Hackney bars and pubs

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For every gents-turned-pop-up-bar in Hackney there’s an honest-to-goodness boozer serving well-signposted pints and top-notch nosh.Cat & Mutton is a buzzing gastropub great for Sunday lunch, while Pembury Tavern draws the real-ale crowd. New Empowering Church, meanwhile, is a temple of hipster cool with some great club nights.

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Prince George

  • Rated as: 4/5

Once a mellow backstreet local, the George now swarms with rowdy, slumming-it art students in ridiculous outfits on Fridays and Saturdays, to the point where the landlord has even hired a bouncer.

  1. 40 Parkholme Road, E8 3AG
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Dove

  • Rated as: 3/5

The staff at the Dove long ago realised that the formula of great beers, uncomplicated food and simple decor was a winner that'd stand the test of time.

  1. 24-28 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
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Kenton

  • Rated as: 3/5

One of Hackney’s hidden gems, this eclectic boozer draws a crowd of loyal locals to an interior that mixes candlelit antiques and modern curiosities.

  1. 38 Kenton Rd, E9 7AB
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Cat & Mutton

  • Rated as: 3/5

Show up at this corner pub on a Sunday lunchtime and you’ll think you’ve walked into an estate agent’s advertisement for urban living.

  1. 76 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
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Pembury Tavern

  • Rated as: 3/5

There’s no faulting the beer at this grand old corner pub, which had lain derelict for a spell before being revived by the Individual Pubs group in 2006.

  1. 90 Amhurst Road, E8 1JH
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Prince Arthur

  • Rated as: 3/5

The Prince Arthur still has the feel of a neighbourhood pub, due in part to classic but attractive gastropub fittings of chunky wooden tables, dark-green leather stools and taxidermy on the walls.

  1. 95 Forest Road, E8 3BH
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Roger
Roger

I have to say that the Sunday Roast at THE MARKSMAN was rather a let down. Watery gravy, awful, dry, floury and hard roast potatoes, to the point of being inedible - not dissimilar to 'Aunt Bessies' frozen roast potatoes! Yorkshire Pudding was very average in places and on the whole dry. Meat (beef) was acceptable, pork better. Service friendly and pleasant, which it should be for the 12.5% that's added to your bill and the £14.50 price tag for a rather small plate of food. Underwhelming.

Deanne
Deanne

The Marksman Pub is an excellent choice. It's cosy and traditional, and has been crowned Best Sunday Roast East London. Weekday Menus are fresh and seasonal, offering at least two fresh fish dishes and a goats cheese souffle amongst the other more meaty (steak & chips, sausage & mash) dishes. Service is always top, with friendly unaffected staff.

John
John

Wenlock Arms is (IMHO) the best real ale pub in Hackney

Julia Lafferty
Julia Lafferty

Hackney's latest pub the Clapton Hart on Lower Clapton Road, E5 is highly recommended. The Hackney Citizen newspaper says "If you hanker after a good ale served by friendly staff in a convivial atmosphere, the Clapton Hart ticks all the boxes". It serves locally brewed ales from the East London Brewery and Redemption too.

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