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Williams Ale & Cider House (Metropolitan Pub Co. (Greene King))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hackney - American IPAExcellent1
Southwark - Bermondsey BestExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Small Batch Cherry Chilli Stout Excellent1
Plain Ales - India Plain Ale Good1
London Fields - Broadway BelleGood1
New River - Blind PoetGood1
Five Points - Hook Island RedGood1
Truman's - SwiftAcceptable1
Tigertops - Star ManAcceptable1
Truman's - BlindsideAcceptable1
Signature Brew - Dark HeartAcceptable1
Essex Street / East London Collaboration - OlicanaAcceptable1
East London (ELB) - East India SpiceAcceptable1
Wadworth - SwordfishNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Windsor KnotNot Tried0
London Fields - Love Not WarNot Tried0
By The Horns - Lambeth WalkNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - JamboreeNot Tried0
Portobello - PaleNot Tried0
Greene King - Spitalfields BrewNot Tried0
Adnams - Tally-HoNot Tried0
London Fields - Black FrostNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Kohinoor Jubilee Commonwealth Indies Pale AleNot Tried0
Ha'Penny - London ParticularNot Tried0
Hogs Back - HBBNot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Brewers GoldNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Plain Ales - InncognitoNot Tried0
Hackney - New Zealand Pale Ale Not Tried0
Hop Stuff - FusilierNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Powerhouse PorterNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - RedheadNot Tried0
Southwark - GoldNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - Pure GoldNot Tried0
Truman's - Pucker Up Mistletoe MildNot Tried0
Hogs Back - Mistletoe & SwineNot Tried0
Saltaire - Triple ChocoholicNot Tried0
By The Horns - Diamond GeezerNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - BelgarumNot Tried0
Wadworth - HorizonNot Tried0
Hogs Back - UtopiaNot Tried0
Five Points - XPANot Tried0
Picture 1. Williams Ale & Cider House, Spitalfields, Central London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

19 Dec 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and very busy. The weather is milder than in recent days, allowing a lot of people to stand on the pavement outside. Two or three more cask beers were available, but it was difficult to approach the bar near enough to see what they were.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Small Batch Cherry Chilli Stout 4.70ExcellentBlack, cherry, chilli – it’s all there. High prices and short measures do not lead to deducted points on this website – so, excellent.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Spitalfields Brew3.90Not Tried
Five Points - XPA4.00Not Tried
29 Sep 2017 (ChrisE)
Late morning visit and fairly quiet. A group of us met here for a friend's birthday pub crawl. All cask ales were half price today.
Southwark - Bermondsey Best4.40Excellent
Wadworth - Horizon4.00Not Tried
Hogs Back - Utopia4.90Not Tried
14 Feb 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early-evening visit.
Plain Ales - India Plain Ale 5.20GoodA golden IPA with a good English hop bite.
Tigertops - Star Man4.00AcceptableA slightly weedy Golden Ale. A mysterious, home-made pumpclip give no clue of brewery origin.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Saltaire - Triple Chocoholic4.80Not Tried
By The Horns - Diamond Geezer4.90Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Belgarum3.90Not Tried
Greene King - Spitalfields Brew3.90Not Tried
28 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Post curry pint and a chat with an old friend who happened to be at the bar.
New River - Blind Poet4.50GoodA tasty Smoked Porter, although it fell flat rather quickly in the glass.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Pure Gold4.80Not Tried
Greene King - Spitalfields Brew3.90Not Tried
Truman's - Pucker Up Mistletoe Mild4.20Not Tried
Hogs Back - Mistletoe & Swine5.20Not Tried
16 Sep 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Not over-crowded in the mid-evening and there is less obviously a ‘City’ clientele here than other pubs round about.
Essex Street / East London Collaboration - Olicana6.00AcceptableThis beer was brewed collaboratively at the Temple Brew House with ELB in a ‘live brewing’ day as part of London Beer City week. It is described as a Belgian Blonde, single-hopped with Olicana, a new British hop. My pint was a very murky amber colour and really rather odd. I was getting spicy, rather than fruity flavours. Drinkable, but not what I was expecting and quite possibly not right.
Sambrook's - Powerhouse Porter4.90Not Tried
Greene King - Spitalfields Brew3.90Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Redhead4.10Not Tried
Southwark - Gold5.20Not Tried
09 Feb 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early Monday evening and this pub is a lot less crowded than it can be.
Truman's - Blindside4.40AcceptableAn easy-drinking, unchallenging, pale beer.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Plain Ales - Inncognito4.80Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Jamboree4.80Not Tried
Hackney - New Zealand Pale Ale 4.50Not Tried
Hop Stuff - Fusilier4.30Not Tried
16 Aug 2014 (Wittenden)
Late afternoon on a windy August Saturday. Fairly quiet.I'd hoped to spot some hipsters with ironic beards, but everyone was cleanshaven.
London Fields - Broadway Belle5.00GoodA 'Californian Pale'.Tropical fruit.
Truman's - Swift3.90AcceptableI was intrigued to see a beer from the revived Trumans. Unfortunately it was rather nondescript.
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Spitalfields Brew3.90Not Tried
06 May 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Quiet in the early evening. Nice to be able to sit in comfort in the rear area. This pub is displaying some very nice old black and white photos of London pubs – mostly in Truman’s livery.
Five Points - Hook Island Red6.00GoodA very fresh pint, which seemed to emphasise the fruity flavours and the bitter finish of this beer.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Kohinoor Jubilee Commonwealth Indies Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
Ha'Penny - London Particular4.00Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not Tried
Greene King - Spitalfields Brew3.90Not Tried
30 Dec 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Quiet in the late afternoon and serving a much reduced beer range to reflect the low level customer expectations at this time of year.
East London (ELB) - East India Spice5.50AcceptableI knew what to expect from this and was not surprised that I found it both too sweet and too spicy.
Adnams - Tally-Ho7.00Not Tried
London Fields - Black Frost6.00Not Tried
02 Dec 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Early Monday evening visit and the pub is relatively quiet.
Hackney - American IPA6.00ExcellentAmber-coloured. Strong, with intense fruity hop flavours.
Signature Brew - Dark Heart5.00AcceptableSignature now have their own brewery set up in Hackney. This beer is very dark and quite malty. Some decent US hop character. But does not drink to its strength.
Wadworth - Swordfish5.00Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
London Fields - Love Not War4.20Not Tried
By The Horns - Lambeth Walk5.10Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Jamboree4.80Not Tried
Portobello - Pale4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Spitalfields Brew3.90Not TriedGreene King house beer.

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About the Williams Ale & Cider House

The pub sign. Williams Ale & Cider House, Spitalfields, Central London

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The pub is found in Spitalfields, Central London, E1 7LS.

This long-standing pub was formerly called the Ship and was probably established in 1682. By the 1930s it had become more commonly known as ‘Williams’ in deference to the Williams family which had run the pub for many years – although formal renaming did not come until, I think, the 1970s. The pub was known in the early part of the twentieth century for its house rules, designed to avoid drunkenness on the premises. These included ‘No Smoking’ and ‘Only One Pint per Customer per Visit’. The former is now thankfully the law of the land, the latter has equally thankfully been relaxed. Whilst long attracting a City crowd, it remained a little more pool table than pinstripe into the mid-2000s, before moving more upmarket when acquired by Greene King from Whitbread’s. A further revamp in 2013 has seen an increase in the number of handpumps to 14, with a focus on London-brewed beers and real cider. Metropolitan Pub Co. is a Greene King pub brand.

We have visited this pub 12 times, seen 61 different beers and tried 16 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E1 7LS