Drink & Draw
28 Nov 2019
After the success of the first class, our resident artist Sarah Lowe is hosting another Drink & Draw class here at the pub. It's a fun, laid back session with the aim to learn & progress drawing & mixed media skills. Tuition will be table to table with drawing exercises & tips.
Online tickets £8 / £10 walk ins - includes materials
Winter Wreathmaking and Wellbing
4 Dec 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
Join local nature writer, editor and botanical artist Sonya Patel Ellis (The Herbarium Project // A Botanical World) and floral artist and potter Jessica Webb (Aunt Dahlia // Jessica Webb Pottery) for an evening of winter wreath-making and wellbeing.
Create everlasting wreaths and garlands using foraged, homegrown, dried and evergreen flowers and plants; explore simple sustainable floristry and upcycling techniques; be inspired by stories of ancient botanicals and wintertime celebrations such as Saturnalia and Yuletide; and help navigate your way through the commercial craziness and runaround of Christmas (we’ve all been there!) with a few waste-not-want-not tips and a little bit of plant-based pampering for body, mind and spirit.
Hosted in the cosy hub of our Woodhouse Room, each session costs £45 including all wreath/garland-making materials, a warming welcoming drink courtesy of Hawkes Cider, a choice of seasonal snacks (vegetarian and vegan options included) and a bag of lovingly handcrafted gifts to remind you that all that glitters is not gold (or tinsel) and to put your feet up when you get home.
To spread the joy further, £5 from every ticket will also be donated to the Forest Gate Community Garden to help support their work creating welcoming green spaces for the community. There will also be a range of signed books, pressed botanicals, nature-inspired prints, festive plants, seasonal floral designs, and bespoke pots, ceramics and decorations available to buy on the night for those looking for gift ideas. Wrapping service included.
Available dates include Wed 4 and Wed 11 December, 7.30pm to 9.30pm (book early to avoid disappointment).
Sonya Patel Ellis is a writer, editor, artist and mum of two boys living and working in Forest Gate, London E7. Her recent book The Botanical Bible // Collin's Botanical Bible (Harper Collins, 2018) combines the story of plants and flowers, botany for beginners and growing and gathering with botanical recipes, remedies and nature-inspired art, design and craft. The Heritage Herbal (British Library Publications, out spring 2020) explores the history and importance of herbals from ancient times to the present day, with heritage herb-inspired recipes, remedies and craft ideas to heal, nourish and style, and wonderful illustrations from Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal (1737–39). Sonya also founded The Herbarium Project (now part of A Botanical World) in 2013, looking closer at nature and connecting plants and people, largely through the prism of herbaria and pressed botanicals. Exhibitions, events and articles featuring her artworks and writings include Hortus Uptonensis at West Ham Park, Herb Garden at The Marksman, Seeing Floral: The Art of Florilegia at The Garden Museum, Gardens Illustrated and Wilma Journal. She also works with the nearby Forest Gate Community Garden and other community groups on various outreach projects including a 'Dare to Dream' youth social action project and pop-up plant shops and swaps (look out for a main hub in the community garden at 136 Earlham Grove, E7 and a satellite shop coming to The Leytonstone Tavern soon).
Jessica Webb is a floral designer and potter based in Forest Gate, London E7. Formally trained as a dancer and singer, she also helped launch Ace Hotel London in Shoreditch as part of their initial marketing team and has worked in talent management and casting. As a hands-on mum of three, she recently retrained as a florist and potter, producing functional, simple, hand-thrown homeware with a playful twist, and seasonal floral designs and bouquets using home-grown and foraged fresh and lovingly dried and saved plants and flowers. She is passionate about genuinely sharing ways to slow down, celebrate nature, savour what's around you and strive for a more sustainable lifestyle, an ethos that comes through in her Aunt Dahlia and Jessica Webb Pottery artworks and designs.
Christmas Makers Market & Tree Sale
7 Dec 2019
We're really excited to announce that Artisan East will be hosting a Christmas Makers Market here in The Woodhouse room. Come & find the perfect handcrafted Christmas gift made by local makers. And enjoy some mulled cider or craft beer whilst browsing.
We're also selling Christmas trees and wreaths this weekend (Saturday & Sunday), so you can literally take Christmas home with you! All trees come with a free Hawkes Mulled Cider.
Little Taverner's Bauble Decorating
7 Dec 2019
E17Craftworks are back to hold a very festive craft affair. Choose two baubles from handmade angels, stars or snowflakes to paint with your little one, for a very special decoration. All baubles ready up to 10 days after painting and glazing/firing in time for Christmas.
Book your place
Our First Birthday Party!
7 Dec 2019
From late afternoon
Yes, we can't believe it either! But we turn one and will be celebrating with a fun, festive evening featuring Waxwork DJs Jennifer & Adam.
Come down and celebrate Christmas, birthdays or whatever else you may have going on! Going to be fun.
22 Dec 2019
Pub pianist Cliff Oliver hosts a Christmas sing-along with Suzie on vocals, as we gather round the piano to belt out the Christmas classics – from carols to number 1’s. Song sheets will be provided & audience participation is encouraged!
Christmas and NY Opening Times
23 Dec 2019 - 1 Jan 2020
Mon 23rd Dec
Open from 12pm
Drop in for a Christmas tipple or two as we open the pub on a Monday especially for some festive cheer!
Tues 24th Dec
CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER
Take a stroll to your favourite local & join us for a cosy Christmas Eve. Open for dining 12pm-6pm.
Pop in for your Christmas tipple and spread the Christmas cheer!
Bar open 12pm – 3pm
Kitchen 12pm - 4pm (taking bookings)
Thurs 26th Dec
Take a stroll on Wanstead Flats and join us for drinks and dinner.
Dining 12pm-6pm / Bar until 7pm
Open as usual!
Mon 30th Dec
Tues 31st Dec
NYE FAMILY DAY PARTY
For all those with little ones, all the fun, countdown and New Year vibes - just a wee bit earlier!
3pm - 6pm
£10 per adult includes welcome drink and festive snacks
NYE SUPPER AND PARTY
3 course from 7pm with 'The People's Playlist' until late!
Weds 1st Jan
NEW YEAR’S DAY
For the walkers, the hungover and the feeling fresh! We’ve something for everyone.
Dining 12pm – 6pm / Bar until 8pm
NYE Family Day Party
31 Dec 2019
For all those with little ones, come and see in the New Year with us. All the fun, countdown and New Year vibes – just a bit earlier!
£10 per adult include welcome drink and festive snacks.
New Year's Eve Supper and Party
31 Dec 2019
Join us for a special three course dinner from 7pm, with 'The People's Playlist' until late.
Ian is all over this, so you've been warned!
Ring Carving Workshop
21 Nov 2019 - 23 Jan 2020
Hosted by Babes and Bad Examples. Make your own, unique ring for you or someone special. You’ll carve it from wax & Raven will cast and polish it to perfection! Book for yourself or for a Christmas present.
21st November and 23rd January
Throw Your Christmas Party Here!
11 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
Every week at The Tavern
1 Nov 2019
We've got something for everyone throughout the week - including Tuesday two meals £20, Wednesday steak night, kids eat free and of course, our very epic quiz that we host the first Thursday of every month. Not forgetting, we're now open for lunch during the week and our brand new garden is open too. We like to throw in a few little surprises every now and then, so follow us on social media to be the first to know! @leytonstonetavern
Throw your party here!
1 Nov 2019
We love a party! If you've got a special event coming up, or simply just fancy a get together with family and friends, come and have a chat with us, we'd love to help. Choose from The Woodhouse, The Greenhouse or The Summerhouse/Winter Cabin & Garden for your event (or all three!), with a food offering to suit - from light bites, to sharing bowls, to seated dining. We've had a fun summer with surprise birthdays, BBQ parties, first birthdays, private dining and our very first wedding! Let's keep it up!
The Big Queer Pub Quiz & Disco!
1 Nov 2019
Our friends from @forestgaytepride were back with The Big Queer Quiz, but this time it was spooky! They hosted an epic night of Hallowe'en camp! Starting off with the quiz and followed by an epic party of drag, dancing and a fabulous DJ - it was fun! Thanks to all who came down and raised money for Forest Gayte Pride and @aktcharity
Rugby World Cup
27 Oct 2019
Okay so it didn't end up how we wanted, but we had some fun having early brunches & beers with you all!
Hawkes and Hops
19 Oct 2019
19th October, 12pm-8pm
What a great day this was! Thanks to everyone who came down to support the event.
Our favourite cidery, Hawkes, teamed up with local breweries to bring us the ultimate craft beer and cider festival right here in the pub! We had our fav DJ playing tunes all afternoon, pop up bars inside and out, the BBQ going and the icing on the cake - Tasting sessions held by the brewers and Hawkes. We loved it.
Bottomless Brunch & Beats
7 Sep 2019
10am-4pm (and into the evening!)
To celebrate the end of the Leytonstone Festival, we held our very first Bottomless Brunch! The bottomless Bloody Mary's and Prosecco went down well, as did our superb DJ playing all the tunes we know and love. Watch out for the next one...
Jazz, Poetry & Storytelling
6 Sep 2019
We were really proud to be a host venue for Leytonstone Festival performers Sue and Jane and their band. They took over The Woodhouse room and it came alive with music, storytelling and audience sing-a-alongs. It was truly interesting & uplifting. We will be having them back for sure...
Gin & Vodka Cocktail Masterclass & Tastings
4 Sep 2019
Hosted by the fabulous mixologist Andrea from OUR/LONDON, we had a very fun night learning about and practising the art of cocktail making. With of lots of tastings of course...
Leytonstone Festival - The Best Little Festival
1 Sep 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
Little Taverner's Club
1 Aug 2019
Our Little Taverner's club was back in the Summer holidays! This time it was the fantastic E17Craftworks hosting ceramic painting - a really nice parent and child joint activity.
Keep your eye out for LT club's in the holidays...
Leytonstone Arts Trail
6 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
Every year, @leytonstonearts hold Leytonstone Arts Trail, turning all the spaces and venues into galleries. We were thrilled to be exhibiting @saraharte11 ‘Over & Above’ collection.
Sarah describes these as ‘surveillance paintings’. Where you’re starring at people that can’t see you. Sarah usually captures her subjects looking down from a bridge. We don’t see them close up, they just pass us by. Sarah says this reflects every day Urban Living, where we see the same people passing us every day, but we don’t know them or stop at speak to them - evoking a feeling of detachment and intimacy. In the paintings, the viewer gets to be the spy and form their own opinion of who that person is and where they are going.
The collection really resonated with us. Each of us saw ourselves or someone we know going about their day in urban life.
This is Sarah’s first time in the trail as a solo artist - she has kindly said we can hold onto her collection for a little longer, so her work is still here if you'd like to see it. And it's available to buy.
See more on her website.
BIG QUEER PUB QUIZ
27 Jun 2019
Thanks to everyone who came down and supported @forestgaytepride BIG QUEER PUB QUIZ. Lots of fun and lots raised for @aktcharitywho work hard to provide help and support to LGBTQ homeless youth.
Great job by the The Pride team for putting on a great night and a fantastic Forest Gayte Pride Festival - what a great weekend. Thanks for letting us be a part of it. Roll on next year...in the meantime, watch this space as there may be more from them soon!
Meet The Brewer – Howling Hops
7 Jun 2019
Our first Meet The Brewer night was hosted by Hackney’s Howling Hops. They brought something for everyone with their eight Tap Takeover - from dinner and pudding ales, to lager and sour beers. They even kept the ‘cask v keg’ discussion alive by bringing their Pale XX on both! Chef added in some interesting food pairings to truly treat the taste buds.
Next one is being planned…watch this space..
Little Taverner’s Club
30 May 2019
Creative Biscuit returned to host our second Little Taverner’s club that saw our little locals getting creative and parents enjoying the new lunch menu (with two hands!). We saw some beautiful plates and mugs painted, and some very cute baby footprints!
Bank Hol Beats
25 May 2019
Following the love for our Beers from The Borough DJ, @tomduvalmusic returned to ease us into the next Bank Holiday weekend with some Soulful Funk. As he describes, ‘Soulful, Groovy and packed with Funk’. Playing out in the garden, he set us up perfectly for the long weekend, playing an amazing 6 hour set that took us from the afternoon into the night. There were some good garden vibes that night!
Beers from the Borough
4 May 2019
We were so excited to host our first ever Craft Beer Festival. As part of Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019, we featured Waltham Forest only breweries – WildCard, Pretty Decent, Signature, East London Brewing, Neckstamper, Pillars and Nirvana. It was a real celebration of local beer. We opened the garden for the first time, had the BBQ going and a DJ playing. Of course, being a Bank Holiday weekend, we saw four seasons in a day – which just made the vibe even better – seeing locals pitching in to hold up the Gazebo in a downpour and the pub heaving!
11 Apr 2019 - 18 Apr 2019
Over Easter, we held our first ever Little Taverner’s clubs. We kicked things off high tempo with JingleBop - a fun, interactive music and movement group for parents and babies/toddlers. Next we moved onto our very first craft club, hosted by ‘Imagine & Create’ - individual and group crafts for children. And finally, local ceramics café, Creative Biscuit, rounded off the holidays with an Easter themed ceramics painting session.
30 Mar 2019
We felt our local Mums deserved a whole weekend! So we put on a special Afternoon tea on the Saturday, as well as Sunday family roasts. Served in The Woodhouse room, we followed a classic menu of homemade delights, including dainty finger sandwiches, sweet pastries and scones with clotted cream and jam.