The Optimist Tavern Pub in Upminster

Serving up great quality, pub food in warm and welcoming surroundings, The Optimist Tavern in Upminster should be your first port of call for a catch up with friends, a mid-week meal, or a delicious Sunday roast with all the family. With regular quiz nights and a spacious beer garden, this local pub is the ideal location for good quality pub food with a warm welcome all year round. Rumour has it we are also haunted by the ghost of a landlord from years gone by…spooky!

Offering brunch, lunch, and dinner every day of the week, as well as our famous set price buffet, our delicious pub food menus are bursting with tasty dishes, including vegetarian and vegan friendly options. We also have a wide range of draught beers available including Hop House 13 and Carling.

Located near to Romford and Dagenham, and close to the M25, this local pub near you is a great place to eat, drink, and relax after a long day spent exploring The Windmill, Upminster High Street, or Hornchurch town centre.

Just a 10-minute drive from junction 29 on the M25, head north and take the A127 exit to Basildon/Romford/Southend. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto the A127 slip road to London (E&C)/Romford. Merge onto Southend Arterial Road/A127, continue onto Hacton Lane, take a slight left onto Park Farm Road, and you’ll find us on the left. 

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Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:30am-11pm
  • Tuesday 11:30am-11pm
  • Wednesday 11:30am-11pm
  • Thursday 11:30am-11pm
  • Friday 11:30am-Midnight
  • Saturday 11:30am-Midnight
  • Sunday 11:30am-11pm

Food Service Times

  • Monday Midday-10pm
  • Tuesday Midday-10pm
  • Wednesday Midday-10pm
  • Thursday Midday-10pm
  • Friday Midday-10pm
  • Saturday Midday-10pm
  • Sunday Midday-10pm


Hacton Lane, , Upminster, Greater London, UK, RM14 2XY


01708 641530

If you’re looking for great food and real ales, The Optimist Tavern in Upminster is the obvious choice. Close to Hornchurch, Elm Park and Romford, whether you live nearby or just passing through, you’re welcome to drop in.


Our quality pub-food will really hit the spot. With our seasonal menus and excellent vegetarian and vegan menu options, we work hard to bring you classic dishes just the way you like them. They’re even better alongside our wide range of beers: carefully picked from some of the best breweries across the country, and lovingly poured for your drinking pleasure.

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