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Approach Tavern, The
Taps: 9 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]
47 Approach Road, Bethnal Green
, E2 9LY
United Kingdom (England)
phone: +44 2089802321
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
This is a rare find in East London, for real ales of course. Situated in the older, well-preserved Victorian area in East London, nr. Bethnal Green, it's well-absorbed into the whole atmosphere in the community. Actually it's quite close to the Victoria Park, around which I think at least three better real ale boozers in East London (all with a slightly chic gastropub feels to them, interestingly) find their nests. For, slightly posher Eastenders living nearby nowadays require combination of "pub", "cuisine", "organic" philosophy, and more younger white-necks are now eager to taste Belgian brews and some even revert back to real ales as a kind of fashion! One way or another I think these several pubs here have won their hearts and minds.
The building is a spacious and tall, Victorian architecture. Been a pub maybe well before WWII, with some old dark-yellowish photos on display proving its glorious past, it was semi-demolished during the Blitz yet miraculously survived, and was refurbished to its present glory. Upon entry into the pub, one would immediately feel embraced by a nostalgic feeling of the interior, with lots of church and school wooden chairs/benches arrayed around the sides of the spacious pub, engraved glasses as in the Victorian fashion, and lots of old pictures and posters on the walls revealing older stories at this site. The main area is occupied by a lone bar, with two narrower parts extending to the rear from both ends of the bar where more seatings are in order. In any corner of the pub I find drinking an utmost relaxing experience (apart from sitting next to the loos). The clientele here is basically the local and the young, who would stuff this place on Sundays when ther're any important matches England is lucky to play. Cheerful crowds would love to stay at the front terrace, esp. in hot summer, and leave the cooler, inside sittings for non-smoking guys like me.
4-5 handpumps in total serve 3-4 Fuller's beers and one Adnam's Bitter. The staff maintains that it's a freehouse, yet due to personal tastes they simply prefer the Fuller's range. I find it a bit tricky, because they also do two Czech lagers, Litovel Classic and Premium, on tap, and the sole importer in the UK IS the Fuller's!! Anyway, they even use to serve Affligem Tripel on tap (now replaced by inferior Leffe Blond), and generally speaking, judging from the five to six tap beers they do they are at the more serious end about lagers as well. The real ales are generally in good condition, but can vary a little in mid-summer.
Being the closest quality pub to where I live now, I used to go for a half-pint of Litovel Classic and Fuller's Chiswick and ESB almost every Saturday afternoon in summer and read my Guardian, when it is not as crowded as Sundays. BTW, their list of gastro-pub food sounds mouthwatering enough and the Sunday Roast is definitely something I'll go back to try in the future~~
01-15-2006 17:09:13 |
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