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Chesham Arms, Homerton

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Wonderful pub just away from the main road so has a secluded air. It was saved due to a tough campaign among locals and now benefits from a community feel with many beers available and friendly atmosphere. A nice touch is they have a selection of local take-away menus to order from so you can bring food in of your choice. Highly recommended.
Richard_ReadingFC - 2 Dec 2016 14:44
Excellent pub - just voted Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood (SPBW) London Pub of the Year. Genuine free house with nice range of very well kept beers. Tucked away in a back street off Homerton High Street but well worth seeking out.
ed.spbw - 3 Nov 2016 21:42
Great to see this pub saved from the developers ;-)

Nice location....Beer is good....Garden is lovely....Let down by its interior. Very dark (purple) walls making a small pub feel even smaller. Furniture/fittings - a mismash of styles. Could have been much nicer inside.
Disley - 3 Jul 2015 00:36
Good news - after being shut for 2 years, pub is reopening next month

Apparently, the landlord has a 15 year lease
trev_e11 - 26 May 2015 14:36
Now a boarded-off building site. I can only speculate on what the future holds but of 3/11/2012 you surely can't get a drink here.
rabdes - 3 Nov 2012 22:20
My girlfriend's just moved to the area, so we went for a wander to find her a local. We had a quick drink in here to test it out.

Plasma screens showing football. It wasn't Premier League, but flags and photos suggest this is an Arsenal-leaning pub. Clientele and barman seemed nice. Middle-aged men playing pool; younger crowd of men and women came in as we were there. Other than that quiet for a Sunday.

There was only one ale on, so we both had that. I forget the name, but it tasted good.

I won't rate this pub yet, but it's definitely worth another visit.
badbeard - 29 Aug 2011 11:53
I had high hopes for this place. I do like backstreet locals and I liked the exterior and the interior. Staff were fine, but the beer 'Reservoir Dogs' was not great. And there were no nice alternatives to the standard smiths/strongbow/fosters. I suspect if I went back at a busier time and got a better pint I would give it 9 but just a 6 for this visit.
dry_riser_inlet - 13 Apr 2011 14:20
Paid my second ever visit to this pub last night. They had two real ales on Cottage Reservoir Dogs and Nethergate Sheep's Eye, both were well kept. They have a decent food menu and the food we tried was good. The service was really good and freindly. This place hasd a really nice atmosphere. It's obviously a locals pub but 'visitors' are clearly more than welcome. If I lived in Hackney I'd be happy to make this place my local.
Alfnoax - 8 Jul 2010 09:47
Went here for drinks and dinner one evening and I loved the old boozer atmosphere, good beer and good food (although the fillet steak - for about £8 - nice though it was, wasn't a fillet!). But came here again as part of a 15-pub pub crawl at about 1pm on a Saturday and found it all closed up. What's going on?
Greshon - 25 Nov 2009 14:34
This is a decent enough pub with friendly bar staff and harmless regulars. The Adnams was off, but Nethergate IPA and Friggin in the Riggin were available alongside a selection of standard draughts. The pub shows Sky Sports and there is a plasma screen in the main bar area and another in the pool table area to the left. There is a small decked balcony area out the back with stairs leading down to a good beer garden that backs onto the railway line.

I was starving when I walked in so I ordered a chicken roast dinner which took an hour to arrive. I think that the barman had forgotten to take the order upstairs as some people sat by me had their roasts within ten minutes of ordering and when I mentioned that I was still waiting my food arrived very promptly. I wasn’t really bothered though as I was watching the football and the roast was well worth the £6.95 that I had to pay for it.

I wouldn’t put this pub up there with the greatest pubs in England, but it is a good back street boozer and I would be very happy indeed if this was my local.
Strongers - 22 May 2009 10:41
This looks like another place in the area that isn't open during the day. It least it wasn't on the thursday afternoon on both times I tried.
buzzard1 - 9 May 2009 12:21
Very nice back street pub. Freindly barman, decent locals and the three real ales on were very good. Didn't try the food, but the menu looked good and the smells from the kitchen were very tempting.
Alfnoax - 16 Jan 2009 10:35
Not wanting to denigrate Quinno's merry review, but saying it looked like it was last decorated circa 1974 might give people the idea that they're going to a fantastic retro time-warp, like the Pride of Spitalfields.

But no, it certainly has a gantry, but the leather couches, red carpet (pattern circa 1999) and yellow wallpaper (circa 2002) are all in the traditional mould, but in no way 1970s.

The last 70s looking vestige - an odd slidey coin game - went when the new owners took over.

Planner_21 - 16 Jul 2008 17:04
Quite a surprising find. A decent range of ale in good nick, served in a place that was last decorated when Huggy Bear was on the TV circa 1974.

Weirdly enjoyable, especially on a winters evening.

Sadly my review can't be much more detailed as I was already a bit merry by the time we visited :o0

Give it a try, I think you'll like it. I'm going back.
Quinno - 25 Jun 2008 12:11
Proper back-street pub with a good mix of locals. Very good beer selection and the best pub garden in Hackney. Not one for a lively Saturday night, more of a relaxed afternoon kind of place.
Planner_21 - 17 Jun 2008 15:51
I was really excited when i discovered this pub and thought it could become a local, but after trying it a few times it feels too much like my grandma's living room. It's really warm, which is good,and has a really good pool table (one of the best I've played on) and when it's the quiz on Tuesdays you get free food which is chips and little cheese sandwiches which is really nice. And the people running it are lovely but it just has an air about it that nothing suprising or exciting is going to happen, and it makes me feel the same way as the theme tune to last of the summer wine on Sunday evenings, a bit depressed. It has Becks though.
isa953 - 1 Jun 2008 21:53
Excellent little pub on a quiet back street between Homerton and Hackney. Three real ales on. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Just the sort of place you'd be happy to have as your 'local'.
rpadam - 8 May 2008 20:23
Very friendly pub with a great selection of guest ales.
Ginger_Beard - 21 Apr 2007 18:04
Very quiet pub, with lots of guest beers and pool table. They should turn the telly off though. Even so it is a great pub if you want to chat!

kpflude - 24 Feb 2007 14:31
Lovely local pub. While there a local (I think) was walking round offering roast potatoes to everyone. Shame I live on the other side of London.

anonymous - 20 Feb 2006 17:05
Very nice local pub. Worth a visit.
edwardx - 26 Sep 2005 12:34
Nice pub serving lots of Nethergate Beer. Friendly atmosphere and a decent but small pool table. They could do with turning the cable music channels off but apart from that I cannot fault it. Beer is kept well and the pub is Hackneys hidden gem only opening after 16:30 on weekdays. Sunday lunch is excellent too!
Bola - 10 Sep 2005 01:53
If you're after a quiet drink, this is the place for it - there is never anyone in there, bar the staff, two yappy dogs and three locals! (How they stay in business is anyone's guess.) But it's friendly, cheap and they have Magic TV on in the background so you can sing a long to La Isla Bonita.
invisible - 12 Apr 2005 11:58
a gem of a pub, hidden away just off homerton high street, behind sutton house. good selection of beer, great friendly staff and locals...
marty21 - 5 Dec 2004 22:53

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