The Coborn Arms, Bow - pub details
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|Well I havent left a review in 5 years. But going to the Coburn today compelled me to resurrect my account. Its the first time ive been since the refurb. Im by no means a regular; I work nearby but usually visit once a month with colleagues for a good booze up. We Always loved the genuine honest feel to the place and its why we always went here rather than the Morgan. |
But that character and charm have been gutted along with the old furniture. I couldnt put it better than the reviewer below - it looks like a bloody tea rooms where old women eat cake. I dont know if the place was struggling but it always seemed pretty busy to me. If it where my regular local i'd feel quite betrayed that the pub had comletely changed identity in order to find a better class of customer. Only had the one, it wasnt particularly nice. I think I'll be using The Little Driver or BowBells in future.
sir_adam_of_downham - 15 Apr 2015 20:38
|Alistair - Bummer news about my old haunt. I believe I was the first to post on this site years ago about how much I really liked it. At that time, my old gf lived at the Wellington Bldgs, so I was always here. It was a proper 'hood boozer with really good food. Glad I was there back in the day. Cheers. Joe USA|
Joseph65 - 9 Apr 2015 17:33
|The refurb is absolutely awful!|
The inside now looks like a little old ladies' Team Rooms in the Cotswolds. I'm not a dinosaur and understand that pubs have to adapt with the times and that pubs rarely survive in residential areas just on wet trade. However what was once a pleasant proper East End boozer with bags of character has now become a ladies that lunch / crèche play area.
East London pub culture really is being slowly eroded away. There is almost no middle ground boozers anymore - it's either sanitised £12.50 for a Burger places or ghetto dives where, unless you're a local face, you wouldn't be comfortable in. The Coborn was a decent middle ground but, alas, no more.
Avoid and go to The Tredegar around the corner which has been tastefully and subtly refurbished, unlike this horror show.
AlistairVonLion - 9 Apr 2015 16:00
|I am afraid it isnt a pub at the moment Its shut whilst being rebuilt. It is being turned into yet another Gastro bar. Youngs got turned down once by the council (many residents objected) but as always they went to the secretary of state who overturned the councils decision. In the last year three of my favourite pubs, the Coborn, the Bulls Head in Barnes and the Richard 111 in Greenwich (all Young's) have all been turned into gastro's with their internal architecture ripped put|
Youngs pulled out of brewing a few years ago, their sole interest pubs these days seems to be in selling food. Where will the Youngs tour of pub destruction arrive next.
hearson - 1 Mar 2015 18:16
|Really great proper, friendly (but not too friendly) local pub. They turn the non-footbll Sport / music down if you ask (if not a football fan time your visit around major matches). Music and football usually pretty good though. Food is excellent, including just-right veg that taste like veg (they have a vegetable garden too), home-made pies as well as Youngs (tho' also nice) mash instead of chips if you want mash, and at least two veggie options if are a veggie. At prices that are about half of what might pay in City. On other hand, don't want everyone to know about it or we'll never get a table (but its got a lot!) |
RMW - 12 Jan 2014 20:44
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