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Mirth, Marvel & Maud, Walthamstow, E17

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186 Hoe Street
E17
E17 4QH
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Pub SignMan left this review about Mirth, Marvel & Maud

This is a terrific cinema conversion, brought back into the public domain by Antic after a period of closure and uncertainty as to the premises’ future. You enter into a small front lobby area with folding doors out to the busy main road, where a few tables and chairs have been set up for those seemingly unwilling to venture too far inside this huge venue. From here, you pass through into the main room with a quarry stone floor, high decorative ceiling and pillar lined walls with large arched mirrors between each pillar. The old ticketing booth remains in situ and has been converted into a spirits and cocktails bar, which I thought was quite a novel idea. Standard tables and chairs run down the left hand side, with sofas over to the right, but it remains a largely empty space, ideal for sizable groups of vertical drinkers. Two pinball machines and a table football game do little to fill out the space. To the rear, there are two staircases to the left and right leading up to another seating area and a central staircase between which leads you down to the bar. The bar area has a long counter down the rear wall and a nice dark wood bar back, but isn’t really an area you’d want to linger in and has virtually no seating in it as a result. Heading upstairs, you first reach a small landing area with a mix of high tables and stools and a few tables and chairs, all looking down over the balcony to the bulk of the main room. Continuing upstairs, you eventually reach a very impressive upper seating area with a stunning vaulted ceiling, walls painted in dark shades with the usual Antic bric-a-brac on display, loads of tables and chairs and more arched mirrors along the walls. The room here runs a long way to the left and is therefore deceptively large, being wider than the lower part of the pub. There is a stage to the right up here, used for live music, and a decent soundtrack was playing during my brief stay.
The pub has a good ale range even by Antic’s standards, with Crate Golden, ELB Foundation Bitter, Volden Session Ale, One Mile End Great Atom Mild and Clouded Minds Clout Stout available alongside the remaining unused pump. The Great Atom Mild was as great as the name suggests and the barmaid was very pleasant when serving me.
I really liked this one and felt I probably needed to come back at a busier time to fully appreciate the place, as a trickle of customers during my visit hardly imbued the place with any kind of atmosphere. Antic have created what must be their most impressive looking pub here and done the general public a great service by keeping this fine old building open, making this a must-do when visiting Walthamstow.

On 18th September 2018 - rating: 8
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Rex Rattus left this review about Mirth, Marvel & Maud

I'm glad to say that despite suggestions by previous reviewers of the potential temporary nature of this pub, it's still very much a going concern. Antic pubs sometimes have a tendency to come and go like a puff of smoke, but this one's survived so far. The bar counter is at the back on the ground floor, past the entrance kiosk, but the majority of seating seems to be upstairs on the large balcony which may well have originally been the cinema's bar. On the ground floor there is a table football machine, as well as a couple of pinball machines - one a vintage Williams tenpin bowling themed game.

I didn't note all the ales on, but suffice to say that there was a good range. We went for the Volden, the house beer, which is a good session ale. This pub still retains much of the opulence from its days as a cinema, and opulence is not a word usually associated with Antic pubs. This is a really comfortable and interesting pub. I recommend a visit for anyone looking for good beer in Walthamstow.

On 29th October 2017 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Mirth, Marvel & Maud

I found the bar staff and fellow drinkers on our visit to be most welcoming. There was a choice of five ales on handpull, so I went for the Volden Brewery Pale Ale, which had bags of flavour. The Mirth had an interesting novelty factor to this visit and the foyer was impressive. It's a wonder Spoons haven't snapped it up yet.

On 23rd February 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Pub SignMan
Walthamstow Central, 0.26 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Walthamstow Queens Road, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
St James Street (London), 0.76 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Mirth, Marvel & Maud, E17
18th Sep 2018, 18:52
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
29th Oct 2017, 17:13
Review submitted by Rex Rattus

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 07 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 07 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 30p per pint - last updated 04 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Darts : No last updated 07 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 18 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 07 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 07 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 18 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Micropub : No last updated 07 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Pool Table : No last updated 07 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 15 February 2016 by Bucking Fastard
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 2am
Monday4pm - 11pm
Tuesday4pm - 11pm
Wednesday4pm - 11pm
Thursday4pm - Midnight
Friday4pm - 11pm
Saturday12noon - 2am
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