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.
Our kitchen team is headed up by Will Dee, with our food offer solely focused on delivering the best quality produce available, cooked with skill, passion and a keen attention to detail. We offer dinner every night of the week, brunch, lunch and dinner on Saturdays, and a selection of Sunday roasts. Due to popularity, pre-booking tables is highly recommended.
The Prince is a family-friendly establishment focused on delivering quality to the local community and beyond.