Bromley-by-Bow sees a return of the bun run at the Widow’s Son

The Widow's Son pub 'bun run
LS Nick Edelshain, LT Kevin Williams, CPO Linda Hadcolks, and LS Mart

The Widow's Son pub 'bun run LS Nick Edelshain, LT Kevin Williams, CPO Linda Hadcolks, and LS Martin Joubert, ratings from HMS President Naval Reserve base in Wapping. - Credit: Archant

Sailors are paying homage to an old tradition with hot cross buns at the Widow’s Son pub in Bow.

As legend goes, a widow who lived on the site of the pub during the Napoleonic wars received a letter from her son asking for a fresh hot cross bun when he came home for Easter.

The son never made it home, but his mother continued to produce a bun every year until the house was made into a pub. On being demolished, a store of hot cross buns was discovered.

Since then, varnished buns have hung in nets over the pub’s bar in Devons Road – every year, serving members of the Navy bring a new bun with the date baked into the top to add to the collection.

The offerings came to a stop until last year, when the new owners reinstated the tradition. This year, from 12-3pm on Good Friday there’ll be live music from the Saloon League and DJ Vella will be retelling the story of the Widow’s Son.


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