23 August 2014

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG

Pubs Bethnal Green, Shoreditch
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 5-11pm (Thurs-Sat -12M) Sun 12N-10.30pm

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It was a close call, but just when it looked as if the abandoned Sebright Arms was set to become no more than a Cockney memory, an influx of new brooms – and the eastwards sweep of Shoreditch gentrification – saved this old backstreet boozer for a new generation of appreciative drinkers. Skinny jeans, 1960s geography-teacher spectacles and fascinating facial topiary are the look, while ‘roll-out-the-barrel nouveau’ describes the decor. Meanwhile, beers from the capital’s new-wave microbreweries (Sambrook’s, Brodie’s, London Fields, Meantime et al) slake the thirst, alongside cask cider. Once attached to a Victorian music hall, the venue’s soundtrack is nowadays supplied by guest DJs and live bands in the basement, while comedy nights and life-drawing classes also have their fans. Food is currently in the meaty hands of burger barons Lucky Chip, whose 1950s American-style trailer is a much-loved East End fixture.

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

    Drifting Epicure :: Lucky Chip

    This time I wanted to try something new, as did my friend. Both of us haven’t tried Lucky Chip yet and after being convinced by rave reviews it was decided and off to Bethnal Green we went. Lucky Chip can be found in Netil Market on Saturdays but this weekday evening we went to their permanent residence in Sebright Arms which is hiding on a side street next to Hackney Road. The random chairs and wall items inside were not a big surprise for a pub around here. It’s more random that the pub houses one of the better burger makers in the East or even London, or at least we were to find out whether that is the case...
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  2. Published : Thursday, 7th February 2013

    Gingle lists everything :: Sebright Arms, 1st February

    I almost forgot to write about this place. Last Friday was actually my second occasion there, as when we went to the Tapeheads VHS quiz, that was the venue. However, I was so caught up in the quiz, I didn't give much thought to my surroundings.I found myself there for a quick drink on Friday before gorging myself on Fonduta at Forza Win(ter) and had much more time to appraise the place.I liked it. It is definitely a pub, not a bar, and not of the shiny gastro variety neither. In fact, the decor rather reminds me of the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club - similar red velvety yet shabby tones abound. There's an upstairs with a few banquettes and tables and chairs, and a downstairs where they have several gigs a week. As I sat sipping my large house red (only a fiver, bargain!) my table vibrated with the drums and the bass of whichever band was warming up in the basement.While it feels like a local boozer, and its location would rather lend itself to slightly shady clientele (it's on a street off Hackney Road, where there isn't much else) pretty much everyone in there was clad in a hipsterish manner. It's a hip place. And this should really be no surprise when you learn that Lucky Chip have had a residency here since the middle of last year. They serve up some of their famous burgers, like the El Chappo, but have a few more dishes on the menu to choose from, and some specials that aren't always options at their van - one with softshell crab caught my eye, even though I don't actually eat softshell crab myself. I'm not much of a beer or ale drinker but the Sebright serves the "Real" version of them, and ciders too, and it has gotten the nod of approval from someone I know who knows more about these things than I.In short, a great little pub.
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  3. Lucky Chip has long sat in the top tier of my Top 10 list of the best burgers in London, and I've spent many happy hours spent chowing down on them both at Netil Market, and in The Sebright Arms. Lucky Chip's Kevin Bacon burger Lucky Chip's Kevin Bacon burger So I thought it was time to take another look at Lucky Chip at The Seabright Arms, and who better than burger veteran, and dining companion, Louis (@tuckandvine on Twitter) to guest post for Burger Me! and give his thoughts on how they're doing...
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