Another Young's pub refurbishment, this time in Mile End.
You can usually spot a refurbed Young’s pub a mile off, and it’s not just the brewery’s own beers on the bar. Those ales were London through-and-through for almost two centuries until 2006, when the historic brewery moved from Wandsworth to Bedford. The Young’s pubs remain, though, and while they’re never groundbreaking or thrilling, they’re straightforwardly reliable: a bit like their beers.
The Coborn is on an attractive street just off the motorway that is the Mile End Road, in the middle of a terrace of perfectly preserved nineteenth-century houses. (It’s come a long way since Jarvis Cocker sang: ‘It’s a mess alright.’) The pub used to be a salt-of-the-earth East End boozer with a dartboard and bags of character, but like many Young’s pubs, it’s had a stylistically non-specific-but-probably-pricey makeover, a mishmash of textures, knick-knacks and furnishings. It’s all a bit Kirstie Allsopp.
But it’s a pleasant place to be: there’s a smartly parasolled area out front on the quiet Coborn Road, and inside it’s bright and comfortable, with better beers than other company pubs (Honest Brew’s NZ session ale, say, at £4.25, or some of the last few cans in London of Beavertown’s blood orange IPA at £5.25). Food is decent, and is more of a priority now: a selection of British pub dishes with a few smarter twists, such as an English charcuterie board, or fishcakes with sprouting broccoli and parsley sauce.
Young’s is investing in its licensed property portfolio (sorry, pubs), turning many of them into smart sites with an emphasis on ‘gastro’. If that keeps them open and serving, good. Meanwhile, however, the authentic Cockney drinking experience retreats deeper into its native habitat.
|Venue name:||The Coborn|
8 Coborn Rd
|Transport:||Tube: Mile End|
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Average User Rating
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Food is good, but randomly overpriced (ie £13.70 for fish & chips). Staff are generally helpful, but the standard of English comprehension is poor (for example, ordered mushy peas several times, but had to re-order on service of meals). Charrged for this oversight on leaving. Won't bother eating hear again.
The Coborn is a reliable pub, recently refurbished into a clean, comfortable and cosy place to eat a decent meal. The menu incorporates English stables with modern twists such as a Gressingham duck burger or a venison & wild boar cottage pie. It also houses some great burger choices, a hearty steak and some of the best sweet potato fries I have eaten in the east. The staff are friendly, although a little slow with service, but will eagerly help you with a beer choice. The cider on tap is also a winner. They host a pub quiz on Sundays.
This place is great- good, hearty food (the scotch eggs are amazing) and a fun pub quiz every sunday. Roomy with a great outside area too
I've loved this pub for years and the refurbishment has been well done keeping the old spirit of the pub without the farrow & ball. Great service, best roast dinner around and Sunday night quiz is brilliant
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