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Now a Lithuanian restaurant named Shepherd's Inn / Bernelių Užeiga.

Have not ventured in there so beer situation unknown.
TiaMariaJim - 9 Nov 2012 11:45
This pub is now closed, and has reopened (or IS reopening rather) under a new name and new staff on the 11th Jan. It was a decent pub, nothing that special, jazz nights were good.

New pub is styled as a Polish bar - so be interesting to check out the beers. Will report back when it opens - but I think this pages needs closing a new one starting?
crowcrow - 10 Jan 2012 13:59
This pub is now closed, and has reopened (or IS reopening rather) under a new name and new staff on the 11th Jan. It was a decent pub, nothing that special, jazz nights were good.

New pub is styled as a Polish bar - so be interesting to check out the beers. Will report back when it opens - but I think this pages needs closing a new one starting?
crowcrow - 10 Jan 2012 13:59
Now run by the previous tenants at the Colgrave Arms, everyone's decamped. Apparently they've stuck a flat in the bit that used to be the stage. Selection of lagers, I went in to have a look when they just reopened so was a tad unfinished. Pool table.
cptrelentless - 14 Sep 2010 20:09
Reopened, but looks to be as a bog-standard East End battlecruiser, rather than the excellent muisc venue it was before. Walked past earlier and there appeared to be a child playing the fruit machine.
Albert_Campion - 26 Jun 2010 13:50
Another Leytonstone pub that has been shut down for at least the last 6 months! All boarded up and stuff!
(ps - a closed pub gets a rating of 0 in my book!)
roryh - 15 Jan 2010 22:47
This pub is now shut
cptrelentless - 2 Sep 2009 12:51
This is a great boozer - I played here with my band, The Capris, on Saturday and they do have a superb sound system, engineer and stage that is such a buzz for any real musician!!!

This place deserves more clientele though, it was very quiet and for a proper music venue, thats unfair! Don't be put off by it being in Leytonstone, without being rude to people who live there, its not the sexiest place going, but u tend to find some of the best music venues are in manky areas. (Spotted Dog, Willesden).

300 capacity, friendly staff etc - we loved gigging here and will be back. Its one of those places that needs to be experimented, and then the word needs to be spread.
tombsie - 13 Oct 2008 12:58
Under new management, hopefully cna be built back up to what it was 2 years ago. Always a good venue to play, friendly with quiet a mixed clientel from locals to irish to eastern european back grounds mixing happily.

Possibly the ebst live sound system in the east end of London
prime - 22 Jul 2008 15:02
This place is another wannabe Camden Town/Islington venue. It just did not work for me. I was poured a glass of vinegar instead of Merlot, which I refused to accept from the half asleep barmaid who had gunge in her eyes as though she had just woken up. She reluctantly replaced it with one from a fresh bottle after grinding half the cork in it. There was a couple of people on stage blaring out rubbish music to a disinterested audience of about 10 people mostly men. The place is gloomy. There is an extensive menu on display with trendy food obvioulsly sitting in a freezer, as it would be impossible to churn such items out fresh. I got chatting to a regular who told me that the owners were trying to sell the place as it was not paying. It is a dismal dreary place and cannot understand all the positive comments made. The same regular told me that 'Loaded Dog' means a dog full of excrement waiting to go. I thought that this is the most appropriate name for the pub as it is just that! I have found it very difficult to find a half decent pub in this whole Borough!
offthewagon07 - 24 Nov 2007 13:20
Still my favourite pub, with good music and all you need for a night out to remember. Nice to see it still going strong. Highly recommended. Take the time to check it out.
Chiara - 12 Oct 2007 23:23
Been back again and happy to report that this place is still the best thing to happen in East London. Great music, great music and more great music and when there's no music, it reverts back to being a simply great pub. Fairly quiet during the day time hours but they make coffee good enough to cure hangovers. Or there is the hair of The Dog...

Best of all girls, this is one of the ONLY live music places where we can go to have a great time and not be bothered with drunken idiots wanting to fight. The door staff are really nice, the bar staff friendly AND competant and best of all they have the world's best pub bulldog.

Check this place out - they have a website so you dont turn up on a Jazz night if your a rocker.. or vice versa!

Long live The Loaded Dog...

Chiara66 - 29 Dec 2006 23:12
What a pub! This has got to be the best pub in East London - cold beer, good range of spirits all served by friendly and fast bar staff who were not at all hard to look at. Walled garden outside that is worth a look and the meals are HUGE.
Went there to see Bad Manners (not a tribute like some of their bands, but the original with Buster Blood Vessel) and unlike what you night expect, there was not one fight or even an upset chav in sight (could have something to do with the size of the landlord) and there is a lot of different entertainment every week.
Will definetely be going back again and again.
Chiara66 - 30 Sep 2006 01:17
Absolutely fantastic pub!

Top LIVE music, great pool table, efficiently maintained toilets, fast service, polite and friendly bar staff and massive non crowded interior! This place is unlike any other pub in the East End. You have to call in!

anonymous - 4 Sep 2006 12:23
Visited the other night after an absence of several months. Very glad to see standards are being maintained. Service is excellent, genuinely friendly and polite. "Be with you in a minute" said the aussie barman as he went off to (bravely and successfully) ask two mountain-like chavs to leave... they'd brought a child in. The pub is spotlessly clean, and that includes the bogs. Practically unheard of in most of East London. Long may the Dog continue.
Albert_Campion - 1 Mar 2006 14:36
Pleasant boozer with decent drop of Adnams when I called in on Sunday. Rather amused to be asked to remove my cap in accordance with the "No hoodies, no hats" notice on the door. Obviously I still look a bit lairy at the ripe old age of 53!
E17Bee - 21 Feb 2006 18:20
A very welcome addition to the bleaker end of the high road. the current tenants have obviously invested a lot of time and money in this place and it shows. As it gets better known it's bound to get more popular, and it deserves to do well. I've only been in once and we had a great night. Great beers and candles on the tables, and a jam session going on in the background but we could still hold a conversation. A nice change to the bog-standard boozery that peppers the High Road and its environs.
Albert_Campion - 16 Dec 2005 17:09
All though it plays live music and has a good layout, the beer isn't all that and it lacks an atmosphere which should be the basis of what all good pubs should be rated on, even faze II what it was after the cowley and before the loaded dog had some craic despite being a drugged fuel hole, it's a dam site better than it's ever been but lets face it, thats not hard!
anonymous - 26 Oct 2005 03:26
This pub has gone through a fair few owners/managers(?) and almost as many name changes over the years.
I remember it as the Cowley arms where you could be sure of a fight every Friday and Saturday night. (Hey there is the makings of a good rock song there) Anyway.
I digress the new incarnation is aiming to be the premier live music venue in the area and it has kicked off to a good start with a well laid out venue and plenty of good bands playing.
Olli - 11 Oct 2005 19:30
Loaded dog is a great venue with some great bands...just seen LED ZEP TOO there - incredable band, best band ive ever seen, absolutely brilliant
anonymous - 24 Sep 2005 14:42
Further to my earlier comments, the live music at the "dog" continues to evolve. It's in the middle of a tribute bands season.

Yeah, I groaned at first. Last night I went to hear a tribute band to Deep Purple and was surprised at the quality, not to say the volume. Tributes already arranged include, The Who, AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Santana. If these are as good as the Deep Purple tribute I shall be well pleased.
mike_cleverley - 28 Aug 2005 14:31
When this old London pub was renovated/rescued I eagerly anticipated the reopening. I was not dissapointed. Its run by a freindly couple from the colonies who instinctively make you welcome. The music is great, the staff are beautiful and skillful and the whole place is designed as a place to relax and have fun. The toilets re kept clean and the the Adnams near perfection.

They also serve a wicked espresso and a range of rudely named cocktails.

If you like live music, Jazz, Rock n Roll, or any kinda good up-an-coming bands you quickly make the Dog your local.

Seeya there.
mike_cleverley - 14 Aug 2005 17:20
I went to this place for the first time last night after a recommendation and they had an open mic Jazz jam session which had plenty of waiting musicians - the majority of whom could play.

It's immediately become my favourite pub in the area and worth the 5-10 min walk from Leytonstone tube (which is the one to get to it from).

Large inside with the stage at the back so you don't have to listen to the music if you don't want. Near the stage is a sofa and some smaller tables then there's a raised seating area with more tables - which were all candle-lit for a nice touch. At the front on the other side of the bar (though in the same space) is a pool table.

I didn't notice the ales but the lagers were the standard fare though they did have San Miguel on draft.

Outside there was a walled garden off to the left of the stage though I didn't really check that out.

Recommended, I'll certainly be going again.
Bealers - 11 Aug 2005 09:00
This would have to be East London's best new live music venue.
Most nights have music - There is a jazz jam on Wednesday and a wicked blues jam on Thursday nights. Friday and Saturday features new up and coming unsigned bands and i heard they are starting pub theatre soon. They have some of the sexiest bar staff and there is a lovely lady who writes your name in your guiness!! There is food on the way sometime soon and they are doing something really different with the garden bar. Definetely worth a look..
Ed - [email protected] - 12 May 2005 16:14

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