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Time Out says
Posted: Tue Nov 30 1999
Buried away off Bishopsgate in a cobbled corner close to Spitalfields Market where city suits and Shoreditch collide, the Water Poet is a multi-tasking gem with a bar, restaurant, cool pool parlour, a downstairs theatre and a super-duper sun-trap of a beer garden. Adorned in dishevelled decadence, it’s all down-holstered leather and velvets, gilded metal and myriad chairs on which to flex your pint-curls; from Chesterfields to church pews, school chairs to picture-house seats. There are weighing-in scales as you enter. Not entirely relevant but worth a mention. Clientele range from open-collared city sippers during the week and market meanderers on the weekend.
A bevy of Belgians under the Artois banner, Timothy Taylor and Flowers Original hold the fort on hand-pull and there’s Staropramen and Hoegaarden too.
There's serious sausage action on the bar and BBQ menu, sharing platters and, people say, a rather renowned roast of a Sunday.
Entertainment consists of ‘Witty in the City’ comedy nights every Thursday, the (rather odd) cabaret night on a Saturday while, upstairs, there’s pool and plasmas dotted both inside and out.
Accepts Time Out CardSee great offers available to all the Time Out Card holders
£10 for main course and a glass of beer or wine
Applies to the weekly lunch menu.
This offer can be redeemed on week days between noon and 3pm.
Water Poet 9-11 Folgate Street
- Venue phone:
020 7426 0495
- Opening hours:
Open Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm
Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail
- 9-11 Folgate Street
- 020 7426 0495
- 9-11 Folgate Street
- Water Poet
Average User Rating
4 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Really great pub that's a complete surprise when you walk through the door. Apart from the big main bar there's a HUGE garden and restaurant, and even a cinema downstairs.... Lovely place.
We love The Water Poet. It's the best Sunday lunch we've found in London. We're working our way through the desserts. The beer garden is great and the atmosphere makes it one of the coolest pubs I know.