Feb 2 16

The Misty Moon, Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, E2

Jack Cutforth

Visited: Tuesday 19 January by JC

misty moon


I visited this pub on my own on a cold Tuesday night because I had to come to Bethnal Green to pick up my bag which I had left at The Old George a couple of weeks previous (this is a regular Boozehound occurrence). And I could have happily stayed all night.

Now, before you all rush straight there (he said, massively overestimating the value placed on his opinion), let’s be clear that it’s a pub for a certain occasion. Different pubs are good for different things. This is an old school pub. If I had to describe the décor, it would be simply: ‘pub’. And it’s probably not changed since it opened. On a Tuesday night it was fairly busy, about twenty people in there, half of whom seemed to know each other well.

What I’m saying is, if you were looking for somewhere to bring a date, the Misty Moon probably isn’t the place. There are more impressive, modern, and clean venues nearby (try the Old George).

But if you’re looking for somewhere to have a couple of cheap pints with a mate to start off a night, or even for a pint on your own, you could do worse. There are plenty of booths, one of which I made my home for an hour of undisturbed and very pleasant reading with a pint of East Coast IPA. And I wasn’t the only person enjoying a solo pint either.

And it’s cheap, too. The East Coast set me back £3.90 and I daresay the more mainstream lagers are even cheaper.

I’m sure this place gets lively at the weekend, and less conducive to a quiet pint on your own: it shows live sports and also has plenty of live music advertised. It would still be a good shout for a couple of cheap pints to kick off a night out in East London though.

Sometimes all you want is a cheap, unpretentious pint. If that’s what you’re looking for on Bethnal Green Road you can choose between the Misty Moon or the Salmon and Ball. I would strongly advise you go for the former.  

Beer: 3
Value: 5
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3

Do they do food? Yes, but I can’t speak for the quality.
Are they in the 21st Century? Minimum spend of £10 so you’ll have to stay for a few or go to the cash machine outside.
Are there dogs? Definitely dog friendly.
I’m hungover, do they do a Bloody Mary? I wouldn’t count on it.
I want to smoke: Heated and covered garden out back which is an alright size.
Any televisions? Yes and live sports.