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Address: 145, High St, Walthamstow, London, E17 7BX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2207) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Walthamstow Central (0.3 miles), Black Horse Road (0.8 miles), Blackhorse Road (0.8 miles)

Nearest train stations Walthamstow Central (0.3 miles), Walthamstow Queens Road (0.3 miles), St James Street (0.4 miles)

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Busy pub on Walthamstow High Street. It's slightly on the upmarket side. Sunday lunches were being served on my mid-afternoon visit. Some were watching the League Cup football final. Ales are from London breweries - Southwark Amber Ale & Routemaster, Enefeld London Porter & Truman's Blindside. Not a bad choice in Walthamstow. But, there are better pubs in the area.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Mar 2019 20:08
Pub looks the part for E17. Shabby chic interior but shitty opening hours. Great beer selection, although can be pricey. Ale served in a tankard which is always good. Almost always warm which is good depending on your view. Food looks great on the menu but in reality is average. Had the burger (messy) and the fish n chips (nothing to write home about). Music is great if you like noisy alternative (think Pixies). Clean, good toilets, spacious. Be prepared to overhear wanky hipster conversations if alone, otherwise enjoy local brewed beer (Hackney Brewery). Guest ales from £3.80.
ghostnote - 20 Oct 2016 20:54
Although they no longer own it, it still has the standard Antic "shabby-chic" decor (even seems to have the same bar staff).

Has a good range of beers, but a bit expensive (£3.80 a pint), which seems to have deterred a lot of the locals (customers seem to be the "trendies")

Not a bad pub, but if I was to criticise anything, it would be the gloomy interior, which seems to be the standard in a lot of pubs lately
trev_e11 - 5 Dec 2013 09:00
This pub and it's typical clientele feels very out of place on the market, nice ale (Jaipur!) but pretentious decor, i.e. vintage telephones and handbags superglued to the walls at random intervals. We went the night after they opened and got served a bottled beer that was several months out of date! Which I assume means they deliberately bought gone off beer? I'm sure they'll do very well though, they seem constantly busy.
Pintsizedwife - 9 Jun 2013 21:12
Excellent beer, and strong variety. An exceptionally good wheat beer from the London Fields Brewery; cask ale Beavertown(?) Jaipur IPA? The staff, I found to be VERY helpful, efficient and not tediously over-familiar.

Decor is dark mixture of brownish-black treacle and equally dull sea-green coloured paints that adds needless decades to a newly renovated pub; a setting that contrasts with those inhabiting it; wealthy 40 year-olds, trying to strip themselves of their decades, wearing expensive glasses, clothing and footwear. The Chequers poor decor appears to be the work of those with whom it is now frequented; the affluent, South-West London artist - from whom all measure of suffering has been kept. Looking to recreate the dilapidation of an old East End public house for other middle-class people of no financial constraint, the Chequers clientele is entirely educated and well-dressed, and presumably secretly thankful for the complete absence of the poor, working-class Walthamstow resident, whose house their parents bought up 12 months earlier. Like the Private Eye cartoon 'It's Grim Up North London' (with only 'north' substituted for 'east') "Oh, eating sea bream whilst watching all the tradesman outside, it's like being back in Marrkech!"

The Chequers' customers' well-to-do and generally superficial presentation of their whole character through their clothing, means that one fears not unprovoked violent attacks from strangers, since those at whom you 'stare' are pleased to have their jumper or haircut looked at continually by the lesser-presented you. Twenty-something boys, frightfully handsome and coy, show off dark beards, whilst their pallid and plain looking girlfriend thumbs dispassionately at a phone.

Now, the real question is whether it is better than the reopened Bell. For beer, the Chequers; for decor, the Bell; for clientele, both are good; for food, I hear the Chequers. I'd strongly recommend both. 9/10.
DarlesChickens - 31 May 2013 23:18

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