Really great new venture in Stokey. Amazing range of beers, friendly staff and super food. The burger is the best I have ever eaten. A top local that serves the community brilliantly and is well worth the trek from other boroughs too.
© Celia Topping
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Posted: Wed Aug 6 2014
For somewhere so highly desirable and perfectly lovely, Stoke Newington doesn’t have many brilliant pubs or restaurants. The cynic might say that the stalwarts who established themselves as neighbourhood favourites a decade or more ago then settled back comfortably on their laurels. Exacerbating this paucity, several pubs in the area have lately closed forever, never to pour again. But in the quiet terraces between Church Street and Dalston, something new and different stirs.
The Prince closed earlier this year, and after an intensive going-over it’s now serving again, but with a new look. There’s unusual industrial lighting, herbs growing in the garden, a parquet-floored bar, neat tiling – and no brewery tie. As a free house it can stock and sell any beer it likes: in this case, loads from London. So you might find Bermondsey’s Partizan Saison Ginger, certainly not cheap at £3 a half; or a more straightforward Prince house pilsner at £4 a pint.
Through the back is a smart dining room looking over the compact but peaceful garden; but you can eat anywhere in the pub, and you should. The food’s far better than the usual pub grub, and pleasingly avoids the seen-it-all-before US diner stuff. Instead, it ranges from Jersey oysters to more complex dishes such as courgette and butter-bean cassoulet or lamb’s liver with green sauce.
Judging by the promising signs on our first-few-weeks visits, the residents of these quiet terraces have taken the Prince to heart: it’s busy most nights. A couple more gastropubs like this and Stokey really would be highly desirable.
Reviewed by Euan Ferguson
Prince 59 Kynaston Road
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I love this new incarnation of The Prince... And, unlike the comment below, I like the fact they kept the name as it's a historical pub/name for the area (originally The Prince Of Wales) - they've done it justice with the details and the facelift, but still kept a nod to its past, particularly with the complementary tiles inside.
The drink selection is impressive (and damn tasty!) and you could say exactly the same about the food. Everyone's talking about the burger - for good reason - but have tried other dishes, and not a bad one so far.
Great to have this place in the local area! Impressive.
All the earlier reviews are for the previous place which is nothing like what it is now. I don't understand why they didn't change the name of the place as it had such a horrible reputation.
I'm happy to report that it has become a decent place to sit down for a drink and order food. To be fair I only had their burger but everyone around me was ordering delicious looking seafood and steaks. Need to go back and sample it myself. The burger by the way was fantastic.
Service has improved from 0 to a possible 10.
Lovely new outside space option.
Definitely going again.