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Stoke Newington

For somewhere so highly desirable and perfectly lovely, Stoke Newington doesn’t traditionally have many brilliant pubs or restaurants, although that’s starting to change. 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. But in the quiet terraces between Church Street and Dalston, something different stirs.

The Prince closed in 2014, and after an intensive going-over is open again 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 in the pub too, 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.

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.

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The Prince says
The Prince is a recently-restored Victorian free house in the heart of Stoke Newington, offering a wide selection of locally-sourced craft beers and real ales. We have taken great care in selecting all our wines and spirits, with a large per centage of our range sourced from London-based independents.

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.
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Venue name: The Prince
Address: 59 Kynaston Road
N16 0EB
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday: 5pm-11pm Friday: 5pm-12am Saturday: 11am-12am Sunday: 12pm-10:30pm
Transport: Stoke Newington rail

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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Rob L
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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. 

Vicky T

This tucked away gastropub is a real jewel! Great atmosphere, very nicely done interior and exterior spaces as well as a quite interesting food menu- especially for a pub. A bit pricey but definitely worth it considering the overall experience one gets! Don't miss out if you're around!


Lucky to have such a nice pub down the road. Great atmosphere in a quiet street. Really good beers with helpful staff. Love it.

Juan L

I've lived in Stoke Newington for over 20 yrs and it has some great restaurants & pubs. Am glad that the Prince is up & running again and will definitely be trying out the  new menu but please get your facts right


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.

Solveig O

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.