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Kings Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Green Flash - Palate Wrecker Exceptional1
Wylam - In Every Dream Home a HeartacheExceptional1
Orbit - Gyle #100Exceptional1
Cloudwater - Baltic PorterExceptional1
Lagunitas - Born Again Yesterday (2017) Exceptional1
Almasty - CentennialExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 2Excellent1
Marble - Uppe Hela Natten Excellent1
Birrificio Lambrate - Imperial GhisaExcellent1
Garage Beer Co. (Barcelona) - Soup IPAExcellent1
Founders - Redankulous Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale Custom Deluxe No. 1 Excellent1
Bad Co. - Wild GravityExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Chocolate StoutExcellent1
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPAExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - LucariaExcellent1
Fourpure - No Coast IPAExcellent1
Grain - RedwoodExcellent1
Purity - Bunny HopGood1
Cloudwater - US LightGood1
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk StoutNot Tried0
Big Smoke - Electric EyeNot Tried0
Northern Monk - Northern Star Mocha PorterNot Tried0
Saltaire - Saltaire PrideNot Tried0
Brass Castle - CometNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Anspach & Hobday - The Three ThreadsNot Tried0
Grain - Lignum VitaeNot Tried0
Redemption - HopspurNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - JuicyNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - HoptonNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast StoutNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Redemption - Pale AleNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
Dark Star - FestivalNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Under CurrentNot Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - MillionaireNot Tried0
Five Points - Best Bitter (collaboration with Lost and Grounded)Not Tried0
Picture 1. Kings Arms, Bethnal Green, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

21 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Monday evening and nice and peaceful in here.
Wylam - In Every Dream Home a Heartache6.00ExceptionalThe full murk. Juicy juicy. Bags of hops and a touch of sour. Superb.
Cloudwater - Baltic Porter7.20ExceptionalFrom a keg of some kind and another exceptional beer. Heavy, black and mellow.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 23.80ExcellentMerely hazy gold (rather than murk) from cask. Tropical fruit and piney hop flavours.
Wild Beer Co. - Millionaire4.70Not Tried
Five Points - Best Bitter (collaboration with Lost and Grounded)4.80Not Tried
04 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening visit. Pub very busy.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Chocolate Stout5.00ExcellentCask conditioning enhances the smoothness and richness of this lovely beer. Badged here as 5.2%.
Fourpure - No Coast IPA6.50ExcellentKey-keg. A great, fresh, murky IPA.
Dark Star - Festival5.00Not Tried
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50Not Tried
05 Oct 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening and busy. I noticed that all of the people I had seen earlier at Kill the Cat were now in here.
Garage Beer Co. (Barcelona) - Soup IPA6.00ExcellentSoup of the Day sir? Barcelona murky. Fresh and hoppy from some sort of keg.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale Custom Deluxe No. 1 3.80ExcellentIt’s really good to see the Howling Hops beers out and about in cask. This is a fab, hoppy beer using Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic. My second big hit of Mosaic tonight.
Redemption - Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
29 Sep 2017 (ChrisE)
Pub number seven of a friend's birthday pub tour. We found seats and relaxed with our beers. Craft Keg fans can enjoy Arizona Wilderness Santa Teresa Enkel for just £12 per pint but our group all opted for cask.
Marble - Uppe Hela Natten 5.10Excellent
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
19 Sep 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Unexpectedly busy on a Tuesday night. A group had reserved a table in the back room next to where I was sat, came in and looked at the table and decided they would rather sit outside – so they walked away leaving the reserved sign on the table. In my view, that kind of behaviour should be illegal.
Lagunitas - Born Again Yesterday (2017) 7.00ExceptionalFrom keg dispense. My first Green Hop beer of the new season and if I taste a better one this year I will be pleasantly surprised. A fantastic smack in the face of fresh hops.
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPA5.80ExcellentI find it almost impossible to resist this great Red Ale.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Hopton4.30Not Tried
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout6.00Not Tried
06 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
With Leyton Orient’s fixture list finally published, Robert and I met in here to plan a few weekends away over the coming months.
Purity - Bunny Hop3.50GoodA nice, pale, hoppy beer.
Redemption - Hopspur4.50Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Juicy4.80Not Tried
05 Apr 2017 (Stephen Harris)
This pub received my vote for the East London & City CAMRA Pub of the Year award – I note that it did not win. Very pleasant here tonight and, not for the first time here, I lashed out on some fancy beers.
Green Flash - Palate Wrecker 9.50ExceptionalOn keg dispense. Amber in colour. A fearsome and flavourful West Coast US IPA in all its glory.
Orbit - Gyle #10011.00ExceptionalA murky brown colour. This is a fabulous Barley Wine, aged with figs and dates for nine months to celebrate Orbit Brewery’s 100th brew. It has a wonderful depth of fruity flavours plus warming alcohol.
Grain - Redwood4.80ExcellentAmber-coloured. A good balance of roasted malts and US hops.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Anspach & Hobday - The Three Threads6.40Not Tried
Grain - Lignum Vitae6.50Not Tried
09 Feb 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit after a rather stressful day at work.
Bad Co. - Wild Gravity5.20ExcellentAmber in colour (in a dark room it looked amber anyway). A well-balanced IPA with fruity hops and solid malt.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lucaria6.00ExcellentBlack Porter with lactose. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet. But somehow also dry and bitter.
Saltaire - Saltaire Pride3.90Not Tried
Brass Castle - Comet4.30Not Tried
08 Aug 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit. The Kings Arms is focussing on US beers throughout the week of London Beer City and I pop in this-evening in the hope of tasting something special. It seems that this is partially at the expense of their cask beer range which is down to just one beer this-evening. I could have given a five star rating to either or both of these beers if I were in a more generous mood.
Birrificio Lambrate - Imperial Ghisa8.50ExcellentOn keg dispense. A fantastic, smoked Imperial Porter from Italy.
Founders - Redankulous 9.50ExcellentOn keg dispense. A super-hoppy Red IPA from the US.
Northern Monk - Northern Star Mocha Porter5.90Not Tried
02 Jun 2016 (Stephen Harris)
I always enjoy my visits to this pleasant pub.
Almasty - Centennial4.40ExcellentGolden. Superb hop flavours.
Cloudwater - US Light3.60GoodGolden, fresh, hoppy and easy-drinking.
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk Stout5.00Not Tried
Big Smoke - Electric Eye5.50Not Tried

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About the Kings Arms

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

Summary of Beer Scores


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

This back-street, corner pub was present off Bethnal Green Road by 1832. Historically a Courage Brewery pub, it had become a free house by the 2000s and survived as a basic, no-frills, keg-only boozer until 2013. Substantially renovated, the pub re-opened in December 2013 as a convert to all things micro- and craft in the beer world. A sister pub to the Earl of Essex in Islington.

We have visited this pub 20 times, seen 90 different beers and tried 47 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E2 6EY