Great night out in Chigwell

November 15th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
Great night out in Chigwell

There are so many opportunities for a big night out in Chigwell but if you haven’t yet booked a special nigh at Ye Olde Kings Head, this winter might be the time. Ye Olde Kings Head in Chigwell was built in 1547 and is the second oldest public house in England.  It was famously immortalised by Charles Dickens in his novel ‘Barnaby Rudge’ as the Maypole Inn.
For many years this landmark Chigwell building was a notorious watering hole for London’s merchants and bankers who visited whilst staying at their Essex retreats. Over the years this listed building has welcomed some truly famous visitors from the likes of Dick Turpin and Winston Churchill to film directors such as Orson Welles, and actors Marlon Brando and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In 2009 local entrepreneur Dylan Hunt purchased the building and spent more than a year sympathetically overseeing an enormous refurbishment and rebuilding project. He has scattered the building with outstanding pieces of memorabilia from his various travels so don’t be surprised when you see enormous stuffed wild animals, colossal chandeliers, giant bronze statues or classic cars scattered around the property.
Since opening as “Sheesh” at Ye Olde Kings Head have won multiple awards for both the high standard and quality of food and service. World Class musicians also perform in the Upstairs Cocktail bar five nights a week. There may be a strictly enforced childfree policy with a smart dress code on all nights but their legendary guest-friendly atmosphere, ensures a great Chigwell night out.