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Address: 557-559 Lea Bridge Road, London, E10 7EQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2137) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube station Walthamstow Central (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations Leyton Midland Road (0.5 miles), Walthamstow Queens Road (0.6 miles), Walthamstow Central (0.7 miles)

Chain: Wetherspoons

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Monday was my second visit to the Drum. I believe it's one of the older Wetherspoons and the interior and exterior actually have a bit of character about them. Inside, walls and pillars create separate drinking areas to make for a more relaxing environment in which to imbibe for a while. I struggle with the soulless interiors of most branches of 'spoons. It was reasonably busy with a local crowd and had a decent range of beers - Jennings Lakeland Stunner, Ringwood Boondoggle, Sambrooks Wandle, Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best, Weltons Perstar Princess Coffee Porter & Golden Chilli, Growler Hound Dog & London Fields Love Not War. Westons ciders on offer were Marcle Hill & Wyld Wood. An above average Wetherspoons.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Apr 2013 20:55
Came in around 5.30pm on a week night and the place was filling up nicely.

Choice of 8 ales on tap and the 2 I had both from local breweries were very good.

Old style spoons which are better than the newer ones, nice attentive bar staff, friendly locals and all in all a very pleasant pub for a few pints.

Good transport links and a place in the 2013 good beer guide are sure to draw more visitors to this place.

I will return
lezford - 20 Mar 2013 13:34
Great choice of ales served by nice bar staff in a very pleasant atmosphere , probaly the best spoon in east london and easy to see why it's in the good beer guide .
mr.toes.5_ - 28 Oct 2012 12:08
I rather think the previous commentator has just about got the essence of this pub, without going into unnecessary detail.

It is interesting to hear it is one of the earliest regular Wetherspoon outlets, although that fits exactly with the kind of decor and layout found within - it does have a surfeit of cheap pine, orderly alcoves with glass panes, flowery carpets and is patently far less grandiose than some of the later offerings procured after Mr Martin made his multi-millions, which is indicative of first-phase JDW design in the 1980s/'90s. I am somewhat amazed that it doesn't appear to have undergone any significant revamping in 25 years. But it's none the worse for that; the interior is both comfortable and neutral in its feel, and it matches the pleasant Victorian corner local exterior which apparently maintains its link with its former identity.

Ale-wise, one had a goodly sum of cask beers to work through, although the total of around 10 might have been inflated by the recent outgoing JDW 'international' beer festival. What we sampled was well-kept, though this being after a visit to the nearby King William IV's Brodie's Bunny Bash where the brewer was offering some 40 options on pump, I can't vouch for the state of my palate. Amazingly though I do recall that Arundel New Horizons was my first drink in here. And I seem to recall it was similar to how it'd tasted last time - at another Wetherspoon's, during their festival!

Food-wise I can't comment substantively, though one always knows what to expect (and what not to) with JD grub. Service was efficient enough and quite friendly. Toilets I think were in reasonable nick, which isn't something one can take for granted.

All in all, not a destination pub; more one of convenience, if in the area and have had enough of the more earthy and beery charms of the King Willy. But not bad.
TWG - 10 Apr 2012 16:16
Opened in 1986, this is one of the oldest Wetherspoons, and is - like most of the early Wetherspoons - simply a revamped pub rather than a converted bank or cinema. The pub feel is welcome, though, despite the small size, it is still recognisably a Wetherspoon with plenty of cheap pine and standard issue trimmings. The name comes from a reference to the drums that hung from the ceiling of the original pub. It's an OK place, but fairly standard.
SilkTork - 18 Jan 2012 17:55

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