Saved via community petition from redevelopment into yet more luxury 'apartments', this East End boozer has been relaunched as a friendly local gastropub.
Stroll down a quiet back road in Hackney and you’ll be delighted to come across this handsome pub, its exterior like something on a postcard from the countryside, all light lilac frontage and classic lampposts. You can immediately see why the neighbourhood fought so hard to preserve the Chesham – the pub recently won its status as an Asset of Community Value after a fight that lasted years – and stepping inside just confirms things.
The interior has been tastefully renovated to look like your textbook Great British pub, but with design features that are strikingly London, from gold embossed ceiling panels to fisheye mirrors. Claret-coloured walls make it cosy as hell, with a fireplace for extra warmth and Scrabble for when you really want to make it a session. But summer is sure to be just as rewarding, with a pretty little beer garden out back.
Hungry punters can tuck into sausage rolls and pork pies or order in from nearby Yard Sale pizza. But mostly it’s the local drinks that interest customers, with an ever-changing range of six beers, two ales and one cider – as the barman told us, ‘You won’t find any Stella here.’ Sitting directly behind this attractive line-up is a framed poster declaring the pub to be ‘saved’, with signatures from all those involved in the two-year campaign. Too right this motley crew should take great pride in their old local and its new lease of life. Let’s hope they keep popping in and propping up the bar at this cracking community asset.
|Venue name:||Chesham Arms|
15 Mehetabel Road
|Opening hours:||Open Mon-Thurs 4.30pm-11pm; Fri noon-11pm; Sat-Sun noon-11pm.|
|Transport:||Hackney Central or Homerton Overground.|
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Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
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Great rebirth of this lovely characterful backstreet pub. Great conversation downing excellent choices of real ales.
I was delighted when it reopened as a pub instead of flats and it's always exceeded expectations: good selection of well-kept beer, welcoming atmosphere, great garden and pizza delivery is encouraged! It's a no brainer as my favourite local. And its a community asset. Everything to love about the Chesham.
Cosy all-seasons pub with a wonderfully rebuilt interior, fabulously intimate beer garden and ace beer selection.