A trio of London bartenders spruced up this old boozer on the edge of Victoria Park nicely. It’s not overly eclectic – art deco mirrors, smart chandeliers, gun chairs – and feels as if it’s been here for ages.
A small open-plan kitchen serves a dining room to the rear, where the frequently rotated menu might include grilled prawns and tapenade, or scotch egg, oozing yolk and served with piccalilli, with roasts on Sundays.
There’s a striking selection of spirits, with bourbons and rums especially well represented. The range of draught beers includes Meantime Wheat, Konig Pilsener and Heineken, with Deuchars IPA and Doom Bar on handpull and Peroni Gran Reserva in the fridge.
It feels like a pub to spend time in: plenty of board games, piles of retro magazines, (non-Sky) football on the projection screen and – this being Hackney – single-speed cycling sorts chilling out front.
84 Victoria Park Rd
|Opening hours:||Open noon-midnight Mon-Thur; noon-1am Fri, Sat; noon-11.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Mile End tube then bus|
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Average User Rating
4 / 5
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- 1 star:1
A small glass of wine is 4.5 pounds or so, if you want to go for a large one, the stuff just double tap the wine button and is 9 pounds. Then I did feel quite sad for the mice that are scared by the customers and run all over the place and kitchen after 10 PM when is quiet. And I ate there, level of oil in the food is over 9000, perhaps they pay a lot the pest control but is still infested anyway. I would rate lower if I could.
Went there Saturday night, booked a table in advance. We had to sit in the bar area, although in seats for quite a while, but were able to go into a back room later. Good atmosphere, 'interesting decor' (lots of taxidermy!). I had the burger which was very choice and not too bad value at 13 quid. Some of the others had beef Wellington which was more expensive but very well reviewed. My friend had the apple and pineapple crumble which I finished - this was a tasty treat too, even if it contained coconut flakes... not normally my favorite ingredient! Some crazy lip shaped urinals in the back which are worth checking out.
Nice food lovely pub, but the wine list is appaling 4 red 4 whites all overpriced and really badly chosen