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Waltham Forest Sports & Social Club (Freehouse)

We believe this building is NO LONGER a pub

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ashover - HydroExcellent1
Summer Wine (SWB) - Oregon Pale Ale Excellent1
Acorn - White OakExcellent1
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Majic MildExcellent1
Barlow - Sundance IPAExcellent1
Crouch Vale - AmarilloExcellent1
Tap East - 3 Shades of Black - OriginalExcellent1
Redemption - Urban DuskGood1
Townes - Pynot PorterGood1
Saffron - Saffron BlondeGood1
Crate - StoutGood1
Red Fox - Black Fox PorterGood1
London Brewing Co. - SkylineGood1
Bradfield - Farmers Plum BitterGood1
Black Hole - BHBAcceptable1
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Anubis PorterAcceptable1
Wood Street - Golden LarchPoor1
Tap East - Kellerman Schwarz StyleNot Tried0
Acorn - Barnsley BitterNot Tried0
Blue Bee - Lustin' For StoutNot Tried0
Green Jack - Orange WheatNot Tried0
Barlow - Dark HorseNot Tried0
Stonehenge - Sign of SpringNot Tried0
Brampton - GriffinNot Tried0
Black Hole - Red DwarfNot Tried0
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - TramlinesNot Tried0
Brentwood - Chockwork OrangeNot Tried0
Spire - Coal PorterNot Tried0
Green Jack - Trawlerboys Best BitterNot Tried0
Redemption - HopspurNot Tried0
Cliff Quay - Black JackNot Tried0
Redemption - Big ChiefNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Lemon HeadNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
RedWillow - HeadlessNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Pale RiderNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - NightwatchmanNot Tried0
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Essex Boys BitterNot Tried0
Beavertown - Neck Oil (keg)Not Tried0
Oakham - Scarlet MacawNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild SwanNot Tried0
London Fields - Hackney HopsterNot Tried0
Colchester - Red DieselNot Tried0
Bradfield - Farmers BlondeNot Tried0
Hackney - Best BitterNot Tried0
Hackney - Golden AleNot Tried0
Saffron - Rambler's TippleNot Tried0
Ashover - Butts Pale AleNot Tried0
Hackney - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Adnams - Kristal White AleNot Tried0
Brampton - Wasp NestNot Tried0
Crate - IPANot Tried0
Crouch Vale - BlackNot Tried0
Blue Bee - Bees Knees BitterNot Tried0
Crate - BestNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Kelham Island - Pride of SheffieldNot Tried0
Picture 1. Waltham Forest Sports & Social Club, Walthamstow, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

05 Jul 2013 (Stephen Harris)
A pleasant evening visit with a large group of friends.
Crouch Vale - Amarillo5.00ExcellentExcelent, bitter, juicy, hoppy pint.
Summer Wine (SWB) - Oregon Pale Ale 5.50ExcellentOrange-coloured, hoppy and dry.
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60GoodCoffee and citrus tastes in this dark beer.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Acorn - Barnsley Bitter3.80Not Tried
19 Apr 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Beer festival time again and the Friday evening session is a busy one here.
Acorn - White Oak4.80ExcellentA pale and slightly hazy beer. Pronounced hop flavours from Crystal hops. Tastes and looks like there might be some wheat in the recipe.
Saffron - Saffron Blonde4.30GoodEasy-drinking, pale, crisp beer.
Red Fox - Black Fox Porter4.80GoodDecent, near-black porter with chocolaty tastes.
Black Hole - BHB3.80AcceptableMarked here as ‘Bitter 4.1%’, but I think it was the regular BHB. Golden in colour, with dry-ish hops.
Green Jack - Orange Wheat4.20Not Tried
Stonehenge - Sign of Spring4.60Not Tried
Black Hole - Red Dwarf4.50Not Tried
Brentwood - Chockwork Orange6.50Not Tried
Green Jack - Trawlerboys Best Bitter4.60Not Tried
Cliff Quay - Black Jack4.20Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Lemon Head4.00Not Tried
RedWillow - Headless3.90Not Tried
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not TriedFirst festival beer to run out.
Oakham - Scarlet Macaw4.40Not Tried
Colchester - Red Diesel4.20Not Tried
Saffron - Rambler's Tipple3.90Not Tried
Adnams - Kristal White Ale4.20Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Black6.00Not Tried
22 Nov 2012 (Stephen Harris)
First day of beer festival that runs through to Sunday. Not particularly busy. By the time I arrived, my friends had been here ages and some were ready to move on – so just a short visit for me.
Tap East - 3 Shades of Black - Original6.40ExcellentRich-tasting black porter, without the sourness evident in some versions of this beer.
Crate - Stout5.70GoodDark brown, fruity stout with plenty of coffee and chocolate tastes and a little roast malt. Let down a bit here by flat condition.
London Brewing Co. - Skyline5.00GoodGolden coloured and bursting with US hops – no doubt would have been even better if not in such flat condition from the stillage.
Crouch Vale - Essex Boys Bitter3.50Not Tried
Redemption - Hopspur4.50Not Tried
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Nightwatchman4.50Not Tried
Beavertown - Neck Oil (keg)4.30Not Tried
London Fields - Hackney Hopster4.20Not Tried
Hackney - Best Bitter4.40Not Tried
Hackney - Golden Ale4.00Not Tried
Hackney - American Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
Crate - IPA5.80Not Tried
Crate - Best4.30Not Tried
Tap East - Kellerman Schwarz Style4.40Not Tried
26 Apr 2012 (Stephen Harris)
First night of the ‘Grit and Steel’ beer festival, featuring breweries in the Derbyshire and Sheffield areas. Two-thirds of the beer list available; a combination of handpumps and stillage.
Ashover - Hydro4.30ExcellentA golden-coloured beer with a fruity, slightly sweet, hoppiness, leading to a dry finish.
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Majic Mild3.20ExcellentDark, roasted barley, choccy malt, bitter finish, hint of hop.
Barlow - Sundance IPA6.50ExcellentA strong, hoppy, IPA.
Bradfield - Farmers Plum Bitter4.40GoodVery fruity, plumy, dry-ish.
Townes - Pynot Porter4.50GoodDark brown/red porter. Coffee, roast malt, bitter.
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Anubis Porter5.20Acceptable(Correct spelling is ‘Anubis’) A dark, porter-style beer. Bitter coffee. A bit thin for the strength.
Wood Street - Golden Larch4.50PoorWoodstreet is the newly-launched brewery at the Hillsborough Hotel, Sheffield. Unfortunately this beer had a heavy TCP-type taste, obscuring what promised to be a hoppy, amber bitter.
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Essex Boys Bitter3.50Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Swan3.50Not Tried
Bradfield - Farmers Blonde4.00Not Tried
Ashover - Butts Pale Ale5.50Not Tried
Brampton - Wasp Nest5.00Not Tried
Blue Bee - Bees Knees Bitter4.00Not Tried
Kelham Island - Pride of Sheffield4.00Not Tried
Blue Bee - Lustin' For Stout4.80Not Tried
Barlow - Dark Horse4.20Not Tried
Brampton - Griffin4.10Not Tried
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Tramlines4.00Not Tried
Spire - Coal Porter4.50Not Tried

About the Waltham Forest Sports & Social Club

The pub sign. Waltham Forest Sports & Social Club, Walthamstow, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Walthamstow, Greater London, E17 4JF.

Fondly known as the “Shack at the Back”, this is a members' club tucked away next to Walthamstow Town Hall and behind the Assembly Rooms. CAMRA members are also admitted, and guests may be signed in. Many events are held, including a couple of beer festivals each year. Permanently closed April 2016 after the local Council re-possessed the building at lease expiry.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 58 different beers and tried 17 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E17 4JF