Leytonstone (Orient)

                              King William IV                                                                       Birkbeck Tavern                                                    Red Lion       


My recommendations for Leytonstone are the result of meeting up with a group of Orient supporters in Sheffield a short while ago, talking to a local brewer from Leytonstone, and supported by research by my good pal, Rob, many thanks.


To begin with I have to recommend the King William IV, 816 High Road, Leyton E10 6AE (020 8556 2460), the 'brewery tap' of Brodie’s Brewery, with 16 different real ales on sale.  Rob visited earlier this year and reported 12 various Brodie’s beers on sale, all at £1.99 a pint, and the other 4 pumps were used for ales from other independent brewers; there is usually a mild and real cider available.  The food here was reported to be the usual ‘pub grub’, but was of a good quality.  The landlord was very friendly, though most of the ‘pre-match’ clientele were away fans, with a number of regulars, and only a handful of Orient fans.  Perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise, though, as the pub is over a mile from the ground, but buses run from outside every couple of minutes.  En suite accommodation is also available at the King William IV for those travelling; 3 of Rob’s fellow fans who had travelled from Norway stayed there for the weekend.


Nearby is the Red Lion, 640 High Road, E11 3AA (020 8988 2929), one of the Antic pub collective houses, a more recent addition to the provision of real ale in London, and worth a visit, as they are reported to be selling a good range of beers, including from their own, soon to be opened/opened brewery in Camberwell.  I would be very grateful for any further information about Antic’s pubs and brewery, many thanks.


Nearer to the Orient ground, and tucked away in a street behind Leyton tube station, is the CAMRA Good Beer Guide recommended Birkbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Road, E11 4HL (020 8539 2584).  The Birkbeck also welcomes away fans, with friendly and efficient bar staff who provide an excellent service, even when this little ‘gem’ is packed.  There are up to 3 guest ales, usually from micro-breweries, in addition to the house beer ‘Rita’s Special’; I’d be very grateful for more information about Rita’s Special please.  This Victorian corner pub also has a garden that I have read is “one of the nicest pub gardens in London.”


The final bar that my Orient supporting friends advised of was the Leyton Orient Supporters Club Bar, where away supporters are welcome, though, for particular clubs the police may limit access. You would be charged £1 admission on match days, but free if visiting on other days.  They sell Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde, a pleasant dark mild, and guest ales, sometimes from the nearby Brodie’s.  The Supporters Club bar has been a CAMRA award winner.