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Birkbeck Tavern (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Mighty Oak - Mighty YolkExcellent1
Mighty Oak - Ghoul's GoldExcellent1
Crouch Vale - PunchExcellent1
Mighty Oak - Melting MomentsExcellent1
Mighty Oak - Maldon GoldExcellent4
Mighty Oak - RodeoGood1
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale AleGood1
Corvedale - Dark And DeliciousGood1
Mighty Oak - Sky WalkerGood1
Slater's - Shining KnightGood1
Cotleigh - 25Acceptable1
Guinness - Golden AlePoor1
Slater's - FirecrackerPoor1
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best BitterNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Captain BobNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde MildNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Battersea RyeNot Tried0
Cottage - TrafalgarNot Tried0
Weltons - Stormy WeatherNot Tried0
Cotleigh - Red Nose ReinbeerNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Powerhouse PorterNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Santa's Little YelpersNot Tried0
Weltons - Horsham BitterNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - GB Growler BitterNot Tried0
Truman's - LazarusNot Tried0
Cotleigh - 35Not Tried0
Picture 1. Birkbeck Tavern, Leytonstone, Greater London
Picture 2. Birkbeck Tavern, Leytonstone, Greater London

Visits Details

07 Nov 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Evening session after football at Brisbane Road. Pleasant atmosphere and quite busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80ExcellentA couple of these excellent beers to make up for a horror beer served to me in error.
Guinness - Golden Ale4.50PoorServed to me in error when I ordered Maldon Gold, and I decided to give it a go. Comes in a very nice glass; thatís about the end of the positive comments. On keg dispense, cold and fizzy. Very sweet. No discernible hop flavours. Tastes of cheap malt/corn. Pretty much like an English, so-called Lager I think.
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not TriedBadged here as "Rita's Special".
31 Oct 2015 (Stephen Harris)
In here in the evening following football at Brisbane Road. Sat in the Public Bar with some old friends, whilst live music played in the Lounge Bar. I fear I have a cold coming on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mighty Oak - Ghoul's Gold3.70ExcellentJust the kind of pale, hoppy beer that Mighty Oak are so good at.
Mighty Oak - Sky Walker4.10GoodA more traditional, darker Bitter with good hop character.
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not TriedRe-badged here as a house beer.
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80Not TriedRan out before I got my hands on any.
11 Jun 2015 (Stephen Harris)
First pub on a local CAMRA Crawl. Just five of us gather and we prop up the bar for a couple. Warm welcome from the Guvínor.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80ExcellentA fine beer in tip top form.
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not TriedBranded here as a house beer.
31 May 2015 (Stephen Harris)
This pub is again under new management since my last visit. Iím astonished to discover that food is now sold, including some excellent looking pizzas.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80ExcellentTasty beer on top form.
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
20 Jun 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Late evening visit for a quick one. I had heard that there had been another change of management here and had been meaning to lookin for a while. It was good to see the pub busy again, and with many of the old faces back in situ.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20GoodA golden, malty brew.
Truman's - Lazarus4.20Not Tried
Cotleigh - 353.90Not Tried
14 Feb 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening visit on a wild night with a gale howling outside. Nice and cosy in here though.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cotleigh - 254.00AcceptableMalty and sessionable. But this pint served a bit too green.
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not TriedSold here as 'Rita's Special'.
Weltons - Horsham Bitter3.80Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - GB Growler Bitter3.90Not Tried
21 Dec 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Late evening into the early hours. Crowded and there is a party mood, with much vigorous dancing and singing along to the live music. The performing duo are a bit overwhelmed, having (apparently) performed the previous evening in a Catford pub to an audience of three pensioners.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mighty Oak - Melting Moments3.90ExcellentCopper/amber and citrusy hoppy.
Slater's - Firecracker4.10PoorIn poor, end-of barrel condition and hard to assess flavours.
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Cotleigh - Red Nose Reinbeer4.50Not Tried
Sambrook's - Powerhouse Porter4.90Not TriedRan out quickly.
Mighty Oak - Santa's Little Yelpers3.70Not Tried
06 Nov 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Pub two of six on a CAMRA pub crawl, with around 15 participants. But this is as far as I get, with lots of old friends present here and Jeff and I somehow get left behind.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Crouch Vale - Punch4.10ExcellentVery good, full-bodied, pale beer. I stick with this one.
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Sambrook's - Battersea Rye4.50Not TriedQuickly ran out.
Cottage - Trafalgar4.10Not Tried
Weltons - Stormy Weather3.70Not Tried
27 Apr 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening to close. An end-of-season party in progress to mark the last Leyton Orient match for a few months. Crowded and very lively. A great karaoke session (yes, thatís right, I used the words Ďgreatí and Ďkaraokeí in conjunction there, probably for the first time ever).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mighty Oak - Mighty Yolk4.50Excellent
Slater's - Shining Knight4.50Good
Mighty Oak - Rodeo4.20Good
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
13 Apr 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Iíve been using this as my local pub for 22 years, usually during that time on a once or twice a week basis. Never have I gone anything like my recent absence of many months, brought on by several different reasons. Anyway, I went in to see how it is faring under the new management and ended up staying until late with friends and enjoying the live music.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80ExcellentAlways a good seller here.
Corvedale - Dark And Delicious4.60GoodDark & Malty.
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Captain Bob3.80Not Tried

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About the Birkbeck Tavern

The pub sign. Birkbeck Tavern, Leytonstone, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent18
Good14
Acceptable2
Poor2

Website.

The pub is found in Leytonstone, Greater London, E11 4HL.

The Birkbeck Tavern is a traditional, back-street, East London boozer - one of the last of a dying breed. It retains separate public and lounge bars, and has long been well-known for its real ales. There is also a secluded rear garden.

We have visited this pub 19 times, seen 46 different beers and tried 26 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E11 4HL