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Address: 80 Columbia Road, London, E2 7QB [map] [gmap]

Nearest tube stations Shoreditch (0.4 miles), Bethnal Green (0.7 miles), Old Street (0.8 miles)

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

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Closed down last year but now reopened as the latest outlet of the small Draft House chain.
Now some will see this as the loss of another East End pub and whatever your personal view of the black ceiling and walls with inlaid wallpaper panels, stripped wood flooring, and the new mustard coloured bar stools, I’ve seen a lot worst travesties carried out in the name of modernisation. And the brass lighting fixtures and the impressive remaining ash wood canopy bar still tells you this is still very much a pub.
And although the tiled bar backdrop with its large optics of premade luminous e-numbered cocktails may be more Islington nite bar than east end boozer, what has clearly improved is the beer choice and where the usual run of the mill draft offerings once resided there are now several banks of craft beers from predominantly London brewers, two fully stocked bottle large fridges and three fully functioning ale pumps.
Craft beers from Beavertown, Camden Town and Siren were on the pumps including some American offerings from the Against the Grain Brewery. Sambrook’s Wandel is the house ale and then Moor Raw and Siren’s Love of Work was on the other pumps, all of which we tried and were well kept
And then a couple of impressive fridges with a wide choice of beers of different styles and breweries and I noticed a few from the Box Stream brewery and Pressure Drop.
We didn’t eat but I did like the nod to this pubs heritage with the Pie, Mash and liqueur menu albeit at a price level that would have my granddad cussing in his grave.
There are those that will not see the march of the Hoxton hipsters east as a good thing. But if this is what it takes to keep this wonderful old former Truman pub building as a place dispensing alcohol, bring it on I say.
Gann - 3 May 2015 11:10
went here for the first time on Friday night.
they must be doing something right as it was insanely busy - difficult to move at one point.
it was karaoke night. and the majority of the singing was dire although what do expect at 9pm on a Friday night?
would like to go back when quieter to gain a better idea of the place.
bryanroy22 - 22 Nov 2011 12:45
A Shoreditch-based friend suggested this pub to me at the weekend, I should have known. A handful of regulars and the rest of the bar was flooded with hipsters. Incredibly loud 'ironic' karaoke was on but I thankfully had earplugs. The place was so busy it felt like a club. At some points you actually couldnt move, it was so uncomfortably busy. We tried to get some respite at the other end of the pub but the pool table was covered up. Avoid.
alritepedro - 14 Mar 2011 12:23
Nice old East End pub, no cask ales though...
eddierowles - 29 Jun 2009 11:38
i have been to this pub many times when visiting columbia road flower market. Its a great true east end pub and the landlord and staff welcomes all. The staff are friendly and you can have a good laugh with them. ( Please note chain pubs,these people have a personality).
bigbadjon - 7 Aug 2008 13:35

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