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1991 Beer index
The 1991 edition of the East London Beer Guide - East London & City CAMRA.
E1 Aldgate, Stepney Green & Whitechapel
Stations - Aldgate East & Stepney Green (District), Whitechapel (District/East London), Tower Gateway & Shadwell (DLR), Shadwell, Wapping & Shoreditch (East London).
This large area extends from the City boundaries and Brick Lane in the west out as far as Stepney, and from the river in the south to Whitechapel in the north. It is probably the most diverse of the districts in the Guide, following the effects of the wholesale replacement of housing stock with flats in many areas after wartime bombing, the development of Docklands along the river, and the creation of communities such as the Bangladeshi concentration along Brick Lane - which has become gastronomically famous for its wide range of Indian restaurants. Of course, the flats are mow crumbling and in recent years there has been more of a trend to restoration of the remaining terraced houses, whilst growth in the Docklands has largely stopped.
1989 saw the closure of Trumans Brewery (founded 1666) in Brick Lane and the end of the rich brewing tradition which had endured since brewers moved outside the City boundary in the seventeenth century. Much of Trumans remains, and along Whitechapel Road one can also see what is left of the Anchor (Charrington, founded 1738 and closed in 1975) and Albion (Manns - bought by Watney in 1958) Breweries. Another notable focal firm although now long gone, was Tilney, whose Alma Brewery in Spelman Street fell to Charrington in 1927.
The pubs of the area are also a mixture but the majority are 'local' in nature, with many being notable examples of either the great rebuilding period of the 1890's or later estate pub developments. However, they are often small and have suffered more than most in recent closure - especially around the Docklands which used to be famous for their concentration of licensed houses. Near the City and along the river more upmarket establishments have sprung up, although surprisingly few are graced with river views.
E1 Alma: 41 Spelman Street. (A1/1) HOOK NORTON BITTER. Formerly the Ed Tilney brewery, which used the same source of water as Trumans. The site of the pump and well are still in existence in the garden.
E1 Anchor & Hope: 90 Duckett Street. (D1/2) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Archers: 42 Osborn Street. (A1/3) Whitbreads.
E1 Artful Dodger: 47 Royal Mint Street. (A2/4) . Ex Ind Coope pub called the Crown & Seven Stars, it is a Grade II listed building. It originally got its licence in 1904 and was closed for four years before finally being re-opened in September 1985.
E1 Artichoke: 91 Stepney Way. (C1/5) Grand Met-Watneys. This was where Peter Piatkov (affectionately known by the locals as Peter the Painter) and two other comrades made a stand against the capitalist system and the authorities, afraid of this act of revolt, sent armed police, troops with machine guns and field artillery against them. Peter Piatkov escaped and later in his life did a sterling job as head of the International Security Service of the first peoples state, the Soviet Union. One of the photos also shows the Home Secretary of the time, a certain Winston Churchill, who later became famous for planning a military adventure, so as to advance his political career, this was at Gallipoli.
E1 Australian Arms: 18 Bigland Street. Courage. No longer a pub.
E1 Bancroft Arms: 410 Mile End Road. (D1/6) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Barley Mow: 42 Headlam Street. (C1/7) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Bell: 50 Middlesex Street. (A1/8) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Black Bull: 199 Whitechapel Road. (B1/9)
E1 Black Horse: 168 Mile End Road. (D1/10) Bass Charrington.
E1 Black Horse: 40 Leman Street. (A2/11) Courage.
E1 Blind Beggar: 337 Whitechapel Road. (C1/12) Grand Met-Watneys. It supposedly gets its name from the 'Ballad of the Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green' which is 60 verses long. General Booth gave one of his first sermons from around here in 1865. The pub was the scene of a Kray gangland killing in the 1960s. The pub itself was built in 1895.
E1 Brewery Tap: 500 Commercial Road. (D2/13) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Bricklayers Arms: 71 Redmans Road. (D1/14) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Britannia: 232 Cable Street. (C2/15) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E1 Britannia: 44 Morris Street. (C2/16) Belhaven.
E1 British Prince: 49 Bromley Street. (D1/17) Ind Coope Taylor Taylor Walker.
E1 Brown Bear: 139 Leman Street. (B2/18) Ind Coope Taylor Walker. A Grade II Listed Building because part of original glass remains with brass letters on sills and brass rails inside.
E1 Bull & Pump: 72 Shoreditch High Street. (A1/19) Ind Coope Taylor Taylor Walker. On the site of a former pub used by Sir Isaac Newton. The name refers to Shoreditch being a favourite stop for cattle drovers on the way to Smithfield Market and to the nearby Shoreditch parish pump.
E1 CAPTAIN KIDD: 108 Wapping High Street. (C2/20) Samuel Smith. A new pub converted from a warehouse and decorated in a style that befits the new clientele of the area.
E1 Carlton Arms: 238 Bancroft Road. (D1/21) Bass Charrington.
E1 Carpenters Arms: 135 Cambridge Heath Road. (C1/22) Bass Charrington.
E1 Castle: 44 Commercial Road. (A2/23) Courage. Friendly two bar pub which had boxing connections. The brewery originally planned to demolish this pub but have now offered the publican a 20 year lease.
E1 CAUTHENS: 21 White Church Lane (A1/24) Grand Met-Trumans. Renamed in September 1989, was the Horse & Groom. Former 19th century coaching inn.
E1 Caxton: 50/2 The Highway. (B2/25) Grand Met-Watneys. Formerly the Artichoke.
E1 China Ship: 4 Orton Street. (B2/26) Bass Charrington.
E1 CITY DARTS: 40 Commercial Street. (A1/27) Grand Met-Trumans. On the Local List of Listed Buildings. Busy darts orientated pub formerly called the Princess Alice after the Thames river boat which sunk last century with heavy loss of life.
E1 City of Carlisle: 61 Royal Mint Street. (A2/28) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Colet Arms: 94 White Horse Road. (C1/29) Bass Charrington.
E1 COMMERCIAL TAVERN: 142 Commercial Road. (A1/30) Bass Charrington. A Grade II Listed Building.
E1 Crown & Dolphin: 56 Cannon Street Road. (B2/31) Bass Charrington.
E1 Crown & Leek: 11 Deal Street. Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Crown & Sceptre: 84 Ben Jonson Road. (D1/32) Shepherd Neame. Comfortable locals' pub, also known as the Jug House.
E1 Crown & Shuttle: 226 Shoreditch High Street. (A1/33) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Dean Swift: 2 Deancross Street. (C2/34) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 DICKENS INN: St Katherines Dock. (A2/35) Courage. Behind an 18th century warehouse stood the present structure made of European redwood. The building was moved 75 yards to its present site.
E1 Dog & Truck: 72 Back Church Lane. (B2/36) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Dover Castle: 55 Sutton Street. (C2/37) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E1 Duke of Norfolk: 30 Massingham Street. (D1/38) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E1 Duke of Somerset: 14 Little Somerset Street. (A2/39) Bass Charrington. ,
E1 Duke of Wellington: 63 Brady Street. (C1/40)
E1 Duke of Wellington: 12 Toynbee Street. (A1/41) Bass Charrington.
E1 Dukes: 474 Commercial Road. (D2/42) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Fifth Avenue: 169 Mile End Road. (D1/43) Courage.
E1 Fish & Ring: 141a White Horse Road. (D1/44) .
E1 Forty Five: 45 Mile End Road. (C1/45) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E1 Fountain: 438 Mile End Road. (D1/46) Bass Charrington.
E1 Frying Pan: 13 Brick Lane. Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 George Tavern: 373 Commercial Road. (C2/47) E1 Gloster Arms: 93/95 Commercial Road. (B2/48) Grand Met-Watneys. No beer - closed.
E1 Golden Heart: 110 Commercial Street. (A1/49) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Good Sams: 87 Turner Street. (B1/50) Grand Met-Trumans. Formerly the Good Samaritan and locally known as Sammys to generations of staff and students from the London Hospital.
E1 Grave Maurice: 269 Whitechapel Road. (C1/51) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Gun: 54 Brushfield Street. (A1/52) Grand Met-Trumans. On its 3rd site in 300 years. The first site was in Artillery Lane, the second site is now part of Spitalfield Market. It has been on the present site since 1926.
E1 Hayfield Tavern: 158 Mile End Road. (D1/53) Bass Charrington. Now a bright cocktail style (at one time called the Pearly Queen) bar but formerly the brewery tap of Charrington: the brewery opposite closed in 1975. The site is now offices of the brewery but it is rumoured that Charrington is to move from the area. The upstairs room used to be the brewery directors dinning room used by the Charrington family owners.
E1 Hearts of Oak: 36 Dock Street. (B2/54) Courage.
E1 Henrys Cafe & Bar: 8 Balkan Walk-Tobacco Dock Shopping Centre. (B2/55)
E1 Hollands: Brayford Square (ex 9 Exmouth Street). (C3/56) . A Grade II Listed Building because of 'Original interior with boarded ceiling, pine panelling and settles. Engraved and painted glasswork. Elaborate fireplaces and overmantles. Listed for Interior'. Treasure house of Victoriania, breweriania and old photos and press cuttings. In the hands of the Holland family since the 19th century. Rumour has it that Youngs may buy it.
E1 Horn of Plenty: 36 Globe Road. (D1/57) Grand Met-Trumans. No beer - closed.
E1 Horns & Horseshoe: 10 Cable Street. (B2/58) Bass Charrington.
E1 Hungerford Arms: 240 Commercial Road. (C2/59) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 IVORIES: 43 East Smithfield. (A2/60) Bass Charrington.
E1 Jolly Butchers: 157 Brick Lane. (A1/61) Grand Met-Trumans. No beer - closed.
E1 Jolly Sailor: 8 Garnet Street. (C2/62) Bass Charrington.
E1 Katherine Wheel: 50a Cephas Avenue (D1/63) Wiltshire Brewery. Stonehenge .
E1 Kings Arms: 513 Cable Street. (D2/64) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Kings Arms: 514 Commercial Road. (D2/65) Bass Charrington.
E1 Kings Arms: 230 Mile End Road. (D1/66) Ind Coope Taylor Walker. For many years the upstairs rooms were the first offices of the Doctor Barnardo organisation. Darts.
E1 Kings Head: 128 Commercial Road. (B2/67) Bass Charrington. , BASS.
E1 Kings Stores: 14 Widegate Street. (A1/68) Whitbreads.
E1 Knave of Clubs: 25 Bethnal Green Road. (A1/69) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E1 Lion: 8 Tapp Street. (C1/70) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Little Star: 164 White Horse Road. (D1/71) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Location: 67 Mile End Road. (C1/72)
E1 London Hospital Tavern: 176 Whitechapel Road. (C1/73) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E1 Lord Nelson: 230 Commercial Road. (C2/74) Bass Charrington.
E1 Lord Rodneys Head: 285 Whitechapel Road. (C1/75) Banks & Taylor.
E1 Mercers Arms: 34 Belgrave Road. (D1/76) Bass Charrington. A Grade II Listed Building.
E1 Mr Pickwicks: 70 Leman Street. (A2/77) Grand Met-Trumans. Formerly the Garrick Tavern. A Grade II Listed Building now with a Dickensian theme.
E1 Nags Head: 15 Whitechapel Road. (A1/78) Courage.
E1 Norfolk Village: 199 Shoreditch High Street. (A1/79) Bass Charrington . On the site of the former Cambridge Theatre of which this pub was the bar. During World War II the pub was taken over by the US Army. The upstairs rooms were used as a brothel.
E1 Old Blue Anchor: 133 Whitechapel Road. (B1/80) Bass Charrington.
E1 Old Carpenters Arms: 78b Ben Jonson Road. (D1/81) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Old Globe: 191 Mile End Road. (D1/82) Charles Wells.
E1 Old House at Home: 87 Watney Street. (C2/83) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Old Red Lion: 217 Whitechapel Road. (B1/84) No beer - closed.
E1 Old Rose: 128 The Highway. (B2/85) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Old Two Brewers: 154 Brick Lane. (A1/86) Grand Met-Trumans. No beer - closed.
E1 Oxford Arms: 43 Stepney Way. (C1/87) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Peacock: 145 Aylward Street. (D1/88) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Peasants Revolt: 56 Cleveland Way. (C1/89) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Pride of Spitalfields: 3 Heneage Street. (A1/90) . Formerly the Romford Arms.
E1 Pride of Stepney: 269 Stepney Way. (D1/91) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Prince Regent: 105 Globe Road. (D1/92) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Prince of Wales: 14 Waley Street. (D1/93) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Prince of Wales: 124 Globe Road. (D1/94) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Princess of Prussia: 15 Prescot Street. (A2/95) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Prospect of Whitby: 57 Wapping Wall. (D2/96) Grand Met-Watneys. Very famous pub. Grade II Listed Building originally built 550 years ago. 18th century panelling on first floor.
E1 Queens Head: 57 Greatorex Street. (B1/97) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Queens Head: 83 Fieldgate Street. (B1/98) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Railway Arms: 60 Sutton Street. (C2/99) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Roebuck: 27 Brady Street. (C1/100) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Rose & Punchbowl: 7 Redmans Road. (C1/101) Belhaven.
E1 Royal Duchess: 543 / 547 Commercial Road. (D2/102) Bass Charrington.
E1 Royal George: 7 Selby Street. (B1/103) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Royal Oak: 120 Whitechapel Road. Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Scarborough Arms: 35 St. Marks Street. (A2/104) Bass Charrington.
E1 Scots Arms: 1 Wapping High Street. (A2/105) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 Seven Stars: 112 Whitechapel High Street. (A1/106) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E1 Seven Stars: 49 Brick Lane. (A1/107) Grand Met-Watneys. The only pub currently open in Brick Lane.
E1 Ship: 387 Cable Street. (C2/108) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E1 Ship on the Green: 60 Stepney Green. (D1/109) Tolly Cobbold . Formerly the Ace of Hearts and Astric Lodge.
E1 Sir John Falstaff: 111 Cannon Street Road. (B2/110) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Sir Sidney Smith: 22 Dock Street. (A2/111) Grand Met-Trumans. Formerly the Pepperpot.
E1 Star & Garter: 233 Whitechapel Road. (B1/112) Charles Wells.
E1 Still & Star: 1 Little Somerset Street. (A2/113) Bass Charrington.
E1 Ten Bells: 84 Commercial Street. (A1/114) Grand Met-Trumans. 19th century tiling which depicts a 18th century street scene gave this pub a Grade II Listing. One of the unfortunate victims during the murderous reign of Jack the Ripper (a former name) was last seen live leaving this pub.
E1 Thomas Neale: 39a Watney Market. (C2/115) .
E1 Three Crowns: 237 Mile End Road. (D1/116) Bass Charrington.
E1 Three Suns: 61 Garnet Street. Grand Met-Trumans. No longer a pub.
E1 Three Swedish Crowns: 83 Wapping Lane. (C2/117) Grand Met-Watneys.
E1 Town of Ramsgate: 62 Wapping High Street. (/B2,118) Bass Charrington A Grade II Listed Building because of 'Inside beamed ceiling, benches, plank panelling and engraved glass screen'. Judge Jeffreys was reputedly captured at this Inn. Grade II for 'interior group value and historical association'. The cellars were dungeons for those awaiting deportation to Australia. Near to site of Execution Dock. Has gallow on river terrace.
E1 Turners Old Star: 14 Watts Street. (B2/119) Ind Coope Taylor Walker. Formerly the Old Star.
E1 Vineyard: St Katherines Way. (A2/120) .
E1 White Hart: 89 Whitechapel High Street. (A1/121) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E1 White Hart: 1 Mile End Road. (C1/122) .
E1 White Horse: 48 White Horse Road. (D2/124) Bass Charrington.
E1 White Horse: 64 Shoreditch High Street. (A1/123) Grand Met-Trumans. There has been a pub on the site since 1462, its history is shown in the bar.
E1 White Swan & Cuckoo: 97 Wapping Lane. (C2/126) Grand Met-Trumans.
E1 White Swan: 21 Alie Street. (A2/125) Shepherd Neame.
E1 Williams: 22 / 24 Artillery Lane. (A1/127) Whitbreads. Formerly the Ship.
E1 Yorkshire Grey: 180 Brady Street. (C1/128)