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  • “It's a bold statement (they're sometimes the best though, right?), but this is the best pub in East London.” in 10 reviews

  • “have a nice pint of ale (from a decent selection) in your hand.” in 5 reviews

  • “Deliciously served with buttery and creamy mash potato and minty mushy peas - absolutely incredible!” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    13/8/2014
    1 check-in

    What a lovely, lovely pub - especially if approached via a walk down several back alleys.  Unfortunately, there wasn't time to taste any of the amazing looking pies as we stopped just to meet up before moving on to an event at York Hall around the corner.  I will definitely be back and stay till closing next time.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/7/2014

    Cosiest little pub. I adore it. It's not like every other pub has some food on the menu just to be able to say it has but actually serves lots of decent meals. Pies, mashes and lots of ales in a nice and friendly ambiance, what else could you wish for? Maybe some more room for the whole company. The pub is quite tightly decorated and they've tried to pack lots of seats in a not very wide space.

    Apart from that, kudos for the awesome pub.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/5/2013

    Our travels started in London as did our food adventures in Europe. For our first meal on day one, we were all starving from long plane and subway rides so we searched for a local watering hole within walking distance from the flat we were staying at.

    The Camel came up for its status as a neighbourhood pub specializing in pot pies. I ordered the steak and chorizo pot pie served with mashed potatoes, gravy, and peas. It was delicious and filling with great texture, flavour, and well-cooked.

    We washed down our pies with some local pints of beer including an IPA brewed down the street, ginger beer, and a German lager. I enjoyed the basic English lunch and staple.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/12/2012

    The
    locals round here are quite fortunate to have this pub and The Florist nearby.
    The pubs can't get too much passing trade given the location so I guess the
    punters are mostly from the area. This pub has a nice old fashioned tile
    exterior They
    layout here is slightly uncomfortable but that shouldn't bother you once you
    have a nice pint of ale (from a decent selection) in your hand.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/2/2011
    6 check-ins

    Nice people. Nice pub. Nice pints. Small. Friendly. Warm. Lovely. Around the corner from all the rest of the world and it's right down the walk from my office.

    Authentic and local but there are approximately zero people wearing specs without lenses (or with lenses that don't correct) trying to look like they're 80s geeks when they're not.

    Plus nice food.

    Which is all you can ask for in East London, innit?

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/12/2008
    First to Review
    Listed in My Top 20 Pubs

    You would probably walk right past this pub if you did not read this. Well if you like good classic gastro grub instead of walking by you must pay this place a visit.

    Camel is known for its superb pies. It features such handmade gourmet pies as steak and chorizo or wild mushroom and asparagus. Deliciously served with buttery and creamy mash potato and minty mushy peas - absolutely incredible! The pies are free range and fresh, they are made and cooked on the day and really do taste of the good home cooking quality.

    They also serve a good choice of ales and a really good inexpensive choice of wines.

    The service is great, the place is small but cozy and the music is like old time jazz which fits the mood. Great pies, this place is a real find.

    • Qype User inspir…
    • London
    • 624 friends
    • 366 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/11/2008

    Posh Pie and Mash has arrived, without leaving a serious dent in your wallet! £8.95 buys you a super size plate of food comprising of pie, mash, minty mushy peas and a gravy boat to boot. It's pie only with a great selection from the classic steak and kidney to goat's cheese and spinach. It's a small, warm and welcoming pub, with the smell of the buttery pies always leaving me salivating.

    There is a simplicity to the brown exterior tiles, an etched Camel mirror and archive shots prompt a mindful retrospective, while dark wallpaper with red roses and bronze spherical lampshades create a modish retro interior thanks to some recent refurbishment. The booze (Adnams and some continentals on draught, premium spirits and a decent chardonnay). A library of bizarre book titles and well fingered games sweetly descend on your Sunday downtime like a cosy knitted jumper.

    • Qype User Andyma…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 36 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    6/11/2007

    The camel had a non-smoking policy before it became law and for that reason it was very popular with the non smoking masses. Since then it has managed to retain a good crowd of loyal regulars, who enjoy selecting from the extensive wine list. The layout is not that exciting, a bar, some tables inside and out, and sparingly decorated. The music is at a level, where you can still talk without having to raise your voice.

    The prices dictate you require a spare bit of cash to splash, which the clientele appear to have as that wine keeps coming off the shelves and into the glasses. If it is a good conversation you want after work, with a glass of fine wine and a friendly atmosphere, then the Camel will serve you well.

    • Qype User jmemul…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 6 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/9/2010

    It's a bold statement (they're sometimes the best though, right?), but this is the best pub in East London.

    Sure they've incorporated a bit of polish and a bit of wankiness into the mix, but the pub remains an intimate, hidden treasure that serves great food and drink and plays brilliant music.

    If there was an award for an award for the ultimate Sunday afternoon hangover pub, that rosette would be firmly pinned on the backside of The Camel. A favourite for all who know it I'm sure.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/3/2011

    Really this should be a 5 star pub. It has almost everything: Small and cosy, with big windows, nice eclectic furniture and old wood everywhere; this place just eases you in and everything feels just right. It can get busy so just head away from the doors to ensure you don't get jossled.

    And its easy to see why it gets busy: the beer is good (Bitburger on draught being my favourite) the chairs/ tables very condusive to sitting all day. The much mentioned pies a delight (good value at £8.95) - this place satisfies on many levels but there is a but - the service. The staff just don't seem to get the reason why they they are there - customers. And when you do attract their attention, they seem to make very hard work of it. They are not unfriendly, just like its always their first night.

    If you prepare yourself for slightly slow service and just relax, there is so much else about this pub that makes it very very good. Well worth a detour.

    • Qype User crag…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 3 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/4/2008

    Pies, pies, pies This is usually the sound echoing through my brain of a Sunday evening, after a weekend of over-indulgence. But of course, this magical word also conjures up other, less comforting words: 'restaurant', 'choice', 'conversation' or, most terrifying of all, 'cooking'.

    Imagine my joy, then, at being led into the Camel (handily situated round the corner from the slightly more boisterous Florist) on a Sunday when I really was in a bad way. Being a pub, there is somewhat unsurprisingly booze available (one point). The staff are jovial without being over-friendly, so if you look like you might cry at having to choose between ciders they will make the judgement call for you without causing a scene (one point). The place is small without being tiny, thus avoiding the paranoia that Everyone Is Watching You (one point). And best of all, they serve a fairly broad selection (ie more than one veggie option) of wonderful, life-giving pies. With mash. And mushy peas. And gravy. It didn't take long to get served, the food was solid stuff, and I felt able to take the week on. Altogether now - pies, pies, pies

    • Qype User Mental…
    • Hamburg, Germany
    • 0 friends
    • 14 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/7/2012

    I got terribly drunk here. And if in this special case I (reportedly) did NOT behave like the pathetic, plastered piece of tourist I was, it was most definitely not due to any good education. It was due to the holiness of the place. Because this is The Pub. The Mother of All Pubs. The One and Only Holy Pub.
    Thank you for those soothing, sobering vibrations, oh holy Camel!

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/9/2009

    Like an old friend, or your favourite jumper, The Camel is always a welcome experience. Small, friendly, warm, Art Nouveau exterior, 70s interior. Away from the glare of Bethnal Green, and is delightfully relieved of crowds by the nearby Florist pub. Has the feel of an authentic local without the sad old alcoholics.

    • Qype User TheLon…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 133 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    9/12/2012

    A wide selection of wine with light music in the background. I loved this place.

    • Qype User char-l…
    • London
    • 77 friends
    • 119 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/6/2009

    Walk the long way home when you're strapped and hungry to avoid the Camel else you'll be in there like a shot ordering up a pie and pint. But you won't be sorry. I lived just up the road for a while and this was a regular drinking hole and always the scene of an accidental, unintended supper. I'd meet a friend, we'd only intend to stay for one, have two or three by which time our will power would be nil and the smell of the hot buttery pies would've gotten too much to bare and we'd be tucking into the finest plate of pie, mash and minty mushey peas. Conversation stopper, all that'd be exchanged were looks of contentment and the occasional 'could you pass the gravy'. Really great little boozer, spill out on the the street in the summer and cozy and intimate in the winter. Perfect.

    • Qype User fuerte…
    • London
    • 20 friends
    • 119 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    1/3/2010

    I must've put on a couple of stone when I was living near this pub due to having a mild addiction to their excellent pies.

    It's small and cosy inside, with dim lighting and posh wallpaper. Nothing spectacular at all but perfect for having a lazy evening with a pint and a massive serving of pie and mash. The staff are friendly enough if a little bit subdued and always happy to make drink suggestions.

    Only foible I can think of is occasionally having to wait ages for the food to be served but I'm sure this is exacerbated by my gluttony and impatience to get their super pies down my talk hole.

    • Qype User alexan…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/3/2013

    My favourite place in the area. I see that many people like it because of the non-smoking policy and I would also join their ''team''. Fast service and always freshly prepared food. Highly recommend them!

    • Qype User victor…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 7 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/1/2013

    I have been visiting this place for years now and it still stays my favourite in the area.
    Even before the law this place had a non-smoking policy, which was the main reason I visited so frequently. You see most people don't pay attention if there is a child nearby while they are smoking, but for me that was a huge problem as I didn't want to harm my granddaughter. We've been coming here almost every afternoon. She always has the apple pie and I- the lamb one, and frankly they both taste delicious.
    The service is great. All the staff are really kind and welcoming, although you have to place your order at the bar, but that's not such a big problem for me.
    As far as decorations go this place has a really unique and classy one. The atmosphere there is very warm and cosy, making you feel at home.
    Although the true character of this place comes out at night I also recommend going there in the afternoon, because you won't be disappointed, but you might want to take a bit more cash with you as it can be a little bit pricey for some people.

    • Qype User typho…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 53 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Great pub off the beaten track. The Camel is a nice quietish pub famous for its pies (£~10). The decor is a nice mix of a traditional pub decor with funky wallpaper patterns. The staff are friendly, and there are newspapers and board games to keep you amused. If you are in there take a look at the pictures on the wall which show pub daytrips from decades past. There are picnic benches ouside which are great on summer afternoons and evenings. A few doors down is a sister pub The Florist which is a little more rowdy. Prices for drink are typical for London. Recommended!

    • Qype User Jimenc…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 57 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/11/2008

    Haven't had food here but as a pub, can't fault it on many things (apart from the fact it's hard to sit at the table near the toilets because of the smell!). I like the board games - good for a rainy winter day when you want to drink in somewhere warm and just relax.

    • Qype User yasdau…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 6 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/5/2011

    I recently moved to Bethnal Green from Bristol and was told about this place beforehand as a place to get Bristol's famous Pieminster pies and a good pint of ale. It does not disappoint on either count! There's a selection of about 10 flavours to suit whichever mood you're in, there's interesting music on in the backgroud and I found the staff friendly and a bit quirky. All in all, this is a blinding little pub, and they even do a pub quiz on a Tuesday!

    • Qype User olivia…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 1 review
    4.0 star rating
    22/11/2012

    I like this place much. Good atmosphere and even better drinks! Everybody get sloshed!

    • Qype User Raggy…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 4 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    5/12/2007

    I love this pub. It's not too pretentious as some other East London pubs. It's very small but not too crowded. It always has great music playing and a good selection of wine at good price too. Possibly the best House wine I've had since moving to London. Went there for lunch a couple of time and the pies are delicious. I highly recommend having a tradtional English lunch here to any fellow foreigners. All in all a good pub for lunch and a lazy afternoon drink.

    • Qype User clem…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/1/2009

    nice pub. chilled atmosphere, more trendys have invaded over the years but you still have a few dedicated eastenders who come here. they have nice big leather sofas and good music playing too. i like it here in the summer as a little crowd usually gathers around the chairs for a ciggie or two. its just out of the main bethnal green bit, in quite a quiet road so theres never any trouble. favourite pub in bethnal green.

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