ocated at the Walthamstow end of High Road Leyton, close to the Bakers Arms crossroads, the William The Fourth pub couldn’t be further away from my house and still be in Leyton, so it’s never been a regular hangout (I prefer my pubs a short stagger away). But its flower-and-foliage bedecked frontage was always a welcome sight that meant I was nearly home after a trip out of the city.
Inside, the pub was unashamedly old school: think carpeted floors, paintings and etched mirrors covering every inch of wall space, and all manner of things hanging from the ceiling. It was much loved for its friendly community vibe and selection of brilliantly-priced Brodie’s beers that were brewed in the on-site micro-brewery, the ultimate in hyper-local craft beer.
It was announced recently that the pub had been bought by the Rose Pubs group. Thomas Barr, marketing big cheese for the group, told us that the aim is for the pub to reopen in mid-May.
“It’s a beautiful building with so much potential,” he says. “We’ve taken time to listen to customers who are keen for the pub to retain its authenticity, so we look forward to providing them with the real deal.”
Details about the food, drink and entertainment offering are being kept under wraps for now. The Rose Pub group also owns The Chequers in Walthamstow, the Adam & Eve in Homerton and the Three Crowns in Stoke Newington – all decent pubs – so it’s likely we can expect a wide range of local and American craft beers, an emphasis on sport and music (Justin Robertson is playing The Adam & Eve this bank holiday weekend) and a strong food offering (Rockadollar just took over the kitchen at The Chequers and all three pubs offer great food deals through the week).
Oh and for those that are #meatfree, Thomas assured us that vegetarians and vegans will be catered for. Hurrah!
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