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The Haggerston

Bars and pubs, Pubs Kingsland
2 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Venue name: The Haggerston
Address: 438
Kingsland Road
E8 4AA
Transport: Tube: Old Street; Rail: Dalston Kingsland
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Average User Rating

2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:2
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Seems like it should be a great place, but the service has been really slow and rude the few times we went. 


I would give this place 0 stars if I could. I walked into here Saturday afternoon to order takeaway pizza from two surly barstaff. I asked for the vegan pizza (with tomato sauce) but to make it non-vegan. So add cheese, no sauce, but all the rest of the toppings: artichoke, mushroom, courgette etc. One of the barstaff, a woman with long brown hair, basically threw her hands up and said to her colleague in this exasperated tone, "What? I don't get it. Help me understand." Seriously, I am STANDING RIGHT THERE A**HOLE. The other staff member (a guy with glasses and gages in his ears) explained to her in a bored tone that yes, it can be done, it's fine. So he took my order and then charged me 11 quid, "extra" for the cheese. Only after paying I realise this made NO sense as all other pizzas on the menu are 9 quid. All I asked was for the tomato sauce to be replaced with cheese. Whatever, not going to argue with these jerks. I did however, ask the guy about the DJs on the weekend for which he replied in monosyllabic tones. Wow, makes me really want to go return ::sarcasm::

I got my pizza and opened the box to check it out. A) It's burnt. Yes, large sections of the crust are burnt as are parts of the pizza. B) It's bland. So.very.bland. The other comments on the good pizza (and this is why I trekked here) made me roll my eyes so hard. Obviously they have never had good NY pizza. I thank the lucky stars every day I grew up there so I know amazing pizza and this is so far from it.

If the staff wouldn't have been such douchebags, I would have considered returning for a weekend night. At this rate with terrible humanity behind the bar + shitty pizza= place should go out of business.

good range of beers that seems to be constantly improving, busy at the weekends - sometimes too busy - so if you want a quiet friday best try somewhere else, that said early week has a cosy atmosphere more often than not. the pizza's are cheap, ususally tasty and interesting. I had one problem with a barmaid who was rude when I asked about a certain beer, but mostly they've been friendly considering how busy it gets. not a fan of jazz but am reliably informed the sunday nights are worth it if it's your scene

The jazz on a Sunday night in this place is utterly wonderful. Inspite of the venue's shortcomings, it's worth it. Please go. That said, The Haggerston stands out as the absolute worst of the worst of Hackney's pint 'n' a line boozers. The food (Pizza every day, specials at the weekend, inspite of the fact that they leave the specials board out all week) is undercooked, inconsistent and takes an absolute age to come out. Nobody working in The Haggerston seems to be good at anything. The lack of worth extends from bottom; the slow, charmless, drunk bartenders, to top; the bug-eyed, swollen landlord, who spends his days holding court on the tables out front and his nights upstairs, swilling pint after pint after pint, the very epitomy of the sort of hedonistic stasis that earns you the moniker 'local legend' in Hackney. If they got their house in order they could make twice the money they do and have everyone leave happy. As is, The Haggerston scrapes on as the lowest common denominator in a very crowded field. Vain and depressing.

came back to this pub after having two bad experiences in the past. I thought i would give it another chance. It was a Sunday afternoon and it looked cosy inside. Had a great time, until after spending a couple of hours in there and a decent amount of money at the bar me and three friends were asked to leave for 'talking too loudly' as someone at the bar had complained!! Couldn't believe it. We were being overly loud or loutish, literally just having a laugh and a good time. Obviously, a bit too good to be acceptable. A nice evening spoilt (once again) by pretentious snobbery. Real shame.

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