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Avenue Hotel

Date of photo: 2012

Picture source: Colin Price


The Avenue Hotel was situated at 90 Church Road. This pub closed on 27th September 1990. A Hindu temple was built on the site following closure.

 
I lived in Fourth Avenue Manor Park 1981-1982  when I got my first job in London so this pub and the Three Rabbits were virtually on my doorstep.
I can still remember the surly publican of this pub at that time who said to me and my mate that "he hated student types" when we  had the gall to complain about the faulty pool table. Still the barmaid was wearing a loose fitting top with no bra which certainly gave you an eyeful when she leaned over the pumps and this helped to compensate for his rudeness.
In 1982 I bought a house in East Ham and had many eventful nights out in the Wakefield and other local hostelries so I have many happy memories of this area between 1981 and 1986 when I got married and moved up to Suffolk.
Simon Burt (February 2011)
 
I just looked up this pub... my uncle and aunt were publicans here in the late sixties and into the seventies.. Jim and Kit Church. I came from Canada as a student awaiting entrance to a nursing school in Watford; while waiting for my entry date I worked in this pub as a barmaid during the lunch session from May 1968-September 1968. I lived in one of the rooms upstairs in the pub. My uncle used to brag about how his niece from Quebec had come “ all the way from Canadia” to work in the pub.
I learned how to deal with the money... 12 pence to a shilling... 20 shillings to a pound...really ??and a pint of mild was 1/8d and a pint of best bitter was 2/4d. I loved every minute of meeting the locals and learning the pub culture.
We had a group of undertakers who used to come in to the saloon bar ( I was only allowed to serve in this bar) every lunch time... burials permitting. They would pull their lunches out of their top hats and proceed to order pints of beer to wash down their sandwiches. They knew my uncle well and always commented on how lucky he was to have a niece from the colonies working in the pub.
Things that I learned while working here:
Cockney rhyming slang ( my uncle was expert ), the British sense of humour, and that I definitely could not ever bring myself to eat jellied eels... but I really DID try.
It was a wonderful experience in a time of transition for me, I learned the culture that would stand me in good stead throughout my stay in England. I left in 1980 with a husband and two children... back to Canada, but a piece of my heart and my family history is still at the Avenue Hotel in Manor Park.
Joanna King (August 2013)
 
Known as The Flying Bottle by locals as it went downhill following a murder in 1988.
Andy Killing (December 2014)

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