You wait years for a beer festival in Leytonstone. And then two come along at once.

According to the guv’nor at the Red Lion, after a slow start their North/South festival turned out to be so popular they’re planning another for April. Meanwhile, Leytonstone’s other real ale rendezvous The North Star is having (to my knowledge) their first ever festival – kicking off on the tenth of November for three days.

Here’s what’s on:

Cairngorm trade winds 4.3
Orkney red macgregor 4.0
Orkney dragonhead stout 4.0
Rudgate viking 3.8
Rudgate jorvik blonde 3.8
Springhead maid marian 4.5
Dark star american pale ale 4.7
Blindmans mine beer bitter 4.2
Loddon shrimpers 4.1
Skinners betty stoggs 4.0
Skinners ginger tosser 3.8
Skinners cornish knocker 4.5
Tring jack o legs 4.2
Plain arty farty 3.9

Hewitts brewery :
Unhung hero 5.0
Urbane gorilla 4.3

East london brewery
Foundation bitter 4.2
Elb pale ale 4.0

Redemption brewery
Trinity 3.0
Big chief 5.5
Urban dusk 4.6

Mighty oak brewery
Oscar wilde 3.7
Old banger 4.3

The North Star has a special place in my heart. It was one of the few pubs in this area that held ground for real ale until reinforcements came in the shape of The Red Lion and Tap East, among others, and one of the reasons that its now possible to do a decent pub crawl in East London.

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4 Responses to Aletonstone

  1. Bailey says:

    Lots of pumpcliparade candidates there… the one with “farty” in the name sounds delicious.

  2. Mrs Lister says:


    We were chatting to the manager of the North Star recently and he mentioned he was putting an ale festival on. Looking forward to it!

    We just need one of the ‘Stones pubs to put Harveys on now and I’ll be happy…

  3. I’ve seen Harveys at the North Star! A classic brewery.

    Did you move to Leytonstone in the end? (that was you wasn’t it?)

  4. Mrs Lister says:

    It was! We’re about 60% through the long and arduous process of our first purchase. It’s beautiful. In the less salubrious ‘south’ Leytonstone (v close to the Birkbeck which is a great ale pub) but we’re happy. Fingers crossed we’ll be in by Spring!

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