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The Water Poet (Bar)

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9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, Shoreditch, London, E1 6BX
Cuisine: British
Tel: 020 7426 0495 | Email to The Water Poet | Transport: Liverpool Street | Write review

The Water Poet Review

Top 10 things we learned about The Water Poet pub when we visited:

1) The pub’s quiet, cobbled surroundings on Folgate Street provide a welcome contrast to the mayhem of nearby Bishopsgate, where banking complexes tower ominously above.

2) The Water Poet attracts a down-to-earth, friendly clientele, converging from trendy Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane, Shoreditch and Liverpool Street; a charismatic alternative to the chain bars along the City of London drag.

3) The main room and chrome-laden bar - typically packed - is festooned with flowers and baroque paintings, spiking its olde-world feel with the occasional eye-catching flourish.

4) This is a good sport-watching pub, with TVs and drop-down projectors on demand, but unlike most nearby establishments the noise and crowds are never overly-intrusive.

5) A sizeable pool room looks out onto Folgate Street, allowing passers-by to fully appreciate your much-honed billiards technique.

6) There is a spacious dining room with elegant furnishings that can be reserved for private functions, much like the rest of the venue.

7) The Water Poet’s outside area is a hidden treasure during the summer months: from the vast, leafy “garden dining room”; to the sheltered area towards the back providing pews and comfy sofas; to the rustic brick barn off to one side offering a surreal setting for lunch amid crumbling paint and weather-beaten paintings.

8) The concealed kitchen invariably puts on a tremendous spread, from decadent Sunday roasts to quick-fire lunch specials (an ample main course and glass of wine for £10).

9) The pub’s newly-launched BBQ hut is bedecked with sprigs of rosemary and strings of garlic, and is capable of rustling up fantastic, eclectic meat dishes at drop of a hat, accompanied by lashings of taboulleh, salad and tzatziki.

10) The Water Poet’s aesthetic blending of bygone elegance, up-to-the-minute trendiness, and relaxed vibes is initially bewildering, but ultimately a winning one.
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Customer Reviews for The Water Poet

Average (based on 2 votes): 2 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“I came here to watch the rugby world cup final. It was like a second home for Kiwis, the place was crawling with them. Which I absolutely loved. Long may they stay there! They made it such a great atmosphere. Love that it has so many different rooms and seating options. Especially the indoor-outdoor beer garden. More Shoreditch than The City.”
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The Restaurant Hunter, London (7 years 28 days ago)

“Without a doubt the best Sunday lunch in the area. Plus the Water Poet has an enormous garden to lounge in too. Fabulous.”
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Carla Bonner, London (10 years 3 months ago)

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Food

Modern British & European plus Summer BBQ in Garden (voted top 5 by Evening Standard, London).

Updated 02/07/2010

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The Water Poet Hire Details

Private Hire Facilities
Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, London E1 6BX

The Water Poet can be privately hired in a number of ways.

We have a separate private hire room with its own bar in our basement. The capacity is 80 standing or 50 seated and available from 9am until 11pm. The room can be used for private dining, parties, shows, rehearsals, etc. We have a small stage, PA equipment with MP3 / IPod connection, and mics for live events.

We also have a large outside space with seating and partial covering that can be hired in sections. The capacity of this space is 150-200 standing or 70 seated.

On some occasions we will also hire out the entire venue for weddings or large events with an indoor capacity of 250 and 150 outside.

We also have a dining room within the pub where areas can be reserved but not closed to the rest of the venue. The capacity of this room is 50 seated.

Prices for private hire are available on application and depend on your specific needs.

For more information contact Peter, Libby or Helen on 0871-426-7033.

Updated 24/06/2008

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