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Carpenter's Arms

Bars and pubs, Pubs Bethnal Green
5 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
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Once under the rule of East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray (and apparently run by their old mum), the Carpenter’s Arms is now a friendly local. Middle-aged men with loosened ties drink alongside trendy fellas in Breton stripes and girls in retro dresses.

That doesn’t mean the place has lost its heritage though. The decor is traditional: wooden panelling meets a cream paint job. A painting of the bad-boys-with-hearts-of-gold sits on the wall at the back-end of the pub, and two huge chalkboards list the place’s extensive beer selection. There are 55 bottled beers and 10 draughts available, sourced both locally and from across the globe. There are also around a dozen wines and small menu of classic British pub fare. On a weeknight, it’s busy enough to enjoy a drink in a buzzy atmosphere, but quiet enough to bag a bar stool or table within 15 minutes.

Venue name: Carpenter's Arms
Address: 73 Cheshire St
E2 6EG
Opening hours: 4-11.30pm Mon-Wed; noon-11.30pm Thur, Sun; noon-12.30am Fri, Sat. Meals served 4-10pm Mon-Wed; 1-10pm Thur, Sun, Fri, Sat.
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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From the moment you walk into this pub you can feel that it is steeped in history! Thinking about the characters who would have at at the tables and chairs before you as you enjoy some of the finest ales in London is hard to beat on a night out!

Honestly, for me this is one of the greatest pubs in London. I used to work nearby and would come here all the time, the owners even called me by name. It wasn't MY name, sure, but it was a nice effort. The beers are fantastic, the decoration is spot on, the snacks are awesome (the best pork scratchings in town, bar none. homemade!), the service is great and the food is good. It gets a bit busy, but it deserves to be. And it has great history too, just ask the owners, who are lovely. I wish i could go as often as i used to, not many pubs measure up. 

Don't mind the reviews from those who have based their opinion on a Sunday visit to have the lunch. That is a mad time to go when it gets so packed it's simply not comfortable. Go any other time (especially afternoons), and you will find the nicest pub serving great draught beers (Bitburger and craft ales) , well chosen winesand a good choice of quality bar food. The staff are friendly and efficient, the punters a good mix of chatters and the interior is lovely with wood, flowers and chandeliers. This place is a gem.

Had sunday lunch there today and food was average at best - veg was nice, roasters and yorkshire clearly been in oven for hours and beef rather stringy - onion gravy was tasty Great walk along the market to get there so overall experience was OK, but price of food not good value

A fantastic range of beers and spirits, good service. To be honest though I wasn't that fussed by the Sunday lunch. It did the job, filled the hole, pretty good value for money, but nothing too spectacular taste wise by any means. Meat, carrots and parsnip was nice, potatoes were a bit salty for me. I felt it was value for money, so you'd do worse.

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