A quick post to say that The Crown – ex Sheepwalk – reopens tonight after a six-week refurb by mysterious owners the Tommy Flynn Group. A quick squint through the windows this morning revealed a completely new interior which seems to have come from the JD Wetherspoon pattern book. Three handpumps on the bar though, which is heartening. I’ll try and get in for a review over the next week or so. Meanwhile, this is all that’s left of Lincoln’s, which at one time was Leytonstone’s scariest boozer, a title passed on to the Sheepwalk when Lincoln’s was closed by the local police.
I never got around to taking a pic of the blighted establishment, but it looked like this, a handsome building which survived several near-misses during The Blitz and enjoyed a fond-rembered heyday as The Elms before finally starting a long decline in the 80s. Full of asbestos and rot apparently, so down it came. The site is earmarked for affordable housing, though ‘affordable’ is a highly relative term in gentrifying Leytonstone.