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Auld Shillelagh, Stoke Newington, N16

105 Stoke Newington Church Street
N16 0UD

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Tris C left this review about The Auld Shillelagh

Grade II-listed, this is a shop conversion which had become the Horse & Groom by 1871. It sits along super-trendy Stoke Newington Church Street, once a drovers’ route. Its current name dates from 1991 and is, according to an Irish friend, pronounced Shi-Lay-Lee, a traditional Irish wooden cudgel.
I came here about ten years ago and was keen to make a return visit as I was quite taken with the place at the time - sod-all has changed, thankfully. Yes, it’s incredibly narrow as you can see from the pictures. The interior is quite simple with a bar to the right/rear as you enter. It’s long in relation to its width, with modern boarded floor up front and up a couple of steps, a tiled rear. Beyond, is a lively bijoux beer garden. Décor is simple with a few knick-knacks and obligatory signed Irish sports shirts, probably rugby or hurling, alongside some items such as small film posters and Irish distillers’ mirrors. It’s partly panelled with richly coloured wood and a little bare brick towards the rear. I could only see one small and unobtrusive TV showing sport with the sound down, so perhaps the owners have cottoned on to the fact that trendy Stokeys probably prefer Artisanal to Arsenal. Muted music played in advance of the live band striking up. It’s cosy, snug and very popular with a mixed crowd, mainly Young Beautiful local people – I even heard a person with an Irish accent.
No ales of course, just the Black Stuff at a very expensive £2.60 a half. It was though extremely good and served by a very friendly and charming barmaid.
The pub’s website claims that the Irish Times has described this as the ‘Most Irish pub in the world outside Ireland’. I’m not so sure about that – I’m fairly certain I’ve been in more Irish pubs than this, and in the same borough. Either way, it’s an unpretentious great little craic den with a friendly vibe and I’ll certainly be back as it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in N16. A couple of good ales would get the grade up even higher.

On 7th May 2018 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Auld Shillelagh

Long thin,Irish themed pub with a rear beer garden.Busy.Keg only but Hallelujah! they had Guinness -Dublin porter which I have enjoyed before and again tonight.Nice pub if you like this style.Not for me though.

On 18th April 2015 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The Auld Shillelagh

This is certainly the thinnest pub I’ve ever been into and although it stretches back a fair way it doesn’t get any wider. A tiny bar area is located at the front and there is a limited standard draught selection from which I had a decent pint of Guinness. Amazingly they have managed to put up a projector screen on the front wall, but the picture quality was very poor. No need to worry though as there are some TVs down the length of the pub and these were showing football and the Ryder Cup. There was nowhere to sit during my Saturday afternoon visit as it was quite busy and standing at the bar was like being in a corridor, but there was a good atmosphere. I’m not sure that I’d return here as there are more comfortable places in the area.

On 6th October 2010 - rating: 5
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