Plaistow Station opened on the Metropolitan District Line in June 1902. The station itself had first opened back in 1858 for mainline rail services. British Rail services through here to Southend were withdrawn back in 1962 and today it is served by the District and Hammersmith and City Lines
Plaistow is a rather pleasant station that seems to have survived the changing architectural fads of London Underground relatively unscathed. The platforms retain the traditional canopies similar to those seen on other sub surface lines. The ticket hall itself is also of merit, with its old wooden roof supported by beams in a grid formation. It looked like it had just been painted on our visit, so everything was looking rather smart.
The Pub: The Britannia, 2 Plaistow Grove, E15 3ER
After the longer than usual walk for a pub at West Ham, we were glad The Britannia was somewhat closer to the station this time around. To reach it, head north along Plaistow Road, until you reach Plaistow Grove where the pub is located.
From the outside, it looks like a small, traditional locals pub with its tiled exterior. And indeed, that’s exactly what it is. In many respects, you could imagine going to this pub 30 years ago and it being much the same. It’s got that typical pub carpet, as you’ll see from the photos, as well as net curtains. There is also a pool table as well as several TVs.
I don’t think any of the above is necessarily a bad thing, and it was certainly doing a decent trade when we visited. Sadly again there was no ale, so we went for Grolsch this time. It certainly seems to be an Irish pub, given all the flags hanging around the place. Horse racing also seems to be the flavour of the day, with At the Races on two of the TVs. There was also a figurine of John McCirrick, controversial racing tipster, behind the bar.
As pubs go, there is nothing wrong with The Britannia. It won’t set the world alight but if you’re after a pint (of lager!), you’ll be ok. I think I somewhat dropped the ball on this one, there is apparently a far more interesting pub also near Plaistow called the Black Lion. It’s in the CAMRA good beer guide and was an old favourite of Bobby Moore’s, as the stories go.
Oh well, as I have said recently – I’m doing 270 stations, I can’t get it right everytime!
(This pub has no website)