Walthamstow has seen some major changes on the bar and pubs front over the past few years. This is a list of places we like for a drink in E17:
Eat17 28-30 Orford Road, E17 9NJ. Beautifully recent redesigned bar and restaurant in the village. Well selected wine list, Meantime on tap and seasonal cocktails.
The Bell 617 Forest Road, E17 4NE. Gastropub menu – Sunday roasts, weekly changing menus, meat/bean burgers and the excellent veggie or hog board sharing platters. Good range of real ales, craft beers, ciders and wines. For the non-drinkers there’s a wide variety of Luscombe juices, soft drinks, tea/coffee and a no-alcohol beer. Big secluded garden, private function room, reliable free WiFi and comfy sofas. Monthly jazz on Sundays and popular quiz night every Tuesday. Host the monthly E17 Cook Book Club.
The Castle 15 Grosvenor Rise East, E17 9LB. In the village. Monthly changing menu concentrating on seasonal ingredients. Really good fish dishes and Sunday lunch and occasional foodie pop-ups. Hidden beer garden at the back of the pub, log fire for winter evenings.
The Chequers 145 High Street, E17 7BX. Quirky decor – bare bricks, battered leather armchairs & still life oil paintings. Real ales and a decent wine list. Sunday roasts, steaks, burgers, Cornish day-boat fish & chips. Good weekday deals on the food. Extended beer garden area for the sunny months.
The Coppermill 205 Coppermill Lane, E17 7H. Traditional East End pub. Outside drinking area and quiz night. Good location for a drink after a stomp around the marshes.
The Goose 264 Hoe Street, E17 3AX. Good range of beers, average pub grub of scampi & chips, pies and sausage & mash – good value food and drink deals. Sports on the TV and loud at the weekends.
Mother’s Ruin Gin Factory Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernall Street, E17 9HQ. A tiny cocktail bar selling award-winning fruit liqueurs so local that they are produced onsite in an old WW1 munitions factory building! Open at the weekend. Pop-up food from Sham’s Kitchen.
The Queen’s Arms, 42 Orford Road, E17 9NJ. Refurbished old E17 boozer – now it’s a bar, dining room and beer garden. Frequently changing menu.
Turtle Bay The Scene, Cleveland Place, 269 High Street, E17 7FD. Loud and fun holiday atmosphere every night in this Caribbean bar and restaurant. 2 for 1 Cocktail happy hours. “Rum… Reggae… Jerk”
The Village 31 Orford Road, E17 9NL. Large beer garden, quiz and poker nights and real ales on tap.
Wild Card Brewery Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernall Street, E17 9HQ. Another bar in the industrial estate, also home to Europe’s largest collection of neon lighting at God’s Own Junkyard. This is a fantastic local micro brewery with a bar serving a range of bottled and cask beer from Wild Card Brewery & other London breweries at very reasonable prices. Delicious street food often available outside.
Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street, E17 4SA. CAMRA (Real Ale) award-winning local – reliable WiFi, range of ever-changing real ales, regular live music, comedy nights and theatre programme. Food from Peppe’s Pizza during the week, and the landlord’s great value Sunday lunch.