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WalthamstowGayBoy - 29 Jan 2015 17:07
Chain pub (Smith & Jones, I think they were called) that seems to be trying to replicate the Wetherspoons experience with extended opening hours, cheap food, an open-play layout in former retail premises and real ales. The interior itself seemed slightly nicer than a Wetherspoons. But the ale selection was limited to Courage Best, Wells Bombardier & Morland Original. The clientele seemed to be mostly elderly folks enjoying breakfast yesterday morning. Although I suspect a younger crowd moves in later.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Sep 2013 18:29
Eighteen months into its current incarnation it's only fair to allow this one a re-evaluation. As somebody noted elsewhere on this site, real ale and Sky live football is becoming an increasingly rare combination, but it can be found here. Ales on offer include a selection by Adnams plus others including, at various times, Youngs and Deuchars. All reasonably kept and served.

The crowd is fairly reasonable for this area, although that Chingford stalwart the cowboy builder on coke can be present in numbers. I've yet to eat here but the food looks and smells good, and unlike the JDW place across the road it might not have spent its entire existence in a deep freeze or microwave. The staff are friendly and usually efficient.

Disabled access and toilet.
Martinl - 8 Jan 2008 20:00
i found the staff to be very good and friendly and the endevour hand pulled ale very good. the meals are also good the 2 for 5.95 are certainly value for money.
lucky - 2 Sep 2006 18:41
What can I say? Was turd as the Coppermill, is turd as the Obelisk. A fitting venue for those lagered-up gimps getting ready for Chans. A hole.
Rotski - 19 Jul 2006 16:15
Closed down for refurbishment and has now reopened as The Obelisk, although the signage could well give the impression it's called Smith and Jones. That's the name of the bar chain, who also have The Garden in Islington. This is nowhere near as good. Prominent signs also announce that those under 21 are not allowed. Since the Prince Albert opposite doesn't allow under 25s, the end esult is that those trying to have a quiet drink in Wetherspoon's face even more noisy, drunken chavs who are 21, 20, 19, 18 or probably less. Great.
Martinl - 3 Jul 2006 19:41
Usual chain pub. Underpaid untrained staff. If you are a Guinness drinker forget it. Although a lot of pub staff seem to be unable to pour a decent pint of guinness nowadays. The "Stella" tasted a bit off too.Not one to pay a return visit to.
Reginald_Guinness - 29 Mar 2006 11:36
I remember when this was the old Coppermill, it was much better for drinking as there was much more choice for drink. The theme nights made a brilliant variation from just a plain pub night. And I remember the staff so well, and whenever I had a row with the bloke, they were always on hand to ignore him when he wanted serving... those were the days

Now there is a load of music blaring, you cannot have a conversation with your mates when you go down. I have been there 3 times, cos I can't believe how pants it is!
MsWiley - 4 Mar 2005 16:08
great garage bar for a friday night before chans
brad - 15 Nov 2004 11:11
Arrgghh! This appears to be where the blazing squad come to unwind. Unfortunately they attract with em the worst kind of chavish mindset. Example: when england scored against croatia in euro 2004 the response from a few was to start throwing furniture about! The barstaff look like they should be sitting SATs and there's an air of latent threat in the air in the evening. The beer's totally average; not great, not bad. Its a hole to piss your earnings against the wall, which is what you want sometimes, but why make it look like the 'friends' set by installing MASSIVE sofa's and lighting which means everything except the picture's beneath the bulbs is in perpetual semi darkness?
anonymous - 8 Oct 2004 09:59
good pub speacialy 4 the totty on fridays older totty on saturdays great staff but sum loopy missin it c ya lot
moley - 22 Sep 2004 21:18
this is a real quality local pub. Fair play, there r a few losers who turn up regularly but its easy to ignore them. Some good staff. Beer could be better but they do a nice apple sours. HaHaHa
alfred mcgiven - 7 Jul 2004 00:36
As someone mentioned earlier,was much better as the coppermill,normal pub where the bar staff could be arsed to get to know you,when it changed i think i went in once and felt out of place so never bothered again
northernbellyjaby - 10 Jan 2004 16:36
A real "Pub of two halves" this one...

By day a cafe bar serving mums and kids coffee, lunches and the odd cheeky white wine.

By night....all that the other correspondants have said.

A great place to start a lively night out, not the place to go for a conversation.

Fairly good for sporting events too.

Shaun E4 - 10 Dec 2003 10:34
Was better when it was the coppermill thats for sure! Everyones too young in this pub reminds me of a youth club, good garage music some nights but theres not much atmosphere goin on
lozzy - 27 Oct 2003 11:20
Perhaps if they turned the music down and got rid of the lairy element of the clientele and sent them back to 'Bar PA' (ho ho) it might pick up a bit. Having an inexperienced 24 year old manager fresh out of University probably doesn't help either.
Shelmed - 12 Aug 2003 11:44
Good pub, seems to of lost alot of punters. Music good.
Dave - 8 Aug 2003 14:04
Main clientele seem to youths of either gender and baseball capped older gentleman - impossibly crowded Friday/Saturday evenings, slow inattentive staff, music so loud that conversation is impossible, even when the pub is completely empty.....what more can you want ?
Shelmed - 31 Jul 2003 14:12
Good beer and food, trendy pub for the trendies
sidman - 17 Jul 2003 00:37

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