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The Kenton, Homerton, E9

38 Kenton Road
E9 7AB
Phone: 02085335041

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Tris C left this review about The Kenton

On 8th September 2021 - rating: 6

Built in 1858 by Sir Benjamin Kenton, the Kenton (now disarmed), has a very pretty frontage, pargeted with details including festoons, now painted mustard yellow and white, with some Charrington’s green banded clerestory windows.
I had expected to inspect a Norse as the pub is apparently Norwegian-themed, but I didn’t see any real evidence of this, other than a smörgåsbord of décor, much of it a bit camp, but including a giant Lego statue of a Viking which looked a lot like Benny Andersson; thereafter, there are a great number of mixed prints and a jukebox. The interior features a floor lacquered a shade of Scandi-noir, the pub being generally in a V-shape with the bar in the crook, field panelled and painted off-white. Furniture is conventional with some old school tables to the right-hand side with a Chesterfield and low matching wingback chair, with studded peripheral banquette seating to the left-hand. Lighting comes from some tasselled lamp standards, with lighting from on high coming from crystal chandeliers. Music was playing intermittently, combined with a quiz which had the pub packed out with mainly young incomers, though Tom Odell and Mark Knopfler have filmed videos here.
There’s no food, but customers are encouraged to order pizzas from a third party. The delivery ape – who was carrying a pizza box the size of a card table – barged into me on his way into the pub and then again on the way out, which wasn’t appreciated.
The hoped-for attractive barmaids weren’t in evidence, nor was real ale with two unclipped pumps bearing a note reading ‘Sad & Empty’. There were an enormous number of chrome founts dispensing the likes of Paulaner, some from Beavertown and Two Tribes to name but a few; even Guinness was off, so I opted for a Neck Oil at £5.50 and fine, once warmed up.
This is really quite a nice pub and certainly worth a detour if in E9. The inclusion of real ale would get the score up by at least a point, as would barring the pizza goons.


A return last night and despite the Cask Marque accreditation plaque to the left of the door, there was no evidence of real ale, so it was something on keg from Northern Monk at £3.25 a half which tasted of grapefruit.
Way better than the neighbouring Gun, this is still a fun pub and well worth a visit if in Hackney, but the lack of real ale, especially given the misleading accreditation, means that the score remains the same.

On 30th July 2022 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Kenton

Two ales on in here - Timothy Taylor Landlord, and Yarn Vale Moorhouse's. The Moorhouse's was a wallet busting £4.60 a pint, which seems to me to be a bit over the top for a Homerton backstreet pub. I didn't see any sign of food late afternoon on Friday, but I did qualify for a loyalty card - a Moostercard, presumably in recognition of the massive moose head on the wall above the fireplace on the right. Fair enough I suppose, but I would rather pay a fair price in the first place.

For some reason I quite liked this pub. There was lots of interesting stuff about the place, such as the aforementioned moose's head, pump clips displayed, framed pub awards, shelves bearing bric-abrac, and even an old space invaders machine. Apart from a sofa on the left, and a token tall table with tall stools, furnishings were all normal tables and chairs.

As much as I felt comfortable in here savouring my, admittedly decent, pint of Moorhouse's, I have a deep seated reluctance to return to a pub charging £4.60 for a pint, even if it is a guest ale.

On 12th July 2015 - rating: 5
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Kenton

The Kenton is a corner pub that i had problems in finding its location.
Sadly the pub was covered in scaffolding,but was still open for business.
Once inside there is a single oblongish shaped room with the bar on the left side,there were a few normal tables and chairs down the right side plus a pew seat,the room is bare boarded.
There were three real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Whitstable Bay Pale Ale which went down well,the other beers were Taylor Landlord and Old Speckled Hen.
There were a few other young customers in on my Saturday afternoon visit who were happy to help me out with my navigation problems.
Background music was playing.
I thought this was quite a nice pub with a laid back atmosphere.

Pub visited 4/10/2014

On 4th October 2014 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Kenton Arms

It's been repainted in a subtle shade of grey,but this corner pub has also undergone an internal refurb which places it squarely at the trendy end of the market. You enter into an open plan area with many sofas and a few tables and chairs.The bar is to the left and besides the usual kegs it has two handpumps serving Doom Bar and TT Landlord at an eye watering £3.70.Beyond the bar to the right is a small alcove with a mixing desk which is used on DJ nights while the back section is dark,with high stools placed along the wall.Keep walking to a back room which gives some relief from the noisy muzak and has more seating ,a sofa and a coal affect gas fired woodburner.In this room is the exit to a small walled courtyard.It's a trendy establishment popular with students and a young hip crowd but this does bring the added benefit of very attractive barmaids,so not all hope is lost.

On 23rd June 2012 - rating: 5
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