DESPITE the many pubs that have fallen victim to property booms over the years, they still offer a good choice to Hackneyites.
Perhaps too much choice, so ratings from The Good Pub Guide are always welcome. And, in the words of its publicity team, the 2014 edition “is now out!” [The teenager’s-diary-style deployment of the exclamation point is not Loving Dalston’s. — Ed.]
Shockingly, no East End pub won the top award. That went to The Olive Branch in the village of Clipsham, Rutland LE15 7SH — “sublime food and friendly atmospheres”. [Atmospheres? Isn’t one enough? — Ed.]
To save you the trouble of ploughing through hundreds of GPG pages of similarly outer-galactic ambiances, Loving Dalston has skimmed through it to find those that got honourable mentions. [If any has been omitted, email me and this article will be amended. — Ed.]
The highest awards gained by pubs in and around Hackney seems to have been “Approved”. One is the Drapers Arms, 44 Barnsbury Street, Islington N11ER. The guide comments: “Streamlined place with good mix of drinkers and diners, thoughtful choice of drinks, imaginative modern food, and seats in the attractive back garden”.
The Duke of Cambridge, at 30 St Peter’s Street, Hoxton (as the guide sees it) N1 8JT, was approvingly described as having a “carefully sourced, imaginative food, excellent range of organic drinks and a nice, chatty atmosphere”. The “Dook” pioneered the gastro-pub concept in London.
These pubs, about 8km of Hackney town hall [ie, walking distance — Ed.], were rated “worth a visit”:
Birkbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Road, Wanstead E11 4HL;
Charles Lamb, 16 Elia Street N1 8DE;
Compton Arms , 4 Compton Avenue N1 2XD;
Crown, 223 Grove Road, Bow E3 5SN;
Daniel Defoe, 102 Stoke Newington, Church Street N16 0LA;
Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate EC2M 4NR;
Dove Arms, 24 Broadway Market E8 4QJ [I think the guide means The Dove. — Ed.];
Eagle, 2 Shepherdess Walk, Hoxton N1 7LB;
Fox & Anchor, 115 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell EC1M 6AA;
Hamilton Hall, The Concourse, Liverpool Street Station EC2M 7PY;
Jerusalem Tavern, 55 Britton Street, Clerkenwell EC1M 5UQ;
Marquess Tavern, 32 Canonbury Street, Hoxton N1 2TB;
Palm Tree, pictured, 127 Grove Road E3 5BH. This is an East End secret [You just spoilt that. — Ed.], a survivor of a Blitzed terrace, by the canal in Mile End Park. It usually features in Loving Dalston’s exclusive Christmas Day pub guide;
Pride of Spitalfields, Heneage Street, Spitalfields E1 5LJ;
White Swan, 21 Alie Street, Aldgate E1 8DA.
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