FUNCTIONS AT County Arms
Situated in north-east London, the County Arms has an intriguing history. Though it has been a drinking establishment for more than a century, the pub used to have an altogether more virtuous function, originally serving as a church. Glimpses of the pub’s pious past are still evident in its curved church-like ceiling, though the pews have long been replaced by more typical pub-style tables and seating.
The pub was built in the early 1900's in mock-Tudor style with its original name, the Trust House. The name didn’t stick, however, and it was rechristened the County Arms a century later. Though the pub’s original name went the way of the dodo, many of its original features, including exposed brickwork and attractive wooden panelling, have survived to this day, adding to its historical atmosphere.
Inside, a horseshoe-shaped bar dominates the space and locals pop in for a pint on their commute home from work, making up the bulk of the crowd. A number of large TVs are used to screen live sporting events. When there is no game of note happening, guests can make their own entertainment using the pub’s pool tables and darts board.
The County Arms can accommodate private events in their upstairs function room, which can fit up to 40 people seated and 80 standing. The room has its own dedicated bar and a speaker system that allows guests to pump out music and is perfect for lively celebratory parties and wedding receptions. With a projector and a screen that can be hooked up to show Sky and BT sport broadcasts, the space is also ideal for football or rugby enthusiasts who want to gather together their fellow fans to watch live screenings of important matches.
The County Arms is located in a largely residential neighbourhood featuring a mix of Victorian terraces and 1930s semi-detached houses, many of which are occupied by city commuters. The pub is just a short drive away from the old Walthamstow Stadium, a former dog track turned residential development famed for its iconic neon art deco sign. Just north of the pub is Epping Forest, a vast swathe of ancient green woodland that once served as a royal hunting ground and is now a popular destination for leisurely weekend strolls.
City workers will find the County Arms particularly well located, with London Overground trains bound for Highams Park regularly departing from Liverpool Street station. Once you step off the train, the pub is a mere three-minute walk away and its atmosphere-filled interior provides a comfortable spot to chat over pints, tuck into a traditional Sunday roast or cheer on your favourite team.