Well & Bucket

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Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out

When a pub closes, as this one did way back in 1989, the worst thing that can happen to it is to be turned into a Tesco Metro. Next bad, demolition, followed by change of use to chicken shop or bookies. But sometimes, a pub comes back from the dead. Not in a creepy, zombie way, but a joyous, on-the-third-day style. And here is one of these born-again boozers – following wilderness years as a Chinese restaurant and a leather wholesaler, the Well and Bucket is once again brimming over with beer.

A lot of care has been spent restoring the big room to resemble a pub once again. The Victorian tiling was once noted across London for its splendour; it now looks a bit battleworn, but is brilliantly atmospheric. Close your eyes and you can imagine the place packed with porter-drinking, pipe-smoking, H-dropping Cockneys of yesteryear.

Phantom East Enders might be a bit unfamiliar with the huge array of craft beer on offer, which includes about 18 on tap: on our visit there was Evil Twin’s Hipster APA (vividly described by my companion as ‘dad-strong’), to the fruity, prickly, almost Hawaiian-tropical Omnipollo Fatamorgana. There’s even a little cocktail bar downstairs: in short, definitely one for the bucket list.

Venue name: Well & Bucket
Address: 143 Bethnal Green Rd
E2 7DG
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-11pm Sun.
Transport: Shoreditch High St Overground
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Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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Archie R

It appears to be pleasant on the surface of things.... Until you ask where the toilet is and it goes downhill at a rapid speed. The staff are only able to function when you're barking a drinks order at them. Anything at a personal level and people struggle. I would come back if I wanted to appear as a cool, hipster, haven't been living in East London long but going to hope for the best or was busting for a wee.


En lind strøm af toner fra swing til motown garneret med lige så liflig ale fra Camden og Mikeller - nice night out with Reza and Allan

Niccy M

Bloody love this place. Would only mark down from 5* because like all these places in London, they just don't stop open late enough for my 'party-hard' lifestyle.

Willy B

Absolutely great pub. Going here again with work friends on Friday and can't wait!


Only marked down form 5* because it gets a bit packed and there's not too much seating...