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The Bell (Craft Union Pub Co. (part of Stonegate [formerly Ei Group itself formerly Enterprise Inns]))

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Tryst - Raj IPAExcellent1
Redemption - TrinityExcellent1
Outstanding - StoutExcellent1
Saltaire - Blackberry CascadeExcellent1
East London (ELB) - NightwatchmanExcellent1
Binghams - Hot Dog Chilli StoutExcellent1
Downton - Honey BlondeGood1
Totally Brewed - Slap in the FaceGood1
Drygate - Pale DukeGood1
Long Man - American Pale AleGood1
Yorkshire Heart - White HeartGood1
Franklins - North Shore IPAGood1
Dancing Duck - 22Acceptable1
Redemption - Fellowship PorterAcceptable1
Harviestoun - Bitter & TwistedNot Tried0
Beer Studio (Hydes sub-brand) - Topaz ClusterNot Tried0
Williams Brothers - Harvest SunNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Spring TopNot Tried0
Franklins - English GardenNot Tried0
Blackedge - HoP Pale AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Redemption - Pale AleNot Tried0
Otter - AleNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Port StoutNot Tried0
Acorn - Barnsley BitterNot Tried0
Otley - Croes-oNot Tried0
Purity - Pure UBUNot Tried0
Rudgate - VikingNot Tried0
Purity - Pure GoldNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - JamboreeNot Tried0
Kent - KGB or Kent Golding BitterNot Tried0
360° - West Coast Pale Ale #50Not Tried0
Salopian - SpiralNot Tried0
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Golden DeliciousNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Dark Star - SunburstNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Peach MelbearNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Butcombe - GoldNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Bespoke - Saved by the BellNot Tried0
Hogs Back - Tongham TEA (previously T.E.A.)Not Tried0
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Best BitterNot Tried0
Bath Ales - Gem BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Bell, Walthamstow, Greater London
Picture 2. The Bell, Walthamstow, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

27 Jan 2018 (Stephen Harris)
A brief lunchtime visit. The front bar is a bit of a pram park at this time – if I was staying longer I’d be looking for a dark corner at the back somewhere.
Franklins - North Shore IPA5.50GoodAmber-coloured. A very bitter and malty sort of IPA.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Purity - Pure Gold3.80Not Tried
Kent - KGB or Kent Golding Bitter4.10Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Nightwatchman4.50Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Jamboree4.80Not Tried
Salopian - Spiral4.00Not Tried
13 Mar 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. A lot of people are meeting here before heading to Walthamstow Assembly Hall for the Public Meeting on the crisis affecting Leyton Orient Football Club. Naturally, emotions are running a little high.
Dancing Duck - 224.30AcceptableA fruity, malty, brown Bitter.
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10AcceptableTasted thinner than it usually does.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Otter - Ale4.50Not Tried
Acorn - Barnsley Bitter3.80Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
06 Mar 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon 3rd pub on our Walthamstow crawl. Busy around the bar area. A mix of comfy leather sofas and wooden tables we sat by the window and watched the busy world pass by.
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80GoodNot quite what I was expecting re American PA
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Butcombe - Gold4.40Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Bespoke - Saved by the Bell3.80Not Tried
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Best Bitter3.70Not Tried
Beer Studio (Hydes sub-brand) - Topaz Cluster4.30Not Tried
18 Feb 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I catch up with the pubcrawl here. An interesting beer range, although not one is a London brew.
Tryst - Raj IPA5.50ExcellentVery good hop flavours.
Outstanding - Stout5.50ExcellentA very good, dry, black Stout.
Totally Brewed - Slap in the Face4.00GoodA golden beer.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Franklins - English Garden3.80Not Tried
30 Jun 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Busy large thriving corner pub with an excellent choice of beers on. I don't think the gastropub ethos has reached this corner of London yet so make the most of it while you can.
Saltaire - Blackberry Cascade4.80ExcellentFull bodied and does what it says on the tin. Superb.
Binghams - Hot Dog Chilli Stout5.00ExcellentYes it does have a chilli aftertaste.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedAmazing to see this in London.
Burton Bridge - Golden Delicious3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Peach Melbear4.40Not Tried
07 Nov 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early lunchtime after a wet morning. Plenty of family groups eating at this time.
Downton - Honey Blonde4.30GoodPale gold and full of honey flavours.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Otley - Croes-o4.20Not Tried
Rudgate - Viking3.80Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Jamboree4.80Not Tried
360° - West Coast Pale Ale #505.00Not Tried
14 Aug 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon visit and quickly filling with after-workers.
Redemption - Trinity3.00ExcellentFavourite beer that never disappoints.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Redemption - Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Port Stout4.80Not Tried
06 Apr 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Wow – this pub has really developed well since my last visit, and I don’t really know why I have not been here for so long. Busy, with a lunchtime trade and many people eating. The pub has just been announced as the CAMRA East London Pub of the Year.
Drygate - Pale Duke4.00GoodA bitter Pale Ale with English hop tastes.
Yorkshire Heart - White Heart5.00GoodA slightly odd, golden, hazy, beer with a big wheat content I think.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Harviestoun - Bitter & Twisted3.80Not Tried
Williams Brothers - Harvest Sun3.90Not Tried
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Spring Top4.00Not Tried
Blackedge - HoP Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
22 Nov 2012 (Stephen Harris)
My first chance to see the latest incarnation of this pub. Looks good – just a short visit, but no doubt I’ll be back.
East London (ELB) - Nightwatchman4.50ExcellentDark, tasty beer on very good form here.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Hogs Back - Tongham TEA (previously T.E.A.)4.20Not Tried
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10Not Tried

About The Bell

The pub sign. The Bell, Walthamstow, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Walthamstow, Greater London, E17 4NE.

This pub in Forest Road was present at its road junction location, north of Walthamstow town centre, by 1718 and by the 1850s it was owned by the Charrington Brewery. The pub was rebuilt in the 1930s and is a large one, with spacious seating areas. It went through a rather rough patch in the early 2000s, with several different owners. Re-opened in October 2012 after a short period of closure and a refurbishment. Focus now on real ales. CAMRA East London & City branch Pub of the Year 2015. Relaunched in October 2022 as a sports themed bar.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 46 different beers and tried 14 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E17 4NE