Hackney Plough

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© Yusuf Ozkizil
© Yusuf Ozkizil
© Yusuf Ozkizil
© Yusuf Ozkizil
© Yusuf Ozkizil
© Yusuf Ozkizil
© Yusuf Ozkizil
© Yusuf Ozkizil

There's been a Plough inn on this site since actual ploughs were common in the fertile fields of Homerton. So it's undoubtedly an old pub, although the current one is a Victorian rebuild. A best-forgotten stint as a charcoal grill restaurant left the Plough with few of its original features, but new owners have salvaged an attractive wooden back bar, which looks all the more striking given that everything else is stripped back to the bare bones.

The place needs punters to warm it, and on both my visits they were there, punting away – most of them, it must be said, were of the art student sort who've decided that Dalston is dead. There's plenty here for everyone else, though: some local ales and craft beers (Five Points from Hackney Downs, say), a couple of straightforward cocktails, and wine from Borough near London Fields.

You can eat here too – simple bar stuff, riding on the US comfort food bandwagon, with the likes of chilli macaroni cheese and grilled meatball sandwich.

Few high streets have suffered such ignominy at the hands of the Luftwaffe and over enthusiastic urban redevelopers as Homerton's – it's fairly bleak, especially here around the Ponsford Street intersection – so it's great to see an honest pub returning to its roots.

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Hackney Plough says
This Grade-II listed building in a developing part of London has been turned from a Turkish grill back into a handsome bar with original Victorian features, serving the local community quality food and drink alongside an impeccably selected playlist of vintage rock 'n' roll, soul and blues.
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Venue name: Hackney Plough
Address: 23-25 Homerton High St
E8 6JP
Opening hours: Open 4-11.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-11.30pm Sat, Sun.
Transport: Rail: Homerton Overground
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Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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Staff Writer

A great little pub slightly off the beaten track.

Check out their social channels fro special events which can include themed music and food nights or just changes to the menu which seem regular. There has been really nice disco/soul vinyl when I've visited.

Quite seriously the best chicken burger I've ever eaten with green chilli coleslaw so try that if it's on when you visit. Really well made drinks and selection of beer if thats your sort of thing. The team at HP always seem to be experimenting with the booze and food so often there are small runs of exciting things on offer. Well worth the visit.

Alex G

Visited the Plough on a whim and it has since become our go-to place for good ale, relaxing environment and excellent pub grub. I say pub grub, but it is really a cut above the standard fair available in the area. Cannot speak highly enough for the roasts, and the staff know the ales their selling.

Georgie F

Love this place.  Has become our local. Really friendly staff, relaxed crowd, great beer. The food is amazing and it isn't overrun with people yet.  We are moving next week but wish these guys well.

Heinrich E

This is a horrible pub - not because of the decor, or the beer, or the area all of which are okay. It is a horrible pub because it represents the worst of the self-conscious middle class Hackney hipsters by way of the crowd who run the place (and those who hang out with the people that run it) who go out of their way to make those who are over about 35 very unwelcome. I was ignored and eventually had to shout for attention to get a drink when there were three bar staff in a tiny bar area on a not very busy night. Drinking here with the intention of a friendly pint was an ugly experience in age discrimination. What a disgrace.


Top notch bar, tasty experimental food menu, well honed cocktails, quality British and Imported beers at decents prices, and great music.


Great pub with excellent local beers. Try the beer and a bourbon, lovely for a cold winters day!