Denmark Arms pub’s new owners reveal pictures and plans for Grade II-listed boozer

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:36 10 October 2018

The Denmark Arms pub in East Ham. Pic: ANTIC LONDON/LOREDANA CAMPISI

The Denmark Arms pub in East Ham. Pic: ANTIC LONDON/LOREDANA CAMPISI


These are the first pictures to emerge from the inside of the Denmark Arms pub after it was sold.

The Grade II-listed boozer in Barking Road, East Ham, was bought by trendy chain Antic Pubs after the former landlord Ron Bolwell shut up shop blaming West Ham United’s move to London Stadium for killing trade.

Pictures show the extent of building work as the new owners – who also run the Forest Tavern in Forest Gate – get ready to move in.

Antic London boss Anthony Thomas said: “I think the Denmark Arms is such a fantastic old boozer in the heart of east London.

“For years we have wanted to serve the people of East Ham so this is a very exciting project for us.

Landlord Ron Bolwell has sold the lease on the Denmark Arms and is moving to his other pub the Queen's in Green Street.Landlord Ron Bolwell has sold the lease on the Denmark Arms and is moving to his other pub the Queen's in Green Street.

“It’s ideal for a new lease of life and we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to breathe fresh air into the old thing and continue the long tradition of providing a place of work and respite for the community,” he added.

Builders have been stripping back the decor of the pub – built in about 1890 – in a bid to return the building to how it could have looked when Queen Victoria was on the throne.

The pictures show original parquet flooring, fireplaces, glass tiles and wrought ironwork.

Antic has pledged the pub will carry on serving the community “much like the pubic houses of the past” with plans to source food locally.

On Antic’s plans, a spokeswoman said it would be open seven days a week, except Christmas Day.

“There’ll be ample room to visit with friends and family with community events taking place through the year including a quiz, DJs, accoustic bands and plenty more,” she said.

But the pub won’t serve food until next year, she added.

When it does start serving, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options will be on the menu.

“The final goal is to create the welcoming and friendly atmosphere that fans of our pubs hold dear, alongside a fond familiarity for returning locals, striking a balance between old and new,” the spokeswoman said.

For more details and to reserve free tickets for the opening night go to the Eventbrite website.

Related articles

Latest Newham Stories

13 minutes ago

More than nine in 10 of Newham’s schools are good or outstanding, Ofsted figures show.

Yesterday, 12:00

A young filmmaker has shone a spotlight on an outreach scheme trying to tackle knife crime.

United Kingdom
Yesterday, 09:35

Essex Senior League: Saffron Walden Town 4 Clapton 0

Essex Senior League

The power of sport remains unrivalled in its ability to inspire change, improve lives and unite communities.

Premier League
Yesterday, 07:00

Councillor Susan Masters, Clare Roche, Head of Fundraising at Richard House and Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

London Lions maintained their lead at the top of the BBL Championship with victory on the road against Worcester Wolves.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Imam Haque lives in East Ham, and soon he’ll begin training for his first London Marathon, for Age UK.

European Union
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Leyton Orient came from behind to beat Bromley and extend their unbeaten run in the National League to six matches, while also returning to the top of the table.

Dean Brill


Have you spent time as an unpaid carer? If you are over the age of 25 and living in Newham, the Working for Carers scheme can help you take the first steps back to employment.

Hanson Fernandes’ journey began in 2015 when he arrived in London from Goa, India.

Newsletter Sign Up

Newham Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now