Old Wheatsheaf, EN2 6SE
- 020 8363 0516
- 3 Windmill Hill, EN2 6SE
- noon-11:30pm Mon-Thu; 11:30am-midnight Fri-Sat; 11:30am-10:30pm Sun
This two-room pub appears to have been extended at some point, with the building showing two stories on one side but only one on the other, smaller side. At the side, there's a covered patio with picnic benches; according to the 2009 Good Beer Guide, this patio is also heated.
The smaller side of the pub (left-hand side as you look at it from outside) is a single, compact room, with seating for around 20 or so at varnished dark wood tables set with small stools and chairs. There's a decent-sized leather sofa at the end, commanding a view of the entire room, such as it is. Decor is traditional, in shades of burgundy and cream. The walls are wood-panelled, the carpet is discreetly patterned, and the windows are half-frosted with decorative leading at the top.
Kake visited on a Tuesday afternoon in September 2011. Only the smaller side of the pub was open (the member of staff on duty explained that the other wouldn't be opening until later that day, since they didn't expect enough customers for it to be worth it). There were three or four other customers in during my visit, and Magic radio was playing music, adverts, and traffic news. Four real ales were on: Wadworth 6X (£1.65/half), Courage Best, Sharp's Doom Bar, and Adnams Bitter.
They do food of some kind; there was a menu on the bar, and a sign said that food was served from noon — not sure of the exact times, though.
Signs advertised a quiz night every Thursday from 8:30pm, and live music every Saturday from 8:30pm-midnight.
Accessibility: No step to get in at the left-hand side (as you look at the pub from outside). Step-free to bar, seating area, and toilets once you're in, though the cubicles in the ladies' are a bit small. There's a step to the patio garden from inside, not sure if there's access from the street. Also not sure about access to the right-hand side of the pub, as it wasn't open on my visit.