For somewhere so highly desirable and perfectly lovely, Stoke Newington doesn’t traditionally have many brilliant pubs or restaurants, although that’s starting to change. The cynic might say that the stalwarts who established themselves as neighbourhood favourites a decade or more ago then settled back comfortably on their laurels. But in the quiet terraces between Church Street and Dalston, something different stirs.
The Prince closed in 2014, and after an intensive going-over is open again with a new look. There’s unusual industrial lighting, herbs growing in the garden, a parquet-floored bar, neat tiling – and no brewery tie. As a free house it can stock and sell any beer it likes: in this case, loads from London. So you might find Bermondsey’s Partizan Saison Ginger, certainly not cheap at £3 a half; or a more straightforward Prince house pilsner at £4 a pint.
Through the back is a smart dining room looking over the compact but peaceful garden; but you can eat in the pub too, and you should. The food’s far better than the usual pub grub, and pleasingly avoids the seen-it-all-before US diner stuff. Instead, it ranges from Jersey oysters to more complex dishes such as courgette and butter-bean cassoulet or lamb’s liver with green sauce.
The residents of these quiet terraces have taken the Prince to heart: it’s busy most nights. A couple more gastropubs like this and Stokey really would be highly desirable.
|Venue name:||The Prince||Contact:|
59 Kynaston Road
|Opening hours:||Monday-Thursday: 5pm-11pm Friday: 5pm-12am Saturday: 11am-12am Sunday: 12pm-10:30pm|
|Transport:||Stoke Newington rail|
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Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:11
- 4 star:5
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
Really great new venture in Stokey. Amazing range of beers, friendly staff and super food. The burger is the best I have ever eaten. A top local that serves the community brilliantly and is well worth the trek from other boroughs too.
Very disappointing roast. Staff were all quite moody. 4 of us sat on a free table and ordered food and someone came over and told us we would have to move as the table was booked. There are no reserved signs in this pub. We said why don't you sit the other people somewhere else a rather than moving us as our food will be here soon. They did manage to sort after a lot of walking around looking stressed. We asked for more gravy as we had a tiny amount between 4 of us and the waiter said 'uumm, yeah, that should be ok.' We'd just spent over £50 on roast dinner so yeah, I would hope that would be ok! Such a nice pub but crap roast and staff are uncourteous.
Amazing local but with incredible food and homemade cocktail ingredients and good priced house champagne. We love this place!
Perfect local neighbourhood bar with great selection of food and beers, and always has a fantastic atmosphere
The Prince is one of the things that makes me miss living in Stoke Newington. Lovely room, good choice of drinks, and a really nice atmosphere: once on a quiet Sunday evening, when we were practically the only people in there, the bar staff even asked what we fancied listening to over the pub PA.
Lovely pub - great drinks selection with a chilled vibe. A little off the beaten track so not as busy as some of the other pubs in Stoke Newington meaning you can always get a seat.
I used to go to this pub a few years ago when I lived in the area. It was good then but has new owners in the last couple of years and is even better. A Really great Pub. Great choice of Beer, Great Food. Family friendly atmosphere and good service. Fully recommended
Appalling service. I honestly do not identify with these comments. We waited for 2 hours before our main courses arrived, paid £60 for a four-person roast which consisted of only meat and potatoes (we had to pay extra for greens and yorkshire puddings) and were charged for bringing our own birthday cake. This is fine, however, we were not told in advance and staff did not offer to bring the cake out. We had to bring the cake to the table etc. Besides all of this, an undeniably great atmosphere.
This tucked away gastropub is a real jewel! Great atmosphere, very nicely done interior and exterior spaces as well as a quite interesting food menu- especially for a pub. A bit pricey but definitely worth it considering the overall experience one gets! Don't miss out if you're around!
Lucky to have such a nice pub down the road. Great atmosphere in a quiet street. Really good beers with helpful staff. Love it.
I've lived in Stoke Newington for over 20 yrs and it has some great restaurants & pubs. Am glad that the Prince is up & running again and will definitely be trying out the new menu but please get your facts right
I love this new incarnation of The Prince... And, unlike the comment below, I like the fact they kept the name as it's a historical pub/name for the area (originally The Prince Of Wales) - they've done it justice with the details and the facelift, but still kept a nod to its past, particularly with the complementary tiles inside.
The drink selection is impressive (and damn tasty!) and you could say exactly the same about the food. Everyone's talking about the burger - for good reason - but have tried other dishes, and not a bad one so far.
Great to have this place in the local area! Impressive.
All the earlier reviews are for the previous place which is nothing like what it is now. I don't understand why they didn't change the name of the place as it had such a horrible reputation.
I'm happy to report that it has become a decent place to sit down for a drink and order food. To be fair I only had their burger but everyone around me was ordering delicious looking seafood and steaks. Need to go back and sample it myself. The burger by the way was fantastic.
Service has improved from 0 to a possible 10.
Lovely new outside space option.
Definitely going again.