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Well & Bucket (Barworks)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hackney - American Pale AleExcellent1
Hop Stuff - A.P.A. (Arsenal Pale Ale)Excellent1
Siren Craft - Under CurrentExcellent1
Tiny Rebel - Super Sharp ShooterExcellent1
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells / Dogfish Head DNAExcellent1
Windsor & Eton - TreetopsGood1
Williams Brothers - 80/-Good1
Buxton - American RyeGood1
S43 (formerly Sonnet 43) - Brown AleAcceptable1
Wylam - Puffing BillyPoor1
Marble - PintNot Tried0
Wold Top - BitterNot Tried0
Revolutions - Clash London PorterNot Tried0
Buxton - Dark NightsNot Tried0
Dark Star - PorterNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Eton BoatmanNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - CwtchNot Tried0
Magic Rock - High WireNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - One Inch PunchNot Tried0
Southwark - Bermondsey BestNot Tried0
Tyne Bank - EPANot Tried0
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - London LushNot Tried0
Picture 1. Well & Bucket, Bethnal Green, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

18 Sep 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Nice to be here in the late afternoon before it gets crowded.
Tiny Rebel - Super Sharp Shooter3.80ExcellentSeville orange flavours in a low-strength Pale.
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - London Lush3.80Not Tried
29 Sep 2017 (ChrisE)
A new pub for me although I did work in the area in the early 1990s when the pub was trading as the Stick of Rock. Worthy of a visit these days.
Hop Stuff - A.P.A. (Arsenal Pale Ale)3.80Excellent
Tyne Bank - EPA3.80Not Tried
05 May 2015 (Stephen Harris)
All tables taken in the early evening – always seems busy here – but I found a perch against the bar counter.
Wylam - Puffing Billy5.50PoorI do like a sour beer, really I do. But I don’t think this one was meant to be sour, and the sourness jarred with the smoke and the underlying sweetness of the dark malt. I couldn’t finish my pint.
Magic Rock - High Wire5.50Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - One Inch Punch3.90Not Tried
Southwark - Bermondsey Best4.40Not Tried
07 Oct 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening, post-curry visit. Nice atmosphere in here.
Williams Brothers - 80/-4.20GoodSweetish, dark, beer with some roasted barley – but slightly lighter and hoppier (and more to my personal liking) than I remember the style.
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60Not Tried
05 Aug 2013 (Stephen Harris)
I had not really planned to come in here, but took a real soaking in a Biblical downpour whilst window shopping in Brick Lane and ran here for shelter.
S43 (formerly Sonnet 43) - Brown Ale4.70AcceptableBrown in colour and a bit turbid. Very fruity. A little past its best I suspect.
Windsor & Eton - Eton Boatman4.30Not Tried
05 Apr 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Dave R and I moved on here from the Crown & Shuttle, two pubs which just months ago seemed long gone, but both now back in service. It was absolutely jammed in here, with more and more crushing in. Rather than the expected Hipster crowd, it was a very smartly fashionable, mostly female crowd – looking like some sort of after-show party associated with London Fashion Week. Dave and I were easily the ugliest people present.
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50ExcellentA well-hopped beer, the undercurrent of sweetness coming from an element of oatmeal in the grist.
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells / Dogfish Head DNA4.50ExcellentAn unlikely collaboration beer between Charles Wells and the respected US brewer Dogfish Head. This is a full-blown US-style pale ale with fruity hop tastes.
Dark Star - Porter5.50Not Tried
05 Mar 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Not quite as crowded as on my last visit and I had a better chance for a look around. They have some interesting artwork on the wall by the same artist whose work features at the Exmouth Arms, EC1. Light levels kept very low in here.
Hackney - American Pale Ale4.50ExcellentAmber-coloured. Full-bodied, with fruity hop tastes. In great condition.
Wold Top - Bitter3.70Not Tried
Revolutions - Clash London Porter4.50Not Tried
Buxton - Dark Nights4.60Not Tried
24 Feb 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Great to see this pub back with us, and it was very busy on an early Sunday evening. Four cask ales were available – I’ve managed to forget the identity of the fourth.
Windsor & Eton - Treetops4.40GoodA decent, if relatively low-strength stout.
Buxton - American Rye4.30GoodHops and rye in good combination.
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried

About the Well & Bucket

The pub sign. Well & Bucket, Bethnal Green, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Bethnal Green, Greater London, E2 7GD.

A former Truman’s Brewery pub that was present here by the opening of the nineteenth century. In 1993 the pub was trading as the Stick of Rock, having been acquired by Belhaven, but it had closed by 1994. Nineteen years of closure (with use as a leather goods retailer and as a hostel) came to an end in February 2013 when the pub was re-opened by Bar Works. It had been known for its ornate, interior tiling – some of which survives in rather battered form. Now has an island bar and a small yard at the rear. there is also a basement cocktail bar.

We have visited this pub 8 times, seen 22 different beers and tried 10 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E2 7GD