The Prince Arthur still has the feel of a neighbourhood pub, due in part to classic but attractive gastropub fittings of chunky wooden tables, dark-green leather stools and taxidermy on the walls. Indeed, many regulars choose to ignore the food and treat the place purely as a fine venue for a pint: perhaps of Adnams bitter, Bitburger lager or Symonds cider.
The very British menu is reliable and solid, with high-quality ingredients used throughout, though dishes aren’t especially original – or swift to change. Mainstays include starters of a half or full pint of prawns (served with mayonnaise), and pork, green peppercorn and garlic terrine. To follow, Adnams-battered haddock and chips, and ham hock with pease pudding and parsley sauce are normally present among the main courses.
Vegetarians might go hungry if they’re not tempted by the sole veggie main (jerusalem artichoke risotto, on our last visit); traditional meat-based dishes dominate the repertoire. If that’s your thing, you’re likely to feel at home among the friendly locals, who range from twentysomething hipsters to groups of middle-aged, and mainly middle-class, locals who often come here on a Monday evening for the entertaining quiz.
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this pub is one of the best pub in hackney you must have a go great place
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Late supper a couple of nights ago. Arrived at 9.30, ordered two mains and two desserts. Mouth watering mutton, beautifully cooked followed by crumble and bread and butter pudding. Delicious and comforting. Great beer, naturally polite and helpful staff, no loud music (catering only for the staff generally). Discount offer on the food at the moment which was a lovely suprise. Consistently good. The only complaint is a charity charge, added to the bill, with no notice or discussion. Only pence but naughty nevertheless.
A lovely local and a pleasure to eat and drink in. Worth a trip, too, especially for one of the first half of the week food deals. What a pub should be.
Best fish and chips i have had in a long time! Great selection of ale's too, great place to retreat to on the weekend.
Great place for a drink outside in the sun or for an evening meal (although food isn't cheap). Really nice staff.
Great bar, lovely staff and music. Awesome food. Gets crowded at times as only small, but has tables outside for sunny days
I am surprised it only got 2 stars as this is a lovely place! The food is fantastic, the service friendly, if a little slow on occasion and they have a great Wednesday night menu making it exceptional value. Otherwise it can work out expensive, but the portions and the quality is worth it I think.
Small, cosy, local. Stumbled upon this place on a rare jaunt to Hackney. Mulled wine, fantastic food and a great buzz. Excellent!
Stopped in for a drink at the Prince Arthur and ended up staying for 3 course dinner! The food was fantastic, the best fish and chips in town!!!