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Zeppelin Shelter, Whitechapel

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user reviews of the Zeppelin Shelter, Whitechapel

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Further to my recent review, this pub has now started doing food. This mainly consists of huge home-made pizzas, plus the usual pizza-parlour accompaniments, such as garlic bread and ice cream.

The pizzas may seem costly - about £7 for a Margherita - but are a good size and of good quality, and are ideal for sharing.

I can't fault Jules (the manager) for effort, and although this is not my choice of pub for a quiet conversation, I have often found myself here towards the end of a Friday night when the music volume goes up and an outbreak of toe-tapping among the clientele has been observed.

When the plethora of residential towers sprouting up along Leman Street open for business, expect this place to be heaving.
Fiendishgames - 2 Oct 2013 11:06
Now called the Black Horse. the presence of the sun terrace is still the main selling point of this boozer.

The new landlord, who I think is French, has been making a big effort to revive the fortunes of the place, but I am not sure if his efforts have been well directed.

The upstairs bar, which is all sofas, coffee tables and the aforementioned sun terrace, is lovely and relaxing, and very female friendly. It should be downstairs, if you see what I mean.

The downstairs bit is full of shaven bullet-headed geezers. The TV shows a succession of pop music videos while the sound system plays an unrelated succession of songs - just loud enough to make conversation difficult, not loud enough to attract the clubbers who can't afford to go clubbing.

The presence of a dart board and the high-stools and tables are not especially female friendly, and the result is that this has become a bit of a middle-aged blokes' hang-out.

Luckily, I am a middle-aged bloke ...

Usually has a couple of Greene King ales on the go and a guest, and the landlord takes good care of them. The range is augmented by five bottled ales - a legacy of the days when the new landlord could not find any brewer prepared to offer him barrels on a trial basis.

Lager offerings include Estrella and Stella, so no chance there of any confusion in a noisy pub. Every time the landlord gets the order wrong, he drinks the unwanted beer himself.

On a sunny day this pub is a 7, otherwise a 5 but heading higher. Bar staff are very friendly.
Fiendishgames - 6 Aug 2013 12:14
lovely pub,had very nice private party upstairs ,balcony was big plus!:)
elizalj - 30 May 2011 22:01
Yeah. Weird place.. Not sure about the theme in here? 1940s bomb shelter? It turned Brazilian during the World Cup. Service is chirpy and efficient. Beer is okay but something was up with the drains last time I was in which, sadly, I cannot tolerate. Will stick my head round the door again to try again though.
randompubgoer - 26 Sep 2010 20:26
nice if not strange bar.
Darts is good, but somehow feel im in a time warp when drinking there...on the whole one of my fav pubs.
rmadefc - 16 Sep 2010 15:44
Great pub especially good on the balcony in summer. Friendly staff,. Downstairs bar WW1 and traditional while upstairs is modern, and has darts, pool etc, and the balcony!!
Alexandra1 - 16 Aug 2010 15:32
Very friendly pub. Traditional downstairs frequented by regulars and with a younger, studenty type utilising the upstairs bar withs its pool table, darts board and pin ball Machine. Best of all is the outside balcony with barbaque.
marcanthony - 5 Jul 2010 20:34
An unusual pub well worth a visit. The downstairs bar is traditional with a WW1 theme. In contrast the querky upstairs sports bar seems to attract a much younger crowd. The upstairs roof terrace is a nice feature.
I've been to this pub a few times now and have always found the staff to be very friendly.
Marshall1 - 27 Jun 2010 10:27
An avid darts player, I have decided to comment of all the Pubs I have played in recently.

The Board is in reasonable nick, but yet another terrible throw, do people just hang boards on the wall in a hope nobody will notice how badly they are positioned?

Strangely decorated theme Pub with eastern euro uninterested staff. Clean enough, but the beer was some of the worst I have tasted.

Worth avoiding more than revisiting.

ArryArrows - 8 Jun 2010 13:59
Good traditional pub downstairs. Games room upstairs - darts, pool and pinball. Deuchers was well kept. Roof terrace.
HLC - 9 Mar 2010 22:14

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