The reason for the title of this trip may become apparent on the trip and then again it may not. No prizes for correct solutions. The trip lakes place in Stepney starting from Commercial Road and ending in Mile End Road.
The times in brackets are the approximate times of leaving the pub.
The nearest station is Limehouse on the main line from Fenchurch Street and on the Docklands line from Tower Gate. Bus no.40 also stops opposite the first pub.
Come out of the station exit and across the road is the first pub.
1. RAILWAY TAVERN - 576 Commercial Road (18.30)
Beer: Charringion IPA
One bar pub making another appearance on a HASSRALE (rip and full of real people. Darts. Rolls available.
Turn left out of the pub, cross the road, turn right into While h'orse Road and the next pub is on the right.
2. WHITE HORSE - 48 White Horse Road (19.10)
Beer: Charrington (PA.
Small, old-fashioned and friendly one bar wood-panelled pub. Has a garden.
Turn right out of the pub, cross the road, turn left into Troon Road and cross the road to
3. MERCERS ARMS - 34 Belgrave Road (19.50)
Beer: Charrington IPA
A grade 2 listed building. Smart one bar lounge type pub with green decor and pink curtains. Plenty of room for a HASSRALE invasion. Piped music in the Ladies toilets. Darts.
Turn left out of the pub, then left into While Horse Road, cross the road and on the right is the next pub.
4. COLET ARMS - 94 White Horse Road (20.30)
Beer: Charringion IPA (for a change)
A building on the Local List. Traditional semi -island bar surrounded with mirrors and red walls with gilded ornamentation. Comfortable, quiet, very much a locals pub. Named after the founder of St Pauls School (1509), Dean of St Pauls Cathedral, John Colet, who lived in White Horse Road. Darts, Shove Ha'penny.
Turn right out of the pub, cross the road and the next pub is on the left.
5. FISH AND RING - 141A White Horse Road (21.10)
Beers: Fullers London Pride, ESB. Free House
Will be familiar to most HASSRALE members from the darts matches arranged here with ELAC Comfortable and very friendly corner locals pub. Winner of the Society for the preservation of Beers from the Wood Best London Pub Award 1985. Has a large selection of whiskies. Darts.
Turn right out of the pub and turn right into Ben Johnson Road. Walk past the Indian Restaurant if you can. Two members of the survey team did not resist the temptation and recommended the restaurant as very reasonable. If you have managed to resist temptation the next pub is on the right.
6. CROWN AND SCEPTRE - 84 Ben Johnson Road (21.50)
Beer : Shepherd Neame Master Brew
Comfortable locals pub, also known as the Jug House. Darts.
Turn left out of the pub, cross the road, pass the Indian Restaurant again, turn right into Duckett St and the lasi pub is on the left.
7. ANCHOR AND HOPE - 90 Duckett St (22.30) Beer: Ruddles County
Did not have real ale on the night of the (rial but was assured by the landlady that they were expecting a delivery the next day. Hopefully (he beer will not have run out on the night of the trip One bar local, wilh fine collection of pot plants and a display of badges of the former independent fire brigade before the amalgamation into the London Fire Brigade in 1965. Darts Shove Ha'penny.
Turn left out of pub into Duckett St, then turn left into Shandy St, then right into White Horse Lane passing a fish and chip takeaway. This was sampled by two of the survey team (who did not succumb to the delights of the Indian restaurant) and can be recommended for reasonable prices and friendly service. Then carry on to Mile End Road and cross the road to Stepney Green station which is on the District Line.
Date: Wednesday 23rd August 1989
Team: Ann Harper, Paul Tiffany, Barbara Waby, John Wright, Reg Wright.