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We all know that local pubs are the cornerstones of our community, but some are extra special. Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub is one of those rare gems. Award-winning, yet always friendly and inclusive, there really is something for everyone in this well-loved Walthamstow venue. It seems almost diminutive to describe Ye Olde Rose and Crown as a pub when it offers such a wide range of services to the E17 area. The venue is a social hub of creativity, companionship and soul. Oh, and booze. Don’t forget the booze! 


We spoke to Jo, a co-owner and established actress, about how East London’s prized theatre pub was born. Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub is run by a team of five, comprised of Aaron, Andy Jo, and Jo’s parents Bun and Viv. Not only an award-winning ale pub; the local hangout is also a theatre, live music venue and host to many community charity events.   


 We are kicking off 2021 with the launch of our Pillars of the Community campaign! This project aims to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes and cornerstones of our local community. Every month we will feature a noteworthy institution and an everyday hero from East London, and beyond. 


It’s difficult to think of a more fitting institution to kick off our Pillars of the Community campaign. We had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Eat or Heat’s co-founder, Gary Nash, to find out a little bit more about this outstanding local service. 

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Our second installment of Pillars of the Community is an eccentric Homerton hotspot, which is known and loved across the city of London: The Kenton. If you don’t know it, then where have you been hiding? Read on and get to know it! 

The Kenton is best described as a traditional British pub with a Scandinavian twist. Egil, the landlord of The Kenton, is inextricably linked with the pub’s appeal and rich character. Hailing from a hamlet of just 55 people in West Norway, Egil is a warm, interesting guy with an almost tangible passion for his business. He is a licensed drone operator, who films and edits his own social media videos, has lived in cities all over the world, and performs local beer deliveries on his cargo bike: We could have extended the interview by hours just to listen to his stories!  



One hundred and ten years in the East End: When searching for a Pillar of the Community, they don’t come better established than Rinkoff Bakery. Rinkoffs has been serving their traditional challah breads, sourdoughs, cheesecakes, croissants and danish pastries, to the people of East London for over a century. Pretty solid credentials if you ask us!  

We chatted to Jen and Debs, the great granddaughters of Hyman Rinkoff who founded the bakery in 1911. Hyman Rinkoff came to London from the Ukraine in the 1910s, and as a trained baker his skills were in demand at that time. He established the bakery in Whitechapel, which was a predominantly Jewish area, and used his own recipes to bake specialist breads, such as challah. Rinkoffs has remained a family business since the day it opened, and has acquired a long-serving, diverse team along the way.