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Sebright Arms (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Redchurch - Pure EvilExceptional1
Hackney - Liberty AleExcellent1
Redemption - TrinityExcellent1
Sebright Home Brew - Vagabond Black MilkExcellent1
Brodie's (latterly contract brewed by Rhymney) - Old Street PaleExcellent1
Redemption - Big ChiefExcellent1
London Brewing Co. - VistaExcellent1
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla MildExcellent3
Hackney - American Pale AleGood1
Redchurch - Great Eastern India Pale AleGood1
Redchurch - Shoreditch BlondeGood1
Hackney - Best BitterGood1
London Fields - Wheat BeerGood1
Redchurch - Hackney GoldAcceptable1
Hackney - Golden AleAcceptable1
Moncada - Notting Hill Blonde (was 4.2%)Acceptable1
Hackney - Red AleAcceptable1
East London (ELB) - JamboreeNot Tried0
Moncada - Notting Hill AmberNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Pale AleNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Rooster's - YPA (Yorkshire Pale Ale)Not Tried0
East London (ELB) - Quadrant Oatmeal StoutNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Clarence & Fredericks - Best BitterNot Tried0
Crate - Golden AleNot Tried0
Sebright Home Brew - Pure EvilNot Tried0
Redemption - HopspurNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
London Fields - Hackney HopsterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green, Greater London
Picture 2. Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green, Greater London

Visits Details

11 Jan 2015 (Stephen Harris)
The end of our little pub crawl and Dave left me here to dash off to Cambridge Heath station for the first leg of his journey home.
Redemption - Big Chief5.50ExcellentPowerful IPA.
Hackney - Red Ale4.10AcceptableIt’s a red Ale, and I don’t like Red Ales much – only ordered it to honour our quest today to find locally-brewed beers. Sweetish.
Redemption - Hopspur4.50Not Tried
04 Mar 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit and the pub is strangely deserted when we arrive. But as if by some secret signal, customers start pouring in from 6:30pm. Good to see two bottled beers available from the tiny in-house brewery.
Redemption - Trinity3.00ExcellentReliably excellent, pale, hoppy beer.
Sebright Home Brew - Vagabond Black Milk4.30ExcellentA bottled beer, brewed in the cellar with the assistance of the London Amateur Brewers, and featuring label artwork by the nearby Vagabond Tattoo Studio. It is a near-black, chocolaty, sweetish milk stout, with subtle coffee and nice vanilla flavours.
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
Hackney - American Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
Crate - Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
Sebright Home Brew - Pure Evil8.00Not TriedBrewed in the cellar and available in bottle.
25 Apr 2013 (Stephen Harris)
A special beer launched here tonight featuring a label designed by London artist ‘Pure Evil’. I am now the proud owner of an artist-autographed bottle – not quite sure what to do with it.
Redchurch - Pure Evil8.00ExceptionalA bottled beer, brewed by the Redchurch people on a tiny kit here at the Sebright Arms. It is a fabulous Black IPA, absolutely bursting with hoppy goodness.
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla Mild3.60GoodDark, vanilla-flavoured beer. Quite sweet tonight, bordering on a milk stout taste.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
London Fields - Hackney Hopster4.20Not Tried
Clarence & Fredericks - Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
12 Apr 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Early-evening visit. I was early to meet friends at the Cock Tavern, so popped in here for twenty minutes or so. Already a large crowd in, with every seat taken.
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla Mild3.60ExcellentNice, dark, vanilla-flavoured beer.
Rooster's - YPA (Yorkshire Pale Ale)4.10Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Quadrant Oatmeal Stout5.80Not Tried
24 Jan 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Busy in the early evening. Mostly a ‘hipster’ crowd, tucking in to burgers and drinking classy bottled beers such as Brodie’s Big Mofo Stout.
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla Mild3.60ExcellentA very dark, smooth mild with more than a hint of vanilla.
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
14 Sep 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Very busy on Friday evening.
Brodie's (latterly contract brewed by Rhymney) - Old Street Pale5.00Excellent
London Brewing Co. - Vista4.50ExcellentA red ale, dry-hopped with very nice, light, citrusy hops.
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
09 Jul 2012 (Stephen Harris)
It is hard to believe this is a Monday night; the pub is absolutely jammed – and that’s before you even consider the full house crammed in to the back room for a ‘Meet the Brewer’ event with Jon and Pete from Hackney Brewery. Unfortunately, and despite the obvious enthusiasm of the people that run this place, none of the beer seems to be on great form (not helped by the free samples coming from jugs, having been pulled from the cask some time before).
Hackney - Liberty Ale4.00ExcellentIn bottle-conditioned format, and consequently in the best condition of the beers tried tonight. The official launch of this beer in fact. A pale “summer ale” with plenty of hops.
Hackney - Best Bitter4.40GoodBrown coloured, traditional best bitter.
London Fields - Wheat Beer4.70GoodOn keg dispense, nicely chilled and refreshing. A bit on the sweet side for the style.
Hackney - American Pale Ale4.50GoodThe brewers are keen to stress that this beer is in the American pale Ale style, as opposed to the American IPA style. The first thing to notice is that it is a darkish, chestnut colour – a shade darker in fact than the Best Bitter. The next brew will be paler, we are told. Richly malty with US hop notes.
Hackney - Golden Ale4.00AcceptableSuffered from being in rather flat condition.
Redchurch - Hackney Gold5.50AcceptableOn keg dispense and suffering from way to high a level of carbonation. A shame, because this murky, amber-coloured beer clearly contains some fine hops but the full flavour is not coming through.
East London (ELB) - Jamboree4.80Not Tried
Moncada - Notting Hill Amber4.90Not Tried
28 Jun 2012 (Stephen Harris)
I went here with a few friends following a very enjoyable brewery visit to London Fields Brewery. Pub quite busy, but we managed to squeeze onto a table when some people left.
Redchurch - Great Eastern India Pale Ale7.40GoodServed on keg dispense. I’ve tried this strong, hoppy beer from the cask, from a bottle and now from a keg. This seems the weakest format, but it is still a formidable beer with a huge hop character.
Redchurch - Shoreditch Blonde4.50GoodServed on keg dispense. Although bottles of this beer weigh in at 6%, this keg version is indicated as being 4.5%. It is a very pale, cloudy, yeasty beer with a citrus hop tang and a little sweetness.
Moncada - Notting Hill Blonde (was 4.2%)4.30AcceptableThe correct spelling of this brewery’s name is Moncada. This was a rather thin, sweetish, golden beer with a hop oil taste. Just about acceptable, but not well-balanced and not helped by its lack of condition. Disappointing.
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
London Fields - Hackney Hopster4.20Not Tried

About the Sebright Arms

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

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Bethnal Green, Greater London, E2 9AG.

The Sebright Arms was present off Hackney Road by 1865 and by 1885 was associated with a large music hall. It was rebuilt in the 1930s as a more straightforward pub, but the tradition of live entertainment has been maintained to the present day. In the 1980s it was trading as Solly’s and the ‘entertainment’ at that time is remembered as being more than a little risqué, even my friend Arthur blushes at the memory. The pub closed in 2007, but after Tower Hamlets Council rejected a series of applications to demolish the pub and build flats on the site it unexpectedly re-opened in October 2011 as an independent bar and live venue. There is a large, comfortable, ground floor bar, with some wood panelling, a basement live music venue and a few outside tables in a side alley. A small basement in-house brewery is operational.

We have visited this pub 8 times, seen 29 different beers and tried 17 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E2 9AG