Another West Ham pub closes


CentralAnother former West Ham pub has closed its doors.

The Central in Barking Road closed their doors a few weeks ago after failing to make ends meet following the departure West Ham United last summer.

The Central follows many other pubs which closed their doors in East Ham and Plaistow area.

Planning permission has been granted by Newham council to turn the ground floor into shop units while the upper floors are turned into seven residential flats. Permission has also been granted to build two new houses at the rear of the site as the drawing below shows.


Earlier this week we reported that the Hammers Social Club is struggling financially and is likely to close unless income can drastically improve in the coming months.

central3The news of the Central closing has been met by sadness by some on social media.

Phillip Wilkinson wrote “Pubs cannot compete with Wetherspoons and Supermarkets…many pubs have become Tescos”

Allen Cummings said:ย “After getting back from Wembley spent Cup Final night 1980 in The Central. It was unbelievable!”

Dave Probert:ย “Stayed there for last game against Man United. Must ย admit it was a bit rough but done the job. Pity it’s closed”

Duncan Scott: “Wow I’ve had a few bevvys in there..the old British pub is becoming extinct, such a shame”

Darren Blewitt probably summed up the Central best by saying:ย “If your from the area everyone knew it was a s..t hole but it was our s..t hole!”

The Central joins a long list of pubs which have closed over the years, many have been replaced by supermarkets, bookies and chicken shops but many closed before West Ham moved away and the loss of pubs is a nationwide problem.

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  • Stan The Man says:

    I used to use The Central though it wasnt my go to pub.Its a shame to see but just one amongst thousands of pubs shutting every year round the country.
    Talking of shutting i think Florida Hammer on Whtid could do with shutting his mouth about Hugh and this place.Another keyboard warrior who needs a good slap but hides miles away in the wilderness of the internet.What a Berkeley Hunt.

  • Danny says:

    He is a w@nker.Thats the trouble with that place there are some blinding good blokes but some total idiots as well who love themselves and their opinion way more than anyone else does.Now some of them are trying to put an i told you so slant on the article just to still have a dig.Pathetic c@nts.

  • Stan The Man says:

    Well i notice he didnt come here to say the same thing young Danny.Says it all really,a man with an agenda without doubt.

  • Stan The Man says:

    Seeing that Florida Hammer didn’t have the balls to write it here himself i will bring it to the table.What a creep.

    FloridaHammer about 10 hours ago
    Rather disgusting to read Hugh Southon revel in Scott Hogan’s injury. What a disgusting human being! Glad I stick to this site along with C&B rather than clickbait and hugh.

    Yes Florida Hammer and we are damn happy you dont use this site too!!!

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Lol i guess he wont be inviting Hugh out to Florida for a holiday any time soon.W*nker ๐Ÿ˜

  • John says:

    He is a liar as well as a coward. He says he doesn’t use this site but he read the article. How’s that work then?

    Ian Dale encourages bullying and name calling on that site and that is why it exists over there. They’re welcome to him.

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Maybe he was in a bad mood because Minnie Mouse wouldnt sleep with him lastnight,she chose Pluto instead ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Lads, just to say I really don’t care what he or anyone else says of me. He probably support Trump anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ They have no idea what type of person I am and as any sane person knows there was no ill will intended towards Scott. I wish him well and hope it’s not serious. The report was actually pointing toards his no goals since joining scenario and that Slav has got it right seemingly. I know you all love me Looooool anyway. Don’t worry about WHTID. If they wanna write that stuff it tells them more about them than me or anyone else . Just discuss the footie guys. The MORE WE DISCUSS WHITD THE less we become CandH. Just ignore.

  • Stan The Man says:

    You are of course right Hughie but sometimes some things shouldnt be just be passed off without repercussions,though i wont hold my breathe that Iain will do anything or tell him to shut up lol

  • Hammer and Pickle says:

    The man is an ar5ehole.Fortunatley he is Americas problem now the sh1t for brains.Got to say most of the other users on there told him he was wrong.Credit where credits due.

  • Think I’ll sue him – it really is libel LOL. Nah can’t be arsed

  • Hammer and Pickle says:

    Lmao go for it Hugh grab some of his dollar before he donates it all to Donald….Duck not Trump Lol

  • It’s hard to have an iq less than your shoe size (or trump’s) but amazingly he seems to have
    managed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Slim Jim says:

    You are old news now Hugh they have moved on to deep & meaningful discussions on yoga.Not that any other Irons fan around the globe gives a pygmys fart about yoga but they are the gift that never stops giving after all.Broken boilers,theatre trips,types of sausages,they talk more ******** than Trump!!

  • Michael Miller says:

    Yer, give over about WHTID – who cares what goes on over there!

    Getting back to the Central – it really was a dump, the last time I was in there they didn’t have any decent beer on and there was an inch of pi$$ in the gents!!

  • John says:

    Just what Barking Road needs. Another fried chicken shop and a phone shop. What’s happening to our bloody country.

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