Hackney is proud of its traditional East End pubs

Pubs

HACKNEY is proud of its traditional East End pubs - many of which have been restored to their former glory - and serve a quality pint.

The borough is awash with pubs serving everything from Belgian beer to Hackney homebrew, everywhere from hipster hangouts to tranquil canal-side locations, where you can escape the hectic hustle of city life.

For the discerning real ale drinker, many establishments offer brews on tap, or are opening up as specialists due to popular demand. Make sure you check out the glut of real ale pubs developing in the Hackney Central area.

Most pubs offer a fantastic selection of food and home-made produce, from gastro to pork scratchings, and on a cold or rainy Sunday you are guaranteed to find a cosy pub that serves a good roast in every Hackney postcode.

Auld Shillelagh

THE Auld Shilleagh is a popular Irish pub in Stoke Newington with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. This long and narrow Church Street boozer draws a loyal crowd of drinkers most nights and has a surprisingly large beer garden.

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Auld Shillelagh

Cat and Mutton

ORIGINALLY The Cattle & Shoulder of Mutton, this 300-year-old pub was once a watering hole for agricultural workers who rested their livestock at London Fields on route to markets like Smithfields. The pub was one of the early pioneers that drew a new type of trend-seeking visitor to Broadway Market, quickly becoming the place to eat, drink and be merry, after it was renovated in 2003.

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Cat and Mutton

Chesham Arms

THIS traditional Homerton boozer has been closed since 2012 after it was bought by a developer who hoped to build a block of flats on the site. Residents and the Campaign for Real Ale have been fighting, supported by Hackney Council, to get the pub reopened and it was listed as an 'asset of community value' after a landmark tribunal ruling in 2013.

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Chesham Arms

Daniel Defoe

THE Daniel Defoe prides itself on being 'one of the last traditional' pubs in the Stoke Newington area. It offers a range of cask ales, premium lagers and ciders, wines from around the world, a selection of malt whiskies probably rarely seen outside the Highlands, and a simple, daily food menu.

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Daniel Defoe

Dove Freehouse and Kitchen

A BROADWAY Market institution, the Dove has been going for over 20 years, long before the area became achingly fashionable. Its extensive range of Belgian beers, real ales and ciders, plus hearty traditional pub fare, including Sunday lunch, mean it is as popular as ever, despite the ever-increasing competition.

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Dove Freehouse and Kitchen

Eagle

THIS Shoreditch pub is famous for its appearance in the nursery rhyme: 'Up and down the City Road, in and out of The Eagle. That's the way the money goes.

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Eagle

Elderfield

TUCKED away in a residential area near Chatsworth Road, the Elderfield is a proper community pub. The very local locals fill this popular Clapton haunt most nights, creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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Elderfield

Empress of India

THE head chef at this popular gastro pub brings over 12 years' experience in Michelin starred kitchens to Victoria Park. The frequently changing seasonal menu features quality produce from neighbourhood suppliers – meat from Ginger Pig, fish from Jonathan Norris, and sourdough from E5 Bakehouse.

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Empress of India

Grow

Carved out of what was once a sausage factory, Grow has been transformed into a unique bar, kitchen and creative space. Hidden in a yard in the heart of Hackney Wick and backing onto the canal, it was built by a small team and is operating as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business.

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Grow

Hemingway

THE Hemingway on Victoria Park Road was reopened in 2010 by the Seven Eights collective of club, bar and restaurant insiders. The refurb is subtle with Art Deco mirrors and smart chandeliers.

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Hemingway

Horse & Groom

THIS small, pub-style club has established itself as a leading destination for electronic music lovers. During the day it's a regular pub which serves food; at night it turns into two storeys of dance floor mayhem with a DJ booth on each level, hosting some of the scene's big names including Todd Terje, Greg Wilson, James Priestley from Secretsundaze, and Fabric's Craig Richards.

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Horse & Groom

Jolly Butchers

ALE and cider house on Stoke Newington Church Street with a complementary food menu and Sunday roasts. This Campaign for Real Ale nominated pub offers a wide selection of real ale, cider, craft beer and premium larger from smaller breweries on tap and by the bottle.

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Jolly Butchers

Lauriston

A FRIENDLY pub just moments from Victoria Park, serving great stone-baked pizza, seven days a week. It also hosts a mid-week pub quiz, popular monthly karaoke night, plus live bands and DJs at the weekends.

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Lauriston

London Fields Brewery

THIS cafe and bar is tucked away in arches under the railway line that separates London Fields from Mare Street, and is a hot spot for interesting emerging independent traders. It sells its own craft beers and food from Jimmy Garcia's Southwest Supper Club.

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London Fields Brewery

Macbeth

THIS seemingly quiet stretch of Hoxton Street can draw a raucous crowd most nights of the week for The Macbeth's renowned live music and club nights. A sprawling and cavernous old pub, The Macbeth is the site of high-jinx most evenings, be it at their casual film or life drawing nights, or with DJs, karaoke and live acts.

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Macbeth

Old Blue Last

THIS legendary pub is renowned for being a driving force in the East London music movement. Run by the owners of off-the-wall fash mag Vice, The Old Blue Last, on Great Eastern Street, hosts bands and DJs daily, as well as secret shows by big acts, often all for free.

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Old Blue Last

Old Ship

THE Old Ship is tucked away down a long corridor-style entrance off Mare Street, such unpromising beginnings open up however to reveal a hidden gem of a boozer. Friendly and knowledgable staff serve craft beers, ciders, cask ales, a fine selection of hard liquor and wine 'by the jug'.

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Old Ship

Pembury Tavern

MAJOR refurbishment at the Pembury Tavern in Hackney Central introduced new features including 16 hand-pumps on a traditional long bar. The pub serves a fine selection of real ales from Milton Brewery and other British microbreweries, plus puts on beer festivals during the year.

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Pembury Tavern

Prince Arthur (London Fields)

THIS welcoming backstreet boozer is part of a small chain of upmarket gastro pubs that includes The Gun in the Docklands. As a result the food is always good, the staff are friendly and knowledgable, and the clientele laid back and less pretentious than some other London Fields pubs that shall remain nameless.

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Prince Arthur (London Fields)

Prince Arthur (Shoreditch)

THE Prince Arthur is tucked away down a quiet road off Old Street. It's one of the last remaining traditional pubs in Hoxton, popular for an after work drink and a bit of a haven for regulars who don't want banging tunes served with their pint.

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Prince Arthur (Shoreditch)

Prince George

HIPSTER rich, The Prince George comes with outlandish taxidermy, an obscure jukebox and pleasant crowd. It also serves a great mix of Belgian beer, Czech lagers and traditional ales, plus has a pool table and lovely little beer garden.

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Prince George

Pub on the Park

ONE of the highlights of this pub is the extensive outdoor decking which overlooks London Fields, making it hugely popular in the summer. Pub on the Park offers a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits, plus food.

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Pub on the Park

Red Lion

THIS convivial pub located just off buzzing Hoxton Square has had its ups and downs over the years. Incongruously visited by Madonna back in the day when Shoreditch was at its cool-hunting heights, it hit the headlines again in 2012 when its head chef was convicted of spiking chocolate truffles with MDMA and serving them to customers.

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Red Lion

Rose & Crown

THIS well loved local landmark of a pub in Stoke Newington features a traditional oak-panelled bar and a log fire. It has been owned by the same family since 1986 and has a welcoming, unpretentious feeling.

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Rose & Crown

Rosemary Branch Theatre

IN contrast to its small size, the Rosemary Branch Theatre has a big history and reputation, starting life as a Victorian music hall that reportedly hosted such names as Marie Lloyd, and even Charlie Chaplin. In 1992, the popular pub theatre, which is nestled on the border between Hackney and Islington, was taken over by the current artistic directors Cecilia Darker and Cleo Sylvestre, who refurbished the 67-seat venue.

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Rosemary Branch Theatre

Royal Inn on the Park

TRADITIONAL East London pub serving homemade food and traditional beers. A beer garden overlooks the leafy and picturesque Victoria Park and the venue can be hired to cater for up to 120 people.

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Royal Inn on the Park

Scolt Head

HIDDEN away in the back streets of De Beauvoir, the Scolt Head has developed a reputation as a bit of a hipster hang out over the years. As well as boozing it up, activities on offer include big screen sports, pool, live music, a Monday night pub quiz, and there's a nice little area out the front for a pint on a summer's evening.

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Scolt Head

Shacklewell Arms

SLIGHTLY grubby and rough round the edges – like all the best gig venues – Shacklewell Arms has established itself as a critical location on the live music map in a relatively short space of time. The venue is essentially split into two: with the Shacklewell Lane side like a traditional pub, right down to having football on the telly, while a large backroom with semi-outdoor smoking area offers live music and club nights like Beach Creep, Homoelectric and Club Motherfucker.

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Shacklewell Arms

Spurstowe Arms

THE Spurstowe Arms sits proudly on the corner of the ultra fashionable Wilton Way, tucked away between Hackney Central and Dalston. Its wine list is as impressive as the selection of beers on tap.

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Spurstowe Arms

The Three Compasses

This cosy welcoming pub retains the feel of an old school East End boozer and chucks in the best that contemporary London can throw at it; hip party DJs, an embarrassment of local craft beers and the best organic burger menu in town. Fact.

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Three Crowns

THREE Crowns leans towards an upmarket venue attracting 20 to 30 something residents. With classic French style decorations and low lighting, the pub is fantastic for group meet ups and romantic nights alike.

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Three Crowns

White Hart

A POPULAR local in Stoke Newington, The White Hart's biggest draws are its massive garden and DJ nights. It's usually bustling with punters, more so during big football matches on its many big screens and hot summer days.

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White Hart

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