The Orchard, Elmers End
The Orchard proves the point that appearances can be deceptive. An ordinary 1960's built estate pub tacked onto the end of a small row of shops and hidden behind a large conifer tree, it is in fact a really good and friendly community local serving a large and out of the way residential area. The pub has two comfortable saloon type bars fairly typical of this sort of pub: the "public" side has a dart board and a not too intrusive TV, whilst the "saloon" side has a number of small snugs for that cosy tete a tete. The Orchard also belies that the theory that modern pubs with no proper cellar cannot keep their ale properly as the two or three ales usually on sale are pretty well kept. However, it is pretty difficult to find if you are not a local. Only one bus (the 367) goes anywhere near the pub and that doesn't exactly drop you at the doorstep. Otherwise, it is a near 15 minute walk from the nearest main road, Wickham Road - Shirley Library bus stop is the nearest. However if you are a local that has not ventured down Orchard Way, or are visiting the area, take a diversion to the Orchard as you may be pleasantly surprised. Almost worth 4 pints but a worthy 3-pinter for now.
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116 Orchard Way, Elmers End, London, CR0 7NN
020 3417 7497
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