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The Chesham Arms, Homerton, E9

15 Mehetabel Road
E9 6DU
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Chesham Arms

A really nice locals' pub, saved from the developers as detailed below. Inside is now one large tastefully-furnished room with a central bar - further details also still much as well-described below. Still a nice selection of beers in top class condition, when visited including Bristol Beer Factory Milk Stout and Bow Street, Thornbridge Jaipur, Harbour Cornish Bitter and a draught cider. One of those pubs where you automatically feel welcomed and comfortable and definitely worth a visit.

On 8th December 2018 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Chesham Arms

Despite being just a short walk from Hackney station, this pub somehow manages to find itself in a very peaceful backstreet location, giving it very much a local's pub feel. The place was closed down in 2012 by its property developer owner, but after a high profile campaign running for the best part of three years, the local community have managed, with the help of Hackney Council and CAMRA, to get it reopened and focused on providing good quality beer. You enter into the mid-section of the pub - a bare boarded space with the bar directly opposite the front door. The servery has a modern counter and pleasant traditional bar back topped with an old radio and some Charles and Diana wedding memorabilia. This space is set aside for standing room only, but there is a good deal of chair and low stool seating over to the right next to a nice brick fireplace with a small stove inside and the rare sight of a Branston Pickle mirror to one side. Further back the wall has been painted red and decorated with a fish-eye mirror, before more bare brick emerges to the rear around a second fireplace. An upright piano stacked with board games can be found back here and the eye is diverted by potted plants, a few small pictures, some breweriana and a stained glass Blue Nun sign. The left hand side of the room offers more of the same seating options under similarly decorated walls and fireplaces, with some nice paintings hung above each. Old Penguin books fill a high shelf around the bar area and a door leads out to a nice, bright garden with plenty of flowers livening it up.
The pub's commitment to providing a good range of well kept beer has seen it scoop awards from CAMRA and the Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood. Cask options on this visit amounted to Oakham Oblivion, Five Points XPA, Saltaire Triple Chocoholic and 360 Degrees Best with one real cider option. The Triple Chocoholic is one that I rarely turn down the opportunity to sample and I was pleased to find my half was immaculately presented and one of the best beers I enjoyed on a crawl full of good beer. Keg options seemed to steer clear of mainstream brands, favouring higher quality beers from the continent and the odd local brew.
This is a quality establishment where good beer and comfortable surrounds go hand in hand to create a very pleasant environment in which to while away some time. New wet-led traditional pubs of this sort rarely appear in the capital, so drinkers should be embracing this place, a visit to which is made all the more sweeter with the knowledge that it represents a victory against the developers that have cost us so many pubs over the years.

On 3rd May 2017 - rating: 8
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E TA left this review about The Chesham Arms

A fantastic back street pub well described below by MM and BF, the U-shape deriving from its originally being 2 rooms knocked into one. I found the interior a little surreal, like something Lewis Carol might have written into existence, but the beer (which did seem to cry “Drink Me”) was excellent. The wood burner has a pile of logs, but also 2 fire extinguishers next to it, which was a bit bizarre. Ales on were as listed by MM/BF; I had a pint of the XPA which was in excellent condition, very well received. A Classic Case of a pub rescued from closure by its community, I should be delighted to come back sooner rather than later.

On 6th April 2017 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Hackney Central, 0.35 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Homerton, 0.45 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Hackney Downs, 0.64 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Chesham Arms, E9
9th Dec 2018, 17:47
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9th Dec 2018, 17:45
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 11 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 March 2017 by E TA
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 March 2017 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 July 2015 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 26 March 2017 by E TA
  • Car Park : No last updated 11 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 30 January 2017 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 11 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 03 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : No - Expected Sep 15. - last updated 12 July 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 03 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 03 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 03 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 March 2017 by E TA
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 29 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 July 2015 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 26 March 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 03 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
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