Traveller's Friend, IG8 0PN
- 020 8504 2435
- 496-498 High Road, IG8 0PN
- noon-11pm Mon-Thu, Sat; noon-midnight Fri; noon-5pm, 7pm-11pm Sun
Good Beer Guide pub in Woodford Green. It's quite small, with seating for about 20 people (if that), plus half a dozen bar stools, though there are picnic benches out the front too and a beer garden out the back.
Kake visited on a Tuesday evening in September 2008. When I arrived around 5:30pm there were already a couple of customers on the picnic benches, half a dozen regulars inside, and more people in the beer garden. Service was welcoming and friendly, as were the regulars (one of whom asked me about the book I was reading).
Three of the four handpumps on the front of the bar were in action (the Deuchars IPA clip on the fourth was turned around; I also spotted three or four other handpumps around the side but didn't see if they had clips). I had Broadside (£2.80/pint), which was fine.
No food on Sundays, according to the 2007 Good Beer Guide.
Accessibility: one step up to get in, level access to the main part of the pub and the toilets, two steps down to the beer garden at the back.