Down a narrow residential backstreet in Leytonstone sits The North Star, a small two room pub off the beaten track, and all the better for that. Walking through the door , not knowing what to expect, I was quite pleasantly surprised when I ran my eye over the beer offerings at the bar.
It was a difficult choice but you cant go wrong with Oakham. There was just a couple of blokes in the pub when I turned up, you didn’t need to hear them talk to know they were proper eastenders, the shirt made it obvious.
And just to confirm things, I’m for ever blowing bubbles came on the jukebox, I kid you not, and nothing to do with Michael Jackson as a certain @StephenPie suggested on Twitter. The pub soon started to fill up, the conversation was all Billy Bonds and the good old days.
They were a friendly lot and the banter was good. The pub was a cracker, it felt old school and yet had managed to move with the times even to the extent there was a a few craft beers on offer backing up the excellent cask range.
It was most definitely the best pub of the day, I wish I’d stayed longer.