Prince George

Bars and pubs, Pubs Dalston
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(16user reviews)

Once a mellow backstreet local, the George now swarms with rowdy, slumming-it art students in ridiculous outfits on Fridays and Saturdays, to the point where the landlord has even hired a bouncer.

As the pub’s popularity has risen, so have the prices; you can drink for less in Mayfair. Still, catch it on a quieter night, and this remains a great pub, a mixed coterie of longtime Dalstonians and recent arrivals shooting the breeze over pints (Pride, Seafarer, George Gale HSB) and a jukebox-led soundtrack of classic cuts and hipster-friendly obscurities.

The raffish decor (yellowing walls, stuffed animals) will be familiar to anyone who’s drunk at Stoke Newington’s Shakespeare or the Royal Inn on the Park in Victoria Park, two of the dozen-ish pubs under the same umbrella, but the George retains its own identity to the last.

 

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Venue name: Prince George
Contact:
Address: 40 Parkholme Road
London
E8 3AG
Opening hours: Open 5pm-midnight Mon-Thur; 5pm-1am Fri; 2pm-1am Sat; 2-11.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Dalston Junction or Dalston Kingsland rail
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Average User Rating

2.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:6
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Not the best experience at all. Service wasn't great all night, food late, not cutlery, staff continually trying to clear away drinks that weren't finished - but we accepted they were busy so fine. Then last orders were called and we ordered a last round only to be confronted 5 minutes later by an extremely aggressive bouncer telling us we need to leave the drinks and get out immediately. When we spoke to the owner about the fact he had just served us the drinks and taken our money so it was unreasonable to expect us to consume them in 5 minutes and he was rude and arrogant. The bouncer continued to be aggressive, the owner tried to excuse himself by saying he had had a really busy night and his wife was upstairs (?) whilst also claiming that this was typical behaviour from me and I had made the same complaint last weekend (despite the fact I have not been to this pub in about 6-months and probably a total of 4 times in my lifetime) and as a finally, my partner was chased out of the bathrooms mid-flow by the non-communicative bouncer.....


The pub is in a residential area so noise is potentially and issue - we completely respect that but the attitude of the bouncer and owner of this pub towards drinking up time and paying customers generally was pretty awful. I think they have recently taken over from the previous owners so hopefully they will get it  together soon, but until then - unless you want to be harassed by a obnoxious bouncer and an owner who takes your money then kicks you out whilst moaning about his busy day (so all the money he's taken) and his wife upstairs....best to avoid.

tastemaker

Nice local with an outside area on a quiet street, so best to go in the warmer days. I usually go there for a quick pint before a night out in Dalston, because there's not much more to it than that. The staff is really nice though. 


We booked a table for 14 for a Sunday Roast. After an hour we had to go to the bar to ask where our food was. Eventually the manager came over and gave us £60 as an apology but told us that it was on the way and would be with us shortly. We still had no food after 2 hours!! After going to the bar again they served food to half of us and then left. We had to go up to the bar AGAIN (half of us had now finished our meals) to get the remaining food that was missing. We arrived at the pub at 1.30, placed our order just after 2 and some of us recieved our food at 4.30. We were then told afterwards that the mamanger would not come down to talk to us- and they would not be refunding any more of our bill. After arguing with the assistant manager for 20 minutes- who had been left to deal with it by the manager, we were given a refund. It was the worst expereince I have ever had in a London pub, we left feeling angry and really frustrated that we had to argue for so long to get a refund for something that was clearly their mistake. DO NOT GO THERE!!!!


I've eaten in this pub twice this week and both times have had exceptional food.  I think new people took over a couple of months ago.  I'm assuming it won't be long before word gets out.  Really lovely atmosphere - friendly staff and now amazing food.  This has instantly become my favourite pub in Hackney.

moderator

Dalston is lacking somewhat in the cosy pub department, but early afternoon on a Sunday the Prince is a good place for a couple of drinks and a roast. Some of the best roast potatoes I've had a pub before, the pork belly is excellent. If you go in the evening, expect the usual busy Dalston pub atmosphere.


Nice roast, good juke box, and more of a local crowd than most pubs in this neck of Dalston.


I've been going there for nearly 30 years and live near. Also last Sunday, June 1st I went there with another neighbour and after having used my credit card to pay I made the mistake of asking for a receipt as the dark haired, local sounding barmaid had used the contactless payment method without asking me. The barman immediately understood the problem and gave me the receipt whilst she suggested that I should keep count of what I drank, turned her back and muttered something ! When asked, "What did you say ? " she announced, at full volume, "I told you to piss-off"" shocking waiting customers and leaving a dreadful impression of the pub. Needless to say I won't be going back there nor recommend it anymore.


I've been going there for nearly 30 years and live near. Also last Sunday, June 1st I went there with another neighbour and after having used my credit card to pay I made the mistake of asking for a receipt as the dark haired, local sounding barmaid had used the contactless payment method without asking me. The barman immediately understood the problem and gave me the receipt whilst she suggested that I should keep count of what I drank, turned her back and muttered something ! When asked, "What did you say ? " she announced, at full volume, "I told you to piss-off"" shocking waiting customers and leaving a dreadful impression of the pub. Needless to say I won't be going back there nor recommend it anymore.


We are close neighbours to this pub and occasionally pop in for a drink. We went there on this Sunday just past (15/09/13) and couldn't believe how badly we were treated! There was no queue at the bar and yet 3 members of staff managed to completely ignore us for 4 minutes, in spite of us being right in front of them. The two female staff were too busy having their own conversation to stop to serve us and the male member of staff just blatantly didn't seem to want to serve us. Will not be going back and will not recommend to anyone.


Favourite pub in the area. Unpretentious with friendly staff and a nice outdoor bit. Have not yet tried the food though.


They have started serving food. I was sceptical at first, but had an absolutely blinding roast dinner in there on Sunday. Hands down it is the best pub roast in the Dalston region. Highly recommended!


Started coming here at the start of the 90's and still coming back 20 years later with very little changed. Superb well thought out music on jukebox, which is free (not sure if all the time) I have been drinking in London for so long now and this is still my favourite pub!! O to afford one of the lovely houses in the street its in!


i like this pub, gets a bit too crowded at weekends but that's a good sign. ales are occasionaly hit and miss (and in reference to the other review here) there is one barman who is notorious amongst my local freinds as being grumpy and rude but the rest fo the staff are perfectly lovely so we just put up with him and slag him off behind his back


I'm afraid that I just went to this pub and have to write a review somewhere as I have never been treated so badly in my life! I have never experienced rudeness quite like it. If that's how they want to speak to people and treat people then good luck to them. I sure won't be going back.

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