Just a stones throw from Brick Lane, down arty Cheshire Street is ‘The Carpenter’s Arms’, a cosy and warm pub rumoured to be an old haunting ground of the famous Kray Twins. It serves a small menu of scrumptious food and an excellent selection of wines and beer. This pub was recommended to me by a friend who lives nearby and I thank her for such a great find.
On entering the pub you are greeted by a velvet curtain that helps keep the cold weather out, and the warmth from the fire in. Navigating in to the small wooden bar area, you are greeted by the barmen who are friendly and knowledgeable, you can definitely sense a community vibe which is a rarity in many a central London pub. There is a smaller dining area at the back where you may want to go for a more intimate setting, however my date and I preferred to nestle in with the locals and soak up the friendly atmosphere.
The menu is hand written on a board at the side of the bar with a small selection of bar snacks and mains, we opted for the Cottage Pie which arrived sizzling in their own pots, served with salad and a basket of French bread on the side. They really hit the spot on the cold evening, aptly helped with a pint of Brooklyn and a large glass of red. I have heard that the Sunday roast is also a fab choice and the soups and the cheeseboard come highly recommended.
The menu is not vast, neither is the space, however this is the route of its charm, a cosy east end boozer full of warmth, delicious London grub and hearty locals – an irresistible little pub for any London couple.