Venue of the Month: The Sebright Arms

Literally brought back from the brink of destruction, the Sebright Arms is currently on a trip more rocking than rubble and for a limited time only it’s got the company of East London’s gourmet burger gang, Lucky Chip.

Starting off our venue of the month feature, which highlights the hottest and the hippest London has to offer, is the Sebright Arms. Rooted in tradition, the Sebright began life in the early nineteenth century before adding a music hall to supplement the public house in 1865. Early performances from Charlie Chaplin established its creative credentials, and the next hundred years were a colourful century of heavy metal, east end cabaret and illegal drinking.

Fast-forward to 2012 and the pub’s dramatic past – once meeting place to a baying angry mob – lingers. Saved from the evil bulldoze-happy developers by a resident’s petition, the Sebright Arms reopened last year after an enforced two-year holiday to embody the renaissance that some of London’s pubs are employing to survive. The disused and abused are back.

Live entertainment now rules the basement and marks another notch on the bedpost for the east’s active live scene. However, it’s not the twanging and banging that’s making noise at the moment, rather the two-month residency of Lucky Chip. The American fast food pedants are blazing a trail with their intense burgers, hot dogs and sold-out steak nights. Meat Liquor, who? Spuntino, what?! These burgers are like sweet dreams…

Juxtapose the modern gourmet burgers with the original wood paneling, traditional carpets and chintzy fittings and what you’re left with is Americana by way of Bethnal Green boozer. And what of the booze? Focus is on London, which means the beer and ale duty falls to Brew Dog, Meantime, Redemption, Sambrooks and AIL favourite’s, London Fields Brewery.

The original cast of regulars might have left to be replaced by a hip, young crowd but the history lives on and the foundations remain of what is one of the capital’s bright new things.

The Sebright Arms – over two hundred years young.
Added on January 29, 2012

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