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The Rose & Crown, Stoke Newington, N16

199 Stoke Newington Church Street
N16 9ES

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Tris C left this review about The Rose & Crown

This is a barnstormer of a pub. Dating back to at least the early 17th century, the current incarnation was completed in 1932 to the designs of Truman’s inhouse architect, A. E. Sewell to replace an earlier manifestation dating from the mid-19th century.
Now Grade II-Listed and on CAMRA’s list of pubs with Regionally Historic Interiors, it has a commanding corner sweep. Some of the detailing you notice at first is the pressed metal sign and the small ovals above the entrances with the letter ‘T’ in applied raised metal, surrounded by wrought iron scrollwork. There are stone swag and rose details. It’s what you find inside that’s most spectacular of all – a U-shaped interior and an exceptional example of 1930s’ pub style.
The windows contain bullseye glass with some gold stained detailing. The floor is flagstone. The walls are almost entirely clad with matchboard or similar with hanging wood framed partial curtains with glass panel infill, beneath which and repeated in abundance throughout, are the names of Truman’s beers in either gilt or pale wood inlay. There are also two Truman’s mirrors, integrated into the panelling. The ceiling is most striking, being of white Vitrolite panels, similar to those in the Royal Oak, E2. There are original 1930s' Art Deco hanging lanterns. The bar back has leaded mirror panels. The bar has a black and white chequerboard apron and brass footrail with a field panelled front.
Furniture is simple and solid with some peripheral bench seating and there are two working log fires.
The barman was very friendly, though had little to do as there was only one other customer in on my afternoon visit. Ales: Rose & Crown N16 Ale, Adnam’s Southwold, Caledonian’s Deuchars IPA and St. Austell's Tribute at a pricey £2.40 a half which was fine.
This is a must-visit if in the area and worth visiting if you live in London. The ale choice lets the place down a bit but there’s no denying that it does have a beautiful interior.

On 3rd May 2018 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Rose & Crown

Lovely ex Truman's heritage pub with fabulous wooden panelling, opaque glass square boxed ceiling (‘Vitrolite’, thank you Rex) flagstone floor, frosted coloured windows . Bar the opening-out of the interior (too much opening-out, really as it’s a bit of box), there’s much of the old inter-war fittings to enjoy. Five pumps with four on; Caledonian Deuchars, Caledonian brewed house beer, Adnams Bitter and St Austell Tribute. Not the most exciting selection but fair enough and my Tribute was in good shape. Busy on an early Saturday evening and a mixed crowd in. I was quite taken with this one and it's worth the journey to sample. I might well make the effort to do it again.

On 2nd October 2017 - rating: 8
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john gray left this review about The Rose & Crown

Lots of historic feature but overall a bit gloomy on a sunny night.Outside seating.They had five beers on handpump but they were a bit historic as well being regulars from the regionals.Tried the house beer N16.Dull boring bitter.

On 18th April 2015 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Rose & Crown

This is a classic old Truman’s pub, with much of the signage still in place. It’s on the CAMRA London Inventory of pubs with historic interior features - this one has loads of inter - war features, including the original bar counter, wood panelling on the walls and Truman's trademark Vitrolite paneled ceiling. It's been largely opened up like so many pubs of this era, but the original layout can be discerned from the positioning of the doors (several unused now of course), and the vestiges of the original screenwork, some still bearing the original Trumans beer signage. The flagstone floor is a more modern addition, but quite attractive nonetheless, and furnishings are standard tables and chairs. All quite reassuringly pub-like I would say. I saw a sign advertising "boutique accommodation", and while I was sitting in the bar a couple walked in to check in.

Rather appropriately, one of the ales on was Truman's Swift. The others were Deuchars IPA, Sharp's Tribute, and Rose & Crown N16 (£1.80 a half), brewed by Caledonian I was told. Wine lists were on all the tables, as well as single-page laminated menus. Main courses are mainly pub grub, at around £8 - £10.

I like this pub - but I always seem to like pubs with original features. The ale selection is OK, and the food looks reasonable although I didn't sample it. I would happily visit this one for another drink sometime.

On 10th November 2013 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The Rose & Crown

This is a large pub with lots of seating at the front with views out of the giant bay window that looks onto the street outside. There is more seating up the left hand side of the bar where there is also a fire that was roaring away on my visit. It was very busy with a mix of diners, drinkers and a large wedding party that looked as though they were waiting to use St. Mary’s which is located opposite. There were a few too many children in tow for my liking, but it was a Saturday afternoon so I can’t really complain. The bar was fairly well stocked with Brains SA Gold, Deuchars, Pedigree and Caledonian 80 available on hand pump alongside a few standard draught products and I was served a decent Guinness, although I did have to wait a little longer than I would expect for the amount of people at the bar. I didn’t spot any TVs and there was no background music, but there are some board games that can be played.

There are rooms available for hire and the management advertise them as boutique so they are not cheap.

I’m not sure what to make of this place as it is pleasant enough, but there is something missing – atmosphere maybe. There is a quiz on Tuesday nights that I would consider going to, but I doubt a return visit will happen.

On 5th October 2010 - rating: 6
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