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The Crown & Castle, E8

600 Kingsland Road
E8
E8 4AH
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Tris C left this review about The Crown & Castle

It's not often that one gets to be the first person to review a 19th century pub, but that's because this one closed in 2001, was converted to restaurant use, only to reopen as a pub again in 2020.
The original pub was built in 1818 but I suspect that the current incarnation was rebuilt at a later date in the Victorian era. It's a very commanding pub, located right on Dalston junction. The façade features a ceramic depiction of both the eponymous castle and crown with the name applied to the parapet atop the corner splay. However, this ensemble is really rather tatty. There's also a good example of a green Watney Combe Reid roundel with stag motif to the left side - it's good to see these increasingly rare items of brewery regalia being retained. What is also of note is that the name of the pub has been applied to the fascia in the original Watney's typeface.
Once inside and it's clear that not one molecule of the original interior remains. There are large clear picture windows, beneath which there's a peripheral wooden banquette which wraps around the wall below the windows and features double electrical sockets. Walls seem to be clad with planking, the lower half slate grey, white above leading up to a white patterned tiled ceiling (and ugly aircon units) from which hang lights with multiple circular cells. Wall lights are white translucent spheres with exposed metal trunking. To the rear is a little bare brick but sadly a very ugly piece of industrial ductwork, presumably for the downstairs kitchen's air handling; to the left of this is a large rococo gold wall mirror. The bar features an attractive field panelled front with a little bare brick to the rear along with some exposed structural ironwork which is probably original. The floor is bare boarded, painted with an appealing checkerboard pattern of light and dark brown. Furniture is a mix of traditional old school chairs with restrained and quite attractive modern tables, each sporting a bottle of disinfectant gloop - necessary or not, a lot more attractive than bottles of sauce. Music played at an agreeable level and no TVs were in evidence. Lavs are good and modern with two cubicles, no less!
There seems to be a push towards cocktails here, no doubt favoured by the young trendy crowd, but there were also two banks of chrome founts dispensing craft ales, but sadly nothing real, my pint of Camden Pale being brought to my table by a very friendly barmaid, though at a very unfriendly £5.30; it wasn't too bad once it had warmed up and dispersed much of its CO2.
This is a decent modern take on a traditional pub and it's good to see that it hasn't fallen back on awful electronic entertainments or ugly thuggish interior features like huge metal lampshades.
I'd be interested to come here again if in the immediate vicinity, but it would really have to provide a couple of quality real ales - Hackney has no shortage of breweries and this should go down well with the local community, especially in these uncertain times as the borough is the spiritual home to hipsters and 'locally sourced' is always a winner.

On 24th September 2020 - rating: 4
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Dalston Junction, 0.03 miles, 0 min walk (show)
Dalston Kingsland, 0.17 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Haggerston, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Crown & Castle, E8
24th Sep 2020, 19:15
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
24th Sep 2020, 18:13
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 September 2020 by Tris C
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