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A little bit Ra-Ra-Ra for me. Very pretentious and always difficult to get a seat. Most of the bar staff also give off a 'Too cool for school vibe". Good selection of ales though.
AlistairVonLion - 5 May 2014 20:43
I could smell it!
Serlo - 20 Sep 2013 09:33
Very, very expensive.
00Fleming - 23 Jun 2012 00:11
What a great pub. Good beer and fantastic food! I Will be back soon.

eastlondoner - 27 Mar 2012 16:26
Went to Morgan Arms last Sunday for lunch with my family. Warm welcome, very helpful staff and really good food. Place almost empty when we got there at 12.30 so "background" music seemed unnecessarily loud, but by the time we left around 3.00 the place was buzzing and the music easily drowned out by conversations. Nicely mixed clientele and the place is big enough to accommodate those just wanting a drink, those wanting to watch sport on TV and those wishing for a more "restaurant" style.

Do not be put off by earlier comments on here - ignore them as the place has clearly undergone a transformation.
DickDurley - 31 Jan 2012 16:27
fascistic anti working class s hole ghetto
mother123 - 2 Sep 2011 22:36
Yep, the bitch has gone.

No smiles yet, she has been replaced by a northern irish, dyed ginger haired one!
localpunter - 11 Jul 2011 15:36
has that tanya gone yet?
mother123 - 24 May 2011 18:45
I have just learnt today that Geronimo's have sold the Morgan to capital pubs which can only be of good news to those that use and me that used to. Maybe we will also get rid of the tossers mentioned below. Most of the old staff have gone so it could well be a new beginning! Hoorah, hoorah and no more Tanya - what a bonus!
localpunter - 6 Aug 2010 15:23
full of tossers
mother123 - 20 Jun 2010 17:56
Well having lived in tredegar square for over 15 years I have been lucky to have the Morgan as my much loved local.
unlike my fellow writers before me Iprefer to judge a pub on merit and many visits not just one and then rant!
Not just me but all my friends and all the regulars will miss Tania very much.
She has always been extremly passionate about the Morgan arms and it shows because its such a wonderfull pub, the staff are a credit to her and many have been there for years and she will be missed.
Regarding previous comments on here and in her defence some people like nothing better than to make condemming comments based on one visit or instance and probably when they are still drunk and its unfair.
Good luck and thankyou for years of laughter, great food, million of pints! & millions of smiles.

publovingent - 6 May 2010 09:08
overpriced overrude and overhere-unfortunately
mother123 - 30 Mar 2010 15:31
O Tidings of Comfort and Joy.....................I am told from a reasonable good authority that "that woman" has gone to another Geronimo pub. Hoorah for those who drink in Morgan - I might venture back; the staff might have a smile on their faces, for a change.
localpunter - 2 Mar 2010 08:44
What is it with small pub companies like Geronimo Inns and badly managed pubs? This could be a great local pub, but it isn't. The beer's usually well kept. The food isn't bad, although overpriced (16 for a steak in the East End) - what's that about?? Even the service, which used to be unbelievably slow has got better and the staff are a nice enough bunch. But I was in there on Xmas Eve and they decided to call last orders at 4.30pm and turf out the 15-20 customers 'because it wasn't busy enough'. Clearly they couldn't give a toss about the punters. So many pubs these days just don't get it and sadly this is yet another one of them.
halfabitterman - 30 Dec 2009 18:22
How I agree with John9999. I was in the West End yesterday and a pint of Adnams cost me 2.60. In a back street, of the East End it costs 3.00 and it's not even a full pint. I don't have any arguement with the food except the price of some of it. My problem is the "manager" if you can call her that. Rude, offensive and just not a nice person.
localpunter - 18 Sep 2009 17:29
I'd love to say that 'you get what you pay for' but the prices in here are absolutely astronomical! For a pub down a back street in East London - you shouldn't be paying what they're charging. The customers are rude, and rather pretentious - but I guess if that's what you like - then check it out... it kinda matches the pub, with their 'butchers block' tables, and their 'mix and match' chairs. Let's just say you have to be a certain type of person to drink in here, and that's not me.
john9999 - 10 Sep 2009 13:40
Every cloud has a silver lining and maybe the return the ****head will eventually strike a chord with Geronimo's management and they will bring the guy back who ran it so well. As for me I no longer go there and apart from football nights the Coborn Arms is a much better bet. They even serve a full pint and smile!
localpunter - 1 Sep 2009 18:04
Can't understand why this has such a low rating. Top notch food in a tastefully renovated building. Wouldn't recommend it as a 'drinking' pub but perfect for a meal to break up a crawl.
Royston15 - 24 Jun 2009 18:54
Really nice pub good atmosphere. But the food is well overpriced and not worth it.
TONSAI - 12 Jun 2009 15:19
Oh i just found out they (jeronimo inns) have the Crown at Victoria Park too! i love this pub company even more now .
Oh and her names Tania sorry!
justines68 - 3 Jun 2009 21:26
Well the Etom guy really has an issue with the landlady!: if you go back a few entries he has a real bee in his***$"%...which is a shame because i feel these sites far to often are abused by people such as him to rant for the sake of it ..bloody near do wells!...yes she probably quite rightly ignored some unwanted advance of his or more aptly sussed him out as he is obviously a tit!!!!!
Anyway i wanted to say that 'i love the place' my mother and i were really looked after by this woman, teena and Ian made us feel so welcome that we will be back again as it's without a doubt the best home from home in the east end with the best head on prawns ever.
justines68 - 3 Jun 2009 21:23
A year ago you could see the light at the end of the tunnel for this place. The food always been good but the service and management is just unbearable. So a year ago a new manager took over and things started getting much better. The service actually been friendly and attentive what a change. Now I don't know but why in gods name you would get that women back? I don't know but the light must have been the oncoming train. I just guess that they are changing the place because it is getting very branded. It will be only a matter of time when the picture menus are laid out. Its really a shame as the place is pretty and they doing nice food just for how long??
ETom - 26 May 2009 23:30
I went back to Morgan Arms recently, for the first time in 4 months, after being an occassional regular previously. I'm very glad to see that the previous the landlady has come back and consequently the spark has returned. That's not to say it had gone down hill in the intervening time, but the special all inviting atmosphere had simmered away. The food is still great, some of the prices can be a bit steep for me, but there is most definately something of quality in eveyone's price range available. To those who have previously made derogatorary remarks, my opinion is that, these individuals had either a vendetta or were strangers who had already developed a series of preconceptions and necessarily entered the Morgan with a cold and negative attitude.

Long live the Morgan.
'You get what you give!' So welcome the Morgan and the Morgan will welcome you.
Modest_Mooser - 4 May 2009 22:07
Am quite surprised by the previous comments as i've always found this to be a great pub. I've a suspicion that the over the top use of SHOUTY CAPITALS and unnecesary swearyness in the below comments suggest there's a few people with a personal axe to grind!

Personally have found it to be a great pub. Staff are friendly and helpful enough, it has a nicely designed interior, a separate dining area so that those that want to drink can drink and those that want to dine can dine. Have never had a problem getting a table and the quality of the food certainly warrants the price (which is still pretty reasonable compared to other gastro pubs of the same standard).

If that doesn't sound like your kind of bar then you'd probably be best heading to your local Weatherspoons for a 5 burger and beer. Where you can enjoy the company of the nice folks that have posted below ; )

I'd give this one a solid 8/10.

beergnome - 3 Apr 2009 18:28
Visited on Thursday 26th got 2 cokes for our party that wasn't calibrated on the mix. Barman contested my assumptions asked him to test and he reluctantly agreed to change, cheeky bugger. 1/10
bickleyrealale - 28 Feb 2009 16:38
The best british food in East London. Sadly though the worst service in the whole of London.
ETom - 22 Jan 2009 19:54
Well thats a shame.WENT TO THE morgan with my wife and a load of friends for drinks and food.Arrived in the early evening and found a table.All good so far.Asked about food and where informed that we had to go to the 'restaurant' to be seated and eat.This would lead to two members of our group who did not want to eat leaving and of course the rest of loosing the table after we had eaten our food.The food was amazingly overpriced and of extremly poor quality considering the prices charged.I strongly urge anyone looking for food keeping well away from this pathetic attempt at a gastro pub.It soon became apparent that this is exactly the sort of pub that ruins the reputation of decent British local pubs.Full of ego's no fun and simply rubbish. CERTAINLY ONE TO AVOID.YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
Clockwork - 15 Dec 2008 01:27
OH MY GOD! Why on earth have they brought back that woman! What's her name Terry, or Tina? I am not going in there anymore. The place had got so much better, nice relaxed atmosphere a great new manager and last night whilst enjoying a quiet drink in the bar I notice that woman working again. Stay clear!
henryoneil - 21 Nov 2008 12:22
god almighty this place is a hell hole. complete dickish customers
bowhammer - 11 Nov 2007 17:11
This pub was run a a woman called Pam for many years whose husband Freddie was in an asylum. You used to get the local pensioner hardman Michael Ismail in. He was a failed bankrobber and you may have heard of him from the press. Others that used to get in with him thought they were the bees-knees but between them they were a sorry lot. It put people off going in and the landlady was too scared to sling them out. They were allowed to drink twenty-four-seven and really put people off coming in. They all had serious cocaine problems and would make no secret of taking it. Its no wonder she lost the pub. However, its no wonder she got out as it was hardly making any money and what it was making was taken by the staff. Its another case of a large good East End boozer gone to the dogs - why should it change now with even less customers?
anonymous - 1 Aug 2007 00:02
Paid my first visit here in almost a year and was amazed at how badly it has gone downhill.
tanderson7 - 19 Mar 2007 11:08
Nice breath of fresh air into the area once it re-opened but I avoid it now.. far far far too expensive. Ridiculous. There are more accessible pubs in the area which have more of an atmosphere.
Haven't tried the food - completely put off by the prices!
Metella - 21 Nov 2006 23:53
Paid my first visit here in almost a year and was amazed at how badly it has gone downhill. At 7pm yesterday, there was no ale (real or otherwise), no Guinness and no cider on. (Kroney was the only draught available!!!)The reason all the ales were off is that none of the staff knew how to change the barrel!!

The pub itself was filthy. Each table piled high with filthy ash trays and remnants of food.

Very hard to believe this place won Evening Standard Pub of The Year- I can't remember ever being in a dirtier pub.

A shambles- null points. (I'd stick to the Coborn up the road if in the neighbourhood).
anonymous - 13 Nov 2006 16:14
My attempt to dine here with my girlfriend one Sunday afternoon has convinced me the waiting/kitchen staff are the not-very-cunningly disguised remnants of a lost SS unit from World War II. My advice to anyone who cares would be to walk the extra 100yds up the road to the Coborn Arms where a request for a menu doesn't come with a scowl, an impatient tutting storm, or a pram-busting hissy-fit.
random_ranger - 24 Jul 2006 13:39
Been in once for dinner, I enjoyed my steak but my mum wasn't overly impressed by her meal and the service was very slow. We waited about 5minutes for drinks and the first pint had gone before the food arrived...
JonF - 8 Jun 2006 15:11
This pub has the most georgous desserts i have ever tasted mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Demore - 2 Apr 2006 16:07
Now Now children, If you was to scan through several pages relating to pubs in the east end,you will come across quite a few of my postings,you may also notice that i am anti-food in pubs orientated,primarily due to the stink that food produces.
The main reason that the majority of gastro-pubs exist,is the fact that landlords cannot live solely on the sale of wet products alone,not purely to satisfy the new breed of pub goers like yourselves,but simply to survive in a trade that is slowly declining, i'm sure that if they could get back the old east end drinker in there pubs, you'd be out on your ass.
Before someone posts the old chestnut about villains in the east end contributing to the rise in popularity
of the pub trade around london- Be warned, that canary wharf as probably more crooks per square inch,than anywhere else in england.
Go to a nice cafe or restaurant, fill your face,then go to a nice pub and have a nice glass of what ever it is you people drink,get a cab home,and talk about it at the office for the next four days or so. Luvely jublly.

moncrief - 27 Feb 2006 09:59
Comfortable, friendly, busy gastro pub. Two real ales. I liked it.
clissold345 - 28 Jan 2006 21:13
Mixed feelings about this place. Whilst I admire the intentions, I am not sure the excution cuts the mustard.
Clientele are cool.... manageress could do with a lesson or two in basic manners though (you are behind a bar dearie, not running the UN).
All-in-all, welcome addition to sparse local scene.
anonymous - 23 Jan 2006 14:23
This pub recently won Evening Standard pub of the year, so it's a good place to go if you want to socialise with Evening Standard readers... which I don't.
anonymous - 18 Jan 2006 13:54
oh yeah i forgot to mention, if you like talking about your Audi TT and your winter ski break you will meet some fine company in here.
tombs - 13 Dec 2005 15:33
the food looks good and is fancy. but for the price it has been bland each time ive eaten there.
tombs - 13 Dec 2005 15:31
Lovely pint of Timothy Taylor. I've always found the staff friendly enough, maybe I've just been lucky. Only eaten here once - a Sunday roast a couple of months back, relatively expensive but a huge portion and it was absolutely delicious.
tim_eyles - 6 Nov 2005 19:07
Been a regular since moving in to the area 3 months ago and at first I was a little bemused with the Morgan Arms, seemed a little expensive for the area and thought the prices were hiked up because of the 'pub of the year Award' but after several visits I can see clearly the charm & attraction of the Morgan. It never fails to amaze with high end restaurant standards delivered in your local pub with a relaxed & non-pretentious atmosphere. I understand why there is always a wait to dine here even Monday & Tuesday nights......always worth the wait, highly recommended
I now realise that it is only expensive if it's not worth it and dinner at the Morgan is always worth it.
jenmarc - 1 Nov 2005 01:11
My partner and I visited on a Tuesday to dine but we left without eating because of the poor service, rude waitress and even ruder chef.

The waitress was unable to accommodate our simple request to order our starters and then return a few minutes later to order our main course. "Order them together or not at all," she told us. When we pushed the waitress she asked the chef, who responded clearly "tell them to f**k off" (the kitchen is within earshot of the dining area). The waitress found this amusing when she returned to the table.

This isn't the first time we've encountered rudeness from the staff at The Morgan Arms.

For what they charge I'd expect far better service. We won't be returning. I'd advise against going.

We did ask to see the manager but she didn't bother to come to the table, so we left.
anonymous - 28 Oct 2005 11:45
Good music - great place for a boogie

Wheelchair access could be improved
stevenhawkins - 5 Aug 2005 12:32
was not impressed at all food was not all that beer was westend prices went to talk to the manager with regards the prices and basically was told if you dont like them then leave.great customer/staff relations
jordan - 16 Jul 2005 11:09
Friendly neighbourhood boozer good for relaxing? Definitely not. Upmarket gastropub, with innovative, fresh food, above-average wine list (for a pub), and prices to match? That's it. Bit unusual in Mile End, though perhaps not such a surprise when you consider it's situated on the nicely laid out historic Tredegar Estate. (Lots of well-built, nicely-proportioned 1830's houses - mostly now flats - situated within an easy 15 minute commute to the City. Gentrification- know what I mean?). Clientele, and spending power, to match. Usual yuppie pub good bitters (Tim Taylor Landlord & Adnams), plus Hoegaarden. . . . , blah blah (you've heard it all before). Nice wine list, from a variety of stockists, clearly chosen by someone in-the-know. Much better than your dull, average tied-pub list. (A quick tip from a trade insider : if you're canny enough, you can source almost all of these for your own home consumption, at a fraction of the price, from various of your local quality High St wine retailers : happy hunting!)

We liked :

-Better-than-average pub wine list.
-Food. Good attention-to-detail & freshness. Veggie option was impressive too.
-Limited but-well-chosen selection of draught beers (& cider)
-An oasis in Mile End

We disliked :

-Prices : Ouch! Can't afford to do that too often!
-Only one veggie dish on main menu (though it was damn good!)
-Overly loud music in bar area.
-Lottery as to whether we would get a table / actually get food. It's the way the work. Just be aware.
-Long-ish wait for food (OK, so it's fresh - you can watch them making it. But just bear in mind it's no fast-food joint!)
-Not really suitable for large groups - especially if you're mixed & some are eating & some aren't)
-My 5.80 glass of wine was definitely corked. OK OK, so I should have complained. But I'm English, and amongst non-wine drinkers & didn't want to look like an arrogant knob-head. Also, felt I might have ruined my palate by eating choc bar on journey. But no, rushed home & opened a cheaper, inferior plonk to compare. The pub wine was definitely faulty. Spoilt my evening a bit. At these prices staff should be trained to spot a faulty wine (they'll thank you for it & so will your punters!).
-If you're a fairly down-to-earth kind of person, the upwardly-mobile, trendy City types might put your nose out of joint, and vice-versa!
-Paying extra for vegetables/side dishes, on top of an already hefty bill.
- A note for the unwary re food : expect to pay restaurant, not pub prices. (OK so quality differs proportionately too)

Conclusion : Still blowing hot & cold on this one. Just be aware of what you're getting into, especially in terms of spend. It won't be cheap.
IsThatAPintISeeBeforeMe - 2 Jun 2005 01:42
Been a few times recently, its an oasis in mile end, very friendly service, good selection of drinks: Aspals cider, Timothy Taylor, food quite pricey but good, made to feel at home whether drinking or eating or both.
topcat - 15 Apr 2005 15:27
My wife and I on a visit to London went for a meal with her brother and his partner who live locally and who had eaten there a number of times before. The food was excellent, not cheap but no more than we would have expected for London, the atmosphere convivial and the service pleasant. However the evening was ruined at the end by a row caused by the management's quite unnecessary refusal to allow my wife and I to pay with Northern Irish (sterling) notes. (This was before the Northern Bank robbery!) No good reason was given, it was just policy. The manager could easily have shown some flexibilty and common sense but did not. We would not go back and I doubt whether my brother-in-law and his partner will either.
SteveB21 - 21 Mar 2005 22:55
food over priced - looks nice but very bland, teh food that is.

populated by a lot of nobend chunky young succesful blokes talking about their Audi TT's.
tombs - 16 Mar 2005 15:29
great atmosphere, friendly bar staff, fantastic (if on the pricy side) food...not cheap but worth it!
Emily - 21 Oct 2004 12:31
Been in this pub once just a short while ago when it was busy (usually always busy), not cheap, but the food is nice and a good selection of beer. Knew this pub before the makeover, and while I had braved it before, tried to avoid it due to all the fights that seemed to occur. However, if your not an obvious student or in a suit, the atmosphere / cliental does seem to look down on you. Would like to give this pub a higher rating, but it does seem - even if unattentional that they would rather prefer the high earning city worker who has moved into the area, rather than a hardworking local.
TommyN - 18 Oct 2004 10:52
I have been to this pub a few times now and have been disappointed on several times by the slow and discourteous service. The food is OK but over priced for what it is. Not recommended.
James - 8 Jun 2004 16:28
The food in this pub is of a very high standard and the bar service could not be faulted. Having lived in Mile End and knew this pub in its earlier identity, am glad that the old regulars do not come here anymore since the pub is too small for fighting ( regular event before). Nice selection of beers and spirits.
eiffel - 20 Apr 2004 15:20
warm, not too dark, stylish gastropub with great food. Dont expect to pay anything under 10 for a meal though. Staff are very friendly, definately a good place to meet up with your friends for a few before heading out somewhere.
kris - 12 Mar 2004 17:49
Well I am not sure about this place. Admittedly it is a nice pub and they do have Bitburger on draft. Also the bar maids (one is particlular) are the amongst the fittest in old London town. However, they seem rather too proud of the fact that they have got rid of the old locals that frequented it before its make-over and frankly that makes me slightly angry.
Dickboy - 27 Feb 2004 12:36
Very impressed by this pub since first going a couple of months ago. Excellent food atmosphere!
kingsley gratrick - 18 Sep 2003 12:28
New Gastropub opened in July.
Real ales Directors, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Adnams.
Good food all home cooked and homemade. Friendly bar staff and beer garden. comfy furniture and nice atmosphere with real fire in the winter.,
Nicola Ogborn - 9 Aug 2003 13:05

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