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What a crying shame. Moved away from the area some years ago, but this was one of my favourite places for a proper pint and occasional entertainment. What a busy place it used to be it should have been capable of staying in business. The drinkers in the area have probably dwindled owing to oldies dying out religious issues with incomers.
bjones6 - 14 Oct 2014 17:37
Ishould add that this Pub should have a plaque to record the History that many of the groups that made it World wide played there
Ricky1 - 7 Jun 2014 23:47
This Pub in the sixties had well know groups playing there like Chris Farlow,The Who,Long John Baldrey, The Downliner Set .Zoot Money and many more.The Landlord at the time was a guy called Walley.
Every tuesday the bands that made the sixties music scene would play with people all over London attending
Ricky1 - 7 Jun 2014 23:41
Still closed. The white busts on the outside of the building are still there though.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Sep 2013 18:49
Very sad to hear this has closed, it was our local when we lived in south Ilford, the best pub for miles around.
egdug - 8 Apr 2011 15:22
Sorry to hear it has closed.Have fond memories of it in the sixtees.Never an over busy pub,but had a regular local following.

I agree with jockthenoo,the clientele just is not there anymore.

oldandmild - 1 Feb 2010 03:01
After 37 years of drinking Young's Special in this great pub its closure almost makes me want to become teetotal. Congratulations Wells and Young's.
CADS - 12 Oct 2009 14:39
Another good pub bites the dust. I fear that more and more of these old establishments will disappear due to government policies and more significantly the potential clientele (or lack of) in the pubs locale. God bless "The Brittania" and all who drunk in her!
jockthenoo - 11 Oct 2009 07:50
Sad to see this fine pub closing. Went there first in 1976, taken by a good friend who wanted me to try Young's bitter. The first taste made me wince but after that I got the hang of it, and stayed all evening and consumed several more. Part of my early drinking history.
metrology_man - 1 Oct 2009 08:12
Loved the pub. A real gem. If you want to visit go very soon as it will close mid October 2009 for good! OUCH!!
dominicbond - 30 Sep 2009 23:49
Excellent old-fashioned proper run Young's house (Young's bitter always
in good nick -no pride though BarkingHammer!) Enjoyable, friendly
quiz night once a month on a Thursday night.
stewie95 - 28 Jul 2009 18:48
in my opinion, this is one of the best pubs in England. Rita, the landlady is a proper cockney diamond with a heart of gold. They serve a mixture of lager and bitter, amongst them carlsberg, fosters, pride and guiness. Good social atmosphere mainly on weekends. triffic food served all week round and not too far from the station. 10 outa 10
barkinghammer - 24 Mar 2009 11:02
Best pub in Barking and the Youngs beer is excellent place is clean and tidy and food is good forget the rest.
hogshead - 7 Mar 2008 19:41
Visited this pub on many occasions over the years. Great Youngs beers. Family run, friendly staff. Its a shame that the locals are not drinkers! otherwise this little gem would be a lot busier. Best in Barking!
jockthenoo - 12 Feb 2007 16:54
Owing to the merger (takeover?) of Youngs and/by Wells, Wells beers are now served here. I think this is the best pub in Barking
colinnewman - 29 Dec 2006 20:53
Haven't been for a while as no longer live in the area, but a wonderful haven - friendly, clean, usually lots of seats, good Youngs beer.
egdug - 22 Sep 2006 16:43
This is a most excellent pub and the beer is always good. Comfortable old style back street pub with three bars!! The licensee has been nhere for a long time and allows no anti-social individuals. Expect good food and good service here, it is a family pub with a great reputation. It certainly deserves the CAMRA Pub of the Year certificates. Rita and John deserve a pat on the back for their hard work
Beerbunter - 7 Sep 2005 16:44
Excellent beer and regularly wins CAMRA pub of the year for the area. haven't seen it crowded for years, but well worth a visit.
BusterGut - 13 May 2005 11:35
Well worth the five minute walk from the town centre.
BinBagBob - 22 Feb 2005 15:12
A Young's house, with loyal regulars, many of whom would pass several other Barking pubs to come to this one. It's a pity in a way that it's a little outside the town centre and off the main road.
Colin - 10 Jun 2004 12:05

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