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The Owl & Pussycat, Shoreditch, E2

34 Redchurch Street
E2
E2 7DP
Phone: 02034870088
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Tris C left this review about The Owl & Pussycat

Certainly no gentrified gastropub and originally The Crown, this place dates from around 1788, but was rebuilt around 1850, though I suspect it’s the frontage which dates from this time, as some of the interior does look really rather old and CAMRA concurs; its current name dates from about 1990.
A visit here was precipitated by it featuring on CAMRA’s inventory of historic interiors, this being of Some Regional Importance and nationally listed Grade II.
The interior is really rather dark, with what little light coming from downlighters set into the ceiling, which is very low, papered with Anaglypta and all a rather mungey colour; further illumination came from two TVs which did nothing other than act as food menus. There are deep windowsills, which act as ledges for drinks. Furniture here is geared towards vertical drinking, with a few tall tables to the rear with tubular steel high stools with horrible ‘ergonomic’ bum-shaped plastic seats which proved to cause much discomfort whenever I shifted, as what is best described as a pommel repeatedly collided with my perineum.
The lavs might be described as a bit sexist, as gender is denoted by a cartoon of an Owl over the gents, then a Pussycat over the ladies; they were a bit grim. There’s an upstairs function room, but I couldn’t make out how it’s accessed.
The main star here is the beautiful wood of the bar back which is mahogany, being one of the oldest in the country. It features wonderful rich, warm wood with scrolling and columns with ornate capitals and an off-centre clock. The bar front is painted black – like much of the walls – and is probably fairly new. There are also some wooden beams which look suitably old, as well as a large and functional fireplace which I very much doubt is used; the floor is dark, uneven and old. Out back, there’s a decent covered ivy clad garden with TV (off). Music played at quite a loud level, no doubt to appeal to the relatively young Shoreditch wannabes, the volume of whose conversation increased accordingly.
Ales on offer were Brakspear’s Gravity ‘coming soon’ and Young’s London Original (£5.10), served by a disinterested barmaid and freezing cold, though ok once warmed up.
This is an ok pub. Later in the evening when it started to empty out, it started to improve; 30 years ago I would have loved this place, but it scores well in the wood department.

Rated 5.5.

On 16th September 2021 - rating: 5
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custodian 42 left this review about The Owl & Pussycat

Basic place with the bar to the middle. Four hand pumps - two off, others weak. Rest keg rubbish.

On 19th September 2018 - rating: 4
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Moby Duck left this review about The Owl & Pussycat

Very busy on a Sunday afternoon, so much so I didn't notice any tattiness as mentioned below, it could however been tidied up in the ensuing three years since Rex's review.The seating arrangements seem to still be the same as does the rather dull(to my taste) beer selection, Brakespear's Bitter and Oxford Gold and Young's Bitter were noted. It seemed popular here, but its not really for me.

On 19th November 2017 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Shoreditch High Street, 0.12 miles, 2 min walk (show)
London Liverpool Street, 0.64 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Hoxton, 0.65 miles, 12 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 04 April 2011 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 04 April 2011 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 September 2021 by Tris C
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