Five Points brewery takes on a historic Hackney pub.
For once, there’s something poetic about this buyout. Since May, Hackney’s Five Points Brewing Co has been the proud parent of The Pembury Tavern, a pub on the busy junction with Dalston Lane that the brewery took its name from. Rather than coming in all guns blazing, Five Points got a feel for things behind the bar before a refurb at the end of the summer. And with the team’s sympathetic approach to the wants of existing punters, the two best things about the Pembury – pizza and pints – are still the main focus.
They’ve also kept the bar billiards, and the first sight as I entered on a packed-out Thursday was an old couple playing chess. A spread of generations seem to be rubbing shoulders contentedly, with more than a hum of conversation as the backing track – no music required. We squeezed on to a table where an empty can of Five Points’ pale ale had been repurposed as a menu holder and a glass was filled with hops to get the right aromas going. The walls replicate the brand’s two-tone cans, a tasteful emerald green contrasting with cream.
The beer line-up has swung towards craft, but is committed to cask, too – it continues to stock Milton Brewery, the pub’s previous owner. Expect the Five Points range on tap – its Railway Porter doing a storming trade – as well as options from UK indies. Beer festivals are niche, with a green hop event in swing when we visited. Pizzas are stonebaked ‘NY-style’, the toppings – like sesame seeds for added crunch – are occasionally original and a vegan range is very Hackney.
What was a slightly knackered pub now looks the modern part, but without losing its sense of self (or the pints and pizza). It’s definitely an on-point purchase.
|Venue name:||Pembury Tavern|
90 Amhurst Road
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11.30pm Mon-Thur; noon-1am Fri, Sat; noon-11pm Sun. Food served noon-10pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Hackney Central or Hackney Downs rail|
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Lovely looking on the outside, tired looking on the inside.
Beer selection was ok, average beers, unknown breweries.
Terrible small, boring outdoor area next to busy road.
Know it all barman didn't shut up and spoke down to 2 young bar girls and was drinking while on duty. My wife wanted us to leave before we finished our drinks.
Not a good experience
Friendly pub, great range of ciders, beers and ales plus amazing pizza! Staff always friendly and accommodating to dietary requirements plus they offer cash back when paying with a card.
really unfriendly for children, parents be aware- you gonna get kicked out ay 20:00 sharp without any special warning or refund for food or drinks very disappointing...
Good range of beers, fantastic pizza, bar billiards table. Decor would be charitably described as "basic" - aura of miners' social club c1948.
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