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Carpenters Arms, Bethnal Green

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Perhaps I visited at the wrong time but for a pub in the CAMRA GBG this was a massive disappointment. Only 2 hand pumps neither of which were working.
As it was a baking hot day and I was gasping for a drink I stayed to have a bottled beer.
The place seemed friendly enough with a community atmosphere.
TVs were showing sport and I could imagine the place getting well packed out on big sporting occasions.

outtamehead - 2 Aug 2017 08:23
Great little pub tucked away on a side street in the East End. Service was fast and welcoming and I had a lovely pint of Adnams Fat Sprat. Prices were reasonable - and the icing on the cake is that there was a truly beautiful barmaid in attendance (not sure I like that term - but don't know what the modern equivalent is).
StudioM - 19 Jul 2013 19:22
Nice little single bar corner pub, not too far from Brick Lane. The atmosphere is quite pleasant with no TV, bare boarded floors and plenty of conversation. It seems to attract quite a large cross-share of the local community. Trumans Runner, Timothy Taylor Landlord & Adnams Ghost Ship were the 3 ales on. But as stated previously, there are plenty of bottled ales and ciders. Aspalls is also available on tap.
blue_scrumpy - 9 Jul 2012 19:38
I second the comment about the Adnams Oyster Stout -- top notch! Generally a pleasant ambience, with candles and a nice velvet curtain at the door, though some of the bar staff were a little surly. A long list of bottled beers, both foreign and British, but nothing very unusual. That said, I had a very pleasant few hours there, and if I find myself in the area again I'd happily go back.
hadda - 29 Feb 2012 00:20
Quite busy on saturday lunchtime and very much open. A pub with a good buzz about it,situated on a back street between Brick Lane and Vallance road, its well worth seeking out. The Adnams Oyster Stout was excellent. A must vist pub when in the Bethnal Green area.
Picasso09 - 12 Feb 2012 11:14
Passed it yesterday, looked closed again
TiaMariaJim - 7 Dec 2010 11:38
Nice place ,modern feel to it yet still a pub.Adnams Ghost Ship on and a Trumans beer brewed by Nethergate. Lively place well worth seeking out.
Picasso09 - 24 Oct 2010 09:24
Tend to agree with mother123 about the clientele but it is still a good place to visit.

Trumans Runner (apparently brewed by 2 enthusiasts at Nethergate) Landlord and Adnams Bitter on offer. Quality was good and the service fine. A bit pricey though.
cheshirecat - 29 Sep 2010 10:03
Okay it might be a bit of a hipster magnet and it's possible you'll get a slice of indifferent service. On the good side there is a great selection of beers and generally a good atmosphere, a few characters amongst the plaid shirts and '40s fight pilot hairdos. Bar snacks are pretty good too. I think I've eaten here but I can't really remember.
randompubgoer - 26 Sep 2010 21:02
Nice to see the Krays painting but unfortunately it was full of cool kids and art students. Not worth returning.
adamwalsh - 18 Jul 2010 21:20
great boozer-despite the customers being majority hoxto-boho types everyone is respectful to each other and there are terrific beers on sale-probably the best pub in th e2 area -very considerate and friendly staff-try the becks
mother123 - 4 Apr 2010 17:34
A good pub, certainly one of the best in this part of town. I always pop in for one when nearby...

Beer pretty good, but i think time to be a bit more experimental and push boat out a little!

bongobob - 21 Mar 2010 11:11
A great little place, sufficiently tucked away to avoid being swamped by Brick Lane tourists. This is a great example of how it is perfectly possible to take a traditional East End boozer an reinvent it for modern tastes while retaining the original feel and character.
It's not particularly cheap, but unless you fancy drinking in a Weatherspoons these are the kind of prices you can expect to pay in this part of London.
Tmuk - 22 Jan 2010 10:58
Quite a pleasant little pub with a small front room which surprisingly leads to a second room via a kind of corridor area. Beer was good, people seemed fine. A lot of pubs around here have closed down - note the Prince of Wales and the ?Queen Victoria opposite one another a few streets away, and it isn't far from the now-vanished and legendary Flying Scud, but the ones that are still there seem to be doing well.
rainlight - 10 Dec 2009 08:10
small and clean, very expensive considering the area
Beer average but for the price poor.
much room for improvement here but doubt the owners will be bothered they are sitting pretty
mrBean - 10 Nov 2009 21:48
Compact pub on a corner which looks to have been tastefully re-decorated recently. Two well kept ales on (Adnams Explorer and Timmy Taylor Landlord) but a wide range of bottled ales (both English and continental) and ciders. A big group of us were welcomed in by friendly staff. Menu suggested a reasonable fayre but none of our group ate.
Rod_Hariga - 12 Oct 2009 22:56
Ronnie Kray wasn't in this pub prior to the shooting. He was in the Lion on Tapp Street just behind the station.

This pub was bought for Mum Kray but she wasn't there that long.

Nice that it has been revamped but such a shame it is so expensive. Doing themselves out of business.
imthirsty - 7 Aug 2009 15:05
Another of the Kray's boozers: this is where Ronnie got pissed before he shot that bloke in the Beggar.

Boxing gloves replaced with a carpenters' plaque behind the bar.

Now run by gay French Eddie, the beer selection here is the best in the area: Adnams and Timothy Taylor on the pumps and a world-wide selection of lagers, ciders and beers available on tap and by bottle. The lager could be colder though. It's not cheap but barring the cellar temperature it's high quality. Oysters on ice available throughout the evening or a French variant of a ploughmans - the Saucisson Sec is sourced from an artisan in Brick Lane market but it's worth it for the butter alone - a salty death-sentence. Enormous pork scratchings out of a jar available too. It's only missing a pickled egg. Cosy smoking garden at rear.

I even pulled in here once.

Should be more like this.

glennquagmire - 11 Jul 2009 10:52
The comments below pretty much sum this place up. A bit of off the beaten track. Landlord and a Adams on offer, once again the prices reflect the neighbourhood. £3.40 a pint. The prices of the bottle beers are something else though, e.g Dorothy Goodbodys Golden Ale £4.10 a bottle.
O.K you can allow pubs marking stuff up a bit but c'mon you can get 3 bottles for the same price at tescos. Can't say I would make such an effort to get to this place again, its just another one catering for the folks with larger wallets or more style than sense.
rob372 - 13 May 2009 07:49
As Brick Lane's new army of loft dwellers fan out operations from the eponymous thoroughfare, this renovation is a prime example of their new reach. It's pretty classy, lots of black and dark wood, friendly service and a tiptop range of beers. Prices, however, are not very credit crunch friendly and the picture of former patrons the Kray Twins on the wall, although discussable, is perhaps in questionable taste.
BoehmBawerk - 2 Jan 2009 17:47
A ‘Timeout’ review mentions Dorothy Goodbody ales, and a Kray associated past whereby the twins bought the pub to be run by their Mum, Violet, & the article also alleges that Ronnie got lashed here before moving on to dispatch Jack ‘the Hat’ McV, although that’s incorrect from the brother/victim perspective. Anyway, I imagine it must look & feel very different now, than then, & was surprisingly rammed (resisting the temptation to use ‘mobbed’) on Sat around 20:00(?). The aforementioned DG beers were unfortunately just available in bottles, starting at £4.10, the handpumps offered Adnams Best, Adnams Old, TT Landlord, ~£3. Large chalkboard to rt of bar carries an unexpected list of bottled beer from around the world, strongest Belgian was Chimay Blue(9%), £4.30, for those of you who know about that sort of thing. Woody front bar with traditional tables & chairs, & some bench/pew seating; hardly a seat to be had & the same applied to another room round the back, and the beer garden to the rear. Not far from Pride of Spitalfields if you want to double-up in the area.
trainman - 18 Nov 2008 18:40

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