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 Quick Pub Guide



   This is a quick guide to all (we think) of the pubs in E17,  listed from North to South.
Last updated March 2014


The Dog and Duck  222 Chingford Road,  Walthamstow E17
Live football on TV during the week and live music or karaoke at the weekends. As the former warm-up venue for Charlie Chan's (the nightclub under the now defunct Walthamstow dog track) the pub's trade has seen better days but there have been some positive changes recently. The Guinness is always good. Two pool tables and a large lawned garden at the rear.

The Warrant Officer 318 Higham Hill Road, Walthamstow E17
Formerly the Tavern on the Hill, this pub was one of 'Britain's Toughest Pubs' according to the Sky TV show back in 2005. Sorry but we’re not going in there to find out if this is still true. We have however had a message from the current owner who assures us that the Warrant Officer is a much changed establishment and ''is about the best kept and most frequently decorated pub in Walthamstow''. It is also the home of the Royal British Legion in Walthamstow. 

The Prince of Wales 58 St Andrews Road Walthamstow  E17
We thought we knew of every pub in E17 until a couple of months ago when we stumbled upon the Prince of Wales. There appeared to be what looked like a bullet hole in the door. Not going in there either!

The College Arms 807-811Forest Road, Walthamstow E17

Named because of Its proximity to Waltham Forest College on Forest Road this former JD Wetherspoon pub now has screens for footy and a pool table. Currently advertising a tapas menu. Some live music, karaoke etc.

The Bell  617 Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 
New for November 2012, a regenerated landmark pub. See full review...

The Lord Palmerston 252-254 Forest Road, Walthamstow E17
Large Mitchells and Butlers house selling cheap food and cheap beer. Screens, pool and live music including karaoke. Read more...

The Ferry Boat Inn  Ferry Lane N11
An old, attractive pub with a proper log fire. Adjacent to the River Lea (but just outside E17). Serves food all day, every day. Full review

The Tryst (formally The Standard)  1 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow E17
Pub and Venue now closed. January 2012

Oddly named bar of  the Standard Music Venue. E17's only bona-fide music venue (with apologies to the Plough and the Duke’s Head). With bands like 'Deeply Purple' and 'UB42' this venue is tribute band bliss. Directly opposite Blackhorse Road tube and national rail station.

The Dukes Head  112 Wood Street, Walthamstow E17
Used to be a bit of a dive but there have been some recent improvements to this sprawling, late-opening live music pub. Apart from Friday and Saturday night, when the bands play, the TVs broadcast Sky Sports - what a surprise. Check out the beautiful etched glass skylight - it's above the pool table, which is handy

The Lord Brooke 47 Shernall Street, Walthamstow E17
This pub closed a couple of weeks ago (March 2010), rumour has it maybe for good. Possibly another statistic in our ever diminishing pub trade and the political quagmire that surrounds it. Click here for well-informed opinion of this issue and others.
Lord Brooke has re-opened May 2011.

The Flowerpot  128 Wood Street, Walthamstow E17
An East End gem. See full review

Ye Olde Rose and Crown  53  Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17
Recently overhauled and relaunched as a 'theatre pub' the Rose and Crown hosts regular live music events and classical recitals as well as stage productions. A pool table remains for quieter evenings. Full pub info on their site. Full review here

The Plough Inn  173 Wood Street, Walthamstow E17
Pub Now Closed - Feb 2011

Another pub with a fully active function facility hosting various musical extravaganzas with specialist evenings featuring jazz, blues and folk. They also have food nights. The Plough’s web site is most informative
. Full review.

The Pig and Whistle  185 - 187 Wood Street, Walthamstow E17
Pub Now Closed - Feb 2014
The place to go for a Sunday lunch. Shares management with the Flowerpot.

The Victoria  185 - 187 Wood Street, Walthamstow E17
The Victoria is just above the old cinema still known by locals as the EMD. (This is a good opportunity to prompt you to support the local campaign to save the cinema which has been under threat for since 2003. For the full story, and to see how you can help, visit the McGuffins Film Society web site).
Sorry, what was I on about? Oh yes, the Victoria. When the cinema was open the Vic was a handy place to pop in for a drink before or after the film. Recently it has had to make efforts to keep afloat given this downturn in business and has resorted to the usual pool/karaoke/quiz formula and has survived so far. The beer is cheap, the building is Grade II listed and it's an interesting and surprisingly large space.

Chequers 145 High Street, Walthamstow E17

The Chequers has been acquired by the owners of The Shacklewell Arms(Dalston), The Three Crowns (Stoke Newington) and Pub on the Park (London Fields)... Review to follow.

The Nags Head  9 Orford Road, Walthamstow E17
A popular but expensive pub for 'villagers' and many others with a large garden and an upstairs function room which is used for various community activities including belly dancing and life drawing. The Nags has made the Good Beer Guide three years in a row. No meals but interesting posh nibbles. Full review. Nags Head site

The Goose  264 Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17
Handy for the station and shops. Cheap beer and all-day food. Screens for the footy too. Full review

The Cock Tavern 67 High Street, Walthamstow E17
Now open  See full review... October 2012

The Village  31 Orford Road, Walthamstow E17
One of the Vantage Inn chain, The Village has recently been refurbished. There's a huge garden at the rear and this pub is great during the summer - but why do they have so many lights on in the evenings? It ruins what could be a pleasant atmosphere. Average pub food served during the day. Village site. Full review.

Eat17 Bar (and restaurant)   31 Orford Road, Walthamstow E17
Since Eat17 expanded and refurbished their restaurant the space that was once a very good deli has been replaced by a bar principally designed as a waiting area for the restaurant but you can pop in to this tastefully decorated area for a drink. They serve a couple of premium lagers on draught including Zatec from the Czech Republic. There are a few interesting bottled beers in the fridge one of which is 'Eat17 IPA' brewed by local experts Brodie's (based at the William IV). Full review of Eat17

The Queens Arms 42 Orford Road, Walthamstow E17
Now completely refurbished and gentrified - full review to follow...March 2014

The Castle  15 Grosvenor Rise East, Walthamstow E17
The Castle currently rates itself as a gastropub. Although any evidence of this rather grand statement has yet to be gathered they do sell above-average pub food and a couple of decent ales. The subdued atmosphere is relaxing and a great improvement over the last incarnation. The new owners have made a big effort to get the Castle back on course during difficult times for the pub industry.  Full review.

The Market Inn  30 St James Street, Walthamstow E17
At the far western end of the market opposite St James Street station is an Irish pub called the Market Inn. It's a small flat-fronted pub with that you could easily miss. This is their 'tag cloud' on 'Wampit'

'pubs bars real ale tv for sporting events air conditioning vegetarian dishes food the market inn ale ales area areas beer bitter booze boozer bottle bottled bottles cider crisp crisps drink drinking drinks free gin going guiness guinness house houses inn lager life local night nightlife nut nuts out peanut peanuts pint pub public pubs rhum rum seat seating seats serves serving shot shots snack snacks spirit spirits stout vodka whiskey whisky pubs bars clubs public houses inns greater london 1107 1000 wampit e17 7pf'.

What more could you want? The 'free gin going' sounds good!

The Lord Raglan  199 Shernall Street, Walthamstow E17
Slightly rough local's joint with a decent pint, footy, live music and karaoke.

The Waltham Oak (formally the Chestnuts)  757 Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow E17
Pub now closed - November 2012

As The Chestnuts this was a rough pub but a least the drug dealers gave it some character. The Waltham Oak is a sterile, soulless. corporate pub serving cheap frozen/fried pub grub. I'm not sure which is worse.

The Coppermill  205 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow E17
A Small pub, 'local' to the point of being parochial but still friendly to 'outsiders'. The Mill has a small garden, Sky sports and a weekly quiz. Great beer and cheap, too. Full review.



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