Wednesday, August 5
Olympic Stadium season tickets sorted
The East Stand will get the sun in the summer, but the new roof is so large it should hopefully stop any glare.
business of assessing Stratford's boozers. First we tried Tap East in Westfield, which saved a nice pint of Rad Atom real ale and a bottle of Belgian Duval for Nigel. Does food too, but it's very small, and doesn't look like it could cope with 54,000 Irons fans singing songs and spraying beer.
We moved on to the Builders Arms, which was a bit run down but spacious, and had bottles of Doombar, but no real ale on draught. Our next stop was the Princess of Wales in West Ham Lane. There was only one old bloke having a half in the pub and the barmaid looked very surprised to see three customers enter. But it had Doombar on draught (could have been kept better though) and the wooden interior wasn't bad and it had lots of space for football fans.
In that vicinity there is also the Black Bull on the Broadway, the Queen's Head in West Ham Lane that has live music and the King Edward VII. There are also two more pubs in The Grove. So plenty of scope for research before the big kick-off at the OS.