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Water Poet

9–11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX 020 7426 0495

We say

Set on a quiet street opposite the Dennis Severs’ house, the Water Poet looks, from the outside, like a smart but traditional boozer. Inside, though, is a surprisingly large labyrinth of brightly coloured rooms with leather sofas and gilt mirrors, and a partly canopied terrace with fairy lights, above which rises a mixture of Huguenot houses and glitzy city tower blocks. There’s a theatre downstairs and a pool table, and they serve a broad selection of beers including Belgian beers, Timothy Taylor, Flowers Original, Meantime and Truman's ales, plus a selection of specialty bottled beers. To keep both Shoreditch trendies and city punters entertained, there’s a lively series of events, from the Underground Picturehouse to Pancake Day bashes, comedy and cabaret. One of the best pubs in the area.

You say Average Rating ★★★★★

Great atmosphere, exceptional food ★★★★★

The Water Poet has to be one of my favourite pubs in East London. It's a little dishevelled on the inside, but that just adds to the rustic British charm. However, the real draw here is the outside area round the back, as it's a rarity to have such decent outdoor space round these parts. The prices are a little on the high side for the area, but I'd say it's worth it, given that it ticks the essential boxes. I would definitely recommend this place for a lazy Sunday – the roasts are outstanding, and a bit of an institution around Spitalfields.

Water Poet reviewed by on March 30th, 2012

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  • Live Music
  • Pub Lunch
  • Real Ale
  • Restaurant

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Mon–Fri 11am–11pm, Sat noon–11pm, Sun noon–11.30pm

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