Hidden away down a hedge-lined driveway in a quiet neighbourhood, the Larkshall is a relic of the rural Chingford of old. A locally listed building, the pub occupies an attractive converted farmhouse set back from the residential road upon which it stands. Though the bulk of the farmhouse dates from 1890, certain parts, such as the timber frame, are even older and can be traced back to the 16th century.
The Larkshall oozes character both inside and out. A renovation in 2015 saw the interior updated, giving it an open-plan layout, fresh fittings and spruce new seating and furniture. Evidence of the building’s past was, however, preserved. Historical accents including wooden beams, low ceilings and an original staircase give it a rustic feel and ensure its history still shines through. Several TV screens can be found placed in unobtrusive locations inside the pub. Outside sits a secluded beer garden complete with a children’s play area where youngsters can entertain themselves within view of drinking and dining adults.
Thanks to its off-the-beaten-path location, the Larkshall remains something of a locals’ secret. Residents of Chingford, however, are well aware of its charms and regularly make trips to what they affectionately call ‘the Larky’, while in-the-know ramblers traversing trails in nearby Epping Forest and Larks Wood have also been known to stop by for a post-walk pint and feed.
An Intimate Mezzanine Space Perfect for Small-Scale Celebrations
For intimate gatherings among friends, family or work colleagues, the Larkshall offers a mezzanine function space with a profusion of old-world charm. Set on an upper level, it has the same kind of traditional farmhouse feel as the main bar and dining area below and can hold up to 22 people seated and a further 10 standing. With a church situated just across the road, the Larkshall is a natural choice for christenings and funerals. A big TV screen can also be used to show live sport. It is worth bearing in mind that while the function space is undoubtedly charming, it is only accessible via a steep staircase, which can make access difficult for the elderly and for guests with disabilities.
Enjoy an Under-the-Radar Country-Style Escape
For city dwellers craving a slice of quiet country life within London’s limits, there are few better spots than the Larkshall. Make a day out of it by embarking on a stroll through the peaceful, ancient woodlands of nearby Larks Wood or Epping Forest, where the traffic and frenzy of central London feels a million miles away.
The Larkshall is located in Chingford in north-east London, less than 10 minutes’ drive from the North Circular Road. Drivers can leave their vehicles in the free parking lot to the side of the pub. Alternatively, the pub can be accessed by bus or by a 15-minute walk from Highams Park station. London Overground trains serve the station and carry visitors to and from the centre of the city.
|Function Room Information - The Gallery|
|Hire Costs||Not Available||Area Type||private|
|Facilities||Beer Garden, Coffee Machine, Disabled Access, Disco Equipment, Hot Water Flasks, Outdoor BBQ, PA System, Sky TV/BT Sport, TV, Wi-Fi,|
|Suitable Events||Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties,|
The nearest Train Station to Larkshall is Chingford Train Station