Local singer/songwriter Billy Bragg once compared an Amazon tribal war dance to typical Friday night activities at the Robin Hood. Nowadays, with a bouncer at the door, a ban on football colours, and the opening of only one room (a small part of this needlessly expansive building) for much of the time, the pub is rather more welcoming, and is brightly lit and spacious. A relatively diverse crowd of locals, students from the nearby University of East London, and on our last visit, a disconcertingly high proportion of people who seemed to use the word 'fuck' casually at least once in every sentence: a place to listen to a real life Dagenham Dialogue (topics: women and football), in preference to anything offered on the naff jukebox selection.
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Turn left out of Becontree station and continue along Gale Street. At the end, turn right along Porters Avenue before, almost immediately, taking the first road on the left (Ilchester Road). At the end of this road, turn right along Lodge Avenue. When you reach the junction with Longbridge Road the pub is opposite, to the left. Alternatively, take bus 145 from outside Becontree Station to the stop opposite the Robin Hood.
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