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Address: 134 Station Road, Chingford, London, E4 6AN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 9032) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Chingford (0.1 miles), Highams Park (1.9 miles), Ponders End (2.2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.2/10 (rated by 18 users)
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The Station House is similar to most other pubs I have tried in Chingford, in that it lacks character. It has a good location, directly opposite the station and the ale selection is ok - Tiny Rebel Billabong, Banks`s Mild & Marstons Pedigree were on yesterday. There was also a real cider - Westons Family Reserve. I was the only customer yesterday lunchtime. The staff outnumbered me somewhat. There are numerous promotions for cheap drinks and adverts for live football on the walls. A Premier League match was about to be shown. CAMRA members can get discounts off certain ales. Still to find a decent pub in Chingford.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Sep 2013 18:36
Still keeping up good standards. Particularly appreciate the fact they keep the disabled toilet for use by disabled people: anyone else trying to use it gets banned.

This is a good contrast to other Chingford pubs, and in particular The Kings Ford and The Obelisk, in both of which disabled people have to wait for cokeheads and lazy bastards who can't be arsed to walk upstairs to use the facilities first.
Martinl - 23 Dec 2012 15:48
Credit where credit's due..following on from my earlier review last year, this pub has now completely up'd its game, it has vastly improved, bar staff efficient and friendly, pub clean, food good and competitively priced, we now have a good solid local pub which I can recommend to anyone....quite a change from my first review..but to be fair they have turned it round.
experiencedpubdrinker - 24 Mar 2011 14:14
This pub is called 'The Station House', not The Thomas Willingale anymore. It is positioned accross the road from the station in North Chingford, this part of chingford is generally upmarket with quality restaurants, the forest and golf course being nearby...but I'm afraid for me this pub lets it down. It's bland, unimaginative and lacking in any style, whilst the service is friendly..I could do without the use of the 'F' word from the barmaid in every other sentence! In the early evening hundreds of city workers come pouring out of the station over the road..but they don't come in here and I'm not surprised..what a missed oportunity for the owners of this pub! If it gets any worse I will be worried it will adversely affect local house prices!
experiencedpubdrinker - 17 May 2010 23:10
Somewhat belatedly, I'd like to echo Bottlebag's comments. This place has come on in leaps and bounds since it changed the name to The Station House a couple of years ago. The fact that a change of clientele was needed along with the change of name is reflected in a dress code which is displayed prominently in the bar in an attempt to shed the chavs and the reputation the Thomas Willingale had.

What's now available, during the day at least, is a quiet and spacious place in which to enjoy a relaxed drink from a good range together with a decent food menu - well cooked, but at prices not much higher than those charged by others in the area for simply microwaving poor quality ready meals. The pub is wheelchair accessible via the side door and there is an accessible WC with a RADAR lock. Again in contrast to certain other Chingford pubs, the disabled WC is kept locked for use only by those who need it, rather than being used by lazy and unhygenic slobs who can't be bothered to walk upstairs.

Don't be put off by the fact that this was among the three pubs raided and temporarily closed by police last month. In all probability this was done on the pub's old reputation. In any event, it's now open again.
Martinl - 30 Aug 2009 17:28

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