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East London Beer Guide & Pub directory in 1991 - E2 Bethnal Green

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1991 Beer index

The 1991 edition of the East London Beer Guide - East London & City CAMRA

E2 Bethnal Green
Stations - Bethnal Green (Central), Bethnal Green & London Fields (BR Liverpool Street).
At the heart of the East End, this is where people expect all those grimy 1950s and 60s films have been set, with the pubs full of tough (but fair) villains discussing their latest jobs "out west". Reality us more prosaic, but the local pubs here are still amongst the friendliest in the area covered by this Guide. However, the bad news is that whilst there has been a trend for forty years or so to turn perfectly respectable pubs into discos with strange names (perhaps aided by the relatively easy availability of late music licenses), not only is it getting worse but the loss of the 'locals' has been accelerated by the large brewers' programmes of closures of their smaller establishments in recent years. Many of these are good examples of pub architecture of a hundred years ago and worth a look.
Unfortunately the area is one of our worst for real ale and that that is available has historically been dominated by the Charrington and Watney/Truman (due to their large breweries in the East End), but watch out for the enterprising free houses and smaller brewers' pubs, a recently expanding sector and one which is deserving of support. The only notable local brewery in this century was Wests, whose Three Crowns Brewery (with 60 pubs) was taken over by Hoare (itself then bought by Charrington) in 1929 and closed. One or two pubs still have relics of the company.
E2 Acorn: 149 Queensbridge Road. (A2/1) Belhaven.
E2 Angel & Crown: 170 Roman Road. (B1/2) Bass Charrington.
E2 APPROACH TAVERN: 47 Approach Road. (A1/3) .
E2 Beehive: 230 Roman Road. (B1/4) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Birdcage: 80 Columbia Road. (B2/5) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 Bishop Bonner: 21 Bonner Street. (A1/6) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E2 Black Horse: 67 Roman Road. (B1/7) Belhaven.
E2 Blade Bone: 185 Bethnal Green Road. (B2/8) Bass Charrington.
E2 Bohola House: 423 Bethnal Green Road. (B2/9)
E2 BRITANNIA: 206 Globe Road. (B1/10) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 British Lion: 193 Hackney Road. (A2/11) Whitbreads.
E2 BROWNS: 1 Hackney Road. (B2/12) Grand Met-Watneys. Formerly the Horns.
E2 Buskers Free House: 2 Pollard Row. (B2/13) No beer - closed.
E2 Camdens Head: 456 Bethnal Green Road. (B1/14) Bass Charrington. No beer - closed.
E2 Camel: 277 Globe Road. (B1/15)
E2 Carpenters Arms: 73 Cheshire Street. (B2/16)
E2 Cavalier: 89 Dunbridge Street. (B2/17)
E2 Chiltons: 12 Chilton Street. (B2/18) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 CITY OF PARIS: 178 Old Ford Road. (A1/19) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 CONQUEROR: 2/4 Austin Street. (B2/20) .
E2 Crown: 144 Whiston Road. (A2/21) Belhaven.
E2 Dolphin: 85 Redchurch Street. (B2/22) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 Dover Castle: 118 Old Bethnal Green Road. (A1/23) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 Duke of Cambridge: 25 Cambridge Crescent (formerly Felix Street). (A2/24) Belhaven.
E2 Duke of Cambridge: 101 Queensbridge Road. (A2/25) Bass Charrington.
E2 Duke of Sussex: 94 Goldsmith's Row. (A2/26) Shepherd Neame.
E2 Duke of Wellington: 52 Cyprus Street. (A1/27) Grand Met-Watneys.  Grade II Listed Building.
E2 Duke of York: 65 Ellsworth Street. (B2/28) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 DUNDEE ARMS: 339 Cambridge Heath Road. (B1/29) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E2 Durham Arms: 408 Hackney Road. (A2/30) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 Earl Grey: 272 Bethnal Green Road. (B2/31) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Flamingos: 163 Gossett Street. (B2/32)
E2 FLORISTS: 255 Globe Road. (B1/33) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Flying Scud: 137 Hackney Road. (A2/34) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 Fountain: 123 Sceptre Road. (B1/35) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 George & Dragon: 2/4 Hackney Road. (B2/36) Grand Met-Watneys. No beer - closed.
E2 Globe: 109 Columbia Road. (A2/37) Belhaven.
E2 Green Gate: 228/230 Bethnal Green Road. (B2/38) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E2 Green Man: 287 Cambridge Heath Road. (B1/39) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 Greyhound: 32 Old Ford Road. (A1/40) Courage.
E2 Halfway House: 388 Hackney Road. (A2/41) Ind Coope Taylor Taylor Walker.  
E2 Hare: 505 Cambridge Heath Road. (A1/42) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 Jeremiah Bullfrog: 68 Warner Place. (A2/43) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Joiners Arms: 116/8 Hackney Road. (B2/44) Belhaven.
E2 King & QueenKing & Queen: 89 Cheshire Street. (B2/45) Belhaven.
E2 Kings Arms: 67 Old Bethnal Green Road. (B2/46) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Kings Arms: 11a Buckfast Street. (B2/47) Courage.
E2 Kings Head: 257 Kingsland Road. (A2/48) Ind Coope Taylor Walker.
E2 Limes: 324 Hackney Road. (A2/49) No beer - closed.
E2 The Little Wonder: 155 Hackney Road. (A2/50)
E2 Lyons Corner: 121 Bethnal Green Road. No longer a pub.
E2 MARKSMAN: 254 Hackney Road. (A2/51)  . Former West Brewery (was near the Childrens Hospital) pub.
E2 Marquis of Cornwallis: 304 Bethnal Green Road. (B2/52) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 Metropolis: 234 Cambridge Heath Road. (A1/53) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Montys: 111 Gosset Street. (B2/54) No beer - closed.
E2 Nelsons Head: 32 Horatio Street. (A2/55) Batemans.
E2 Nice Little Earner: 281 Kingsland Road. (A2/56)
E2 Norfolk Arms (Pickles): 460 Hackney Road. (A2/57)
E2 Old Basing House: 25/7 Kingsland Road. (A2/58) Courage.
E2 YE OLDE AXE: 69 Hackney Road. (B2/59) . Victorian pub that for a long time was a warehouse.
E2 Old Friends: 129 Roman Road. (B1/60) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Old George: 379 Bethnal Green Road. (B2/61) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 Old King Johns Head: 90 Whiston Road. (A2/62) Bass Charrington.
E2 THE OWL & PUSSYCAT: 34 Redchurch Street. (B2/63). Grade II Listed Building.
E2 Panther: 15 Turin Street. (B2/64) Whitbreads.
E2 PARTNERS: 32 Cremer Street. (A2/65) Formerly the Marquis of Lansdowne.
E2 Penny Farthing: 3 Kingsland Road. (B2/66)
E2 Perseverance: 125 Gosset Street. (B2/67) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Perseverance: 112 Pritchards Road. (A2/68) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Prince of Wales: 1 Teale Street. (A2/69) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Prince of Wales: 59 Barnet Grove. (B2/70) No beer - closed.  
E2 Prince of Wales: 76 Bishops Way. (A1/71)
E2 Queen Victoria: 72 Barnet Grove. (B2/72) Belhaven.
E2 Railway Tavern: 131 Globe Road. (B1/73) Bass Charrington.
E2 Red Deer: 393 Cambridge Heath Road. (A1/74) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Royal Alfred: 267 Kingsland Road. (A2/75) Belhaven.
E2 Royal Cricketers: 211 Old Ford Road. (A1/76) Whitbreads. On the local List of Listed buildings.
E2 Royal Oak: 73 Columbia Road. (B2/77) Belhaven.
E2 Royal Standard: 165 Kingsland Road. (A2/78) Whitbreads.
E2 Salmon & Ball: 502 Bethnal Green Road. (B1/79) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Sebright Arms: 31 / 35 Coate Street. (A2/80) . Formerly Sollys (ex Gibbs Mew).
E2 Septembers: 428 Hackney Road. (A2/81) Bass Charrington.
E2 Shakespeare: 460 Bethnal Green Road. (B1/82) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 Ship: 473 Bethnal Green Road. (B1/83) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Ship & Blue Ball: 13 Boundary Street. (B2/84) Pitfield.
E2 SPORTING LIFE: 36 Wilmot Street. (B2/85) .
E2 Sportsman: 42 Whiston Road. (A2/86)
E2 Stick of Rock: 143 Bethnal Green Road. (B2/87) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 Sun: 441 Bethnal Green Road. (B2/88) Whitbreads.
E2 Tantrums: 481 Hackney Road. (A2/89) Was Hop Picker and Keeleys.
E2 Turtles: 57 Virginia Road. (B1/90) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 VICTORIA: 4 Ravenscroft Street. (B2/91) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 Victory: 27 Vyner Street. (A1/92)
E2 WEAVERS ARMS: 100 Roman Road. (B1/93) Ind Coope Taylor Walker. 
E2 Weymouth Arms: 80 Weymouth Terrace. (A2/94) Grand Met-Watneys.
E2 White Hart: 359 Bethnal Green Road. (B2/95) Grand Met-Trumans.
E2 White Horse: 236 Cambridge Heath Road. (A1/96) Whitbreads.
E2 Woolpack: 89 Sceptre Road. (B1/97) Grand Met-Watneys.
Old Two Brewers, E1. Closed.

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