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Brown Bear

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Sambrook's - Battersea RyeExcellent1
Brockley - Pale AleGood1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideAcceptable1
Hook Norton - Lion (aka Cotswold Lion)Acceptable1
Nelson - Purser's Pussy PorterNot Tried0
Greene King - Bonkers ConkersNot Tried0
Purity - Mad GooseNot Tried0
Greene King - St Edmund'sNot Tried0
St Austell - TrelawnyNot Tried0
Belhaven - Black Scottish StoutNot Tried0
Hackney - Best BitterNot Tried0
Adnams - Topaz GoldNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale Not Tried0
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip Not Tried0
Picture 1. Brown Bear, Whitechapel, Greater London

Visits Details

23 Jun 2015 (Stephen Harris)
I came in here when I spotted cricket showing on the TV and watched the large part of this-evening's 20-20 bash. Pub not very busy, and just about everybody glued to the telly.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10AcceptableRather watery Pride.
Hook Norton - Lion (aka Cotswold Lion)4.00AcceptableHarmless, golden Bitter.
06 Sep 2013 (Stephen Harris)
An early evening visit for the small beer festival taking place. Six beers on handpump and another six on stillage. My first visit here for several years.
Sambrook's - Battersea Rye4.50ExcellentA dark beer, with spicy, peppery tastes from the rye.
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10GoodPleased to catch up with Brockley Brewery at last, meaning I have now tried beers from all of London’s 49 (I think) extant breweries. Copper-coloured. Quite full-bodied. Fruity.
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip 4.30Not Tried
Nelson - Purser's Pussy Porter4.80Not Tried
Greene King - Bonkers Conkers4.10Not Tried
Purity - Mad Goose4.20Not Tried
Greene King - St Edmund's4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Trelawny3.80Not Tried
Belhaven - Black Scottish Stout4.20Not Tried
Hackney - Best Bitter4.40Not Tried
Adnams - Topaz Gold4.00Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried

About the Brown Bear

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Whitechapel, Greater London, E1 8EY.

This pub was present by 1793, when it was acquired by the Thomas Newnham Brewery of nearby Goodman’s Fields. It was rebuilt in its present form as early as 1830 and has a well-preserved exterior, with large, rendered pilasters. A prominent ‘Taylor Walker’ sign dates from the 70s/80s reincarnation of that name. Inside the pub now has a single room, but it is pretty much split into two sections by the large, central bar area. There is some wood panelling at the rear, some surviving brass rails and a couple of nice old brewery mirrors, one of which advertises Allsopp’s beers.

We have visited this pub twice, seen 14 different beers and tried 4 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E1 8EY