The slow decline and closure of too many east London pubs is a heart-rending phenomenon, but one Bethnal Green pub is having a resurgence under new management. The Sebright Arms, which was once the place to go for Cockney barrel-rolling, Joanna-tinkling and bawdy sing-along, closed in 2009 and was scheduled for demolition. But now it’s open again, and very popular with a different, hipster crowd. It’s down to a winning combination of destination food (the chefs from Lucky Chip have popped up in the kitchen for a two-month residency), and admirable focus on London beers (practically everything on draught and in bottle was brewed within the M25). There’s also a solid entertainment agenda – DJs, lion-tamers, badger-baiting. (Okay, so we made a couple of those up.) The purists might bemoan the further trendification of east London, but at least they now have somewhere with a great beer selection to drown their sorrows.
For info, see Sebright Arms listings.