World's End Pub Crawl, Celebrating 101 Years of Welwyn Garden City with CRAFT#123
A rough Guide
START - 10:45 Hrs at Welwyn Garden City Station, - outside the Front of the Howard Centre (exit via ticket office & escalators from Level 1!)
Train times will be confirmed nearer the event - once new timetable is out!!
To get to Welwyn Garden City:
09:58 London Kings Cross Platform 10
10:04 Finsbury Park Platform 7
10:15 Potters Bar Platform 4
10:26 Welwyn Garden City platform 3
09:27 Cambridge Platform 3
09:47 Royston (Herts) Plaform1
10:00 Letchworth Garden City
10:04 Hitchin Platform 1
10:10 Stevenage Platform 1
10:22 Welwyn Garden City Platform 2
Please be aware that both Welwyn Garden City & Letchworth Garden City are served by Great Northern/Thameslink a Govia company that currently has the worst service on Network Rail, so please check that Trains are not cancelled due to lack of drivers!
Also the 724 Bus Services run around Midnight from Welwyn Garden City to Hertford & Ware
We recommend You Pre-Book your Train Ticket to Letchworth Garden City & booking Letchworth Accommodation links are below:
Lenny Henry's Place in Letchworth or there is now a Letchworth Travelodge
To save time you may at this pay-as-you-go crawl of 'Newton Haven', you wish to get yourself a Drinking Buddy or four/five to be in rounds at the Bars – dependent on turnout, staying power & Bar Staff availability……
None of the timings can be guaranteed....it's a Hash after all & Great Northern run the UK's worst Train service!
Suggested Drinks will be checked out again before the event!
PLEASE Let us know you are coming along, There is a Running Trail to Pub one & back, or getting a cab to Pub one & back will keep the fare down if we pre-book!
Newton Haven Here we Come.......
10:50Hrs BAG DROP AT PUB 2 (THE DOCTORS TONIC) then Run Starts...
If you miss the Pack, go straight down the escalators & the Taxi Rank is outside of the front of the Howard Centre’s main entrance or follow the Trail. Running Trail to the First Pub, approx 1.5 miles there & another 1.5 back! see below:
The Peartree (The First Post) Hollybush Lane AL7 4JJ
Having established Letchworth Garden City as the fictitious ‘Newton Haven’, the first four stops on the ‘Mile’ can all be found in Welwyn Garden City, 2 miles to the south.
All of the pub names, invented for the film, are cryptic pointers to the plot, so it’s natural that the evening starts out at ‘The First Post’. This turns out to be The Peartree, Hollybush Lane at Woodhall Lane, southeast of Welwyn Garden City. And that really is the pub’s interior, gamely allowing itself to be dissed as bland.
Leave 11:40 Hrs - 5 mins Taxi Ride or second part of the Running Trail Back Trail to....
11:50 Hrs Pub-Crawl Starts in earnest...The Doctor's Tonic (The Old Familiar)
Oakham Inferno, GK IPA/Abbot/Rum Runner (Caskmark)
The gag is that it’s the same interior used for the second pub, ‘The Old Familiar’, the exterior of which is The Doctors Tonic, a lively bar (with live music) closer to the centre of Welwyn Garden City. This is where Oliver’s sister, and Steve’s secret crush, Sam (Rosamund Pike) turns up.
2 minute walk
12:40 Hrs The Two Willows (The Famous Cock)
London Pride, Scarlett Macaw, Rosie Pig & Old Rosie, other crafts in bottles.
The haunt of Mad Basil (David Bradley), retailer of dark conspiracy theories, is now the Two Willows, it was known as the Cork when Filming took place, a former bank at 9 Howardsgate. Since the younger Gary had been barred for life, the stay at the ‘Cock’ isn’t too long.
30 Second walk
13:20 Hrs Misya Turkish Restaurant (The Cross Hands)
Efes & a Meze (Their License requires food to buy alcohol)
The Cross Hands’. This is the Parkway Bar on Parkway, which is indeed just around the corner from The Two Willows.
Although the Parkway’s real bar is used, you won’t be surprised to hear that the gents’ toilet, in which the evening starts to go disturbingly awry, was recreated in the studio.
Leave 14:20 - 5 minute walk to..
Welwyn Garden City Railway Station
14:31Hrs We all get the Train from Platform 3 to Letchworth Garden City (PRE-BOOK YOUR TRAIN TICKET TO LETCHWORTH)
A Treat on the Train.......
1-2 min Walk and also where the locations begin to get tricksy.
15:00 Hrs The Garden City Brewery, its not in the Film but they have always been good to us! Plus we need to make up for the Black Squirrel/Thai Restaurant that was the Beehive in the Film & has now been demolished!
1903, Mollys Mild & GROG Best Place for Sausage Rolls & Pies
2 Minute Walk....
15:40 Hrs The Good Companions, is a shop at 71 Leys Avenue with pub like set dressing added to its frontage, so we are instead visiting Crafty's Bottle Shop, 15 Leys Avenue
Inside was Wenlock Arms, Islington (Which we have done on a Full Moon & with LH3 SNoRrTed/SoRTed a couple of times now) Changing Ales & Craft Beers
Gary’s reasoning that to continue with Golden Mile is the best way not to attract attention, the five head off down ‘Newton Haven’s’ high street, becoming uncomfortably aware of the locals’ odd attitude
10 Second Walk .....
16:10 Hrs The Three Magnets (The Trusty Servant)
Loads of Choice (Cask Marque)
Although the exterior of number six, ‘The Trusty Servant’, is a real pub – The Three Magnets, the bar interior where Gary susses out the Rev Green – his one-time dealer – is the Director’s Arms, at the junction of Ripon Way and Cranes Way, in Borehamwood.
The town of Borehamwood itself is familiar from plenty of screen appearances, since it’s so close to Elstree Studios and the old Borehamwood Studios
10 second walk
16:55Hrs The Platform (The Two-Headed Dog)
Buntingford Highwayman, Dooooombaaar; Hobgoblin, Marstons
‘The Two Headed Dog’, is where the initially sceptical Sam encounters creepy twins in the beer garden. This was formally The Colonnade, but now The Platform Station Road.
3 min walk
17:40Hrs The Broadway Cinema (The Mermaid)
The Bar was being refurbished, so it could just be a bottle of Becks!
‘The Mermaid’, with its ‘School Disco’ theme is the Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap.
Opened in 1936, it’s still very much an independent cinema, so this time the interior was filmed at Chalfont Campus, a former college in Newlands Park, just outside Chalfont St. Giles, in Buckinghamshire.
7 Second Walk (or less)
18:00 Hrs The Thai Garden/Black Squirrel (The Beehive) Now an old Peoples' Maximum Security Twilight Home, probably a Honey-based shot stop
The Beehive’ was the Thai Garden, 10 Gernon Road, which in the real world was a closed restaurant, originally the Black Squirrel Pub, It's been closed for years but we have a treat lined up!
It’s here that their old school teacher, Mr Shepherd (Pierce Brosnan) coolly explains the situation in the most reasonable terms. The remaining ‘musketeers’ don’t find the explanation quite so unproblematic, and the spectacular ruckus that follows was filmed back in the studio.
Fleeing ‘The Beehive’, they retire to lie low for a while in their old ‘smoke house’, the club house of the Howard Garden Social Centre Bowling Green, Norton Way South at the foot of Gernon Road. This is where the film briefly references John Carpenter’s The Thing, as each character in turn is obliged to establish authentic humanity.
1 minute walk
18:15 Hrs The Arena Tavern (The Kings Head)
Ye Old Trippe, Flying Scotsman, Rev James
The escape route now fortuitously leads them through pub number ten, the deserted ‘King’s Head’, where the indefatigable Gary maintains the ‘drink in every pub’ objective by serving himself a pint.
Both inside and out, this is the Arena Tavern, 3 Arena Parade, another live music venue, in the heart of Letchworth.
2 min walk
19:00 Hrs La Concha (The Hole in the Wall)
Brew Dog Punk IPA
Chased by glowy-eyed ‘blanks’, Gary legs it north up Broadway to pub number eleven, perhaps the most surprising location of all.
‘The Hole In The Wall’ is Letchworth Garden City Railway Station, Station Road. A false wall was built across the station entrance and, if you’ve seen the film, you’ll understand why the pub interior was built at Elstree Studios.
19:35 Hrs - CAB Ł4:50 Best to book the return cab back on the way out!!!
5 minute cab ride to:
The Willbury (The World's End) Willbury Hills SG6 4LG
Doombar, Adnams GK IPA.
The survivors triumphantly make it to their ultimate destination, ‘The World’s End’, which is The Gardener’s Arms, Wilbury Hills Road at Icknield Way.
Unlike the other Letchworth locations, which are fairly close together in the town centre, the Gardener’s Arms is about a mile west of the town.
If you’ve managed the Golden Mile, it’s still there serving up that well-earned pint.
20:15 Hrs Head home Taxi Back to Letchworth Garden City Station 5 minute cab ride
If you are staying in Letchworth, there will be a recovery Run at 11:00Hrs on Sunday venue TBC
Trains to Welwyn Garden City & Kings Cross leave Platform 1 20:29 Letchworth Garden City; 20:34 Hitchin 20:40 Stevenage 20:52 WGC 20:55 Hatfield 21:02 Potters Bar 21:14 Finsbury Park 21:20 Kings Cross
Trains to Cambridge depart Platform 2 20:19 Letchworth Garden City 20:23 Baldock 20:32 Royston 20:54 Cambridge