Snaresbrook is another east London Central Line stop that was first served by the Underground on 14th December 1947. Like some of its neighboughs, it first opened as a railway station on 22nd August 1856 on the Eastern Counties Railway line from Leyton to Loughton.
Again, the majority of the buildings date back to its period as a railway station and is very similar to other stops on this branch of the Central Line.
The Pub: The Cuckfield, 31 High Street, E11 2AA
The Cuckfield is very easy to find from the tube station, simply exit onto the High Street and then walk south down it for a few minutes and you’ll find the pub.
The Cuckfield is my first gastropub in a little while, complete with stripped back brickwork and atmospheric lighting. It’s divided into two rooms, the backroom feeling the more traditional of the two with its old fireplace and impressive curved ceiling. Hanging from it are rather unique decorations – I’m not sure whether to call them lights or not but they were being illuminated! Staying on the lighting theme, there were also good chandeliers in the main room.
On the beer front, there were familiar favourites available in the shape of Doombar and Ghost Ship, as well as Brain’s ‘Bread of Heaven’. The food menu is as you might expect, mainly pub classics with a gastro twist – ‘steak, pancetta and ale pie’ for example. Prices for most mains tended to be around £9.50-11.50. On Wednesdays its burger and a pint for £9. While I didn’t have anything to eat here, the majority of other people in the pub were there for food which is an endorsement in itself! It was pretty busy on our midweek evening visit so it seems like a popular local spot.
As well as the two main rooms, there is also a small greenhouse type area at the front of the pub. The Cuckfield also has a decent sized back garden as well as some outdoor seating outside the front. The pub’s website gallery shows a picture of a cat in the garden, sadly we didn’t spot it on our visit! There is a pub quiz on Tuesdays and wine club(not my area of expertise!) on Wednesdays.
The Cuckfield was a solid gastropub with enough unique elements, especially the distinctive lighting, to mark it out from some of the more generic offerings within the genre. Combined with a good ale selection, it is certainly worth a visit if you’re based out in East London.