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Monika works the bar at this salt-of-the-earth pub, dispensing pints (Woodforde’s Wherry, Black Sheep, Doom Bar) to first-name-terms regulars and occasionally bringing a pint to old George at his corner table as his legs only take him as far as the pub door itself. Her counter serves both the main bar and saloon bar behind it, where ruddy-faced men of brotherhood age, having forsaken manly pint-horsing for the security of married life, sit in silence with their wives, not quite out of earshot of the swearing on the other side.

Both bar areas are social-club comfortable – green upholstered furniture, red carpet – and reflect the sporting interests of the landlord (framed West Ham shirt, signed QPR one, collection of tickets to sundry matches).

The food’s a grab-bag of Brit dishes and more exotic imports (Thai green curry, say); there’s Irish music once a week.

Venue name: Nightingale
Address: 51 Nightingale Lane
E11 2EY
Opening hours: Open 10am-midnight daily. Food served 10am-10pm Mon, Wed; 10am-4pm Tue, Thur; 10am-6pm Fri-Sun
Transport: Tube: Snaresbrook or Wanstead tube

Average User Rating

2.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:5
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Peter H

The pub run and owned by Noel who should have retired years ago. It is absolutely true ( as Jimmy says below ) he is rude and sexist to his bar staff . He never employs males and he has a strict dress code for the females, read into that what you like.

Noel is in his 70's and has 2 kids under 10, he has no choice but to work. He lives with his family above the pub. For years he's been trying to  sell the pub but his takings are well down since the opening of the Duke of Edinburgh, a new and busy gastro pub some 200 metres away .

In recent years Noel has insulted many of his regular customers many of whom have voted with their feet. Good times have been and gone for this place, it really is true, you reap what you sow in life and I'm afraid tough times are ahead for this pub and its miserable owner. 

Noel's made a fortune over the years ,one day he may reflect on the number of decent people he's upset. Take my advice avoid this place and try the Duke of Edinburgh.

Jimmy L

Whoever that Stupot is he must be a right arsehole!  Wanstead is not the East End, its the dregs of East London where a lot of the people are up their arses yet they are invariably fat, scruffy & ugly & very nasty, their appearance matches their nature!! The East End starts from the Bow side of the Bow flyover & finishes at Shadwell!! As for Noel he is a dirty old pervert who touches up the barmaids & has sex with prostitutes & Ladyboys in Thailand. He also beats up his young wife & leaves her short of money, he is a wrongun that us proper men don't like, only the mugs suck up to him, the fairy boys of Wanstead! I used to take out some tart from Poland who was a barmaid there, her name was Ana, she told me everything about him!!


Ignore the negative comments Noel is a proper landlord and his staff are all friendly and efficient. Best pub in Wanstead? Best pub in the East End, for my money!


It's a shame that the author of this review forgot to mention that: the owner's wife made me charge poor family extra money without them knowing. They came in for funeral. Also we've used to put some money on another girl's payslip, so wife can get some cash - probably because Noel's spent everything on his sex trip in Thailand. Well done - "Time Out London" - keep concentrating on beer and peanuts - never mind old guy and teenage Thais.


Nice food shame about the unfriendly bar staff who give you a What do YOU want attitude when ordering a drink, waiting nearly one hour for food yesterday - won't be in a rush back, plenty more quality food restaurants and bars in Wanstead