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Denmark Arms, East Ham, E6

381 Barking Road
E6
E6 1LA
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Pub SignMan left this review about Denmark Arms

This is a very large and ornate street corner pub in the heart of East Ham, currently operated by the Antic pub group. Entering through the front door, you find yourself in a big, opened out space with exposed floorboards, extremely high arched windows and a nice lincrusta ceiling. Padded benches down the right-hand side have been formed into booths, with a couple more of them awkwardly plonked in the middle of the room and standard tables and chairs filling in any remaining gaps. The servery has a central position, having been built to serve separate rooms around it which have now been knocked through into one big space. The bar runs in a satisfying curved shape with dark wood panels on the front and a large stone pillar part-way along. The bar back is a great feature with some wonderful carved wooden details such as posts with small globes on the top and a few stained-glass panes with old books on top and a painting of a young Queen Elizabeth II above, although overall, the bar back appears to be incomplete, having presumably lost sections in the refit. The wall to the left has some lovely green glazed tilework with several floral motif inserts, whilst above the tiles there is a decorative carved stone frieze that runs around most of the pub above a polished stone dado. A small section of mosaic tile flooring has been retained in the narrow space alongside the bar and it’s tempting to try and picture how great all of this would have looked when the pub was in its heyday. Beyond the servery, there is another large open space, similar in size to the front part of the pub. More standard tables and chairs fill the space, there is a nice tiled fireplace on the back wall, a different carved stone frieze can be seen running around the room and the ceiling is very impressive too. The music of Prince was playing quietly in the background on my late mid-week evening visit and there were very few customers in, with the lone barmaid spending most of her time helping a drunk old boy book a taxi home.
I spotted three handpulls on the bar when I arrived, dispensing ELB Cowcatcher and Foundation Bitter with the final pump left unused. However, upon leaving, I spotted three more pumps on the rear part of the bar, although I didn’t go and check if these were double clipped or different beers. The Cowcatcher was a pleasant pint and arrived in good nick despite the lack of punters.
This is a pretty spectacular pub that has lost out from numerous refurbishments over the years, but still retains enough of its former character and grandeur to merit a visit. It’s not as shabbily presented as other Antic pubs and seems to know how to look after its beer, so I would imagine it is one of the best options for a pint or two in the local area.

On 3rd April 2020 - rating: 7
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Komakino . left this review about Denmark Arms

The features described by previous reviewers which see this pub included on the Camra Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors (namely the green tiling and cast iron pillars) remain, and the main Antic touches appears to be the flooring which shows some exposed concrete on places. The area before the bar is awash with tables and chairs which necessitated a bit of slaloming on my part to get to the bar. Volden Session and Redemption Hopspur were the two ales on, with the former £3.30 a pint and very good - I was asked "cash or card?" once poured. 50s muzak played in the background and this was busy with diners on my Sunday arvo visit - a large number of children saw the high ceiling echo their screams.

On 19th November 2018 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about Denmark Arms

bought by Antic Pubs

On 25th September 2018 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Woodgrange Park, 1.36 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Manor Park, 1.42 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Barking, 1.54 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Denmark Arms, E6
3rd Apr 2020, 17:35
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
4th Sep 2019, 13:24
Web Link submitted by Rex Rattus approved

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