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The Stags Head, Hoxton, N1

55 Orsman Road
N1
N1 5RA
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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 - ahem...no 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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Rex Rattus left this review about The Stags Head

This is a CAMRA London inventory pub, so it has a largely unspoilt interior. It’s an inter-war Truman’s pub, built to serve the nearby estate. Unfortunately some bright spark has decided to paint the original Truman’s external buff tiles a ghastly deep red, which has done the appearance of the pub no favours at all. The original public and saloon bars are still extant, separated by some screening and a now disused bottle and jug bar. The original wooden panelling is still in place on the walls. At some point the pub was extended to the left, with a room that now seems to be used as a music, or similar, venue. Fortunately the garish lighting in this room did not infect the rest of the pub. Furnishing were standard tables and chairs.

I was not expecting to find any real ale in here, but they did in fact have on St Austell Tribute, Young’s Bitter and Otter Ale. The latter turned out to be in excellent nick, and at £3.25 a pint quite reasonably priced by London standards. I don’t know about food – there was no sign of food or menus when I was in on Friday afternoon.

I found this still to be an unpretentious locals’ boozer with no airs or graces, and with a surprisingly good ale selection. It’s worth a visit to see a rare example of an unspoilt (if you ignore the exterior red paint for a minute) inter-war Truman’s pub. I would be happy to pay a return visit.

On 23rd June 2013 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
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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1st Aug 2016, 15:59
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1st Aug 2016, 15:03
Review submitted by Alan Winfield

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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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