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The Birds (Laine Pub Company (now part of Patron Capital))

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Signature Brew - Wild WinterExcellent1
Redemption - HopspurExcellent1
Five Points - Railway PorterAcceptable1
Laine - Brighton (North Laine) - DoubloonAcceptable1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
Laine - Brighton (North Laine) - Bestest BitterNot Tried0
Five Points - XPANot Tried0
Siren Craft - UndercurrentNot Tried0

Visits Details

23 Feb 2020 (Stephen Harris)
This pub seems rarely now to sell cask ale, so I popped in when I spotted some pump clips through the window.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80AcceptableIn rather substandard condition and a shadow of the beer I so enjoy on its home territory in Hackney.
Five Points - XPA4.00Not Tried
Siren Craft - Undercurrent4.50Not Tried
24 Dec 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon visit. The pub is very quiet, although a few families are trickling in to attend a film screening upstairs.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Signature Brew - Wild Winter7.30ExcellentA strong and warming, mildly-spiced Winter Ale.
Laine - Brighton (North Laine) - Doubloon4.20Not Tried
04 Sep 2017 (Stephen Harris)
A quiet Monday evening session in here, with a couple of tables occupied by families.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Laine - Brighton (North Laine) - Doubloon4.20AcceptableA sharp, Golden Ale. I couldn’t decide whether I just didn’t like it much or whether it was ‘on the turn’. Just about acceptable.
Laine - Brighton (North Laine) - Bestest Bitter4.30Not Tried
29 Oct 2013 (Stephen Harris)
This seems to be the only pub in the immediate vicinity that is showing the Arsenal v Chelsea game on TV. Consequently it is pretty crowded.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Redemption - Hopspur4.50ExcellentAmber. Tasty and hoppy.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedThis ran out and was replaced.
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not TriedThis ran out.

About The Birds

The pub sign. The Birds, Leytonstone, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional-
Excellent2
Good-
Acceptable2
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Leytonstone, Greater London, E11 3AA.

This pub stands right in the centre of Leytonstone High Street and has been here or hereabouts since the seventeenth century and on the present site since at least 1839. Historically it was owned by a charity which provided from the profits for the poor of Bourne in Lincolnshire. Various breweries had the lease, including Charrington’s, Hoare & Co., and Barclay Perkins at different times. The three bar layout has been reduced to a single room these days, with a large function room upstairs that is noted for its live music nights. Some damage was done to the historic features when the pub suffered a couple of brandings, first in 1998 as a short-lived ‘East London Pub Co.’ house and then for a dozen or more years as the Sheepwalk. 2012 saw a much-needed sprucing up and a return to the pub’s Crown name, plus the installation of four handpumps. Further change came in 2017, after an undistinguished period as a pretend Irish pub, when this pub was acquired by the expanding Laine Pub Co and was renamed Birds, a doffing of the cap to locally born film director Alfred Hitchcock. This latest incarnation has seen a stripping-back of the décor to bare brick and wood and an opening of the upstairs room as a second bar area.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 10 different beers and tried 4 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E11 3AA