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Address: 143 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 45216) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Shoreditch (0.2 miles), Whitechapel (0.6 miles), Aldgate East (0.7 miles)

Nearest train stations Bethnal Green (0.6 miles), London Liverpool Street (0.7 miles), Old Street (0.8 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.3/10 (rated by 3 users)
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user reviews of Well and Bucket, Shoreditch

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A mixed bag really. I’ve visited the Well and Bucket half a dozen times or so over the last two years and the experience is generally the same, conforming to many of the positive and negative reviews of other users. The music is often way too loud even in the late afternoon / early evening period and the staff can sometimes behave in a borderline contemptuous way towards customers. If you happen not to come from the trendier demographics of East London that attitude is especially acute. The staff downstairs are a lot more attentive, but then again given the “showmanship” aspect of cocktail making that’s not surprising. Upstairs however the level of service declines sharply as the place fills up and it’s not for being rushed of their feet.

The beer is good but then this is the neighbourhood for good beer. They have a good list of London brewers and a spread of interesting and lesser heard beers from across Central and Northern Europe. I’m not a fan of sliders. It seems like a quick and easy way to charge people £12 for three very small rolls containing three very small, perhaps vaguely interesting fillings. Blackened Catfish is certainly not as interesting as it might sound on paper. The other seafood on the menu does look enticing however I’ve yet to try.

In a way this place is somewhat undone by its location in one of the more vapidly hip parts of town. Put it a little more to the East or West, somewhere off the main streets and I think they could perhaps have something really great. As it is however it imbibes too much of the locale and too little of the quality and degree of service that would justify their prices.

xaventaner - 4 Aug 2016 15:55

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