Walthamstow Central

Heading to Walthamstow Central, I’m very much on the final leg of my very long journey! The Victoria Line station first opened here on 1st September 1968 as the first section of the line opened between here and Highbury and Islington.

There was an existing mainline rail station here previously called Hoe Street and renamed for the arrival of the tube. Architecturally, it’s a bit of a strange station as its above ground presence is somewhat subsumed into being an interchange between tube, rail and the bus station.  Like all stations on the Victoria Line, Walthamstow Central has its own distinct ’tile motif’ design – here is it an adaptation of a William Morris design , who was born in Walthamstow, by Julia Black. There is of course now the William Morris museum a short distance from the tube station.

The Pub: Ye Olde Rose and Crown, 55 Hoe Street, E17 4SA

It’s a simple journey from the pub to the station, just make sure you get onto Hoe Street and keep heading north until you hit The Rose and Crown after about eight minutes walk from the station.

It’s grand old pub with tall Victorian ceilings. It feels spacious as the seating is spread out about the place. The interior has alot of nice old features that have been preserved including cut glass windows, a nice old tiled mosaic reading ‘Rose and Crown’ on the floor and stained glass windows.

As luck would have it, we stumbled on The Rose and Crown at the conclusion of their beer festival – all the remaining ales were on sale for a mere £2.50 per pint! Those that were still available on the night we were there included Revisionist Red which I had and while only being 4.2% definitely had a kick to it. Plenty of others were on offering including Big Chief from the nearby Redemption Brewery as well as other offerings such as Quadrant Stout from the East London brewing company. Sadly the Harveys Best had all gone by the time of our visit.  The pub prides itself on its ale selection – the sheer collection of beermats on the walls illustrates just how many they’ve had here. Food is also available later in the week via Peppe’s Stonebaked Pizzas at the pubs frontage – sadly we dropped by on a Tuesday so missed out. They also Sunday Roasts too.

The pub has a Theatre upstairs with a regular programme of events.  Continuing on the creative theme, there is also a piano downstairs and the Rose and Crown often has live music, comedy and open mic nights. Talking of music, I was a big fan of some of the 80s tunes playing when we were here,  including ‘Just Like Paradise’ by David Lee Roth, Van Halen’s flamboyant frontman. There was also a quiz machine too but I think I’d sampled too many of the festival beers to give it a good go…

Given there was a beer festival and pints of ale were £2.50, it will probably come as no surprise I really enjoyed my visit to The Rose and Crown and found it very hard to leave! An excellent pub at the end of the Victoria Line.

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