Boleyn Tavern

1 Barking Road
East Ham
E6 1PW

This pub is not only a grade II listed building but it is also on CAMRA’s National Inventory of Pub Interiors of Outstanding Historic Interest and the description is as follows: “The Boleyn is a prominent landmark at a crossroads right by the former West Ham football ground. It is a thoroughly exuberant piece of French-style Renaissance architecture built in 1899-1900 by Shoebridge & Rising who were responsible for many fine pubs in London.

Reopened in June 2021 after a spectacular £1.5 million restoration by Remarkable Pubs with the aim of making the interior look like it was when it first opened. New hand-crafted wooden screens have been created, complete with acid-etched and Brilliant cut glass, replicating one of the original wood and glass panels in the old saloon bar. This means the original seven bar layout has been restored.

The highlight is the truly spectacular glazed skylight that spans what once would have been a billiards room, but is now an open kitchen, servery and dining area. Other quality fittings include the Victorian bar counters & bar backs (some have modern replacements); the big arch straddling the servery on the east side is original; a tiled lobby on the east side; attractive skylight over the former saloon on the east side; cast-iron columns and a good deal of etched glass.”

The listing description is as follows: “Public House 1899-1900: W G Shoebridge and H W Rising. (Entrance consoles dated 1900). Conspicuously sited corner public house. Red brick with pointed stone or stucco enrichment. Red polished granite to pilastered ground storey. Lead to turret. 3½ storeys. Three bays to both fronts with lower extension to Green St. Large Flemish gabled dormer to each front. Octagonal corner turret with ogee dome and finial. Mullioned and transomed windows. Rusticated Ionic columns to first floor supporting enriched segmental pediments. Three rusticated segmental arches to second floor windows on Barking Road. Good interior, especially plasterwork and glass.”

The WhatPub link is here: WhatPub/Boleyn Tavern

The Pub Heritage Group link is here: PHG/Boleyn Tavern

The Boleyn Tavern featured on the Daytime Crawl of SW Essex and E London in June 2006, the Eastern Delights: Daytime Crawl of East Ham, Plaistow, Isle of Dogs and Limehouse in October 2019, and features on the Daytime Tour of Dagenham and East Ham on 16 October 2021.