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  • 4.0 star rating
    26/12/2008
    First to Review

    Hackney's primary Weatherspoons pub, located right on Mare Street, opposite the library. The pub is large and imposing, both inside and out.

    Inside you'll find the usual 'Spoons' locals enjoying their cheap food and drinks, and the atmosphere is a little edgier than other Weatherspoons I've been to, but not unpleasant.

    I was recently asked for ID to get in here (I'm 25), i didn't have any on me, so explained that i was just hoping to use the toilet, which they let me do?! They have some pretty burly security guards on the door come evening time, which i assume helps minimise trouble at the pub. Not the nicest in the 'Spoons' chain, but always a safe bet for cheap drinking,

    Good for food too, especially their curry club!

  • 3.0 star rating
    4/2/2014
    1 check-in here

    We came all the way up here to check out the Burberry oulet and found this place just by walking up the road a couple of blocks. The staff was friendly and they allow children in until 8pm which was great for us. Definitely a bit divey but great prices for food and drinks. Food was good but as others have said don't expect anything fancy.

  • 2.0 star rating
    31/12/2008

    First of all, I really don't like chain pubs. I just though that I would say that before I start. This particular Wetherspoons is not much different to the rest of them. I mean, it has the same menu, the same prices, and is completely devoid of character.

    The beer is cheap, and so is the food. I guess I can't blame people for wanting to go here instead of an overpriced Hackney pub. Personally, I think it is worth it to sit down in a place with character and pay a little bit more.

    The place is very big, but never really seems to be that busy. There is a weird semi-indoor smoking area, which has to be one of the most depressing smoking areas that I have seen in a while.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/1/2013

    One of the seedier Spoonies pubs I've been to in London. With pints coming in at about two quid, it's no surprise the clientele this pub attracts. But who am I kidding? I come here to drink, and the cheaper the better, amiright? Impressively, though, I have come across some rather good local breweries on cask in here (Redemption springs to mind), so you can get some quality beer in here.

  • 2.0 star rating
    29/12/2008

    Located on Mare Street, opposite the Library, Baxter's court is the place to go if you want a cheap pint.  With the gentrification of the area, the price of a beer has increased as the old East End boozers have changed into upmarket drinking venues, with even the lowliest Hackney pub charging £3 a pint.  So perhaps it's understandable that Wetherspoons is so successful.  Less than £2 a pint and cheap meal deals you can be forgiven for considering it as an alternative to its more expensive competition.  

    I'm not a fan of Wetherspoons pubs, yes it's cheap but is it really worth saving those few pennies?   Large, impersonal interior and inevitably an old crowd, I would much rather pay a little bit extra for good atmosphere and better company.

    • Qype User ALFRED…
    • London
    • 216 friends
    • 115 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    26/5/2009

    A very big improvement as taken place here since I last took the time to review it.There are now some very friendly staff,who are very efficient.and unlike a lot of the pubs in this chain actually remember your drink.as with all these pubs the drinks are cheap,and the food reasonable.and I was reconised as a qyper by none other than a ex Bay City Roller.who I guess would be fairly funny if he was drinking still,The biggest downfall here,is the toilets are upstairs,and the doorman on a Friday night,have thier own silly rules,which do not apply the rest of the week,but it adds to the entertainment.

    • Qype User Blackl…
    • London
    • 7 friends
    • 6 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    21/2/2009

    Cheap & cheerful, fairly fast service. Went there last week for my dad's bday lunch and was spoken to very rudely by an unmannerly waitress! The manager listened politely when I complained but didn't offer us a free drink!

    • Qype User Lesmac…
    • London
    • 5 friends
    • 10 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    26/8/2009 Updated review

    Not a bad place, more likely the customers are there to get well pissed, I used to do that, Now I just like the down to earth fuckeduppiness of it all, most of the staff are nice but dont like being talked down to, no one does. Young Phil is a very competent duty manager and makes the best coffee in east London

    2.0 star rating
    23/5/2009 Previous review
    A local gang pub, full of a well dodgy crowd look out for Franky want my autograph.
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  • 3.0 star rating
    12/1/2013

    Were not talking gourmet food here!!but 2 hot meals for £6.59 !! works out, individually, cheaper than the cost of a sandwich in some of the nearby bars and cafes.The beers are a mixture of real ales ,some local,some mass market beers and bottles from what seems like to be just about everywhere in the world. the space is large,functional with lots of seating and even a outside patio upstairs.Its a freindly spot so i could be back

    • Qype User N1y…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 16 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/3/2012

    A group of us ended our walk around London here on a Saturday and settled in to watch six nations rugby. Pleasant bar staff and economically priced drinks. Very spacious place on two levels with lots of seating and tables. Toilets are spacious and clean too. Large screen upstairs and normal sized flat screens downstairs. There is also an outside drinking area upstairs. The only downside I suspect may be that the toilets are upstairs which could be hard for anyone with mobility difficulties. I have drunk in this pub off and on over the years and find it quite welcoming and easy to relax in. Also it is directly opposite the Empire theatre and never seems to to be over crowded even though the prices are highly competitive. To my mind this is a gem for anyone looking to have a comfortable drink up.

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