Crooked Billet


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  • Crooked Billet

    Crooked Billet
  • Crooked Billet

    Crooked Billet
  • Crooked Billet

    Crooked Billet
  • Crooked Billet

    Crooked Billet
  • Crooked Billet

    Crooked Billet

Crooked Billet

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    Crooked Billet 84 Upper Clapton Road
    E5 9JP

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johann k

Food served on a Plastig squer tray more Plate.....!.self new order of the like Mcdonalds....i like the old way of serving in this place...friendly and helpful  waitress ...!!. bid of a disapointment now...!!

Lady Grinning Soul

In the quest for the perfect Sunday roast within walking distance in E5, the Crooked Billet scores well. Fantastic aubergine and mushroom nut-roast, roast potatoes, carrots and curly kale cooked to perfection. All washed down with a fine Bloody Mary in a laid back setting. Was a lovely afternoon so we sat outside. Great space , good atmosphere and corkin' music. The only omission: no bottled sparkling water.  Not a deal breaker ...we'll be back for for sure! 


The Crooked Billet was a serviceable, but slightly depressing, local before. Now it's bloody fantastic, the staff are lovely, welcoming and helpful; and it's full of nooks and crannies so you can find the perfect seat (except on Saturday night), have a private conversation or meet new people. It's the nearest thing we have to Club Tropicana, albeit the drinks are certainly not free. Your grumpy reviewer made a schoolboy error with his "is gentrification a bad thing", he meant "a good thing", surely. Do TO no longer employ sub-editors?


The human fact is, people only go to the trouble of commenting on websites when they are outraged, feel powerless, and want their voice heard. Anyone who posts comments about something being 'great', and 'really enjoyed it' etc are always in some way connected to the venue, who consider their TimeOut reputation to be an important part of their promotion campaign. Deny it all you like - no-one wakes up after a good night on the booze and decides to log on for the benefit of TimeOut readers. Plus you've got to be metrosexual to enjoy table-tennis.


Things have either dramatically improved in the last couple of weeks, or we just got lucky when we went on Sunday. We were going to go to the Clapton Hart but diverted here because the Hart had sold out of roasts by 3:30pm (again..) Anyway, we were glad that we did. Nice crowd, friendly service, good food (although the roast potatoes were a bit undercooked) and decent house wine. Plus table-tennis in the garden. We really liked it (and we’re locals).


Re my comment below, I meant 'barman' , of course. The fact the new owners have taken out the jukebox makes their intention very clear. If it were left in, music heard in the pub would represent anyone who put their money in - anyone - even the locals. But they clearly want to steer the pub in a certain direction. That direction is now revealing itself to be XFM. I knew this was happening as soon as I saw the new paint job outside (So original. So artistic). But they deflected our anger by playing music that 'seemed' to represent the local community, which was some kind of reggae/ska, which also says a lot about the difference between the locals and the yuppies. It used to be a mixed pub. It's now entirely white.


Batman informed me they got rid of the pool table "cos people just buy a drink and play pool". Dartboard outside which is handy for the darts season in January. Jukebox ejected in favour of the managements choice of (trendy) sounds. Beers touching £4 a pint! Where can the impoverished locals drink now?


Went today to scope out Sunday lunch. 5 out of 10. Portions were mean, the spuds tasted like they were roasted in beef dripping which is good, but just not roasted enough, veg way overdone and if you really bought your beef from the ginger pig then you should be ashamed with what you did to it. Your Sunday lunch was a fail. Go down the road to your competition and eat their cheaper and far superior Sunday roast to know what you're up against. Must try harder. And serving the roast on a small plate won't ease the stingy size. 14 quid for a Sunday roast. However, even if these places are run by the trendy equivalent of chain pubs we still need to support them so go and make your own mind up. They do some good local beers, the outside space is ok even if the piped music is one notch more intrusive than necessary. The bottom line is you have to let people know when they are failing, to give them a chance to make right. I'll go again for a beer, and might try the weekday menu... And Marie, yes the area is changing otherwise you wouldn't have Sodo would you, because that's the bleeding edge of Clapton's gentrification. Look up irony in the dictionary.


The Crooked Billet had one man and a dog before; at least the pub is still open and trading. Good for them - hope they do well (just improve your food!). x


Great refurb, great atmosphere, great beer, but the food needs much improvement.

Marie Parchment

When will the onslaught of hipster stop. The inside is so try hard cool that it's ridiculous. The beer is over priced, the food is average and the alienation of local people continues. I went in last night and I could have have been in Barnes/Putney. The only good thing about is that it it's near Sodo.