Our guide to Stoke Newington’s best pubs
With its bohemian vibe, quirky cafes and proximity to lovely Clissold Park, Stoke Newington has an energy and charm you won’t find everywhere in London.
As young professionals and families have flocked to the area, the choice of shops, bars and restaurants has blossomed. That ‘Stokey’ has retained a culturally diverse character all of its own, is probably down to the wide selection of independent businesses you’ll find here.
Stoke Newington hasn’t always been known for its pubs. But wander around N16 these days and you’ll find it holding its own when it comes to appealing spots for a pint or a G&T.
So, whether you fancy an after-work drink, big Friday night out or family gastro Sunday lunch, read on for Stokey’s best pubs 2019.
The Jolly Butchers was a pioneer of the craft beer movement and continues to lead the way with an excellent choice of real ales ciders, stouts and lagers. Sourcing much of its offering from specialist breweries in London and the South East, its selection is extensive, with new beers added all the time. It’s not a gastropub – the beers are the main event – but decent pub fare is on offer and the Sunday roasts are superb.
This Victorian freehouse also features local brewers; there’s a solid selection of real ales and craft beers on offer. With a stunning interior and gastropub vibe, it’s a good choice for a meal – simple seasonal dishes include pan fried cod with mussels and clams. And there’s an interesting choice of burger – soft shell crab or aubergine and halloumi. Eat in the bar or the more formal dining area and check out the pretty paved garden for a summer drink al fresco.
It’s famed for both beer and food. But the Leconfield’s shining glory is the selection of bar snacks that have drinkers coming back for more – chicken wings with blue cheese mayo or crab and crayfish on sourdough, for example.
A genuine Irish pub, the Auld Shillelagh is legendary. Situated on Church Street, it’s often named the best Irish pub outside Ireland. Naturally, the Guinness draws people in (the wine comes in red or white) but venture inside and you’ll get a warm welcome from the friendly staff. There’s plenty of live music and look out for events including Gaelic game
This gastropub features a good gin list and cooks up an impressive Sunday lunch – and dogs are welcome too.
Not exactly a pub, but this Art Deco-inspired bar promises classic cocktails, burlesque cabaret, live jazz music and film screenings. There’s even a1950s-style Polynesian bamboo lounge.
Time Out calls The Axe a “straight-up local pub that does everything – food, drink, atmosphere – absolutely right.” There’s an extensive selection of beers, eight choices of gin and tonic and negronis on tap. The food is impressive too – with cured meat or cheese boards to share. Mains include Middlewhite pork chop with celeriac puree and roasted sprouts or tofu burger with peanut butter sauce and kimchi.
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