Carpenters Arms, Shoreditch
Secondly, it's a great pub with an excellent selection of ciders, real ales and above all Belgian beers, the latter being a relative rarity once you get past Drury Lane and out east. I haven't eaten there yet but plan to do so one day. It attracts a lively and mixed crowd, specially on Sundays, when the street markets are in full swing and there's a fruit-salad of colourful characters milling around. I tried the place one Friday and had to leave after standing in a dog-leg corridor with a toilet one side and a public payphone the other. I might as well have camped out on the white line down the centre of Oxford St. that night.
Otherwise, the staff are friendly enough and the place is always very clean and light, which makes a change around these sombre parts. It's slightly up-market by EastEnd standards, but that means you don't get puddles of sticky beer on the floortiles and no loud drunks. A nice change from the pubs on the Bethnal Green Rd.
Hardly the warm East End welcome we had been expecting and little wonder that the bar was deserted apart from two elderly gentlemen on a fine and sunny Spring afternoon, when the place could have been buzzing with people eating, drinking and filling the till. However, with the aggressive and unwarranted bar staff on patrol I cannot see this happening.
Needless to say, we did not buy a drink, nor order a meal and my report detailing our shocking and distressing experience will be forwarded to the client.
73 Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 6EG
From Bethnal Green train station exit left, follow the road around and turn right at the closed pub next to the zebra crossing. Follow the road straight and you'll soon reach the pub on the right. Alternatively from Liverpool Street make your way to Brick Lane and Cheshire Street is about half way down.