The Three Compasses



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  • Address:

    The Three Compasses 99 Dalston Lane
    E8 1NH

  • Transport:

    Rail: Dalston Junction

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    1. The Three Compasses
      • 99 Dalston Lane
        E8 1NH
      • 51.548334,-0.068382

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This bladdy wonderful pub is my local boozer, and how lucky I am.

The friendliest staff this side of Yorkshire, TWO dart boards and a cracking sound system makes the Three Compasses hands-down the best pub in Dalston. Filled with a happy mix of old regulars and new punters, it always feels like a proper local - a rarity in Zone Two. Even the recent refurb didn't mess with things too much - just some nice wooden floors to replace the manky carpet and a fresh lick of the same red paint. Big windows open up on their lovely little beer 'garden', which gets the sun all evening. Aaaah.

Where else in London can you squeeze into a cosy pub on a Monday night and watch Game of Thrones on the big screen?! They also strike a perfect balance with the footie, only showing weekend matches so you can enjoy your evenings in peace, playing one of their many board games. Even Twister (yes really).

As for the booze, you can drink a stellar selection of real ales, quaff a reasonably priced glass of vin or have a pint of Old Rosie. Oh, and glasses of prosecco are just £4.50.

Earlier this year they managed to wangle getting Original Fry Up Material in to do the food - total winner. Alongside the weekend menu of their signature sausage & egg muffins, eggs benedict and more, every night of the week you can grab one of their three legendary burgers for a meagre £6.50/£7.50. 

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To top it all off, when Secret Cinema got cancelled a few weeks ago (and people with no perspective lost their minds over it), the staff at the pub gave ticket holders free booze in consolation. Fact.

In an ever-growing scene of chain pubs and noisy, expensive pop-up bars, The Three Compasses sticks out like a giant thumbs up.

Ric P

This basic East End pub offers simple food around burgers. Having read a favourable review, initially I was a touch disappointed . First burger was sent back, I hadn't ordered cheese. My second burger was somewhat overdone and a bit dry. Tasty but expensive for what it was, £7.50 with bacon, chips £2 for a tiny weeny portion, and 1/2 pint about £1.70. Two good small brewery real ales, but please get a 3.5 to 3.8 ABV brew so I can have a (ONE ONLY) pint if I am in the car. They should offer a decent Orange, Apple, Pineapple, Grapefruit juice option for drivers. To the customers: Make sure you say exactly what you want and get it written on the till ticket, and discourage them from overcooking the burger. Medium is with a little bit of pink, but apparently rare burgers are now discouraged. A few meat juices should flow, they didn't. To the management: The hand-sliced chips were very skinny, and it really was a tiny portion for £2. Develop a sound basic burger range, starting at about £4.75 to £5.50 for a plain burger with salad, chips on the side no more than £1.50 and I'll go back. There is a Monday-Tuesday offer, Burger, Chips and a Pint for £10, not a bad deal, so I will give them another chance, but would be a better deal if it were under £10, say £9.50, and every night Monday to Wednesday all evening, Thursday to Saturday before 9pm. Marketing! Marketing! Marketing! My burger was tasty but the lettuce was an odd looking leaf, the massive slice of a 'beef' tomato great if you like fresh tomato; I didn't want onions either. But I would have loved a slice or two of cool green, red or yellow sweet pepper! Choose your salad veg option! To commend them no onion in the burger, though that again could be an option. Sadly not really the best 'value for money' considering the basic environment. Getting the basic offering of burger 'n chips, and a Pint or a decent glass of chilled plonk to £9.50 would make it a winner. They are trying hard and this is so near to being really good. Needs a lick of paint, a few comfortable upholstered chairs and a couple of booths, and check the prices to make it real value. They are trying hard and this is so near to being really good. Needs a lick of paint, a few comfortable upholstered chairs and a couple of booths, and check the prices to make it real value. Beer 'n Burgers, is a darn good line but get it right! It is not difficult. Nearest trains Overground to Dalston Kingsland, bit closer than Junction. Buses 30 and 56 pass by.