Historic Walthamstow pub The Chequers to reopen in March

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The Chequers in Walthamstow High Street prior to its refurbishment (file photo). The Chequers in Walthamstow High Street prior to its refurbishment (file photo).

An historic Walthamstow pub will reopen next month with new management after refurbishment.


The Chequers in the High Street will open its doors once more on March 7 after being taken over by Antic London.


The up-market chain, which also runs the popular Red Lion in Leytonstone High Road, has spent the last few months renovating the interior of the building after buying it last year.


An Antic London spokeswoman said: "The pub has been re-modelled and will feature two snugs and larger bar and dining area in phase one of its opening, with an event space and a new courtyard area to follow in phase two.


"The hope is to provide an external bakery and other units once the courtyard is finished.


"The pub has been in operation from mid the 18th Century with the courtyard being used as a soup kitchen in the very early 1900s and is deeply embedded in the history of Walthamstow.


"It’s return to the High Street has been welcomed by locals and store holders alike."


Antic runs several pubs in London but was broken up into smaller companies last year, before one firm went into administration, although Antic London was not affected.

The previous managers of Chequers, Rakesh and Anjita Patel, shut the pub in July 2012 just days before a review of its licence following several rows with police.

The Met claimed Mr Patel was an unsuitable person to run a pub following his conviction back in March 2011 for harassing police on the telephone.

They also said the venue was notorious for drug use and dealing.

But the Patels claimed they were unfairly targeted by police after complaining to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) about the force's decision to just caution a man caught throwing bricks through the pub's windows in January 2011.

They decided to close the pub on the grounds that the result of the council hearing was a foregone conclusion and that they would lose their licence.

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12:43pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Walthamster says...

Good news. I used to like this pub and am even more interested now reading of its long history.
Good news. I used to like this pub and am even more interested now reading of its long history. Walthamster

12:47pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Sam Hain says...

I wish Antic every success with this wonderful, and wonderfully located, historic pub. I can't wait for it to open (well, I have been waiting for at least three months but it seems the end is in sight) but I do hope they manage the balance between families with children and 'adult only' areas. The curse of the creche has spoiled many any otherwise well re-furbished pub locally, including The Bell, of which I had high hopes but will never frequent again after my first visit to what was, in essence, a kindergarten.with alcohol.
I wish Antic every success with this wonderful, and wonderfully located, historic pub. I can't wait for it to open (well, I have been waiting for at least three months but it seems the end is in sight) but I do hope they manage the balance between families with children and 'adult only' areas. The curse of the creche has spoiled many any otherwise well re-furbished pub locally, including The Bell, of which I had high hopes but will never frequent again after my first visit to what was, in essence, a kindergarten.with alcohol. Sam Hain

1:44pm Tue 12 Feb 13

RichieA70 says...

Sam Hain wrote:
I wish Antic every success with this wonderful, and wonderfully located, historic pub. I can't wait for it to open (well, I have been waiting for at least three months but it seems the end is in sight) but I do hope they manage the balance between families with children and 'adult only' areas. The curse of the creche has spoiled many any otherwise well re-furbished pub locally, including The Bell, of which I had high hopes but will never frequent again after my first visit to what was, in essence, a kindergarten.with alcohol.
Antic will work wonders with The Chequers and it should really lift the High St.
I think you've really 'cut off your nose despite your face' Sam, in respect of The Bell. I've never seen creche conditions there in the evening, and it's a terrific pub with a great atmosphere and probably the best quality ales etc in E17.
[quote][p][bold]Sam Hain[/bold] wrote: I wish Antic every success with this wonderful, and wonderfully located, historic pub. I can't wait for it to open (well, I have been waiting for at least three months but it seems the end is in sight) but I do hope they manage the balance between families with children and 'adult only' areas. The curse of the creche has spoiled many any otherwise well re-furbished pub locally, including The Bell, of which I had high hopes but will never frequent again after my first visit to what was, in essence, a kindergarten.with alcohol.[/p][/quote]Antic will work wonders with The Chequers and it should really lift the High St. I think you've really 'cut off your nose despite your face' Sam, in respect of The Bell. I've never seen creche conditions there in the evening, and it's a terrific pub with a great atmosphere and probably the best quality ales etc in E17. RichieA70

2:11pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

This is fantastic news and yets another pub save by the Antics
This is fantastic news and yets another pub save by the Antics Cornbeefur

3:22pm Tue 12 Feb 13

barbus44 says...

RichieA70 wrote:
Sam Hain wrote:
I wish Antic every success with this wonderful, and wonderfully located, historic pub. I can't wait for it to open (well, I have been waiting for at least three months but it seems the end is in sight) but I do hope they manage the balance between families with children and 'adult only' areas. The curse of the creche has spoiled many any otherwise well re-furbished pub locally, including The Bell, of which I had high hopes but will never frequent again after my first visit to what was, in essence, a kindergarten.with alcohol.
Antic will work wonders with The Chequers and it should really lift the High St.
I think you've really 'cut off your nose despite your face' Sam, in respect of The Bell. I've never seen creche conditions there in the evening, and it's a terrific pub with a great atmosphere and probably the best quality ales etc in E17.
I too am looking forward to visiting the refurbished Chequers having seen what a good job Antic did with the Red Lion. Regarding The Bell, I really must agree with RichieA70. Having been in the Bell several times since the refurbishment I can't say I have noticed "creche" conditions unless you call mature students/30 somethings "children". I'm approaching 70 but still enjoy the company of people of ALL ages.
[quote][p][bold]RichieA70[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sam Hain[/bold] wrote: I wish Antic every success with this wonderful, and wonderfully located, historic pub. I can't wait for it to open (well, I have been waiting for at least three months but it seems the end is in sight) but I do hope they manage the balance between families with children and 'adult only' areas. The curse of the creche has spoiled many any otherwise well re-furbished pub locally, including The Bell, of which I had high hopes but will never frequent again after my first visit to what was, in essence, a kindergarten.with alcohol.[/p][/quote]Antic will work wonders with The Chequers and it should really lift the High St. I think you've really 'cut off your nose despite your face' Sam, in respect of The Bell. I've never seen creche conditions there in the evening, and it's a terrific pub with a great atmosphere and probably the best quality ales etc in E17.[/p][/quote]I too am looking forward to visiting the refurbished Chequers having seen what a good job Antic did with the Red Lion. Regarding The Bell, I really must agree with RichieA70. Having been in the Bell several times since the refurbishment I can't say I have noticed "creche" conditions unless you call mature students/30 somethings "children". I'm approaching 70 but still enjoy the company of people of ALL ages. barbus44

4:08pm Tue 12 Feb 13

E17006 says...

It is interesting to see the opening times on Antic's website. Weekdays it is opening from 4pm, meaning the daytime market crowd are not being encouraged. Mixed feelings about this, but on balance this is probably a good thing.

This pub has huge potential to liven up the high street in the evenings which, at the moment is lifeless and a bit scary. Let's hope it fulfills its promise and brings more revitalisation to central Walthamstow in its wake.
It is interesting to see the opening times on Antic's website. Weekdays it is opening from 4pm, meaning the daytime market crowd are not being encouraged. Mixed feelings about this, but on balance this is probably a good thing. This pub has huge potential to liven up the high street in the evenings which, at the moment is lifeless and a bit scary. Let's hope it fulfills its promise and brings more revitalisation to central Walthamstow in its wake. E17006

4:26pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Walthamster says...

E17006 wrote:
It is interesting to see the opening times on Antic's website. Weekdays it is opening from 4pm, meaning the daytime market crowd are not being encouraged. Mixed feelings about this, but on balance this is probably a good thing.

This pub has huge potential to liven up the high street in the evenings which, at the moment is lifeless and a bit scary. Let's hope it fulfills its promise and brings more revitalisation to central Walthamstow in its wake.
Evening opening is essential to bring the high street back to life. The solid metal shutters over the shop fronts make the place look very uninviting after dark. I'd love to see it full of people out having a good time again. Maybe on their way to a reopened EMD cinema!
[quote][p][bold]E17006[/bold] wrote: It is interesting to see the opening times on Antic's website. Weekdays it is opening from 4pm, meaning the daytime market crowd are not being encouraged. Mixed feelings about this, but on balance this is probably a good thing. This pub has huge potential to liven up the high street in the evenings which, at the moment is lifeless and a bit scary. Let's hope it fulfills its promise and brings more revitalisation to central Walthamstow in its wake.[/p][/quote]Evening opening is essential to bring the high street back to life. The solid metal shutters over the shop fronts make the place look very uninviting after dark. I'd love to see it full of people out having a good time again. Maybe on their way to a reopened EMD cinema! Walthamster

6:48pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Sam Hain says...

barbus44 wrote:
RichieA70 wrote:
Sam Hain wrote:
I wish Antic every success with this wonderful, and wonderfully located, historic pub. I can't wait for it to open (well, I have been waiting for at least three months but it seems the end is in sight) but I do hope they manage the balance between families with children and 'adult only' areas. The curse of the creche has spoiled many any otherwise well re-furbished pub locally, including The Bell, of which I had high hopes but will never frequent again after my first visit to what was, in essence, a kindergarten.with alcohol.
Antic will work wonders with The Chequers and it should really lift the High St.
I think you've really 'cut off your nose despite your face' Sam, in respect of The Bell. I've never seen creche conditions there in the evening, and it's a terrific pub with a great atmosphere and probably the best quality ales etc in E17.
I too am looking forward to visiting the refurbished Chequers having seen what a good job Antic did with the Red Lion. Regarding The Bell, I really must agree with RichieA70. Having been in the Bell several times since the refurbishment I can't say I have noticed "creche" conditions unless you call mature students/30 somethings "children". I'm approaching 70 but still enjoy the company of people of ALL ages.
Thanks for this info barbus and Richie, I will give The Bell another go. I went in on a Saturday afternoon shortly after it opened and was appalled. I tried it once again at around 4.30pm on my way home and no sooner had I walked in the door a sceaming child had me walking straight out again. On my way past in the late afternoon subsequently I've noticed the usual buggy brigade still holed up there which put me off.ever trying it again. I gather the 'curfew' on kids kicks in at 8pm so perhaps a later visit is the answer. Hopefully Antiic at The Chequers will avoid this blight on a decent pub from the word go by creating separate areas and by doing what the Nag's does and insist if kids are brought in that their buggies are parked outside.
[quote][p][bold]barbus44[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RichieA70[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sam Hain[/bold] wrote: I wish Antic every success with this wonderful, and wonderfully located, historic pub. I can't wait for it to open (well, I have been waiting for at least three months but it seems the end is in sight) but I do hope they manage the balance between families with children and 'adult only' areas. The curse of the creche has spoiled many any otherwise well re-furbished pub locally, including The Bell, of which I had high hopes but will never frequent again after my first visit to what was, in essence, a kindergarten.with alcohol.[/p][/quote]Antic will work wonders with The Chequers and it should really lift the High St. I think you've really 'cut off your nose despite your face' Sam, in respect of The Bell. I've never seen creche conditions there in the evening, and it's a terrific pub with a great atmosphere and probably the best quality ales etc in E17.[/p][/quote]I too am looking forward to visiting the refurbished Chequers having seen what a good job Antic did with the Red Lion. Regarding The Bell, I really must agree with RichieA70. Having been in the Bell several times since the refurbishment I can't say I have noticed "creche" conditions unless you call mature students/30 somethings "children". I'm approaching 70 but still enjoy the company of people of ALL ages.[/p][/quote]Thanks for this info barbus and Richie, I will give The Bell another go. I went in on a Saturday afternoon shortly after it opened and was appalled. I tried it once again at around 4.30pm on my way home and no sooner had I walked in the door a sceaming child had me walking straight out again. On my way past in the late afternoon subsequently I've noticed the usual buggy brigade still holed up there which put me off.ever trying it again. I gather the 'curfew' on kids kicks in at 8pm so perhaps a later visit is the answer. Hopefully Antiic at The Chequers will avoid this blight on a decent pub from the word go by creating separate areas and by doing what the Nag's does and insist if kids are brought in that their buggies are parked outside. Sam Hain

8:04pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Aqualung says...

I'm surprised to read this as I've been trying to see when I go past if there is any sign of work going on and apart from a half completed task of uncovering some external tiling I have seen nothing. Maybe their builders are working at night or improbably quiet.

Alternatively, maybe they are going to do the whole job in the next three weeks.
I'm surprised to read this as I've been trying to see when I go past if there is any sign of work going on and apart from a half completed task of uncovering some external tiling I have seen nothing. Maybe their builders are working at night or improbably quiet. Alternatively, maybe they are going to do the whole job in the next three weeks. Aqualung

9:35pm Tue 12 Feb 13

E4nanny says...

Shame it's not opening till 4pm as I work near there it would be nice for somewhere to go for lunch sometimes
Shame it's not opening till 4pm as I work near there it would be nice for somewhere to go for lunch sometimes E4nanny

10:28pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

The Met claimed Mr Patel was an unsuitable person to run a pub following his conviction back in March 2011 for harassing police on the telephone.

I make them dead right!
The Met claimed Mr Patel was an unsuitable person to run a pub following his conviction back in March 2011 for harassing police on the telephone. I make them dead right! Cornbeefur

7:57am Wed 13 Feb 13

leyton_man says...

Terrific news for Walthamstow, I'm a huge fan of the Red Lion in Leytonstone. Shame they didn't buy the Waltham Oak (Chestnut Tree) on Lea Bridge Road which is sort of in the middle of the two but you can't expect one chain to rescue ALL the pubs in London.
Terrific news for Walthamstow, I'm a huge fan of the Red Lion in Leytonstone. Shame they didn't buy the Waltham Oak (Chestnut Tree) on Lea Bridge Road which is sort of in the middle of the two but you can't expect one chain to rescue ALL the pubs in London. leyton_man

9:17am Wed 13 Feb 13

malpasc says...

I'm really looking forward to the opening of The Chequers too. Geographically this is my closest local pub but under its previous ownership and the custom it attracted it was the last place I would ever consider drinking in.

Hopefully Antic will manage to attract a decent crowd and keep the lager-swilling townies away.
I'm really looking forward to the opening of The Chequers too. Geographically this is my closest local pub but under its previous ownership and the custom it attracted it was the last place I would ever consider drinking in. Hopefully Antic will manage to attract a decent crowd and keep the lager-swilling townies away. malpasc

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