Dissenting Academy

Bars and pubs , Pubs Stoke Newington
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Dissenting Academy
©Josh Kearns

Ever since landlords abandoned the old coat-of-arms/nobleman/signs-for-the-illiterate naming convention, pub titles have become more creative. And why not? They can’t all be called the Red Lion. And the ‘Dissenting Academy’ name isn’t a conceit – Newington Green has long attracted radicals, disestablishmentarians and contrarians, including the likes of Mary Wollstonecraft, Daniel Defoe, and Oliver Cromwell.

Nowadays the area’s quiet streets and pleasant independent bars and restaurants attract a much more placid sort. There’s not too much to suggest any serious sedition is being fomented within: it’s a cosy and attractive place, essentially a regular refurbed pub with a few bits of contemporary art hinting at mild rebellion (pictures of Bob Dylan and Bill Hicks). On our visit, only two of the seven real ale taps were flowing, although one, the usually superb Redemption Urban Dusk, was lifeless. Kegs came to the rescue, with Krusovice and the blonde Belgian abbey ale Affligem.

Kicking against the system must be hungry work, so food is provided – my pork and chorizo burger was decent, but I must take issue with the menu’s description of the ‘white artisan sesame roll’. The massively chunky chips, though, were deserving of the term ‘artisan’.

But perhaps these are just teething troubles – Dissenting Academy is a welcoming local, and its nod to the area’s history is honourable. It might not be the hotbed of anarchic nonconformity its name suggests, but who wants some bloke with a beard declaiming at you when you’re just trying to enjoy a pint?

Venue name: Dissenting Academy
Address: 92 Mildmay Park
N1 4PR
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-1am Fri-Sat
Transport: Tube: Canonbury or Dalston Kingsland rail
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Nigel Thomas

Great pub, friendly service and tasty reasonably priced food. They've just started a new pub quiz on Wednesday nights too which has made this my new local (as my team won the £50 cash first prize!)


Great food, great beer, great atmosphere, clean and unpretentious. I trust the truly home-made food and it is very good value - on Tuesdays incredibly good value - 2 meals for the price of one.


We went for dinner here last night after hearing rumours about the great food..itdidnt disapoint!! We had a burger that was huge and so tasty that even when i was full i couldnt stop eating, my friend had the pie which looked beautiful and came with rave reviews. There were 4/5 ales on and a really nice bitter, notting hill amber which we drank a few too manyof! Really loved the secret dj app that let us selectour own songs to play jukebox style. we will be back but if there is a big crowd i'd book a table as there were only a few little tables left when we got in at 9.


Lovely staff, lovely freshly made food and a good selection of drinks on offer! No DJ on Friday night though which was a shame, but none the less a lovely boozer! just what the area needed!