason why; the vast majority of drinkers dont like it, its an aquired taste. Went in there on Friday, it was busy, and had very reasonable pices, 2.60 a pint
bowhammer - 6 Jun 2010 15:02
One of the last traditional East End pubs. Great atmosphere, very cosy and friendly. The landlady Doreen is a lovely person who is well respected by her customers. She even has a free bar towards Christmas every year to thank her regular customers for their custom througout the year. Haven't come across many publicans who do that! I am part of the week-end crowd who goes in for the live music on Saturdays and Sundays. Great place to watch the football too, especially the free bar food at half time. Top place!
Pettit - 10 Dec 2009 00:23
"Don't say Real Ale say Sarsons" should be this pubs motto.
This boozer is holding on against all of the odds in an area where pubs are disappearing faster than playing cards up Paul Daniels sleeves. With a bar staff that couldn't recognise an off pint of real ale (the only kind they serve) if they were forced to bathe in it and with the magnificent Doreen in attendance, surely Wagners inspiration for the Valkyries, frightening stuff indeed, Gotterdammerung surely awaits just as it did for John Bull bitter (and the Romford Brewery Co.)Innocent passerby, do yourself a favour and pass on to the canal up towards Mile End Station. You'll find something in there more refreshing!
IronsRus - 27 Jun 2008 16:11
This was a lovly pub back in the 80's. It is now run by a woman called doreen who would look more at home in a concentration camp. Rude and unpleasent are to good of words for her. Hopefully when she leaves it may return to the good old pub it once was.
menadthee - 28 Jan 2008 11:00
The real ale promised is never on, this may be because the old codgers would die if they got near it.
Staff seem disinterested, a pub dying on its feet/ zimmer frame.
surreytriumphant - 16 Feb 2007 17:40
A.K.A. The "top house". was always busy at weekends, mainly 40s plus back then, a two piece band at weekends with regular sing-a-longs; never really had a lot of local competition (Bearing in mind that people used to walk to there locals back in the seventies and eighties) There nearest competitor, Exluding the fountain next door,of which was built much later, Was the prince of wales, A.K.A. kate hodders and the new globe mile end road, bow.

moncrief - 11 Feb 2006 01:58
Reopened a few years back, halfway between Mile End and Stepney Green tube stations (next to Silvermans army surplus). Friendly staff, a good pint and cheap rolls. Takes a fair bit of passing trade from builders, binmen etc so busy early afternoons. Basically a solid East End local.
pablos13 - 11 Apr 2005 17:52

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