Commercial Tavern, Spitalfields

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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Well guv', the old Commercial Tavern's been knocked on the 'ead and been replaced with a much artier affair. The exterior is much as it was, the most obvious clue to it's changed identity being the plants outside, but much of the Victorian interior has been painted baby blue. Motifs cut out of magazines have been pasted onto the furniture, chairs adorned with poetry and walls panelled various ephemera, including a panel of Interview covers and scraps of wallpaper. Look up and you'll see a scattering of chandeliers and a collection of cuckoo clocks. On the drinks front things look interesting too, with two or three well kept choices on offer. It gets pretty busy towards the end of the week, but thankfully the upstairs is now open, providing much needed additional capacity. We like the idea of mixing the arty and traditional and in these times when its increasingly hard to distinguish even some independent bars from each other, there are few places with such a unique and innovative approach. Oh, and it doesn't open before 5.00 most nights.
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15 Nov 2011
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Rudest Manager I have ever had to deal with. I tried to reserve a small area for a charity drinks reception at 5pm, not exactly their busy time, and the manager said that he did not need my business (!) and did not want the booking. He obviously felt that his bar was too cool- I will never go there again with friends or business.

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142 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6NU
020 7247 1888
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