Monkhams, IG9 6LN
- 020 8504 4525
- Station Way, IG9 6LN
- Mon-Thu: noon-11pm; Fri: noon-midnight; Sat: 11am-midnight; Sun: 11am-11pm
Pub in Buckhurst Hill, situated on the corner of Station Way and Buckhurst Way, near Roding Valley Station (make sure you come out of the main entrance of the station, not the smaller back entrance, and turn right on exiting the station).
It's part of Greene King's Hungry Horse sub-brand, and the decor is fairly standard for a pub chain. There's quite a variety of seating, including high chairs and tables, padded seating, and even a couple of booths with built-in mini TVs. There's a pool table at one end, in a section reserved for 18s-and-over. It also has outside seating both at the front and in an enclosed garden at the back.
Kake first visited on a Tuesday afternoon in September 2008. There were a couple of other customers in, clearly regulars. Service was friendly enough. There was no real ale, so I had Strongbow (£1.40/half). Music was playing but not too loudly.
Kake visited again on a Thursday afternoon in March 2017. There were quite a few people in when I arrived around 2:30pm, some of them just finishing up lunch. Service was again friendly. Music was playing, not too loud.
They'd installed three handpumps since my last visit, clipped for Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale, and Greene King IPA, but there were things in front of them on the bar and it wasn't clear whether they were in use. A pint of lime and soda was £1.60.
Child-friendliness: Children appear to be very welcome, though possibly only if dining. They have a children's menu which includes separate sections for older and younger children, juice cocktails, and even baby food. There are several highchairs, though the type with no tray and very little back support. There's an enclosed garden at the back with grass and play equipment.
Accessibility: A ramp to get in, fairly steep at the end. Gents and ladies toilets are up a flight of stairs with a handrail only part of the way up, but there's an accessible toilet with baby change facilities on the ground floor with level access.