Auld Shillelagh

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Critics' choice
18 Love It
© Nerida Howard
Stoke Newington

The added-value attractions at this skinny little Church Street boozer are numerous: sporadic themed music nights (including the Bowie Bar on the second Thursday of the month, with films and food – Diamond Hot Dogs, anyone? – to go with the tunes), big-screen football, a surprisingly large beer garden.

But the Shillelagh is at its best when it keeps things simple, as an honest, uncomplicated Irish pub (as opposed to Irish-themed pub; the difference is crucial) that draws a devoted circle of boozed-up Stoke Newingtonians most nights of the week.

It’s the kind of pub where the wine list runs to ‘red or white’, and where the staff are so matey and hospitable that they’ll offer to bring your Guinness over to your table rather than have you hang around at the bar and wait for it to reach perfection. No wonder everybody here always seems to be in such a good mood.

Venue name: Auld Shillelagh
Address: 105 Stoke Newington Church Street
N16 0UD
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-1am Thur-Sat; noon-midnight Sun
Transport: Tube: Stoke Newington rail or bus 73, 393, 476

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:8
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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Dinerlady LDN

A very atmospheric and authentic Irish pub. Whilst there's not much room to swing a leopard, there'e enough to swing a modest cat. In an ever-changing London, where traditional pubs are being disappeared in favor of posh flats and chain restaurants, it's a delight to come across somewhere so untarnished and honest, it's a real treasure and tellingly precious to it's customers and staff alike. I'm assured they do a brilliant pint of Guinness, although being a self-confessed wino, I'm sold at a very reasonable £13 a bottle and it's not at all bad, the last time I went they had a fairly decent Pinot Noir. And being a bit Irish, like half of London, especially around St Patrick's Day,  I'm always embarrassingly excited to find Tayto crisps! Whilst I never succeed at texting my pals the name of the place, I'm always happy to sit in a well-worn chair and wait for it's the closest to Ireland I've been in a long time. 

James A
moderatorStaff Writer

As the amount of gastropubs in Stoke Newington continues to overtake the more traditional boozers, it's reassuring to see The Auld Shillelagh still going strong, and doing so by sticking to doing what it does very well - being a fun, friendly pub that serves the best pint of Guinness in London. Go there on a quieter day and the staff offer to bring your pint over to your table to give it the right amount of time to settle, catch it on a busier day and don't be surprised to find a Ceilidh in full swing. 

Hope the place never changes!


Absolutely the best Guinness in town. A great place to watch sports, as well as being just overall wonderful to have a nice, cosy sit. Food can be ordered from one of the many pizzerias along Church Street.