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2020 Spring crawl: Preston on Friday, 17th April with Pangolin on the Pub Forum

The Hare, Cambridge Heath, E2

505 Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9BU
Phone: 02076130519

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Tris C left this review about The Hare

This pub has existed here since 1792 but was rebuilt for Truman's around 1860, the attractive tiled facade probably added in the 1930s, the long-term cracked window added at a much later date - I hope.
As described below, this is a basic locals' pub, part carpeted and part bare boarded with vinyl banquettes to the periphery with traditional/modern furniture. Walls are painted black with a white Anaglypta ceiling; there's a pool table to the rear with a door out onto a patio garden. The bar is modern field panelled with mirrored back which may be older, reflecting a myriad bottles, inverted with contents dispensed by optics. Lights are quite traditional with a few hipster filament bulbs, perhaps trying to attract incomers, possibly a bit bright but could be reduced if the windows weren't obscured with louvre blinds.
Décor comprises some old prints and framed pictures of the old Highbury stadium, flanked by a few Arsenal players; no doubts then as to the pub's football leanings. To the left wall, there's a huge night-time aerial panorama of London. There are a multitude of TVs, all showing different channels; there's an additional projector, possibly only when Arsenal are playing? There's also a flashing games machine.
The pub serves a range of 12 Scotches as well as 12 taps dispensing craft from the local Five Points Brewery and the likes of fizz as well as Guinness and Strongbow. Amazingly, there were three ales: GK IPA, TT Landlord and Five Points Pale at a very agreeable £4.20 and on good form, served up by a friendly old-school landlady, who seemed to be on very familiar terms with her obviously loyal customers, cackling away with them.
Seemingly clean and tidy, this is an ok pub and something of a last stand amidst a sea of hypsterfied pubs in this now very trendy area and long may it survive, but I would prefer something a little less sport orientated and perhaps a little less linguistically earthy; there was no sign of the aforementioned pub cat.

On 15th July 2021 - rating: 4
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custodian 42 left this review about The Hare

Nothing special here. One room with bar to the right rear. Further room to the left. Large map of East London on left wall. Four hand pumps, two reversed, others weak in strength.

On 17th September 2018 - rating: 4
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Moby Duck left this review about The Hare

A rather basic locals pub, GK IPA, Abbot Reserve and Landlord were the ales on, fine for locals I'm sure but there's not much here for the casual passer by.

On 17th December 2017 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Hare

This pub has an attractive and distinctive old brewery facade (Trumans possibly), but inside it’s very basic. It’s carpeted, which I like as it tends to reduce ambient noise, has some classic plastic covered banquette seating around the sides, tall stools at ledges circling the pillars in the middle of the room, and some normal tables and chairs. There’s a pool table at the back to the left of the bar counter, and wall decor seems to be restricted to framed football shirts (I didn’t recognise any of the teams, but that could be because I wasn’t wearing my glasses, so could be some other sport). There were several TVs on the walls and behind the bar, all on showing different channels, but muted. It was doing a good trade on Saturday afternoon, but the pub cat was totally unfazed by all the activity going on around it, lying trustingly in the middle of the floor.
There were two ales on – GKIPA and Timothy Taylor Landlord. I had a pint of the latter of course, which although good value at £3 a pint, wasn’t in great nick. I didn’t see any signs of food being available. This is a basic locals’ pub. There’s nothing wrong with it; it’s nothing special – just an ordinary down to earth pub.

On 8th August 2011 - rating: 6
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