The Water Poet

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4.5
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161 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Group Bookings
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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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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Liverpool St Station
Shoreditch High St Overground
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine
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TC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

class night, thanks for having us. sorry we were rowdy

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LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! Attention to detail and flavor. Highly recommend.

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C
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good Place, good food..small table. Certo required is better book

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Lovely place would certainly recommend.

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I like this pub as it's a real gem to find in London. It's quite large but feels intimate because of the different rooms. We went for Sunday lunch at 2pm. On the whole is was good but the roasted potatoes were not crispy and tasted like ones I've cooked the day before and stored overnight in the fridge.
Next time I'm in London I'll try it again.

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TP
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best Sunday lunch in Miles!
Epic portions & great food!

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with some friends and my dog. Pet friendly and nice atmosphere.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Friday lunch venue! Will definitely be returning

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DM
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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SC
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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B
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good value lunch menu and just a lovely pub

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B
Norfolk
10 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BRILLIANT ATMOSPHERE. ATE THERE AFTER VISITING DENNIS SEVERS HOUSE.

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KS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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IM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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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t
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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Q
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
London
13 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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A
London
33 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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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K
London
24 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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DB
London
17 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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HG
Munich
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2014
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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SI
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JF
London
45 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2014
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

As good as always. Love this place

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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IB
London
184 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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S
London
30 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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