The County Arms

420 Hale End Road, Highams Park, London, E4 9PB
Call: 0208 5272103

A Tudor-Inspired Sports Pub in North-East London

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 building hasn’t always been associated with vice. In fact, part of the pub had 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 Glimpses of the pub’s pious past are still evident in its curved church-like ceiling, though the pews have long been replaced by more typical pub-style tables and seating.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 1908 in mock-Tudor style by the Herts and Essex Public House Trust Company, who gave it its original name, the Trust House. The name didn’t stick, however, and just a year later in 1909, it was rechristened the County Arms. 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, many of whom pop in for a pint on their commute home from work, make up the bulk of the crowd. A number of large TVs are used for screening live sport. 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 has its own pool and darts team for those who want to show off their pub sports prowess, as well as a weekly quiz and regular live entertainment.

A Bright Upstairs Function Room with a Private Bar

The County Arms can accommodate private events in their upstairs function room, which can fit up to 40 people seated and 80 standing. Large picture windows allow light to pour into the rectangular-shaped, carpeted room, which also has its own dedicated bar. A speaker system 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.

See the Iconic Walthamstow Stadium Sign

The County Arms is located in Highams Park, 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 mile or so 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.

Function Room Information - The County Room
Capacity 40 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Not Available Area Type private
Facilities Coffee Machine, Dance Floor, Fixed Screen, PA System, Private Bar, Projector, Sky TV/BT Sport, TV, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties,

The nearest Train Station to The County Arms is Highams Park Train Station