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The Leyton Star

Bars and pubs, Pubs Leyton
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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 KingsJackdaw 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.

By: Matt Breen



Address: 116 High Rd, Leyton
E15 2BX
Transport: Tube: Leyton
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 4-11pm; Thu 4pm-midnight; Fri 4pm-1am; Sat midday-1am; Sun midday-11pm
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Users say (21)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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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

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Staff are great, lush food, good space, nice drinks. Lovely people!


This pub has a really nice atmosphere and friendly staff. They have a cool little outdoor area with retro arcade game (although this did swallow our money and didn't work!) a dart board and a table football. The Tuesday quiz is good fun and a little different, I won myself a free drink by winning rock, paper, scissors! Some great pubs in this area and this is definitely one of them! 


My local pub rocks! Having only recently become a home owner (yes I'm still incredibly excited) in an area I barely knew, I am beyond chuffed to find the local is one of the loveliest pubs. Serving local brews and hosting We Serve Humans it ticks all the boxes for a foody.  They also have weekly pub quizzes and other events, friendly staff and an awesome outside space with sheltered seating for the winter. Winner!


Having re-opened last year, the Leyton Star has brought an almost perfect pub experience to Leyton. There is a solid drink selection, with good choice of beers on tap complemented by a huge array of cans and bottles from around the world. While a little pricey for the area, the quality and variety makes it bearable.

Then the burgers, oh the burgers. There is a current residency by We Serve Humans with burgers, hot dogs, fries and wings aplenty on offer. I went for a ‘Frank’ beef burger with blue cheese, truffled aioli, and red onion jam and it is one of the best burgers I’ve had in ages, the sort of burger that keeps you thinking about it weeks later. The servings are generous, with one side of fries more than enough for two – come with a group and try a few of their options, the truffled fries smelled and looked particularly good, and the fries with beer cheese sauce sounded incredible.

There is a huge outside with heated and covered seating which meant you could have a drink outside, even in deepest February.

I love this pub, this is the sort of pub I dream of having on my doorstep. My only negative is that it’s not.


I have been to a few of the Electric Star pubs in my day (most often the one at King's Cross), but the news that one would be opening up in my neck of the woods was very welcome. (I can totally walk here from my house. Which is awesome.)

The interior is pretty standard pub, but somehow it felt warmer and cosier... I like the layout with the bar in the middle. More inclusive. The staff are super nice and funny and made my friends and I feel really comfortable. And holy crap the FOOD. The burgers each of us had were incredible - the fries were pretty decent, too. And though I am not a massive beer drinker (more of a gin girl), there seemed to be a pretty good selection of beers on tap. I stuck with my Goose Island. HONK.

We enjoyed ourselves so much that I've actually made a booking for 8 for my upcoming birthday - can't wait!

Oh - I also heard that they have a private karaoke room you can book if you like... I may explore that. (Read: may = WILL DEFINITELY.)

After just moving down this place had the most friendly staff and made me feel right at home.

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!

Great atmosphere, amazing staff, and right on my doorstep ... what more can i ask for 😁

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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