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|Pubs and Pub Grub|
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31 Orford Road
London, E17 9NL map
Tel: 020 8521 4398
love this pub. We normally go on Sat evenings and it’s perfect, not
too busy or too
Both delicious! Staff friendly and polite. What more do you want? AAAAAA+++++
VERY children/family unfriendly. Arrived today with wife and pram. The first thing we noticed was the sign on the door: "this is not a playground" and an explanation that "because of health and safety, prams must be kept in the garden". My wife then entered to ask if we could have lunch there, explaining that we had a baby in a pram with us. The member of serving staff said that this wasn't a problem, so we then entered with pram. Straight away, another member of staff (think he may have been the manager?) marched up to us and asked us to leave, saying that there was no more room for another pram (it should be pointed out that the pub was half empty). As we then tried to explain that the first member of staff had told us to come in, he cut us off, saying "there is a sign outside, you know!" and marched away again. Stunned, we left and had a pub lunch at a far more family friendly pub, namely the Rose & Crown in Walthamstow... We will never be returning there again.
R Gillet Posted 10th April 2012
As part of our wedding celebrations we decided that we would take our wedding guests amounting to about 70 people including children for a quick drink at the Village pub before moving on to our reception. We visited the pub to warn them a couple of weeks earlier so that they would not be overwhelmed. We are local people and enjoy living in this community known as Walthamstow Village. We would not have been there longer than an hour and we hoped we might hire the snug for an hour. Imagine our surprise and shock to be told by the manager, without any hesitation, that we would not be welcome at this pub as there would be too many people for them to cope with. When we went in it was a Saturday afternoon about 2pm and there may have been 5 customers in there. Our group would have been there between 5pm and 6pm and it was clear to me that the pub would not be busy. I thought the manager was unfriendly and it has got to be the only pub manager to reject such easy money in Britain! In my opinion this person wants a very easy life and I will never go in this pub again. If there is a worst pub in Britain award I will be entering the Village Pub. Tim Gardner Posted 28th April 2011
I've lived in Walthamstow for over 4 years and have always avoided this pub having listened to comments from friends. My partner and I ended up in there at the weekend and sadly we've no plans to go back. The staff were downright rude and when the hot snacks we ordered were delivered, they were chucked onto our table - so much so that the chips nearly bounced out of the bowl and all this was one without a word from the waitress. There was very little communication from the staff and we got the sense that they didn't even like each other. It's a shame because it could be a really good pub. Linda Posted 13th September 2010
hotly awaited reopening of the Village pub is upon us and I'm sure that
regular visitors will be keen to hear whether the toilets have reached
the standards that we were all hoping for! Well, after years of paddling
around and holding my nose with my left hand while adjusting other
things with my right I can finally say that it's time to relax.
*We revisited two weeks later and the you cant walk through the garden without bumping into a bench!
11th January 2010
Being in the heart of Walthamstow Village this pub will always attract a reasonable trade and to be fair it does have a lot going for it, but I feel, without fully reaching its potential. The atmosphere is generally relaxed. Week nights it can be rather quiet, Tuesday night is quiz night which is very popular and not too highbrow, definitely worth getting a team together for those ''cash prizes''.
There is a small understated TV on one wall which does not carry Sky and is rarely used, and two gaming machines. The Village has a huge garden at the rear which gets very busy during summer weekends but is hopelessly underused in the winter due to lack of shelter and heat.
Traditional pub fare is sold here at reasonable prices which attracts local lunch trade. Food is available Monday to Thursday from 12-3 and 5-8, Friday 12-3 only. Saturday and Sunday from 12-4. Some highlights along with the regular chip based meals are Tortilla wraps and Mexican pizza ( the chef may well be from South America ). Sunday lunch is beef, pork, chicken or the strangely phrased ''vegetarian of the day''. All at a strangely priced £7.75.
Ales are generally in good condition, and the Guinness is always above average. Lagers are as cold and sparkling, as you would hope to find them. Wines are basic and not too offensive. I like the Village but unfortunately it seems to be a little under funded and hence treading water.
Posted 18th March 2009
Child friendly with surprisingly good food (sourced from local butchers). second only to the Nags, but a good above average local. Would benefit from a minor facelift, but to be fair the wife thinks I'm no Brad Pitt myself! A rough diamond.
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