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The Axe

Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs Stoke Newington
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

A straight-up local pub that does everything – food, drink, atmosphere – absolutely right.

Opening a new boozer on the site of a beloved local institution can be a tricky proposition. But the folks behind Stoke Newington’s new beer-nerd destination The Axe have done a bang-up job, retaining everything that worked at Jan’s Belgian beer bar – the dim, cosy atmosphere, extensive ale selection and welcoming vibe – and adding a bright, airy, pine-lined smoking yard along with a captivating food menu.

The drinks selection is frankly ludicrous. There are more than 60 beers on offer (22 of them on tap), ranging from a pint of Camden Lager for less than a fiver (a near-miracle in Stoke Newington) to an 11 percent monstrosity called Marshall Zhukov’s Imperial Stout that costs, I kid you not, £33 for 75cl. You can also choose from eight different gin and tonics and a perfectly serviceable wine list. Oh, and they do negronis on tap, which are flat-out gorgeous.

The food is every bit as impressive, with starters and bar snacks several storeys up from your standard sausage roll. Try the olives Ascolane, a kind of Italian scotch egg minus the egg, using olives stuffed with veal. The ’nduja on sourdough toast was finger-licking greasy, smoky and heavily spiced, while halloumi chips were as thick as my thumb and dripped with sticky-sweet pomegranate molasses. Beyond gastropub bases, I tried grilled lamb chops, fat and juicy and lying on a heap of hearty, balsamic-rich Sicilian caponata; and mellow, salty-sharp king scallops on lemon risotto.

At heart, The Axe is a modest, fairly affordable local pub for local people. It just happens to get everything spot on. Get in now before it’s swamped by the Stokey masses.

Details

Address: 18 Northwold Road
London
N16 7HR
Transport: Stoke Newington Rail
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5 out of 5 stars

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My new local is a hidden gem but I'm willing to share! Nestled on a busy road and away from the main hub of Stoke Newington, it is surprisingly tranquil and spacious once inside and time seems to slow down. I love the plants, outdoor space and green decor and the menu, which I would class as premium comfort food, has enough variety for my fussy friends.

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