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Date
Mon, 5/28
Time
7:00 PM

The Water Poet

4.4
153 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for Birthdays
The Water Poet is a multi-tasking backstreet boozer with an array of spaces including a dining room, an enormous beer garden (with a barn!), a pool room and a downstairs cinema.

Proper pub grub, done well - served from 12pm until 930pm Monday to Saturday. Our irresistible and critically acclaimed roasts are served on Sundays between midday and 8pm, with booking advisable.

Please note when booking a table through Open Table for dinner, this is for the dining room only (indoors)- sports will not be shown in these areas. To book drinks areas or areas for the sport please email us directly at info@waterpoet.co.uk
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 11am - 11pm
Saturday - 12pm - 11pm
Sunday 12pm - 10.30pm
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Phone number
020 7426 0495
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
Liverpool St Station
Shoreditch High St Overground
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine
What 153 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on 20 March 2018

Great location near bishopsgate and good vibe- food across 7 of us was all good on starters / mains but deserts I would swerve. Would visit again.

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4.0Dined on 6 March 2018

The food was decent and decently prized. It was easy to book and staff very nice and polite.

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5.0Dined on 5 March 2018

Nice place.

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5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

One of my favourite London roast places, the lamb is delicious. Definitely worth a visit.

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4.0Dined on 11 January 2018

Intimate dining in a rowdy pub setting. Water Poet is one of my favourite city spots for after work meeet ups.

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5.0Dined on 17 December 2017

Best Sunday lunch I’ve ever had. Local produce and the meat was cooked to perfection. All the staff were really on the ball, the pub was full to the rafters, but didn’t feel like it. This was my 2nd visit, it won’t be the last.

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4.0Dined on 6 December 2017

Great service from the staff and very helpful, although I thought I had booked a dining area they were full but they found us a table to eat at so all worked out well.

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5.0Dined on 24 November 2017

Really good value lunch menu and just a lovely pub

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5.0Dined on 29 October 2017

I feel very lucky to have this on my doorstep. Been for beer and a burger. Also a Sunday lunch. Casual, busy but great service. The food was good too. Great pub food, super Sunday lunch. Good selection of beers and a good value wine list. I left full, happy and saying I'll go back as soon as I can.

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5.0Dined on 20 October 2017

BRILLIANT ATMOSPHERE. ATE THERE AFTER VISITING DENNIS SEVERS HOUSE.

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5.0Dined on 18 October 2017

Lovely staff and lovely pub!
Food was great and drinks were reasonably priced
Will be returning

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5.0Dined on 22 September 2017

We usually go for Friday lunch. Great value menu and the fish and chips are brilliant! Some of the best in London, always get served quickly and attentively.

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5.0Dined on 10 September 2017

Love this place and the Sunday Roasts are amazing... though you leave feeling very very full! Worth the money.

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3.0Dined on 23 July 2017

Usually a delicious Sunday roast venue. Although on this occasion the roast potatoes may have been reheated. Hard to cut and a bit...meh. Always a delicious Yorkshire pudding though.

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2.0Dined on 16 July 2017

The beef was very disappointing. Tough as tough could be! The service and ambience were good

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3.0Dined on 25 February 2017

We booked our table through Open Table about a week before but when we arrived the pub didn't have it, luckily they did have a table for us in the dining area as I wouldn't have wanted to eat in the other areas as they were very busy and noisy.
The pub itself seemed to cater for a younger age range and loved sport. It was very laid back with wooden floors and a basic feel to it.
The food we had was delicious - Especially the Aranchi. I almost asked for another portion!!
Only thing I would say to avoid is the house white wine - this is the only one they sell by the glass and have to say it was warm and tasted awful!!

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4.0Dined on 5 February 2017

Bar area was good size with seats. Restaurant area separate in different rooms. Good quality food. Great place for a roast dinner followed by drinks.

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3.0Dined on 5 February 2017

Went on a return visit in a group for Sunday lunch, were in the basement this time thought the surroundings were shabby & dated for the price charged.

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5.0Dined on 3 February 2017

Service was very good. It had a nice funky, chilled fun vibe. Chicken wings were Devine, very scrummy and great value.

I like the quirky style and good mixture of people.

Would recommend.

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4.0Dined on 24 November 2016

Nice lunch at the water poet - great value lunch deal for £10 including a pint of doom bar!

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3.0Dined on 19 July 2016

Good service and excellent fish and chips. It was a very hot day and here was not much breeze.

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4.0Dined on 17 April 2016

A good experience spoilt by the long wait for dessert which, because we had a train to catch, we had to skip coffee. Also a 12.5% service charge added to the bill was certainly not worth it. Though it was taken off when we asked.

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4.0Dined on 3 April 2016

The service was great and staff always friendly. It was my friend's birthday and the waitress was helpful with that.

Would always recommend this place - whether for Sunday lunch, watching sport or just to enjoy a beer and a chat.

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5.0Dined on 3 February 2016

Just amazing. If local. Go eat there! It's on the side of the City so not the greatest place but so close to Shoreditch and Spitalfields. Great for after work drinks and awesome outside space too. very impressed with this place.

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5.0Dined on 15 March 2015

Went here to celebrate a friends birthday last Sunday. The restaurant was really busy but had a great vibe as soon as you arrived.
Service was really quick and didn't have to wait long at all for our drinks. We were a large group but the food all arrived together and I have to say it was the best Sunday Roast I have had out for a long time.
All of our group said that they would definitely be back again.

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4.0Dined on 25 January 2015

We had a very nice Sunday Roast here. The vegetarian version was excellent too. Although this is not a family/children oriented place ( which is nice and fair enough!) they were very kids friendly and helpful when we arrived with our toddler still asleep in the pram.

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3.0Dined on 11 November 2014

A great place for a relaxed lunch, but the music was rather loud for a Tuesday lunchtime and made it difficult to chat properly. Food was very good but the service was pretty slow throughout.

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5.0Dined on 2 November 2014

I booked this pub for Sunday lunch as my husband and I were meeting our daughter and her boyfriend on London, where she is at uni. We had the most amazing Sunday lunch and would certainly recommend it and hope to return again. Never been anywhere before where you are served a whole baby roast chicken. Simply great food and staff!

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5.0Dined on 26 October 2014

As good as always. Love this place

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4.0Dined on 14 October 2014

My Uncle and I had a very tasty and enjoyable Lunch. Having never been there before we found the service very friendly and efficient and would have no problem recommending the Water Poet to anyone looking for somewhere with tasty food, good value and friendly efficient service.

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4.0Dined on 10 October 2014

This pub works for business lunches. The food is reliable and wholesome. The beer is good. the staff are friendly and timely with their service. And the prices work to most corporate budgets!

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5.0Dined on 17 August 2014

I love the Water Poet and have been here before for a Sunday Roast. The portion size is great and there are big yorkshires and lots of veggies on the plate. The chicken roast is literally a whole (albeit small) chicken on the plate. Service was great and it's always very busy - so great atmosphere.
Will definitely return again.

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3.0Dined on 25 July 2014

Good outside space if you want to sit in the sun. The food will never blow you away but if you want to grab a burger with friends on a sunny day it has a nice relaxed feel.

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3.0Dined on 18 July 2014

I would like to see a more summery menu as it felt a bit wintery on a very hot day. I opted for the BBQ chicken which was ok and the service was friendly so I would go back but mainly for the outdoor space.

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4.0Dined on 13 July 2014

We had a very competent and attentive young male waiter and couldn't have asked for quicker or more efficient service.
The food portions were huge and although pricey the food was tasty.

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4.0Dined on 16 May 2014

I had lunch at the WP with five friends from work. Asked ahead for a table outside and, despite the glorious weather, pleased to see the staff managed to find us something.

Lunch menu was a little short but contained the classics: burger; fish and chips, pie and mash etc. All executed well with great ingredients. £10 meal and a drink deal was excellent value.

Staff were both helpful and efficient.

Overall definitely one to keep in my 'little black book' for another visit

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3.0Dined on 20 April 2014

I went to the waterpoet for Sunday lunch and had the pork. Overall the food was pleasant but quite average. Veg was over cooked. The Roasties were 'chalky' and the crackling was so hard it was inevitable. We are early so I would expect this is as fresh as it gets. Not worth 15 quid.
Great pub though and I have had many a good night there for drinks. Ñ

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2014

Went for a work lunch here the other week. Lovely choice of food on the menu, even for vegetarians. Service was attentive and friendly and food came out promptly and in great portions. After lunch also went outside to the beer garden which is really nice when the sun is shining. There is also a BBQ which I was informed started this weekend. Can't wait to check it out.

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5.0Dined on 20 March 2014

Super fun atmosphere at lunchtime in the garden in the water poet.. Sunny happy staff and delicious food, plus a few too many well kept ales. Awesome!

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4.0Dined on 14 March 2014

The Water Poet is a great place for a business lunch or a team lunch. It's well located with a nice atmosphere and good honest pub grub.

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