The Birkbeck Tavern, Leyton - pub details
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|The Birkbeck is easily the best pub in Leyton, an area which is strangely lacking in good pubs. It has one of the best beer gardens I have seen in London and serves a great selection of drinks.|
My wife, daughter and I pop in for a drink regularly and find the venue extremely friendly. Although I enjoyed the pub when 'What's cooking' was hosted there, the new landlord and lady seem to have a much better focus and grasp on how to run a pub, rather than a semi-private music venue.
Beers are a great price, there are regular changes of 3 guest ales and the pub has a fantastic atmosphere. What more could you want?
Limeguy - 1 May 2013 16:41
|I decided to visit this excellent pub following some reports in the internet, prior to which I never knew existed, as it is an out-of-the-way location.|
I understand that it has been bought by another pub company who plan to retain it as a community pub, so it's once uncertain future has now been secured.
My visit to the Birkbeck Tavern was an excellent and enjoyable one, the pub has lots to offer despite it's location behind Leyton tube station, and across from St Patrick's cemetery.
The two bars are in need of a little makeover as the décor and furnishings are a little dated-but clean.
There is also a little area between the two bars which houses the pool table and also one of the sets of the pub toilets.
the other sets of toilets are at the end of the main bar either side of a feature fireplace and staircase to the function hall upstairs.
There is also a digital Jukebox on the wall behind the staircase facing the bar.
The bar staff and regulars are all a friendly bunch, and there is never any trouble.
One of the pub's best facilities is it's well kept beer garden, there seems to be regular live music and a lot of charitable events.
I enjoyed my visit so much ,that I promised the staff and regulars that I would do all that I could,to promote the pub, that's why I am writing this comment.
The Birkbeck Tavern is one of Leyton's best kept secrets, but to get there turn left out of Leyton tube station, walk a little down the street,you will come to a set of steps on your left, go down these, at the bottom turn left, and follow the road around, after a couple of hundred yards, you will come to the junction of Langthorne road on your right(The Birkbeck Tavern will be visible on the left hand side about 100 yards up, walk up Langthorne road,after 100 yards you will have arrived at the Birkbeck Tavern.
pabanks49 - 21 Apr 2013 14:42
|@Alex11393 - I don't think that the pub itself was struggling, it's that the company who owned it (and others) were.|
anyway, it seems to have been purchased to be kept as a pub - anyone know who the new owners are? hopefully won't get a distressed Red Lion style interior (which was probably an improvement on Zulus in that case, but would be a shame with the Birkbeck)
lord_emsworth - 23 Nov 2012 12:52
|I visited this summer and stumbled upon it by pure chance. I had a butchers over the back wall and felt complelled to go in. |
It's a trad Charrington frontage and looks like a classicly maintained East End boozer and going inside doesn't disappoint either. The decor is old in a shabby-chic intentional way but looks really tidy and the two bars give two pleasant environments. The staff were super friendly as were the two punters I spent ages chatting to at the bar. I only drank lager and wine so can't comment on the ales but the prices were very cheap and the lager a tasty pint.
The garden is worth seeing and I can easily say the best London pub beer garden I've ever been in. It's the kind of set up I'd expect in the gardens at Buckingham Palace.
It also looks like a well used community venue with posters advertising a weekley quiz and what appeared to be live music most nights of the week. I would imagine it also gets very busy when Orient are at home.
I read from other reviews that the pub has been sold. It would be a crying shame if it's closed and turned into flats as so many traditional staples of the community are closing and this is certainly one worth keeping.
It's well out of my way but I would travel to visit this hidden gem.
Keep Right On!
AlistairVonLion - 19 Oct 2012 11:43
|Great pub, out of the way location, which is probably partly why it's struggling. Really nice ales and a good selection, outstanding beer garden. |
Alex11393 - 8 Oct 2012 16:19
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