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The Nags Head, Walthamstow, E17

9 Orford Road
E17
E17 9LP
Phone: 02085209709
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Nags Head

This is a lovely looking old pub in the pleasant Walthamstow Village area, notable on approach for its impressive green tiled facade. Two entrances lead through into the same U-shaped, knocked through room. The left hand side has a surprisingly dark seating area, which has been carpeted and offers plenty of standard tables and chairs under plain walls decorated with the occasional portrait. There is a nice brick fireplace to one side and a sofa along the rear wall, which help make this feel like quite a cosy, homely space. More sofas can be found under the front windows, where a book swap scheme has been set-up on the window sills. These sofas stand opposite the bar, which forms a long U-shape with its tongue and groove panelled counter, chunky canopy and mirrored bar back. Over to the right, there is a much smaller area with a few more tables and chairs, some more portraits on the walls and a few drinking ledges here and there. Tributes to both David Bowie and Eric Bristow had been created and put on display, although whether either of them have a connection to the pub, I cannot say. There is a good sized front garden from which to admire the pub’s fine exterior and a rear garden with lots of additional seating. Live music was being promoted and there was a pretty good soundtrack playing throughout the duration of my visit. Food seemed to be reasonably priced and included some burger options from a pop-up outlet that had temporarily set up in the pub. A friendly pub cat was busy doing the rounds and came and sat at my table on the chair opposite me.
The bar supports five handpulls, four of which were in operation on this occasion, offering a selection of Cameron’s Whakanui, Purity Ubu, Taylor Landlord and Adnams Fat Sprat. I had a pint of the latter which was in excellent condition and I really enjoyed sitting in one of the seats to the front of the pub and indulging in a bit of people watching.
This is a really nice pub that I’m a bit surprised I walked straight past the last time I was in Walthamstow. It is a comfortable place to settle down in over a few pints of well kept beer and offers plenty of distractions without these impairing the over ambiance of the place. It would be nice to be able to call this place your local and I’m sure I’ll check it out again the next time I’m in the area.

On 18th September 2018 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Nags Head

An eccentric landlady runs the Nags Head, which is evident from her personal stamp around the place. Next time I visit, I might bring our cat and with a little encouragement am sure I'd get a free pint. There were 8 pumps in operation on our Monday afternoon mini crawl. I went for the Hogsback Farnham White which was ok. Note the pub doesn't open until 4pm mid week.

On 22nd February 2016 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Nags Head

ORIGINAL REVIEW Dec 2011
Very popular with locals who inhabit the surprisingly upmarket area of Walthamstow village,I found the interior rather twee with many sofas lining the walls ,pine furniture in the middle , unusual covers on the tables ,and boudoir lighting.It felt like someone's lounge not a pub interior .
A large notice saying "Tetley RIP" I initially took as a sign that the community were mourning the loss of the Leeds Brewery before discovering that Tetley was the (itinerant) pub cat and in whose memory a special brew had been produced.Apparently the ex cat had had a full funeral,reported extensively by the local rag.
It all felt as if I was encrouching on other peoples grief,and anyway the ale selection was rather uninspiring,despite a reasonale East London Brewery Foundation Bitter,so this was a brief stay.

UPDATE
A return visit on a crawl of the area found a much better real ale selection with ,among others,St Austell Tribute,Maldon Oscar Wilde Mild,two from Bishop Nick including their Hop Cross in very good nick.The barmaid ,who still doesnt look very happy, at least seems to have got over the loss of the pub cat.An upgrade from me,the interior looks less twee than on my last visit.

On 23rd March 2015 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Walthamstow Central, 0.43 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Wood Street, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Walthamstow Queens Road, 0.65 miles, 12 min walk (show)
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18th Sep 2018, 18:47
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31st Dec 2017, 11:17
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 14 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 14 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 14 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Darts : No last updated 18 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 11 April 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 14 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 14 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 14 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Pool Table : No last updated 14 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 18 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 18 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 14 September 2013 by Rex Rattus
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 10:30pm
Monday4pm - 11pm
Tuesday4pm - 11pm
Wednesday4pm - 11pm
Thursday4pm - 11pm
Friday4pm - 11pm
Saturday12noon - 11pm
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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