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Address: 617, Forest Rd, Walthamstow, London, E17 4NE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 5464) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube station Walthamstow Central (0.5 miles)

Nearest train stations Walthamstow Central (0.6 miles), Wood Street (0.6 miles), Walthamstow Queens Road (0.8 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.5/10 (rated by 43 users)
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Walthamstow Trades Hall Club, Walthamstow (0.2 miles), Rose and Crown, Walthamstow (0.3 miles), Victoria, Walthamstow (0.3 miles), College Arms, Walthamstow (0.3 miles), Lord Brooke, Walthamstow (0.4 miles) - see more nearby pubs

 

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I was back in the Bell last night. Similar to the Olde Rose & Crown, the Bell was not as good as I remembered. Ales were St Austell Tribute, Long Man American Pale Ale, Fuzzy Duck Pheasant Plucker, Three Castles Gatehouse, Pig & Porter Dance First, Salopian Darwin's Origin, Titanic Lifeboat & Kent KGB. When I asked the barmaid what real ciders there were, she asked what a real cider was. Apparently they no longer stock them. My Dance First was ok. But I'm definitely downgrading my score for this place. Going downhill. But still a solid 7/10.
blue_scrumpy - 14 May 2018 19:20
There's some pretty good pubs in Walthamstow these days. This is definitely one of them and it was my favourite pub of the day. It's on the corner of a busy traffic junction. But the customer flow inside was equally busy, with a mixture of diners and drinkers. It's fairly spacious and had an outdoor area. Families are welcome. The ale selection was good - Sharps Doom Bar, Timothy Taylor Landlord, East London Cowcatcher, Black Edge Port Stout, Phoenix Arizona & Saltaire Elderflower Blonde. A couple of other ales had just gone off. I believe one was a Salopian. There were also 2 ciders from Thistly Cross - Whisky Cask & Elderflower. They didn't seem to be to everybody's liking. But I'm always partial to a Thistly Cross Cider. I had one of each and a stout as well. There is a good bottled selection too. CAMRA discounts are offered on ales, but strangely not on ciders. This was apparently because CAMRA is all about real ale. I did protest that they represent real cider too. But it fell on deaf ears! It's not too far to walk from here to the Olde Rose & Crown, which also looked like it was doing a roaring trade as I passed by it on the bus. Now you can do a really decent crawl in E17.
blue_scrumpy - 18 May 2015 19:05
It's been 6 months since I feist set foot in this pub and here it is 6 months later and the place is now my weekly hang-out. I come all the way from Ilford to have a couple of nice pints in a relaxed atmosphere and (sometimes) a cool DJ spinning some rather fine tunes

Love it
BeeBee69 - 7 Mar 2015 23:54
Popped in this afternoon after visiting the excellent Wm Morris Gallery. Son had the MoBro Burger for which £2 is donated to the Movember Prostate Cancer appeal. At £11.90 it was a bit pricey, but delicious nonetheless. He also had an organic ginger beer from Luscombe Drinks of Buckfastleigh which was good too. I had a chorizo and red pepper sandwich with salad for £5.90. The range of beers was excellent, and I decided on a porter from Bridestone "smokey" @ 4.6%. Very good. The Bell itself is an old Victorian pub on the corner of Forest and Chingford Roads, looks great from the outside, and although large, there are enough sofas and chairs to make it feel homely. Plenty of tables and chairs, and wooden panelled walls. They`ve made a nod to Walthamstow`s most famous son, with some Morris-esque wallpaper on one wall and elsewhere a black and white photo of the great man. Toilets were clean. The staff are friendly and attentive and the food is good. The music being played was Nu-Soul and some light Dub, and generally down-tempo beats. Nice.
anarchobeer - 12 Nov 2014 17:41
I haven't been in here for years. Not since it was all crap lager, big screens showing sports, and pool tables.

Decided to give it another try one Saturday evening before heading up to the Ye Olde Rose and Crown and was pleasantly surprised. The place was busy, but not rammed. My wife and I had no problems finding a table and the selection of ales was brilliant. Over the course of the night we tried 6 of the ales on offer and all tasted amazing. Well kept drinks in clean glasses.

The interior of the pub is well laid out and clean (including the loos). The bar-staff were friendly and helpful, and worked hard to keep up with a rush that occurred at about 8ish. The beer garden was both roomy and intimate at the same time.

The atmosphere was further enhanced by a DJ playing downtempo experimental music that was interesting, and yet not too obtrusive. The inclusion of a bouncer meant that you had the additional feeling of safety from anyone that may want to spoil peoples Saturday night.

Plenty of bus stops nearby means it should be hassle free for most people to get to and from.
BeeBee69 - 31 Aug 2014 09:04

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