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The Carpenters Arms (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Adnams - Mosaic Pale AleExceptional2
Adnams - Nut BrownExcellent1
Adnams - Ghost ShipAcceptable1
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Truman's No. 8Acceptable1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Adnams - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Purity - Pure UBUNot Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - BibbleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Carpenters Arms, Bethnal Green, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

05 Oct 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I came in here at least in part in the hope that the Adnams Nut Brown was still on. Apparently it has sold really well and will be back on the bar next week. The little pub was busy and I drank in the corridor area Ė a rare opportunity to do so in London.
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10ExceptionalA prime example of Mosaic hops at their very best, shining in a beer served in perfect condition. Superb. A five star beer.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - Bibble4.20Not Tried
29 Sep 2017 (ChrisE)
The main bar was busy so we sat in the small room at the back which was just about big enough for our group.
Adnams - Nut Brown4.00ExcellentSuperb.
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
16 Feb 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Dave and I moved on here from the nearby Kings Arms. Much talk about my forthcoming visit to New York, a city where Dave lived for a while and he was full of advice.
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10ExcellentJust my sort of thing and I managed a couple.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
18 May 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening pint and quiet enough here to have a table to myself. Pleasant atmosphere.
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50AcceptableTasted rather ordinary. Iíve definitely had better pints of this.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
25 Feb 2013 (Stephen Harris)
A nice place for a post-curry pint on a Monday evening. Iím not sure why I continue to loyally buy the Trumanís beers when I see them, particularly given that there were two very good alternatives on the bar here.
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Truman's No. 83.50AcceptableThin, brown, bitter with a Crystal Malt taste.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Adnams - Oyster Stout4.30Not Tried

About The Carpenters Arms

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

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Bethnal Green, Greater London, E2 6EG.

A former Trumanís Brewery pub, present here by the 1870s. It is a small, street corner house, with two rooms and a tiny yard at the back. The pub has a colourful history, having been owned by the Kray Twins in the 1960s, with their mother Violet installed as landlady. There was a shooting outside in 1965 and this was the bolt-hole at which the family met up on the night of the shooting of Jack McVitie. The pub closed for a while in the mid-2000s, but re-opened as a freehouse in October 2007. It is a considerably safer place these days, and quite up-market with wooden flooring and chandeliers, although the Krays are remembered in a wall poster.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 8 different beers and tried 4 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E2 6EG