Unusually orange on the outside, I suppose this is a decent old fashioned pub on the inside but with hordes of local ManUre fans filling up the inside and the pool table taking up the only football free zone, we were relegated to the tiny table out back (even the most optimistic beery chap couldn't call it a 'beer garden')
Couple of alright Young's beersmore
When it comes to drinking in east london nothing goes past a cockney pub though on the various occasions I have been to this establishment I have heard the ever so familar aussie accent a little too often - not to say that the pub should discriminate (after all I am an Australian myself) but I must say I did go there for a more localness feel - not to say that this is like this all the time....more
The Bow Bells is a good old East End boozer. It's quiet most nights, making it a really good place to go for a relaxed pint. It's got a tiny beer garden but far more pleasant are the picnic benches at the front of the pub; you can watch the bustle of Bow Road pass you by as you enjoy your drink.
Though the Bow Bells does offer a fairly wide range of food, it only does so for a couple of...more
This is a 'textbook' local. Homely, comfortable, pleasantly worn and comfortable round the edges, good beers on tap, big screen for big sporting events. And even a dingy pub carpet, STILL!
They got pool, a good jukebox with pub-rock classics. A sign outside the pub makes the dubious claim that they sell the best pies in East London. I didn't actually try any, but it's a brave claim to...more
'Never judge by a book by its cover.' A lesson drummed into all of us from an early age, and when it comes to The Bow Bells I'm glad I listened. I don't know who painted it or why they chose the most ghastly shade of orange imaginable but it's certainly eye-catching and not in a good way.
Inside however is a different story. The Bow Bells is a timely reminder of what a real pub should be:...more