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Chesham Arms (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Revolutions - Switch #2 Rakau & Motueka PaleExceptional1
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterExcellent1
New River - Twin SpringExcellent1
Oakham - JHBExcellent1
Acorn - Old Moor PorterExcellent1
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent1
Pilgrim - Progress Best BitterExcellent1
First Chop Brewing Arm - ChiPAExcellent1
Pig & Porter - Slow Black StoutExcellent1
Dark Star - BiscottiGood1
Oakham - AkenhatanGood1
Acorn - Dragon IPAAcceptable1
Salopian - Darwin's OriginNot Tried0
Five Points - PorterNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - Ay UpNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast StoutNot Tried0
Hammerton - N7Not Tried0
Crouch Vale - SnowdropNot Tried0
Bad Co. - Love over GoldNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the GarterNot Tried0
Bad Co. - Wild GravityNot Tried0
Acorn - Barnsley BitterNot Tried0
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
Picture 1. Chesham Arms, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

15 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
I’m here for the East London & City CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year presentation, but only a couple of other people are as (not for the first time with ELAC) there has been a muddle over the dates. Still, it’s very nice out on the balcony at the back and I don’t feel obliged to drink cider.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Biscotti5.90GoodA dark beer with chocolate and nut flavours. Almost too sweet though.
Acorn - Dragon IPA5.00AcceptableSlovenian hops in a very soft, golden beer that lacks bitterness or bite.
Acorn - Barnsley Bitter3.80Not Tried
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
02 May 2017 (Magnus Greel)
This has been on my 'to do' list since hearing about the origins of how it came to be. Am glad I have and very impressed. Spot on atmosphere a proper locals pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Revolutions - Switch #2 Rakau & Motueka Pale4.50ExceptionalCreamy and smooth pale ale in faultless condition.
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20ExcellentDistinct cinnamon and apple flavours.Nice.
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
Bad Co. - Wild Gravity5.20Not Tried
09 Mar 2017 (ChrisE)
Just time for a quick pint before catching a train from the nearby Hackney Central Station, I always find the homeless people camping under the railway arch between Morning Lane and Mehetabel Road to be a cheery lot. A great atmosphere in the pub tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Slow Black Stout5.10Excellent
Crouch Vale - Snowdrop4.20Not Tried
Bad Co. - Love over Gold4.10Not Tried
23 Jan 2017 (ChrisE)
Evening visit and a good crowd of SPBW members in for their presentation of London pub of Year.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - JHB3.80Excellent
Acorn - Old Moor Porter4.40Excellent
Pilgrim - Progress Best Bitter4.00ExcellentVery popular in here tonight.
Hammerton - N75.20Not Tried
02 Jun 2016 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and most enjoyable, we alternated between sitting in the patio area and inside in the bar area. Very good welcoming bar staff informed us that the pub will be celebrating its first birthday on 1 July with brews from a number of the new London Microbreweries including a cask ale from Pressure Drop.
BeerABVScoreNotes
New River - Twin Spring4.00Excellent
Oakham - Akenhatan4.90Good
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout6.00Not Tried
13 Dec 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Busy on Sunday late-afternoon and getting busier as people start to congregate for the Christmas Carols around the piano session.
BeerABVScoreNotes
First Chop Brewing Arm - ChiPA4.50ExcellentA full-flavoured, amber-coloured beer. Thought from the name that it might taste of tea – more like ginger though. Lovely anyway.
Dancing Duck - Ay Up3.90Not Tried
26 Jun 2015 (Stephen Harris)
‘Soft launch’ tonight. But word has spread fast and there is a big crowd here, with much deserved congratulations for those who have brought the pub back to life.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentA favourite beer on good form.
Salopian - Darwin's Origin4.30Not Tried
Five Points - Porter4.00Not Tried

About the Chesham Arms

The pub sign. Chesham Arms, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent8
Good2
Acceptable1
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E9 6DU.

A much-loved, mid-terrace, backstreet pub, standing close to St John’s Church and Sutton House. Tragically the pub closed in 2012, having been acquired by the dreaded ‘developers’. But they reckoned without the dogged campaigning of a group of former regulars who first achieved recognition of the pub as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ and then a succession of legal victories which culminated in the pub re-opening in June 2015. It features a (so far) rather bare two-room interior, bare because all the former fittings had been stripped out, and a pleasant rear garden. In addition to its Asset of Community Value status, the pub was awarded CAMRA East London & City Branch Pub of the Year 2016 & Cider Pub of the Year 2018. SPBW London Pub of the Year 2017.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 23 different beers and tried 12 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E9 6DU