Greenwich Pensioner, E14 0ES
Locals' pub in Poplar.
It's a small, single-room pub with fairly sparse amounts of seating, though this does include a couple of sofas at right angles around a coffee table. A pool table stands to one side, a dart board is mounted on one wall, and there's also a fruit machine. Somewhat incongruously, a model shark head emerges from the wall behind the bar.
Kake visited on a Wednesday early evening in June 2014. Although there's a handpump on the bar, according to the member of staff on duty they never have anything on it; the closest thing they have to real ale is keg Ruddles Best. Instead I had a pint of Stowford Press cider (£3.30).
There was no music playing; instead, one of the two flatscreens was showing a quiz show with the sound on. There were no other customers when I arrived around 5:45pm, though one did turn up about quarter of an hour later. Service was friendly and welcoming.
Accessibility: No step to get in, but the door is quite narrow. Much of the seating is on high stools, though there are some normal-height tables. A step to the ladies' toilet (gents' not checked).