More East London fun, though more strictly the ancient county of Essex, and I know how seriously my readers take their historic counties.
On the southern edge of Epping Forest, but within spitting distance (don’t spit) of the dying trail of the M11, lies Woodford, famous as the birthplace of Derek B, the third (3rd) ever rapper to appear on Top of the Ops.
Don’t blame me, I just nick this stuff from Wiki.
It’s a short hop from Grange Hill tube. I was probably the only person at Cottenham Village College who didn’t get the appeal of Grange Hill and the flying sausage in the late ’70s, and anyway the fictional school was set in North London. But I know how to use clickbait.
That is the green in Woodford Bridge, home to a second Chigwellesque new tick in GBG22. The Crown & Crooked Billet is a very Epping Forest pub name (see also : Old Maypole, New Fairlop Oak, La Sala).
It’s Sunday, it’s February, it’s Rugby Union Six Nations on the telly time. But that’s not why it’s backed, it’s just Essex/East London folk going back to the pub as if Covid never happened.
So, how does a smart village pub offering Pride, Doom Bar and Black Sheep get in the Guide ?
“Are you a CAMRA ? Have you got your card ?“
I don’t generally claim discounts, but after the week CAMRA have had in the media I felt compelled to show my allegiance by flashing my gold card to get 50p and save cask.
Yes, the Pride was drinking well; cool, rich and with a perfect head (NBSS 3.5).
But Table 12 was the hottest table in town, and I drank up and gave the table to a couple of hoverers. I’m all heart.