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I note there is a proposal to substantially redevelop a surviving example of Victorian London and in particular demolish the Still & Star public house. This is not a typical pub that you would find in the Square Mile. It is a community hub and amenity, profitable business, and part of our heritage. The pub has two dart boards with regular competitive dart fixtures, provides refreshment and social outlet for local residents as well as commuters. The ale is well kept and reasonably priced. People from all backgrounds and incomes feel equally at home in this pub. The décor is such that you almost feel like you are in a rural village rather than at the centre of a metropolis. If anyone reading this hasn’t yet had the pleasure, please visit this pub for yourself. This kind of pub, once demolished can never be replicated or replaced.
Richard_ReadingFC - 18 Aug 2016 11:09
The Still and Star pub is under threat of demolition from developers. The Victorian Society is holding a 'drink in' at the pub on Tuesday 16th August. From around 6.30 there will be a talk about how to object to the demolition plans and hear about the threats to pubs all over the country dealt with by the Victorian Society.
Perry - 14 Aug 2016 20:43
Loved this pub from the moment I walked in to see a large cat seated at the bar on a barstool. Tucked away in a side alley opposite Aldgate tube station, this is a pub for people who loves pubs. Great pint of Young's and a really characterful spot. A hidden gem indeed.
strangetorpor - 19 Feb 2016 18:54
Sought out this little beauty on the basis of good reviews on this site & elsewhere. Proper pub is the simplest description I can give: prices cheapish (my pint of Pride was 3.80), friendly people on both sides of the bar. A couple of groups of blokes in suits (it is a blokey sort of place) & one or two individuals meant the small bar was pleasantly full on a wet day. A nice pub feel about the place, I'll be back.
Queenslander - 21 Nov 2015 22:32
Another good pub with fine ales. The area is turning to be quite a purple patch for good beers and great staff.

The outside area is very large whilst the bar is tiny. Not too sure how the pub copes with the winter but it sure does a good trade during the heated months.
allornothing - 7 Aug 2014 12:45
Fantastic little pub. A real gem. Good selection of decent beer. My one minor critisism is that it needs a few more tables and chairs inside.
919er - 16 Feb 2013 12:25
Superb little gem of a pub with a great selection of ales. Went for my favourite Doom Bar which was in excellent nick and thoroughly enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere and clientele. I shall definitely return!
roobs52 - 2 Oct 2012 22:03
I quite enjoyed this pub. If you ignore the large bus garage nextdoor, the pub is actually located in a nice little street and probably only just escaped the bulldozers. I'm glad it did. The welcome was friendly and the other customers seemed friendly too. Beers on were Fullers London Pride, Adnams Lighthouse, Youngs Bitter, Banks's Sunbeam & Marstons Single Hop. The pub is trying to buck the trend locally by opening all day on a Saturday.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Jul 2012 12:21
Great friendly pub. I take Jack The Ripper walks and we always pop in here for a few. Nice rotating guest beers, last night they had on, Marstons Sunbeam, very good too and a great pint of Youngs. Food good as well. This is what I call a proper pub and defintely the best in the area.
Fulhampete - 17 Jun 2012 12:32
well what to say? A good selection of real ale and an okay choice of cider in bottles. A A nice pub spolit but rubbish too loud music, what a shame.
AlieStreetcrusader - 22 Feb 2012 20:24
played a darts match there, a bit cramped, but a decent enough throw and friendly staff
slim1690 - 8 Jul 2011 01:34
Probably best to finish school first, eh?
The_Final_Arbiter - 1 Apr 2011 17:24
we are a group of lads who was outside last friday, yes it was very busy and the staff done very well, the red head barmaid was doing food and serving which was good she tried to fit in as many customers while making sandwiches.. the selection of beer is ok, the youngs is the best in the city... We will be back
YoungGuinn - 1 Apr 2011 16:44
Great Pint of Pride, uninspiring selection but there again I don't rave about Youngs.
gmb6 - 30 Mar 2011 11:23
All the comment here seems extant. It was lovely to stand outside and enjoy the sun last Friday and was very busy indeed. Good though very ordinary drink selection, ale was in good for. Let down by the staff, the 2 barmaids may have been under pressure, but they had an extremely bad attitude, particularly the skinnier one who I think viewed us as an inconvenice
digby.smith - 28 Mar 2011 15:36
I too was directed here from another pub (Peacock) and found it to be a proper back street boozer and a friendly welcome. Three ales on (Youngs Best, Bombardier and London Pride) that were well kept although not particularly inspiring in terms of unusual finds.
Rod_Hariga - 12 Mar 2011 11:49
I was directed here by the landlord of another Pub, he described it well. The nearest thing you will find to an old east end drinker, with good ale and friendly drinkers and staff. Usual selection of London ales, and Adnams Lighthouse too, did not try the Stones bitter, but the rest were very good. Long may little places like this survive.
barryburger - 10 Mar 2011 10:12
Nothing special really - quite a small place - looks great from outside but rather basic inside - couple of moody barmaids, the crowd was 100% suits propping up the bar talking business.....bland music on radio. Much prefer the White Hart round the corner.
adamwalsh - 29 Oct 2010 19:04
An avid darts player, I have decided to comment of all the Pubs I have played in recently.

It is, as others have said, a scruffy little boozer.

The Board is in reasonable nick, but the throw itself if awful, who on earth put it there. Seems to me like they just wanted a board up and never considered people may want to use it.

The beer is well priced for the area, and of an reasonable standard. The staff are English, but seem far to focussed on their regulars to care about visitors.

Aa poor darts venue with nothing that inspires return.

ArryArrows - 8 Jun 2010 13:49
An Ok pub. Pride. Youngs Ordinary and Bombadier - the latter was reasonable but not worth a repeat order.
cheshirecat - 2 Jun 2010 22:24
"WOW" what a transformation. Was in the pub about a year ago and found it dirty and dingy and the ladies toilets were disgusting. Went in last night and could not believe the difference in the Pub. It was spotless clean, the ladies toilets have been completely altered with a vanity unit and fresh flowers displayed with hand dryers and mirrors. The whole pub has had a fresh coat of paint and new curtains which makes it looks very homely. The outside area has plenty of seating with new umbrellas and the flower boxes and hanging baskets really look attractive and inviting. It is now a pleasure to go into this pub and the staff are really pleasant. Well done to the new owner who has really made an effort to bring the pub up to a great standard. Keep up the good work.
MrsTShepherd - 20 May 2010 12:19
I was in the pub last night and was very pleasently surprised! I have not been in the pub since the new owners took over last october. I was especially impressed with the new outside seating area, ideal for the summer to come, hopefully! As for the toilets, my girlfriend went in to the ladies and commented on how clean and spacious it was now, and thought that the flowers were a very nice touch. The pub and outside seating areas were very clean and I thought that the staff were very friendly and very knowledgeable about the cask ales. I will certainly be visitig it a lot more over the summer months, maybe to watch England win the world cup on the new large screen TV, (ok, we can all dream).
coxey12 - 19 May 2010 11:49
Well i have drank in this pub for years was suprised when it closed down, but glad it reopened with same staff but different owner now. Unfortunatly the standards have dropped the toilets are so disgusting i won't even venture in them anymore i have to wait til i get back to work the general look on the place it needs a clean very suprised as it never was like this before and a few people i know have stopped going in there. The sandwiches are still the best though
stepney6 - 16 Apr 2010 12:36
I think the best description is scruffy little back street boozer, it is exactly that and pretends to be nothing else.

The staff are reasonable, you do however get a far better reception and service if you face is know. The ale is pretty standard by its selection and by London standards acceptable.

As for the staff making comments, I think the we and the website coming soon in the last post supports this. I like a great pint in a welcoming Pub. I think Ill stick to the Peacock down the road whose owner recommended it for a quiet one, which it is. Perhaps the staff here could take a few lessons from the staff there.

All in all, given that I gather they have only just set up shop, so to speak. I do hope they improve their customer service skills quickly. Knocking up the standard of the ale served would not go a miss either. Good luck to them. As my old school reports always said Must try Harder.

truenortherner - 20 Jan 2010 14:23
Sorry to say this pub has now closed down!!!
morganspice - 20 Oct 2009 10:28
I've always liked this pub, though it does get cramped.
Pleased to note that it's still open though, as I was last their almost a year ago and it was meant to be closing imminently then.
mike_s - 9 Oct 2009 15:14
When was you there? I wouldnt say staff logging on as only 3 staff and that includes management, Yes maybe slacking of late but that is due to the pub closing and they still can close at any time as developers now own it.. The pub has a good rating on the real ales...
morganspice - 30 Sep 2009 18:14
I have to agree with Quinno. Totally underwhelmed by this place. Dingy, dirty, with beers that are standard and barely passable. The staff seem a waste of time too. I suspect it had got such a high score due to the staff or management logging on (Disco comments of 19 Jul bear this out).

All in all, Id have a half if waiting for a bus, but certainly wouldnt go out of my way.

MW81 - 29 Sep 2009 09:12
DJ Night at The Still & Star Thursday 30th July From 7pm playing anything from 70's & 80's ect... Come and join us
morganspice - 19 Jul 2009 13:25
Not really a winter pub as the inside is a little grey. However, it makes up for it in summer when it is warm enough to drink outside.

Cheap meal deal on at the moment ... a must. Worth a visit when in the city.
pc09 - 5 Mar 2009 15:09
Made a visit to this place on the strength of previous BITE reviews but have to admit I was distinctly underwhelmed by the place.

Yes, there is a decent - if unadventurous - ale selection (Youngs Ordinary, Adnams Broadside, GK IPA, London Pride); the quality of my beer was not much better than average but was fine to drink.

The inside of the place is very basic indeed, it felt quite cramped and grubby; 'basic' I guess. The bars on the front window made me feel like I was having a pint in a prison cell.

I really wouldn't have wanted to stay for another - perhaps it's a bit better during the summer when you can stand outside?

So yeah, it's alright but 7.2? Is it THAT good? No, not really.
Quinno - 9 Feb 2009 19:08
Busy pub - get two in at a time at lunchtime, especially on Friday - but has a wonderful atmosphere. Basic but excellent pub grub offered and the beer's always on form.
peterwarlock - 1 Oct 2008 15:36
lovely pub lovely customers great staff they always laugh and joke around with eachother and the customers nice to see they don't have much of a turn around of staff so it must be good.
carry on the good work
daniel234 - 9 Mar 2008 22:42
Friendly traditional pub good beer and great customer service from the staff. Very welcoming and would recomend to friends.
sam202 - 1 Aug 2007 10:36
like it - nice

troubleupmill - 22 Jun 2007 15:43
Decent traditional pub within spitting distance of Aldgate Bus Station. Being on the fringes of the City district, it seems to get a wider cross section of customers than just suits. Proudly displays Cask Marque accreditation, although the beer range is not very adventurous - London Pride, Youngs, Greene King and Adnams. The London Pride was on form.

Note the frosted leaded windows - the small green coloured windows reflect the fact that this used to be a Charrington's pub in years gone by.

Well worth calling in if passing by
JohnBonser - 15 Jun 2007 12:24
Spring is here and the Still and Star steps up. Yes you have to stand next to the Bus Terminal but the beer is good and at least you can stand outside without being next to a road. Well worth a visit on a sunny day.
TheHorsesMouth - 30 Apr 2007 17:08
This is an old fahioned one bar pub with friendly staff. Normally has 4 real ales on and has just been accredited the Cask Marque. Food is mainly sandwiches.

rmiles - 27 Feb 2007 10:33
A bit drab and very quiet but reasonable beer. The Lardlord I'm assuming it was he behind the bar was not the most chatty person I have met. Decorate and get some social skills I think.
2pintsofbitter - 13 Feb 2007 10:28
its a very good pub - Beer is good and the woman who makes the sandwiches is lovely she make a lovely sandwich the pub is just class nice service EVERYTHINK IS GOOD
anonymous - 10 Jan 2007 18:41
Boring Ale? this pub serves four of the top ales and very well looked after, and very friendly staff.
anonymous - 10 Jan 2007 12:20
Whenever I have been in here it's been pretty quiet, but I like it that way. Beer was good, the service was friendly and the one time I had a sandwich it was OK. This is a simple pub, with no special features apart from what I believe is the original tiled facade outside. If you like simple pubs then this is for you.

At one time this pub would have been in an enclosed passage, and would undoubtedly have been known to Jack The Ripper as this was part of his stamping ground when he carved his place in history. In the 19th Century there were slaughterhouses in this area and it has been suspected that JTR was a slaughterman.
RexRattus - 31 Dec 2006 13:27
It's a bit dingy, but that suits the establishment. Beer was good, which is the important thing. Also bigger than the typical pub in the area, with plenty of room to spill outside, so you're not going to feel squashed.
pubcollector - 31 Dec 2006 12:37
I'm not sure what everyone is on about, this was pretty unimpressive.

The inside was grimy and felt a bit like a grubby social club. The ale was boring.
AleKing - 12 Oct 2006 15:20
Enjoyed some well kept Adnams Best here this week, also available was Youngs Bitter and GK IPA. The Still benefits from large outside area which is an excellent spot to sit and watch the world (girls) pass by the bus station on a balmy evening. A good spot for CYCLISTS to have a beer as you as there's loads of room to stand around with your steed whilst suppings and ale.
danrkelly - 21 Sep 2006 07:59
i've drank in the still and star for years the owners are pleasant people and so are the staff who tend to stay along time nice to see they don't change regulary. A lovely pub in the summer aswell and the girl who makes the sandwiches always makes sure they are well presented and taste nice thank you
anonymous - 30 Dec 2005 12:15
What can I say...fantastic! I have been working in the city for over 8 years and have visited many pubs, including most bars. I have to say, the SAS tops them all, not only for their high standard in beer, but their friendlyness (especially Jon the bar manager), it's like having all you family under one roof. You are always made welcome...well done Dawn and Gary, you should both be very proud. Andyxx
anonymous - 29 Dec 2005 14:42
Good pub, excellent fast service. Great pub in the summer.
anonymous - 27 Dec 2005 22:24
Great little pub for the beer drinker. One I visit on a regular basis especially in the summer as you can stand outside. Doesn't really have a garden just a plot next to bus terminal. But if you are a city worker looking for a pub in the summer to stand outside there is nowhere better. Great service, excellent ale. Cheap for area.
TheHorsesMouth - 20 Oct 2005 13:48
What a great pub. Really good beer. No nonsense.
beer - 6 Apr 2005 20:43
The Everards Tiger went down a treat.
michael - 18 Oct 2004 09:19
proper pub, proper beer.
kevin - 17 Sep 2004 14:44

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