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The Palm Tree (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Black Sheep - Best BitterExcellent1
Brentwood - GoldGood1
Brentwood - The Poppy BeerGood1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Good1
Mighty Oak - Captain BobExcellent1
Mighty Oak - Kings (was 3.9% before 2013)Acceptable1
Mighty Oak - Maldon GoldExcellent2
Mighty Oak - Match PintExcellent1
Mighty Oak - Three KingsGood1
Otley - O1 OriginalGood1
Otley - O4 ColumboGood1
Portobello - VPAGood1
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)Excellent1
Cottage - MedusaNot Tried0
Otley - Columb-ONot Tried0
Sambrook's - WandleNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Watneys Pale AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Palm Tree, Bow, Greater London
Picture 2. The Palm Tree, Bow, Greater London
Picture 3. The Palm Tree, Bow, Greater London

Visits Details

25 Jun 2019 (ChrisE)
I really like this pub and always try to fit this one in when I am in the area. In spite of the beer being £5 per pint this was the only pub where I stayed for a second one today. Just as well though as the guv very generously bought drinks all round so I had a half on him.
Mighty Oak - Captain Bob3.80Excellent
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Good
22 Sep 2018 (Magnus Greel)
I left our group in the Williams Tavern and made my way here. Mid evening and although busy the noise levels were low added to the ambience of the soft low lighting made a pleasant relaxing atmosphere. 10+ years since I last came here and not changed a bit. Superb boozer.
Mighty Oak - Kings (was 3.9% before 2013)4.20AcceptableWarm and rather tired, lacking condition with little hop or citra-ness in the flavour.
Otley - O1 Original4.00Not Tried
31 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
A lovely pub in a pleasant setting on a glorious summer evening. Yet the number of customers was not into double figures here at around 8pm.
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)4.50ExcellentA welcome return to London bars for this beer. Superb condition made this honeyed beer a real delight.
Sambrook's - Watneys Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
10 Jul 2017 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and a good chat with Alf. A brilliant and most enjoyable visit.
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80Excellent
Mighty Oak - Match Pint4.30Excellent
11 May 2016 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and a good chat with the landlord and some locals.
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Excellent
30 Jan 2016 (ChrisE)
Evening visit and both bars were open, some of the younger customers seemed surprised that you can not walk between the bars without leaving the pub. A splendid atmosphere in here tonight so I stopped for an additional pint.
Brentwood - Gold4.30Good
Otley - O4 Columbo4.00Good
03 Nov 2014 (ChrisE)
Afternoon and already dark outside, this place was warm and welcoming. I had a good chat with the landlord who remembered me from previous visits.
Brentwood - The Poppy Beer3.70GoodA good tasty session beer.
Cottage - Medusa4.00Not Tried
06 Dec 2013 (Stephen Harris)
A brief, early evening call. Only the main bar open.
Portobello - VPA4.00GoodExceptionally pale. Flavourful.
Otley - Columb-O4.00Not Tried‘Coming next’.
13 Aug 2013 (ChrisE)
I had been to the White Hart at Whitechapel only to find it closed,so I jumped on a bus to Mile End. I love this pub, but am not so keen on paying £4 for a pint. Cask ales were selling very well tonight.
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80Excellent
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80Not TriedSelling extremely well.
26 Dec 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Afternoon visit after a bus journey from Stratford at walking backwards pace as the Tube industrial dispute clearly pushed frenzied shoppers into their cars. All the time on the journey wondering will it be open or will it be closed. First visit here to an amazing family run free house. Lots of heritage and memories of past locals and happy times all in an area that must have been heavily bombed during WW2. We tried both bars.
Otley - O1 Original4.00GoodA very light coloured golden ale. On each pint the initial very fresh hoppy welcome in the head soon dissipated to a rather appley taste. It was the surroundings which made the day
Mighty Oak - Three Kings4.20GoodOK but undistinguished

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About The Palm Tree

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Bow, Greater London, E3 5RP.

Large canalside pub in all that remains of what was once a built up area. A real find, a pub seemingly stranded from other buildings in a sort of small park, from another era. A former Truman's house now in private ownership that remains completely 2 separate bars with the only way between them for customers being via the street doors and each bar has its own Gents and Ladies. The Public Bar has a rare East London 5s dartboard in regular use. One of 21 inter-war pubs across the country granted a Grade II listing by Historic England in 2015. 2 handpumps sport an ever changing range of small brewers' ales.

We have visited this pub 18 times, seen 29 different beers and tried 22 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E3 5RP