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The Great Eastern, Isle of Dogs - pub details

Previously called: Waterman Arms

Great Eastern
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Address: 1, Glenaffric Avenue, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 3BW [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 6667) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras


Nearest DLR stations Island Gardens (0.2 miles), Mudchute (0.4 miles), Cutty Sark (0.5 miles)

Nearest train stations Maze Hill (0.6 miles), Greenwich (0.9 miles), Deptford (1.2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.5/10 (rated by 11 users)
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user reviews of The Great Eastern, Isle of Dogs

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After the disappointment of no real ale on draught in the Lord Nelson it was good to find Doom Bar and Old Rosie Cider on the 4 hand pumps, the other 2 had no ale on.

In addition to Doom Bar being on there is a good range of bottles, the Trooper went down a treat until they ran out then it was onto bottles of Flying Dog IPA.

It was busy with the locals enjoying the food and drinks. Re the food, the burgers smelt good but after 9pm when the food had stopped being served there was a strong smell of fat and grease in the pub which was quite annoying.

Lovely décor with high ceilings and lots of lighting giving the pub a very bright feel to it.

Good service from the friendly barman, decent selection of bottled ales but at over £4.00 a bottle I feel these are slightly overpriced, still worth a visit.

lezford - 7 Mar 2016 15:35
We live in the Isle of Dogs, and have been looking for a good local. After being away for a year, we stumbled upon The Great Eastern, and have adopted it as "Our Local". We've tried the other pubs in the area, and aren't inclined to return to them. The Great Eastern has a great feel to it, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. Saturday mornings its full of people, and has a good vibe. They serve good coffee too, and that's a big plus for us. Big thumbs up, and hope they have continued success.
bluescat - 30 Jan 2012 21:53
Not slating the place, just gave impressions I got on a first visit. Found it very starnge that they dont do any food except pizza, in these days food is a big attraction to a pub along with a good choice of drinks. Sadly there is nothing to make you travel to the pub....thats crazy as it has a super location etc....could have been made into a fine example of a pub but....real shame the pub company appeared to have sold off the garden as well.....
Clivers - 23 Sep 2011 19:42
I love how people seem to pick holes in what has turned out to be a pretty good local pub. Friendly staff, reasonable prices on drinks - surely thats the most important thing? In that case, the Great Eastern is just about perfect.

There were worries from people that the backpackers accomedation would lead to problems, but that has not happened - If anything the pub has improved from its previous version, which lets face it was dingy and was losing money because of lack of customers.

The GE has become my pub of choice if I fancy a relaxed local drink close to home, and see it continuing to do so.

Hammerstein - 18 Sep 2011 00:44
This is a million times better since it re-opened.

The old Waterman's Arms before it closed down was un-welcoming and seemed to be full of the same old faces that were mates of the owners/people who run it (always a bad sign).

The new Great Eastern is far more welcoming, has a good vibe and atmosphere to it and is open to suggestions made by their customers if within reason. You get those who liked their status quo and ask for hooks on the bar again (like that is the most important part of a pub) and resist change but the fact is the old pub closed down because it was not making good business (and drugs I heard).

The pub sells pizza as food, this pub came about ten years too late for me when I would go out for a drink and want a pizza on the way home but I can't blame them for that... or can I?

Great little local... The staff are friendly, helpful, make time to talk to you and get to know you and the girls are pretty hot too ;-)

... but please update the jukebox more! :-)

The_Hitman - 17 Sep 2011 10:29

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