The Nag's Head, Walthamstow
Having been drinking there occasionally over the last 2 years i have never been served a duff pint or felt the need to leave due to rude staff or obnoxious drinkers, which in Walthamstow is a definite result. I moved from rural surrey and was really missing a proper friendly pub i could call my local i'm really happy to have found this gem tucked away in the village.
It also hosts various evening classes upstairs, i went to the life class for a while and thought it wasn't that appropriate, but top marks for breaking the mold. The pub participated in the Walthamstow arts trail, as a lot of businesses have, but rather than jumping on the bandwagon to get a few more bums on seats i felt they had made a proper effort.
I recommend The Castle in the Village for family-friendly service, each time we've been there, they couldn't have done more to accommodate us. Better music also.
9 Orford Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 9LP
Leave Walthamstow Central, turn right and head for Hoe Street. Turn right onto Hoe Street and walk until you reach Third Avenue (the third street on the left). Follow it uphill and although it becomes Orford Road, carry on straight. You'll pass the Queens Head on the left and The Village (another pub) on the right. Orford Road then bends round to the left (it looks like a different road) and heads towards St. Mary's Church. The Nags Head is round this bend on the right, before the church.