History: Home > Kings Arms

Kings Arms (Freehouse)

[More Visits]

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Green Flash - Palate Wrecker Exceptional1
Orbit - Gyle #100Exceptional1
Lagunitas - Born Again Yesterday (2017) Exceptional1
Almasty - CentennialExcellent1
Marble - Uppe Hela Natten Excellent1
Birrificio Lambrate - Imperial GhisaExcellent1
Garage Beer Co. (Barcelona) - Soup IPAExcellent1
Founders - Redankulous Excellent1
Moor - Dark AllianceExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale Custom Deluxe No. 1 Excellent1
Bad Co. - Wild GravityExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Chocolate StoutExcellent1
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPAExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - LucariaExcellent1
Fourpure - No Coast IPAExcellent1
Grain - RedwoodExcellent1
Purity - Bunny HopGood1
Roosters - Highway 51Good1
Cloudwater - US LightGood1
Wild Beer Co. - BibbleNot Tried0
Moor - Relentless Optimism (collaboration with Fuller's)Not Tried0
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk StoutNot Tried0
Big Smoke - Electric EyeNot Tried0
Northern Monk - Northern Star Mocha PorterNot Tried0
Saltaire - Saltaire PrideNot Tried0
Brass Castle - CometNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Anspach & Hobday - The Three ThreadsNot Tried0
Grain - Lignum VitaeNot Tried0
Redemption - HopspurNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - JuicyNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - HoptonNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast StoutNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Redemption - Pale AleNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
Dark Star - FestivalNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Under CurrentNot Tried0
Picture 1. Kings Arms, Bethnal Green, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

04 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening visit. Pub very busy.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Chocolate Stout5.00ExcellentCask conditioning enhances the smoothness and richness of this lovely beer. Badged here as 5.2%.
Fourpure - No Coast IPA6.50ExcellentKey-keg. A great, fresh, murky IPA.
Dark Star - Festival5.00Not Tried
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50Not Tried
05 Oct 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening and busy. I noticed that all of the people I had seen earlier at Kill the Cat were now in here.
Garage Beer Co. (Barcelona) - Soup IPA6.00ExcellentSoup of the Day sir? Barcelona murky. Fresh and hoppy from some sort of keg.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale Custom Deluxe No. 1 3.80ExcellentIt’s really good to see the Howling Hops beers out and about in cask. This is a fab, hoppy beer using Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic. My second big hit of Mosaic tonight.
Redemption - Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
29 Sep 2017 (ChrisE)
Pub number seven of a friend's birthday pub tour. We found seats and relaxed with our beers. Craft Keg fans can enjoy Arizona Wilderness Santa Teresa Enkel for just £12 per pint but our group all opted for cask.
Marble - Uppe Hela Natten 5.10Excellent
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
19 Sep 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Unexpectedly busy on a Tuesday night. A group had reserved a table in the back room next to where I was sat, came in and looked at the table and decided they would rather sit outside – so they walked away leaving the reserved sign on the table. In my view, that kind of behaviour should be illegal.
Lagunitas - Born Again Yesterday (2017) 7.00ExceptionalFrom keg dispense. My first Green Hop beer of the new season and if I taste a better one this year I will be pleasantly surprised. A fantastic smack in the face of fresh hops.
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPA5.80ExcellentI find it almost impossible to resist this great Red Ale.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Hopton4.30Not Tried
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout6.00Not Tried
06 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
With Leyton Orient’s fixture list finally published, Robert and I met in here to plan a few weekends away over the coming months.
Purity - Bunny Hop3.50GoodA nice, pale, hoppy beer.
Redemption - Hopspur4.50Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Juicy4.80Not Tried
05 Apr 2017 (Stephen Harris)
This pub received my vote for the East London & City CAMRA Pub of the Year award – I note that it did not win. Very pleasant here tonight and, not for the first time here, I lashed out on some fancy beers.
Green Flash - Palate Wrecker 9.50ExceptionalOn keg dispense. Amber in colour. A fearsome and flavourful West Coast US IPA in all its glory.
Orbit - Gyle #10011.00ExceptionalA murky brown colour. This is a fabulous Barley Wine, aged with figs and dates for nine months to celebrate Orbit Brewery’s 100th brew. It has a wonderful depth of fruity flavours plus warming alcohol.
Grain - Redwood4.80ExcellentAmber-coloured. A good balance of roasted malts and US hops.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Anspach & Hobday - The Three Threads6.40Not Tried
Grain - Lignum Vitae6.50Not Tried
09 Feb 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit after a rather stressful day at work.
Bad Co. - Wild Gravity5.20ExcellentAmber in colour (in a dark room it looked amber anyway). A well-balanced IPA with fruity hops and solid malt.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lucaria6.00ExcellentBlack Porter with lactose. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet. But somehow also dry and bitter.
Saltaire - Saltaire Pride3.90Not Tried
Brass Castle - Comet4.30Not Tried
08 Aug 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit. The Kings Arms is focussing on US beers throughout the week of London Beer City and I pop in this-evening in the hope of tasting something special. It seems that this is partially at the expense of their cask beer range which is down to just one beer this-evening. I could have given a five star rating to either or both of these beers if I were in a more generous mood.
Birrificio Lambrate - Imperial Ghisa8.50ExcellentOn keg dispense. A fantastic, smoked Imperial Porter from Italy.
Founders - Redankulous 9.50ExcellentOn keg dispense. A super-hoppy Red IPA from the US.
Northern Monk - Northern Star Mocha Porter5.90Not Tried
02 Jun 2016 (Stephen Harris)
I always enjoy my visits to this pleasant pub.
Almasty - Centennial4.40ExcellentGolden. Superb hop flavours.
Cloudwater - US Light3.60GoodGolden, fresh, hoppy and easy-drinking.
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk Stout5.00Not Tried
Big Smoke - Electric Eye5.50Not Tried
22 Apr 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early Friday evening, taking up a seat before the crowds started to arrive.
Moor - Dark Alliance4.70ExcellentA collaboration beer with Arbor Brewery. Black, hoppy, coffee-flavoured Stout.
Roosters - Highway 513.70GoodA golden and hoppy pale Ale. Dry-hopped to give fruity hop flavours.
Wild Beer Co. - Bibble4.20Not Tried
Moor - Relentless Optimism (collaboration with Fuller's)5.50Not Tried

[More Visits]

About the Kings Arms

The pub sign. Kings Arms, Bethnal Green, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Bethnal Green, Greater London, E2 6EY.

This back-street, corner pub was present off Bethnal Green Road by 1832. Historically a Courage Brewery pub, it had become a free house by the 2000s and survived as a basic, no-frills, keg-only boozer until 2013. Substantially renovated, the pub re-opened in December 2013 as a convert to all things micro- and craft in the beer world. A sister pub to the Earl of Essex in Islington.

We have visited this pub 19 times, seen 85 different beers and tried 44 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E2 6EY