The Water Poet

9-11 Folgate Street , London, E1 6BX

  • The Water Poet London pub bar restaurant
  • The Water Poet London pub bar restaurant

SquareMeal Review of The Water Poet

A cosy, homely kind of boozer with an added funky edge, The Water Poet is an unpretentious dive for City boys and girls to carouse amid velvet drapes, cherubs and leather sofas that encourage extended stays. Pounding music ensures that no one nods off during the evening, although the assembled crowd are usually preoccupied with knocking back draught ales such as Meantime and Doom Bar, as well as decently priced, sub-£25 wines from around the globe. Peckish punters can order ‘good, honest food’ such as steak sandwiches on sour dough, Aberdeen Angus cheeseburgers, various themed sharing boards and ‘indulgent’ puds; the Poet also does ‘huge’ Sunday lunches. If the sun’s out, make a beeline for the terrific garden area before all the seats are taken.

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The Water Poet is recommended for

Cosy | Group Dining 8 Plus | Beer Garden

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Liverpool Street Tube Station 280m

Liverpool Street Station 393m


Address: 9-11 Folgate Street , London E1 6BX

Area: Moorgate Liverpool Street

Opening times

Mon-Fri 11am-11pm Sat-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Spitalfields 319m

Liverpool Street 347m


Telephone: 020 7426 0495


Cuisine: Pubs

Private Dining: 70


Food & Drink: 8.5

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 8.8

Value: 8.8

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

ruairi m. 18 July 2012

Had a great night at this pub, eating the best part of a roast hog and drinking draught Stiegl Brau form Salzburg. Very Germanic, but the ambience here on a Saturday is laid back lively. Great garden, barbecue, beer and really good service for this part of London.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Chris G. 06 July 2012

We had a rather good lunch here yesterday, sat at a sunny table in the surprisingly large garden for this part of town. From a tempting menu of ‘pub favourites’ we chose the sharing board to start, which was generous and delicious, followed by beer battered fish & chips and a Dexter rare breed cheeseburger, both of which were superb and excellent value for money. We noted that there were a large selection of interesting ales to try, so will no doubt return again, with our eye on the rest of the menu and Sunday lunch in particular.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Luncheon Vulture platinum reviewer 25 February 2011

A proper pub, with decent sized portions of good honest food, served by helpful and friendly staff. Have had lunch there twice recently, both on somewhat inclement days, and the hearty food hit the spot on both occasions.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

serena f. 07 December 2009

We decided to visit The Water Poet after hearing great things about the generous cooking ad traditional dishes on offer. It was a rainy, cold Thursday lunch time and the four of us were looking for something satisfying and home cooked. We were not dissapointed. This is traditional pub fod at its best.

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