Star of the East

805a Commercial Road
Limehouse
E14 7HG

Not only is this pub a grade II listed building but it is also recognised by CAMRA as having a historic interior of local importance. The listing description, written in 1973, is as follows: “C19. One building although now occupied as two. Red brick and tiles, central hipped slate roof with cresting. 3 storeys, 3 sets of windows. Top floor, central window of 5 lights flanked by 3 light windows. 1st floor, central window of 3 lights with 2 light flanking windows. Stone filled tympana under gothic arches to all, except top outer windows, with roundels containing masks. Plain sashes, no glazing bars. Facade with decorative tiles above impost bands. Ground floor retains pub front although part now used as cafe. Interior features.”

Note also the series of blind arches containing heraldic symbols in rather garish colours with moulded heads above – a bit of a showpiece – and the understated but charming fire surround with a cockerel in the centre tile.

The lamp standards outside the pub are also grade II listed and the listing description is as follows: “C19. 3 cast iron lamp standards with lamps bearing the inn name in front of the Star of the East Public House.”

While in E14 you may wish to go to Poplar and visit the Festival Inn, 71 Grundy Street, Poplar, E14 6AD which is on CAMRA’s National Inventory but has no real ale.

The WhatPub link is here: WhatPub/Star of the East

The Star of the East featured on the Ornaments of the Orient: Daytime Crawl of Bow and Docklands in October 2009, and the Eastern Delights: Daytime Crawl of East Ham, Plaistow, Isle of Dogs and Limehouse in October 2019.