East London is home to many pubs and the latest edition of the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide shows the best places to have a drink.

The annual publication serves as a compass to find hidden gems and the perfect place to have a pint across the UK.

To mark its 51st edition, the guide features a striking cover and a foreword from none other than Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, adding a touch of rock 'n' roll to the beer world.

Here’s a closer look at pubs around Havering, Barking and Dagenham, and Redbridge that have made the cut.

Moon & Stars

Found in South Street, Romford, the Wetherspoon pub has had a new look after a £1.1million refurbishment in 2019.

CAMRA praised the watering hole for its displays of local history on the walls.

Upminster TapRoom

This was Upminster’s first micropub, which can be found in Sunnyside Gardens.

It first opened in a converted office in 2015 and later changed ownership in 2022.


Cricketers in High Road, Woodford Green, also made the cut for its “warm and friendly” service offering “good-value food”.

CAMRA mentions the photographs of Winston Churchill in the pub along with his statue on the green.

Crown & Crooked Billet

Located in Cross Road, Woodford Bridge, the venue is described as a “spacious multi-room pub” with a “clean and stylish” look after its recent refurbishment.

Hop Inn

Found in North Street, Hornchurch, this was Havering’s third micropub which opened in 2019.

It has been the local CAMRA pub of the year winner since 2021.

J.J. Moon’s

Another Hornchurch pub, found in the High Street, has made the list.

This Wetherspoon establishment opened in 1993 and is said to be “popular with all age groups”.

Colley Rowe Inn

Converted by Wetherspoon from two shops, the watering hole in Collier Row Road was listed as one of the places to visit in the guide.

Gidea Park Micropub

Found in Main Road, Gidea Park, this was Havering’s second micropub after it opened in 2017.

The Ship

Another venue in Main Road, Gidea Park, has been recognised after operating for more than 260 years.

The Grade II-listed place has been “largely unchanged”, CAMRA said.

Eva Hart

In High Road, Chadwell Heath, the Wetherspoon building dates from 1892 and used to be a local police station.

It’s named after a musical personality who was one of the longest-living survivors of the Titanic tragedy.

New Fairlop Oak

Another Wetherspoon place in Fencepiece Road, Fulwell Cross also featured in the list.

It was named after an oak tree that was replanted in 1909.


Located in Cranbrook Road, Ilford, the converted shop is said to have an “unusual style”.


This pub in High Street, Wanstead, the guide said, was a former hotel before being acquired by Wetherspoon in the 1990s.

Pictures of famous Georges reportedly adorn its walls.

To buy the guide, visit https://shop1.camra.org.uk/product/the-good-beer-guide-2024/.