Crown & Shuttle

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By Euan Ferguson

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have looked at this pub frontage many a time from the top deck of a night bus out of Liverpool Street and thought: why has a pub between the City and Shoreditch been boarded up for 12 years? Chances are you’re nothing like me and have never done that, but you should be pleased it’s open again anyway. It’s an old, old pub – the ‘shuttle’ in the name refers to part of the weaving apparatus used by local Huguenots. The pub used to be in such a sorry state that it looked as if it had been shut for a century. That shows you what Shoreditch High Street and the steady trundle of diesel-engined buses does for the complexion.

The craftsmen who refitted the Crown & Shuttle in 1885 would wonder why their no-doubt scrupulously applied plasterwork has been cleared out leaving only the scrupulously erected Victorian brickwork on show, but that’s the fashion these days, and I doubt the 1990s were kind to the pub’s inside anyway. The ’90s weren’t kind to anyone’s insides for that matter.

There’s a big shiny tank beside the bar dispensing Meantime’s ‘brewery fresh’ London lager, which is unpasteurised, unfiltered, delivered by petrol-style tankers and matured on the premises. How does this revolutionary drink taste? I can’t tell you: it had run out (Guy can though). Luckily there are plenty more to choose from, on tap and in bottle. With a beer offer as extensive as the Crown’s, it’s essential the staff are clued-up enough to help you through it. On my visit, unfortunately, they weren’t.

C & S website describes the staff as a ‘bunch of good-looking riff-raff’. I can confirm that they were good looking, although on their social standing I can’t comment. The pub’s new, so I’m sure by the time it settles into a groove they’ll all be regular beer buffs.

The rest of the pub more than makes up for it. The lack of a kitchen has been solved with ingenuity – in the spacious and rather cool garden stands a mobile catering unit, or ‘food truck’ as it’s now cool to call them. Chefs send out interesting, often ale-fuelled dishes such as crispy duck pitta with raspberry beer and beetroot, or smaller things such as chicken wings with mango salad, or the much more Victorian-sounding pickled cockles.

Venue name: Crown & Shuttle
Contact:
Address: 226 Shoreditch High Street
London
E1 6PJ
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-1am Thur-Sat; 11am-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Rail: Shoreditch High Street rail
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Kirsty E
Tastemaker

Really like this place. The interior is nothing much to rave over, although the staff are friendly and they have an interesting selection of home brewed beers to match their extensive wine and cocktail list.

The real magic comes when you step outside into the awesome beer garden. Completely covered over and heated to protect against even the worst English weather, this is the place to be in Shoreditch for a cosy date night or a party depending on the night.

Tasty food too from the unique "burger van" sitting in the courtyard, although the portions are not very generous. A little pricey too for both food and drink, but overall a great place to impress.

Ros A
Tastemaker

The Crown and Shuttle is a place that I have a love/hate relationship with but mainly love. It's a fairly normal pub from the outside very near Liverpool St and Shoreditch High St stations. As a result it can be busy but luckily it's bigger than it looks. The pub goes on and on and there's a huge terrace out back with heaters and some of it is covered so it's ok even in the rain. It's a great vibe and usually good fun. When the terrace closes (around 10pm usually) it gets crazily busy (like if you did up your shoelace you would actually get trampled to death) so make sure you're out of the main stampede walk through by then. 

The Man on the Street

Great pub with a massive sense of fun. Try the tiny upstairs bar "Filthy Fannys" - go out back to enjoy an al fresco bevvy and pop-up food truck - There's even a grotto and an urban upper deck.  The beer's good - the vibe is great. Love the place ! 

Darly C

great place to come for a sunny day or night time tipple, plenty of choice with a fantastic beer garden to drink the night away. the food go's down well and theres always cracking music playing.

L A

Passed the crown a few times on my way to Liverpool St. Station, finally headed there after work friday. The burger was pretty tasty. The staff were friendly folk and beer garden is a lovely bonus!

Smokey23

Went there on a Saturday night. House red was ok burger - awful. Semi warm meat and a cold rubbish bun. Rip off for the price I paid. Would not recommend. Full of trendy wannabes - overcrowded and not up to much

MH

Nice looking pub, good beers, food a bit bland, bar staff appalling. Did not seem to have a clue.

lord lord

Iv'e only seen pictures of this place but I wouldn't really want to go in there... If anyone cares about my opinion.