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Pembury Tavern

Bars and pubs Hackney
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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.

Details

Address: 90 Amhurst Road
London
E8 1JH
Transport: Tube: Hackney Central or Hackney Downs rail
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Opening hours: Open noon-11.30pm Mon-Thur; noon-1am Fri, Sat; noon-11pm Sun. Food served noon-10pm daily
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Users say (9)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

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tastemaker

Went to the Pembury Tavern for a Sunday Roast and really enjoyed the meal. The food was very good (just look at that salivating-inducing gravy on the Yorkshire pudding). The bartenders were nice and knowledgeable about the different beer on tap.


The tavern has a pool table and large open-seating place. The only negative about this place is there were a LOT of kids running around which was a bit disruptive to the meal (but if you have kids, could be a plus!) 


Overall will definitely come back here. Though we didn't get pizza, they also offer a large pizza menu that looked fantastic.

Tastemaker

I’ve been coming to this pub for years. They served unusual beers named after ancient philosophers and mythical creatures (think Marco Aurelius or Minotaur) and every time I’m there (circa 2-3 times a year) they have some new beer to try. The have decent pizzas too, but my yesterday’s onions, goat cheese and truffle definitely didn’t have any truffle oil on it, so I need to mark it down. The pub is located just 5 minutes from Hackney Central station, but it’s rarely overcrowded, so you don’t have to queue for ages to get your order even on weekend nights. The staff is friendly and helpful if your struggle with choosing your booze. 


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

Tastemaker

This place is solid: a spacious, no-frills pub with decent food and even better ciders. My husband and I dropped by here last night around 8:30pm after leaving Oslo since they don't have takeaway boxes (really stupid). Pembury does! The friendly barstaff with the long black hair was very friendly on offering cider samples (love the elderflower cider!) and recommending food. I got the beet salad with olives, goat cheese and crispy butternut squash   and my husband got the Crudo & Rucola pizza for £9.25 with Tomato & Mozzarella with Tangy Roquette & aged Parma Ham. I enjoyed my dish with the tangy dressing over it (save for the beets which are sliced large rather than in slivers- yes I know I'm picky) whilst he said the pizza was alright (I liked the doughy pizza crusts but him not so much). 


I would come back just for the ciders!

moderatorStaff Writer

Great selection of beers, most of which you'll have never heard of and the pizzas are always good. The place has retained its rough & ready feel in the face of gentrification taking place all around it and is all the better for it.


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.


Definitely agree about the acoustics. You practically have to yell to each other...

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