The pub, out near Wanstead Flats on Cann Hall Rd, was built in 1896 and, before its closure in 2013, had quite a local reputation for hosting live music, most notably weekly gigs by the East Side Jazz Club.For readers unaware of who Antic are, the pub group started out at the helm of the Dogstar in Brixton before tearing across south and east London snapping up boozers from Peckham to Clapton. They’ve already got two in the neighbourhood – you’ll be more than familiar, of course, with community stalwarts the Red Lion and Leyton Technical.
However, despite their Twitter announcement last week, saying the building will be “nurtured to former glory”, closer questioning reveals they haven’t quite bought the gaff yet. “We’re hoping to complete purchase around April,” says PR rep Loredana Campisi, “and then we’ll be looking forward to submitting final plans and progressing then”.
Fair enough. But don’t expect the unveiling in the near future. “This one’s going to take time – but rest assured we’ll take care of it,” they say.