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The Stags Head, Hoxton, N1

55 Orsman Road
N1 5RA
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Stags Head

Tucked away on a side street near the Regents Canal,there is a magnificent Truman's interior which has been discovered and restored by the pub owners.The exterior is also traditional apart from the colour scheme and it sits on a street corner in a downmarket locale.The apex entrance gives way to a very basic tap room,worn wooden floor,cellar hatch, an old upright piano and a few benches and stools.There is a keg gantry offering 7 options,most mainstream but two from Beavertown.Locals gather in here and there is an exit to the beer garden.The island bar gives views into the impressive back lounge where all the features exist and you can see the back of 4 handpumps.I enquired about real ale but was told there is none so a pint of keg Beavertown Gamma Ray at £6.70 was purchased before setting off to explore.
Through an arch is the former Jug & Bottle with it's own door,kept locked these days.Then the back lounge with the exposed original 30's lino,wood panelling,gently curved bar,settles and stools and Truman beer names picked out in gold paint.Two real brick fireplaces stuffed with logs still exist either side of the entrance to a rear room with a small stage at one end,lit by fairy lights.Around the bar original light fittings still exist,it's a calm area steeped in pre war character but strangely unused by the regulars.
No real ale is a great shame,and the keg pricing would deter session drinkers.The welcome was cursory and the marks are solely for the terrific interior which is worthy of inspection.

On 11th August 2021 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Stags Head

The Stags Head is a back street pub that still has its original Trumans signage set in stone on the outside.
Once inside there is an oblong shaped room to the right which which had one settee and normal tables and chairs,there is a separate room to the left which is smaller than the main room,the floor was tiled or something like that.
There was one real ale on the bar that i noticed which was Doom Bar,this was a decent enough drink.
This seemed a pleasant enough pub to have a drink in.

Pub visited 11/6/2016

On 1st August 2016 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Stags Head

Situated right off the beaten track in the desert hinterland hybrid that has an N1 postcode, yet is in Hackney, is The Stags Head, established in 1856 but rebuilt by Truman, Hanbury & Buxton's golden boy A. E. Sewell in the 1930s. The pub's website states that it has proudly restored its details such as wonderful Truman's wood panelling, integrated Truman's mirrors and Truman's illuminated bar back parapet, yet has ruined the exterior biscuit glaze tiles by entombing them in burgundy paint. The pub also boasts the reinstatement of two working fireplaces which have wonderful ceramic stag motifs above the surrounds, and the vinyl floor, which dates back to the 1930s - it doesn't. If it dates from the 1930s then it's linoleum. If it really is vinyl, then it probably dates from around the 1970s, around the time it was first employed as a floor substance.
There's a small central bar and off to the left is a small live music and dance room. The main bar features an upright piano and conventional furniture. Playing on the night of our visit, was some subdued acoustic folk music which didn't intrude. However, if the Marshall stacks and DJs featured on the website were in evidence, we'd probably have passed on by. Aside from the audience in the music zone, the pub was decidedly quiet.
Sadly, there was only one ale on with - I think - a blank pump. The barmaid was off-hand and served me a decent pint of Upham Brewery's Punter which was a decent enough and unheard-of find, which at £3.85 a pint is really quite good for the area.
This really is a very unusual pub and I would make a special point of visiting, just to experience the largely unspoilt 1930s' interior. A couple of extra real ales could turn this place into a minor destination pub.

On 10th June 2016 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Haggerston, 0.4 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Hoxton, 0.56 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Dalston Junction, 0.91 miles, 17 min walk (show)
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11th Aug 2021, 21:20
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
11th Aug 2021, 21:16
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes - Pizza orientated. - last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
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