Hassrale Trips - Tower Hamlets[4]

Date: Tuesday 15th August 1989

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This trip consists mainly of a walk around St Katherine's Dock starting with the expensive tourist orientated pubs of St Katherine's Marina and finishing with the more typical East End pubs of the back streets near Tower Hill Station.

The times in brackets are the approximate times of leaving the pub.

The nearest stations are Tower Hill on the District and Circle lines and Tower Gate on the Docklands Light Railway.

Turn left out of Tower Hill. Don't cross over the bridge! The pub is down the hill. Follow signs to St Katherine's Dock to International House. The first pub is on the left just past the Quayside restaurant.

1. Vineyard - St Katherine's Way [18:30]

Beers: Davy's Old Wallop, Courage Best

Real ale is only available in the downstairs bar. Traditional sawdust festooned and airily lit establishment. The beer is expensive presumably to pay for the pewter tankards it is served in. The food is also expensive. 'Segars' available to smoke not to drink. The fire exit is not in use so use the Gents instead.

Turn left out of the pub. Follow the road around the Thistle Hotel and walk across the Dock to:

2. Dickens Inn - St Katherine's Dock [19:10]

Beers: Courage Directors & Best, John Smiths, Dickens Special

This pub was formerly a Hawes brewery warehouse which was probably constructed in about 1780 and was moved 200 yards to its present site in 1976. The restyled and reconstructed interior contains the original 120 ton timber framed shell, made of European redwood, the original timbers, tailboards and ironwork. The pub recreates the style of a balconied Inn of the 18th century. The pub reputedly sells more beer than any other pub in London. Rolls are available at the bar.

Turn left back to St Katherine's Way. Follow the road to Wapping High Street and on the right is:

3. Town of Ramsgate - 62 Wapping High Street [19:50]

Beers: Charrington IPA, Bass

The pub gained its name in 1688 from the fishermen of Ramsgate who landed their catch at Wapping Old Stairs nearby. Before 1688 the pub was called the 'Dun Cow' or the 'Red Cow'. Captain Blood, stealer of the Crown Jewels, was apprehended in 1671 next to the pub on Wapping Old Stairs. Inside the pub itself, Judge Jeffreys was taken in 1688 while attempting to escape abroad in disguise as a sailor. Pirates were hanged in Execution Dock near where the pub has its riverside garden. The ghost of Captain Kidd is said to haunt the pub. Dick Turpin is said to have fired his last pistol shot while standing on Wapping Stairs. The pub cellars were used to contain convicts awaiting shipment to Australia. Secret tunnels are reputed to lead all the way to the Tower of London. The author Edgar Wallace spent two nights in the pub writing his novel 'The mind of Mr J G Reader'.

Turn right out of the pub and cross the road. Turn left into Scandrett Street, walk past the Sports Centre and take the second right into Tench Street. Follow on to Watts Street and the next pub is on the left on the corner.

4. Old Star - 14 Watts Street [20:30]

Beers: Tetleys Bitter

A very convivial pub with plenty of seating available and a real gas fire. There are leaded glass windows outside and etched glass screens inside. Rolls are available.

Turn left out of the pub and at the end of the road turn left into Wapping Lane. At the end of the Lane turn left into the Highway and just past the SAAB garage is:

5. Caxton - 50/2 The Highway [21:10]

Beers: Ruddles County & Best, Websters Yorkshire

A capacious pub with rather obtrusive muzak but plenty of seating. Very comfortable but unfortunately the only food is in the formal restaurant upstairs. The walls are hung with copies of World War 2 press pages.

Turn left out of the pub and cross at the traffic lights. Turn right into Dock Street and follow on to Leman Street and on the right is:

6. Brown Bear - 130 Leman Street [21:50]

Beers: Ind Coope Burton, Taylor Walker

A large one bar pub with horseshoe shaped bar and pool area. There is a 'reasonable' juke box and there is likely to be an opportunity to fall into a seat. Watch out for the Pink Panther lurking in the corner.

Turn left out of the pub, right down Royal Mint Street and on the left is:

7. Artful Dodger - 47 Royal Mint Street [22:30]

Beers: Youngs Bitter, Fullers London Pride, Trumans Red, Wethereds, Websters Yorkshire

A grade 2 listed building which still has its former name of the Crown and Seven Stars on the top floor. Darts and a real fire available.

Turn left and follow the road back to Tower Hill station.

Survey Date: Thursday 9th March 1989

Present: Barbara Waby, Reg Wright, Dave Saffery, John Wright, Campbell Robb

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