Christmas Day 2015: pubs open around Hackney

Christmas @ Wenlock Arms 26 Wenlock Road, Hoxton N1 7TA 091215 © DavidAltheer[at]

EVERY YEAR this site publishes a guide to Christmas Day pub openings in and around Hackney. Posted for several years, it has so far been exclusive, if not comprehensive.

A few pubs have dropped out since last year 2014 because sales have not justified the costs; others have decided to try opening. Some pubs have found that food is the key.

Do not, however, expect to turn up on the day and be able to take a seat for a three-course meal. The sessions will have been booked out weeks ago.

Tube: Temple sign Aldwych London WC2 101215 © DavidAltheer[at]
Falling down: 25 December 2015 public transport

Choose a pub close to home. Ours may be World City No 1 but it runs no public transport on the great festive holiday:

* Alma, 159 Newington Green Road, London N1 4QU (020 7226 3531), noon-10pm. Mixture of British menus, mismatched furniture and Maori artworks

Marksman, 254 Hackney Road E2 7SJ (0207 739 7393), 11am-3pm. Gastropub

* Molly Blooms (ex Brewery Tap), 525 Kingsland Road, Dalston E8 4AR, 10am-3pm, has had many names yet keeps its Irish identity, even to the Joycean extent of dropping the apostrophe from its name

Marksman: PH Hackney Rd London Jan 2012 ©
Only two hours to get ’em dahn

Palm Tree, 127 Grove Road E3 5BH (8980 2918), noon-3.30pm. Ideally approached on foot or bicycle via the towpath by the canal (which may be drained for cleaning)

* Perseverance, 112 Pritchards Road, Hackney E2 9AP, noon-3pm (020 76133498). Within metres of hipster home Broadway Market, yet in its own world, the Percy has an outdoors heated rear garden and offers a good alternative to the market pub the Dove, which is not opening this Christmas 2015

* Prince Arthur, 95 Forest Road Dalson E8 3BH (0207 249 9996). Doors will not be locked for its booked-out Christmas lunch: ask politely and you might be allowed in for drinks only

Perseverance: 112 Pritchards Rd (just below Broadway Market), Hackney E2 9AP, 19 Dec '12
Cockney boozer: behind the Perseverance bar

* Royal Sovereign, 64 Northwold Road, Clapton E5 8RL (0208806 2449), noon-2pm

* Wenlock Arms, 26 Wenlock Road (not Street), corner Sturt Street, Hoxton N1 7TA (0871 951 1000), noon-3pm. House of ale fameand a joanna, which sometimes prompts a singsong

* JD Wetherspoon, 282 Mare Street, Hackney E8 1HE, noon-3pm. Good range of craft beers in spacious interior, usually male-dominated. Foyer smoking area, heated roof terrace.

Wetherspoon PH 282 Mare St, Hackney E8 1HE121215 © DavidAltheer[at]
JD Wetherspoon, roughly opposite Hackney town hall in Mare Street

The list has grown since this was first published. If you want your pub to be added to the list, email me at editor[at], substituting @ for [at] and sending the necessary details and no more, not even a picture.

Wenlock Arms 26 Wenlock Road, Hoxton N1 7TA 091215 © DavidAltheer[at]
Inside is an old piannah: Don’t shoot the player

David Altheer 091215

* Backstory: Christmas Day pubs 2014

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