Tower Hamlets – The Beer Hunter’s Guide

There are no pubs near the ground, but within half a mile or so you’ll find the New Globe, 359 Mile End Road (listed building, Sharp’s Doom Bar on tap) and the Crown, 667 Commercial Road (Doom Bar or Fullers London Pride).

However, go on a little further to the railway bridge, take a right into Flamborough Street and you’ll find the Queen’s Head – a Grade 2 listed gem of a street-corner local in a conservation area.

This is a traditional 2-bar Youngs pub – indeed, it’s the one where the Queen Mother was photographed pulling a pint in 1987, a picture which will be familiar to anyone who drinks in Youngs pubs as a copy seems to hang in all of them.

Sadly, royal patronage may not guarantee the pub’s long-term survival – the Council crassly sold it to an educational trust in 2013 and Young’s lease expires in 2019. There will undoubtedly be a vigorous campaign to retain it as a pub when the time comes. A short throw-in away is the Old Ship, another unspoilt local offering Greene King IPA and Morland’s Old Speckled Hen.

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