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175 Stoke Newington High Street
With one foot in refined Church Street, & the other dipping its toe in the more raffish delights of the high street, this large corner pub spills its clientele on to the pavements into the wee
hours every weekend. The draw, in part, is the underground venue in the former beer cellar; the Drop has cracked original tiles, chilled Jägermeister shots & a 4am curfew on Saturdays. Back
upstairs, you can slouch on a battered sofa in the lounge or take a sturdy table & choose from a menu that changes twice daily. Inspiration is taken from across Europe – a cured meat plate of
chorizo Iberico, prosciutto crudo & Milano salami, say, or Orkney salmon with aubergine Provençal & baby gem. Further attractions include the La Marzocco espresso machine, a decent global
wine list & laid-back but professional service.
175 Stoke Newington High Street
020 7241 5511
Stoke Newington Station 407m
Rectory Road Station 533m
Hackney Downs 1km
Rio Cinema 1km
Mon-Fri 4-11pm (Thurs -12M Fri -2am) Sat-Sun 12N-2am (Sun -11pm)
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Food + drink: 0
This pub has been serving delicious food for many years, until now. The most disappointing Sunday Roast I can remember, tasted like canteen food unfortunately. Alarms Bells should have rang when I saw the veggie option was portobello mushrooms which is a very sad and depressing choice especially priced at £13......This could have been forgiven however if the rest of the food on the plate was tasty. It wasn't, the broccoli was soggy, unseasoned and above all completely raw and chewy, the yorkshire pud was as dry as an old boot as were the roast potatoes, the root veg mash was ok but that was it. Fellow eaters around the table ate dry tasteless pork and another had dry tasteless beef. The only way to get through this plate of food was to drown it in gravy...........oh dear what a let down, and its my local......:(
Food + drink: 2
Only last year I would have given this pub a full 5-star rating but the place seems to have come under new management. Sometimes new management is good and sometimes it is bad. This time, it is bad.
When we first arrived in Stokey last year it was a regular haunt for us of a weekday afternoon for coffees, hot chocolates, nibbles and then weekday dinners. The food was always good.
In the last month I have met people here for dinner twice and can say I won't be meeting anyone there for dinner again. The menu – despite have the day's date on it – hardly changes. The attempt at more upmarket food falls flat: 'Chilli (and something I can't remember) Poussin & Shoestring fries = chicken and chips. It's not even good chicken and chips, it's decidedly average since the flavouring on the Poussin is just on the skin and as soon as you've done with that it's just a lot of (dry) white meat. The shoestring fries (or whatever they called them) were a stupid idea too. Since they are so thin they go cold almost as soon as the waitress has placed the plate down.
The slow roast belly pork was equally disappointing. First things first, it clearly wasn't slow roasted – the fat hadn't rendered down at all. I can't even remember what else was on the plate, but I will say that I ordered a side of “fat chips” which, for £3-4 was a rip off. You get about 6 chips, don't bother.
Nothing was helped by the waitress, who forgot almost everything. It took us a full 10 minutes to get mayonaise & ketchup out of her, and she obviously forgot to order my side of chips (and lied about it — “they're just coming”) since they arrived almost as soon as i was about to finish my plate!
So no more dinners there for us. And, no more afternoons either since I recently discovered that they now don't do soy milk. Big mistake in this part of town I think. I often used to go in for hot drinks with soy and stay for hours re-ordering.
Take your money elsewhere, the new manager obviously doesn't want it!
Food + drink: 4
This is the best local gastropub in Stoke Newington. The Sunday roasts here are great, and a lovely place to spend a Sunday afternoon. They have some really good beers and wines too.
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