Another of the Electric Star group is born in Leyton.
Is there any better barometer of an area’s change than its pubs? As Leyton continues to welcome young hordes migrating further and further eastward, this boozer has reopened on the High Road. Formerly The King Harold, it’s been taken on by the Electric Star chain (Star of Bethnal Green, Star of Kings, Jackdaw and Star, Star by Hackney Downs) and turned into The Leyton Star: a rival to Antic Collective’s Leyton Technical, just up the road.
The refurbed interior isn’t exactly cosy: more gloomy than low-lit, and not helped much by the dark teal paintjob. The beer garden is far nicer, with its series of wooden booths complete with heating lamps. There’s a serviceable range of beers and ales on tap from the likes of Camden Town and Signature.
Grub comes from residents We Serve Humans, who specialise in down-and-dirty bar food wrapped up in some seriously dodgy nomenclature. The Donald Trump, a chilli burger (yes, chilli, Mexico, he’s racist, ha-ha!), was made up of a deliciously juicy patty of chuck meat spiked with fiery jalapeños. The V2 burger (one of the rockets the Nazis fired at London… ahh, those were the days) was a chicken burger coated in a super-crispy buttermilk batter, and served up with a rich blue cheese sauce. Sides were great: a round of pungent truffle ‘jockey whips’ (chips, we’re in the East End, ba-dum), as were the frickles: deep-fried pickles served with aioli.
It’s the food – and the chatty staff – that save this slightly by-numbers establishment. And it was interesting looking around at the clientele, a mixture of east Londoners old and new. As in times of yore, treat this star as a portent: a sign of changes to come in Leyton.
|Venue name:||The Leyton Star|
116 High Rd, Leyton
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed 4-11pm; Thu 4pm-midnight; Fri 4pm-1am; Sat midday-1am; Sun midday-11pm|
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Great staff, lovely beers, modern clean interior and a beautiful garden :D a lovely change to the wethespoons and 'shabby sheek' hipster pubs surrounding it
This is such a great addition to the local area. It is a really friendly pub with good music, good food and good atmosphere. Definitely the best place to go in Leyton!
Our new local pub. A great addition to the E10 neighbourhood, with an eclectic selection of beer including that of local brewer Signature Brew. Awesome food by East London stalwarts We Serve Humans, including The Chairman (cheeseburger) & sensational Sunday roasts... World famous in Leyton! Spacious beer garden with plenty of heated booths to sit in. Large function space upstairs is great for private parties - you can even book your own karaoke room!
Beautiful refurbishment, great beer and lovely staff. The food is spot on too, great burgers during the week and epic roasts on Sunday.
Great pub. Covers most aspects, Heated booths in the garden, excellent food, sport on screens, function room. Loyalty card which gets you a discount on certain days.
Great booze selection, great burgers, lovely staff - overall a great new pub! Star pubs are brilliant and I'm so happy that one has arrived in Leyton. x
Leyton's newest star. Great garden. Great beers. Fabulous collaboration with the We Serve Humans kitchen to deliver great burgers
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