Step inside this shabby Mile End locals' drinking spot and feel like you've stepped back in time.
Situated on the busy Mile End Road, this traditional-fronted pub stands out for its Truman signage across the top of the building, leading you to believe that this venue has an interesting history. And once inside, you feel as if the place hasn't changed. With a shabby, old, pattered carpet, dated curtains and textured wallpaper, it feels like you've actually jumped into a time machine. Tables line the back wall and face a TV screen showing sport (presumably this is to make use of the tiny space) while there's a fruit machine, a dartboard, an area for entertainment - lined with what look like old Christmas decorations (even in spring!) - a collage of photos of regular customers and even an old payphone on the bar.
Unlike some of the more trendy bars in the area, this is one of the few true East End pubs that keeps that local vibe going. And, although this place is very much a local's venue that doesn't go out of its way to welcome outsiders, it's not actually that unwelcoming if you step inside to watch the football. Bar staff chat away to regulars who look like the pub visit is part of their daily routine.
This is very traditional pub grub. Expect to find dishes like vegetable lasagne, pie and chips and chicken tikka masala, all priced at a super-cheap £4.50. There's also Spanish-style tapas dishes, such as patatas bravas for £3 and jacket potatoes for a very reasonable £2.50 a piece.
Despite the signs outside, the Truman beers aren't served at the bar – but maybe they will be one day, now the east London brewery has been re-established. Expect instead to experience Stella, Belhaven Best, John Smiths Extra Smooth, Carlsberg, Kronenbourg and Fosters on tap for around £3.30 a pint. There are a few wines on offer and a selection of spirits that line the bar.
The Last Word
Local, shabby and dated in decor, this pub is like it always was.