Dagenham Heathway first opened on 12th September 1932, the same day as Upney. It was known simply as Heathway until 1949, when it gained its present name. Like the other two stations I’ve just visited, it was initially owned by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, only passing into London Transport’s hands in 1969.
Its very similar architecturally to both Becontree and Upney, the same rather generic 1930s ticket office and structures at platform level too. The walkway from the ticket hall to the platforms is nice enough I suppose.
The Pub: The Admiral Vernon, 141 Broad Street, RM10 9HP
The Admiral Vernon is a 10minute walk from the train station. Head south down Heathway until a left turning onto Broad Street. The pub is around 5minutes down this road.
The pub is split into two rooms which you cannot pass between internally, or at least you couldn’t on our visit. One room had pool tables in and was clearly the games room. The other had more seated so we placed ourselves in there. The pub has a pretty traditional interior with wood panelling throughout and is carpeted. There was an ale available on tap here – something of a rare bonus in most East London pubs I’ve visited – Doombar, so that kept me happy! It wasn’t massively busy on our visit but the place did have a welcoming vibe. It also has a Sky Sports licence and there were a few TVs dotted around.
While I said the Vernon is essentially pretty traditional, there was a modern touch in forms of the rather sleek modern bar stools which I thought were rather good. The pub also has regular live music nights, with bands playing most weekend evenings.
On balance, The Admiral Vernon is a solid pub. While there aren’t any features that really mark out from the crowd, it is still a decent enough place to grab a pint which puts it above some others in the outer zones!
(The pub has no website)