Redbridge, which has just two pubs – one each end of Barkingside High Street. However, the Chequers at the southern end was reported as closed by the Ilford Recorder a couple of weeks ago, with locals mystified as to what was going on, so best head for the northern end and the New Fairlop Oak (actually across the junction in Fencepiece Road), a large Wetherspoons with their standard offering of a good range of beers and food at very reasonable prices.

Say what you like, but ‘spoons continue to flourish in a licensed trade which generally is experiencing tough times, so they’re obviously doing a lot of things right. If only their pubs had more bar staff on duty….