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The Leytonstone Tavern, Leytonstone, E11

119 Harrow Road
E11 3PX
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Formerly a traditional working man’s boozer known as the Woodhouse Tavern it has had a chequered past in recent years and was shut and derelict for a while around 2012 and came perilously close to being pulled down and converted into flats. It got a stay of execution when it was purchased in 2015 by a property management team who restored and refurbished the original wood features and had ideas of making it a bar and events venue and opened it as the questionably titled Larj Lounge. This didn’t last long and it shut as quickly as it opened and it looked again like this 150 year old pub was going to be lost for good and turned into more flats or a supermarket.
Fortunately, it was purchased mid last year by the same team who own the nearby Duke up the A113 in Wanstead and has now been done up and reopened in December 2018 as a “pub and dining room” and has been renamed the Leytonstone Tavern.
As I was in the area to visit the Red Lion and the North Star, I thought I’d take a look and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised and suitably impressed.
Firstly, from what I could see the new owners have paid homage to the classic pub style and a lot of the original features including the exterior tiles, etched windows and the excellent wood panelling and superb fire place in what I assume was the original lounge bar all still remain.
With a lot of wood period tables and chairs, interestingly the former lounge is no longer the focal room, but what I am guessing was the public bar is now the main room you enter by modern glass doors and has been given the usual gastro pub makeover with stripped backed wooden floor, Farrell and Ball green wood panelling and white ceiling and beams colour scheme and again wooden tables throughout with some padded seating booths around the edges. I never visited in any of the former guises so do not know if the internal space was there already, or whether this room has been extended out to the side with the addition of a modern conservatory space.
The two rooms are now connected internally through a smallish opening next to the two bar sections, which have four groups of 4 shiny brass beer taps, two on each bar section, which sport large numbers and you have to look at the large chalk board above the bar to see what’s on them.
Alongside a couple of Lager and Guinness draft offerings there was an interesting collection of Craft beers in the form of Founders All Day IPA, Neckstamper Brewing Elbow Crooker, Sirencraft Enrich and Undercurrent Oatmeal Pale Ale and Hammerton Brewery Crunch Stout and one from Mad Squirrel alongside a couple of ciders from Hawkes.
Good friendly service levels and when I went for the Stout the barmaid was very quick to point out it was a Peanutbutter Milk Stout and almost insisted I went for a taster first to make sure I liked it. I did and as the main bar seemed to be more utilised for dining and I had spotted that there was a pull down screen in the wood panelled former Lounge back bar which was in operation for the football I took my pint of Peanut Butter stout through here to watch Barcelona toy with Man United for a while. And it was only when I had done this that I noticed the back bar had three ale pumps on it and that the ELB Foundation Bitter on the chalk board was a cask ale from the back bar.
You can say what you like about the continued gentrification of East London and the continued expansion of Craft Keg, but if this is what it takes for a fine former Victorian boozer like this one to stay functioning as a pub, then I am all for it.

On 15th April 2019 - rating: 7
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Leytonstone High Road, 0.45 miles, 8 min walk (show)
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