Pembury Tavern

Bars and pubs Hackney
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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.

The 16 handpumps on the long bar are rarely all in operation, but there’s usually a wide selection of ales: regular guest ales join the core collection from Cambridge’s Milton Brewery, from the gentle Minotaur mild to the lively, pungent Marcus Aurelius stout, and three beer festivals a year (March, July and November) bring further variety.

Despite the best efforts of the staff and the presence of a bar billiards table (there’s also pool and board games), the beer is certainly the main attraction: the vast, brightly lit bar room feels like a youth hostel canteen, and an absence of soft furnishings has created acoustics that don’t aid conversation.

Venue name: Pembury Tavern
Address: 90 Amhurst Road
E8 1JH
Opening hours: Open noon-11.30pm Mon-Thur; noon-1am Fri, Sat; noon-11pm Sun. Food served noon-10pm daily
Transport: Tube: Hackney Central or Hackney Downs rail
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James A
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Great selection of beers, most of which you'll have never heard of - pizzas are always good. The place has retained it's rough & ready feel in the face of gentrification taking place all around it and is all the better for it.

Lydia D

Friendly pub, great range of ciders, beers and ales plus amazing pizza! Staff always friendly and accommodating to dietary requirements plus they offer cash back when paying with a card.


really unfriendly for children, parents be aware- you gonna get kicked out ay 20:00 sharp without any special warning or refund for food or drinks very disappointing...


Good range of beers, fantastic pizza, bar billiards table. Decor would be charitably described as "basic" - aura of miners' social club c1948.

Bam Bam

Definitely agree about the acoustics. You practically have to yell to each other...