There's a Tavern in the Town: Pub Crawl in Leyton

Birkbeck Tavern

Birkbeck Tavern: Free house. About ten minutes from the ground, and especially convenient if you've come by tube, this is one of the best pubs in the area.

As you exit Leyton tube turn left away from the ground. Follow the path for 20 yards and there is a gap in the railings with steps leading down to the road below. At the bottom of the steps turn left and follow Station Road as it straightens up parallel with the tube line (behind a row of houses), and at the end of the road follow it to the right as it joins up with Langthorne Road. You should have a high brick wall on the left hand side, behind which is a graveyard.

The Birkbeck is on the left 200 yards down Langthorne Road and can be seen from a distance. Stocks three or more guest ales on handpull and the usual selection of lagers and bottles as well as an excellent selection of whisky. Food is confined to rolls and sandwiches. 45 Langthorne Road. (Arrowed on map below.)


King Harold: Closest pub to Leyton tube station, with a big screen and pool table. 116 High Road.


Coach and Horses: This is the closest pub to the ground, a one minute walk, and as such is the Orient 'local' packed out on match days. There's large screen TV, and children are allowed. Whilst there's no trouble with away fans you might try elsewhere if you want to get served inside half an hour. 391 High Road.



Three Blackbirds: Next to the Midland Road train station. A huge pub with two bars, three pool tables, jukebox, sports TV screen, arcade games, large garden and a playground. Attracts a youngish clientele. Food is cheap and plentiful, of the steaks, chips and burgers variety. The beer selection is average, no real ales. 640 High Road.


The Drum: The nearest JD Wetherspoon pub. You'll know what to expect, though as one of the smallest and oldest in the chain, having been purchased in 1986, it has a bit more individuality and character than some of their more recent offerings. And maybe some barstaff! 557-559 Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow.


Probably the easiest away trip we can make so if your making a late decision to go, read all about the ways and means of getting to Orient here: www.thelittlegazette.com/news/loadsngl.asp?cid=EDW4&id=424228

(Many thanks to those hardened drinkers at www.ciderspace.co.uk for their help with this article.)