There are no pubs near the ground and the long-closed Old Spotted Dog at the entrance provides an ever-more-depressing welcome. How can the oldest and most historic building in the whole immediate area be allowed to rot away like this? The nearest pub is the Hudson Bay at the north end of Upton Lane, a good solid Wetherspoons with their standard offer of good beers and food at very reasonable prices.
If you’re going by train via Forest Gate or Wanstead Park, the Forest Tavern outside the former offers several interesting ever-changing beers in currently-trendy “shabby chic” surroundings, while the Fox & Hounds a few doors along is smaller, cosier and something of a timewarp back to a typical 70s local. In the other direction from the ground is the Black Lion in Plaistow High Street, a lively former coaching inn dating back to 1747. The house beer, Mighty Oak Captain Bob, is augmented by several ever-changing guests – the landlord has been there for over 30 years and knows how to keep good beer and run a good boozer. The perfect place to adjourn to after the game – and you can get a bus from outside the ground straight to the pub!