Jolly Butchers

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5 Love It
© Britta Jaschinski
Stoke Newington

It’s not true to say that Stoke Newington has been crying out for a spot like this; by and large, the locals have seemed content with the array of weary boozers, formulaic gastropubs and corny bars that dot N16. Still, the area is a lot richer for its arrival. Formerly a miserable pub, it’s had its tired decor ripped out and replaced by… well, not much. The walls are plain and the furniture is wooden, a decorative ethos that seems built on the elusive phrase ‘shabby chic’.

It’s nice enough, as is the no-messing food (burgers, pies, cassoulet, all around a tenner), but the real appeal is provided by the beer: ten handpumps offer real ciders and rarely seen brews from the likes of Crouch Vale, Dark Star and Thornbridge, plus local microbreweries such as Camden Town Brewery, Redemption from Tottenham and Pressure Drop from Hackney, while the 80-plus bottles in the fridges head beyond Britain to Belgium and the US. A welcome addition.

Venue name: Jolly Butchers
Address: 204 Stoke Newington High Street
N16 7HU
Opening hours: Open 4pm-midnight Mon-Thur; 4pm-1am Fri; noon-1am Sat; noon-11pm Sun. Dinner served 5-10pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-10pm Sat; noon-8pm Sun.
Transport: Bus 67, 76, 149, 243

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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Hey T.O., who said that N16 people were happy with "weary boozers, formulaic gastropubs and corny bars" - did you ask any of us? What a silly comment. The JBs is packed out every night and its carefully chosen array of craft beers brings people from far and wide - it's the equal of the Southampton Arms. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful (there's nothing "beerier than thou" about the place) and it's a great pub to start exploring the world of beer. Its only drawbacks are that it gets overcrowded, there are a few too many hipsters, and the open-plan space tends to full up with frying smells from the open kitchen. Otherwise it's the best alehouse in Stoke Newington and deserving of a far higher score than TO's parsimonious 3/5.


Great variety of beer on offer, as long as you do not want regular mainstream beer that is. Its great to have a regular and different variety of beer on offer. Beer is sourced from local brewers, or niche brewers. an excellent choice . Staff know their beer and can guide you in your choice. Food is good, with large portions. Not a wide choice but sufficient variety. The sausage platter is great and the pork spare ribs portion is a huge finger licking good size. Staff friendly. No TV to spoil the atmosphere...a great place to meet mates for a good beer and chat. On Wednesday evening there is a knitting club that meets and knits...great fun. Excellent Sunday roasts that are popular....get in early for a place.