The Coborn launches slick new pub in Bow
The Coborn, the latest in a string of recent renovations by established pub chain Young’s, is an upmarket twist on the classic public house. Simplicity is the key here, from the no-frills façade to the worn-wood tables – and it works. Gone is the clutter of a traditional boozer, and the lurid advertisements and special offer boards, so often found in chain pubs, have been bypassed too. What is left is a clean, spacious design, with just enough personal touches – such as the vintage, playbill-inspired wallpaper or the weathered leather armchairs – to keep it from feeling clinical. The openness of the interior is complemented by an abundance of natural light, making its way in through the many skylights, windows and glass wall sections located throughout. It seems a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the world outside, although the non-stop rush of London life can still be leisurely enjoyed from the patio-style outside seating area leading into the entrance.
The selection of drinks on tap is similarly sophisticated, from the established fare of Peroni and Estrella to the grassroots craft of Aspall Cyder and Greenwich Meantime’s fantastic Yakima Red. Alongside the house taps is a selection of guest ales, of which the standout best is Signature Brew’s Red Wedge, a hoppy red ale named after the 1980s political movement popularised by Billy Bragg.
As well as the usual selection of popular, less-popular and once-in-a-blue-moon bottles, there is a range of local liquors, distilled and bottled in Chiswick by Sipsmith Independent Spirits. Among these are gin and vodka, along with their sloe and damson-infused counterparts, and a refreshing Pimms-style summer drink. Despite the pub’s focus on food, there are very few people eating, but a glance at the new menu suggests a tendency towards pub classics and haute cuisine.
Whether it’s a quick pint of lager after work, or a night on the craft ales, The Coborn is a relaxed and friendly place for those who prefer their pubs a little slicker.
Photos: Nick Bennett
To book a table at The Coborn, 8 Coborn Road Bow London E3 2DA, call 020 8980 3793 or enquire here.