In June, I finally made the move West across the water. Not the Atlantic, but Duckett’s canal, from Hackney Wick to Hackney Central. Days after my arrival, as if they knew I was coming, East End boozer The Chesham Arms re-opened its doors at the end of my street.
It took a lengthy court battle, backed by local residents and Hackney council, to prevent the historic site being turned into flats. The 150-year old building has been stunningly renovated and restored to its former glory.
The bar is stocked with French wines and specialist gins. The pumps are packed with a thirst quenching array of London-centric real ales and award winning beers. Fancy a bar snack? Order one of their quality pork pies, served in a picnic-style wooden basket with mustard.
By far the best thing about The Chesham Arms is the magical south facing beer garden. Throughout summer it will host weekly BBQ’s and serve smoked meat sausage platters for the hearty beer drinker. Come winter, The Chesham Arms will be the place to warm your cockles with its four working fireplaces.
I have already returned to my new local, with housemates in tow, to witness bar manager Joe showcase his extensive knowledge of the pumps to a full bar of punters. In a nutshell, this couldn’t be a better local. Welcome back!
Glass of House Red £4.50
Pint of Ale £3.60
The Chesham Arms
15 Mehetabel Road,