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Pride of Spitalfields

Bars and pubs, Pubs Spitalfields
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(24user reviews)

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

Miraculously, this supremely unpretentious little boozer continues to thrive just off Brick Lane, its modest charms seemingly not appealing to the whinnying fashionistas of Shoreditch or the suited-and-booted city curry hunters. The lively mixed crowd in here includes an old guard of regulars, the odd bewildered tourist and some thirtysomething art and music types relieved to find their East End bolthole still as welcoming as ever, while behind the tiny bar, a surprising number of unflappable staff dispense beautifully kept ales without treading on each other's toes.

The beer selection is unlikely to be exotic, keeping to familiar British ales from Fuller’s, Truman and some smaller breweries. A little shabby around the edges perhaps - 'A pub with carpet? How quaint' - but this is a London drinker with character rather than an image.

By: Kevin Younger



Address: 3 Heneage Street
E1 5LJ
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East tube
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; 1-4.30pm Sun
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Users say (24)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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First went in mid nineties when visiting from Newcastle and loved the place. So pleased to return 20 years later to find it had not changed and had maintained its excellent atmosphere.


What's not to love about this pub? Play the piano if you can, pet the house cat if you dare, share the seats with some locals and/or tourists and be sure that the pints could be a lot more expensive in other pubs around the area. 

Been coming back to the Pride Of Spitalfields for years now and always feels like home!


A great east London boozer, walking in feels like going into a time warp so much so that the majority of hipsters sit out on the pavement drinking their selection of ales and cider's.... we too sat outside. This is a beautiful little time warp that is hidden away off a side street in Brick Lane away from the hustle and bustle of the weekend market. This is very much a traditional pub with friendly staff, very reasonable prices and a great atmosphere for a Friday night drink.   

When nearly every pub in the area has been gentrified, hipsterised or gastro'ed, it's lovely to still find the kind of proper East End boozer some of us moved here for in the first place! Normal prices, friendly staff, cosy interior, music played at a civilised level - and a cat.

A great friendly locals pub. You will always get a warm greeting and good conversation. A true pub atmosphere and excellent choice of hand pulled real ales. Cheers to all

A true original. No sanded floor boards or exposed brick walls. Prices are great, CAMRA award winning beers and an enduring mix of locals and not so. Thanks to Ann and Mark for keeping this true gem in these changing times.

Every time I visit this lovely, vibrant and friendly pub, I always feel welcome. The bar staff, and landlady, make you feel like you are part of an ever growing family. I will always reccomend this to anyone who wants a traditional, down-to-earth, buzzing eastend pub. 100% 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Best Boozer! Lively atmosphere, friendly bar staff, great selection of Ales and drinks, lovely regulars and lots of different characters & personalities and of course the cute pub cat!

A great, friendly atmosphere, real down to earth pub. The staff and the landlady are all lovely. A really nice beer and the locals are all welcoming. Been going here for years now and always have a great time. #love the pride'

Lovely traditional pub with well kept beer and friendly staff. A group of us met here for drink prior to a birthday walking tour and the landlord brought out a bottle of bubbly for the birthday girl! See an eye out for the pub cat!

I had not been to this pub for years, it was one of my favourite London Real Ale pubs and it use to have a glamorous Jewish land lady who ruled with a rod of iron. I visited recently and was disappointed. It was very crowded and very noisy. It use to be an old boys pub but now has a much younger, trendier and largely foreign crowd. It was difficult to get a drink because people insist on sitting at the very short bar despite it being packed, although a fair selection beers was on offer the service was poor as the bar staff seem to favour the 'regulars' sitting at the bar over those queuing the longest and the famous Sunday dinners are no longer available. It is really sad when a pub with such happy memories changes, I guess it is all part of the 'gentrification’ of Brick Lane but I will not be going back.

Now being a northerner by heart born and bred in Yorkshire - I'm very particular about my boozers, and hate all these so called posh managed houses in favour of a traditional good old pub, and The Pride of Spittalfields hasn't let me down. Proper ale, proper bar, no bells or whistles, must a good old fashioned East End boozed. Top marks from me - now get me a brick lane curry!!

Went in last week after a 2 year gap and pub has gone far down hill. Stood patiently waiting at the bar trying to get served for 15 minutes and the 2 women bar staff were like rabbits in headlights just kept serving whoever came in front of them. Bear in mind the bar is only 6 foot wide and you can guess the frustration. Finally spoke up when a customer replaced someone who had been served and was served immediately and saw that I was waiting but got told off by the bar staff who said how could they know who was next! I pointed out that it was their job? Really small pub and so loud you can't have a conversation or hear yourself speak. We used to always go here pre curry but never again..

I went here and 2 friends were sexually harassed and then assaulted by a 'regular'. The landlady accused them of lying, said they should just accept this treatment anyway and threw us out of the pub. I urge any women not to go here, it is not a safe environment even if you're surrounded by people you know.

great pub! missing Sunday roast dinners ,they was the best in all east London

This is a good old fashioned drinkers pub with a good range of real ales, friendly staff and a good atmosphere. You only have to look at the crowd outside to realise what a popular place it is. An excellent precursor to a Brick Lane curry!

Simply a pub. No poncing around, good beer, real people. What more could you want?

One of the best pubs in Londoan and a bastion of a great East end pub in the heart of trendy shoreditch ... Get a propper pint of ale and say hello to the fat pub cat that likes to sit on your lap.

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