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Pub in [[Locale Chigwell|Chigwell]], fairly near [[Chigwell Station|the station]].
Pub in [[Locale Chigwell|Chigwell]], near [[Chigwell Station|the station]].
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It's owned by [[Category Mitchells And Butlers|Mitchells &amp; Butlers]], and as of 2017 is part of their Premium Country Dining Group sub-brand (see <a href="http://london.randomness.org.uk/wiki.cgi?id=King_William_IV,_IG7_6PJ&version=5">old version of this page</a> for what it was like before). It certainly seems to be a dining-oriented pub, with sturdy dark wooden tables ready-set with cutlery, napkins, side plates, and wine glasses. It's fine to come in just for a drink, though, and indeed the high tables and chairs near the entrance seem to be set up specifically for this.
It's owned by [[Category Mitchells And Butlers|Mitchells &amp; Butlers]], and as of mid-2012 is part of their Premium Country Dining Group sub-brand, though it's previously been a Harvester among other things. (Note that we aren't sure which sub-brand it was in during the 2008 visit described below, except that it definitely wasn't a Harvester at that point.)
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[[Kake]] visited on a Thursday afternoon in March 2017. There were a fair few people in when I arrived just before 3:30pm, some of them just finishing off lunch, and there were more outside on the patio, enjoying one of the first properly warm days of the year. Music was playing, a little louder than ideal for conversation.
The back part is more of a restaurant than a pub, including one long table for large groups. The front part is more for drinkers, and there's also a little room with sofas just off to the right as you go in <small>[http://flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/2343594072/ photo]</small>. There's a patio area outside as well.
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There weren't any handpumps for real ale, but they did have keg taps for Meantime beers, Peroni, and that sort of thing. A pint of lime and soda was &pound;2.
[[Kake]] and James visited on a Monday evening in March 2008. We were almost put off coming in here as the music sounded quite loud from outside; but then we realised that they pipe the music out to the patio area. It wasn't actually that bad once we got inside.
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Accessibility: No steps to get in. Some of the seating is up a couple of steps, but there's a reasonable amount on the level. On our March 2017 visit, all the normal-height seating on the level was ready-set for diners, but they didn't seem to mind us sitting there just with a drink. Toilets are up two steps.
The only real ale available was Timothy Taylor Landlord (not sure of the price, but a pint of Landlord and a pint of Diet Coke came to &pound;5.65, while a pint of Landlord and a pint of Staropramen came to &pound;6).
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We also tried a couple of their pizzas (&pound;6.50 for a margarita and &pound;1 for each extra topping chosen from pepperoni, chorizo, jalapeno, mushrooms, onions, olives, or peppers). They weren't actually bad; the bases were thin and fairly tasty (though a bit floppy), and the cheese was proper mozzarella (and not too much of it).

According to their website as of September 2012, food is served noon-10pm Mon-Thu; noon-10:30pm Fri-Sat; and noon-9pm Sun, from a menu shared with other pubs in the Premium Country Dining Group.

[[Kake]]'s verdict: Would probably come back if I was in the area, though I don't know what the atmosphere is like normally since the place was fairly empty on our visit.

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* [https://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/66412/ Pubs Galore comments]
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* [https://whatpub.com/pubs/ESW/10090/ WhatPub entry]
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]], March 2017.</div>
<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]] and James, 17 March 2008.</div>
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Pub in Chigwell, near the station.

It's owned by Mitchells & Butlers, and as of mid-2012 is part of their Premium Country Dining Group sub-brand, though it's previously been a Harvester among other things. (Note that we aren't sure which sub-brand it was in during the 2008 visit described below, except that it definitely wasn't a Harvester at that point.)

The back part is more of a restaurant than a pub, including one long table for large groups. The front part is more for drinkers, and there's also a little room with sofas just off to the right as you go in photo. There's a patio area outside as well.

Kake and James visited on a Monday evening in March 2008. We were almost put off coming in here as the music sounded quite loud from outside; but then we realised that they pipe the music out to the patio area. It wasn't actually that bad once we got inside.

The only real ale available was Timothy Taylor Landlord (not sure of the price, but a pint of Landlord and a pint of Diet Coke came to £5.65, while a pint of Landlord and a pint of Staropramen came to £6).

We also tried a couple of their pizzas (£6.50 for a margarita and £1 for each extra topping chosen from pepperoni, chorizo, jalapeno, mushrooms, onions, olives, or peppers). They weren't actually bad; the bases were thin and fairly tasty (though a bit floppy), and the cheese was proper mozzarella (and not too much of it).

According to their website as of September 2012, food is served noon-10pm Mon-Thu; noon-10:30pm Fri-Sat; and noon-9pm Sun, from a menu shared with other pubs in the Premium Country Dining Group.

Kake's verdict: Would probably come back if I was in the area, though I don't know what the atmosphere is like normally since the place was fairly empty on our visit.

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Last visited by Kake and James, 17 March 2008.

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