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The Prince George, E8

40 Parkholme Road
E8
E8 3AG
Phone: 02072546060
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Tris C left this review about The Prince George

Built in 1856 for Whitbread (one of their signs remains) and now owned by the Remarkable Pubs Co. (RPC), this is an attractive corner site pub in the backstreets of what probably constitutes Dalston.
Minus screaming babies, this seems unchanged since the previous reviews. There’s an enclosed beer patio out front and on entering, there are the usual RPC trademarks: a few stuffed animals, black tieback swag curtains, a map of the world on the wall and Litovel propaganda. Also predictable, was a welcome ale from local Five Points (Pale at £4.95 and good) and a not so welcome London Pride, along with Rosie Pig cider on pump.
Broadly, the pub is divided into around six areas, going back a surprising way. The bar takes centre to the front section. It’s rustic and field panelled, but the star here is the bar back which appears to have been carved from walnut, with columns topped with Ionic capitals; the modern Gent clock at centre is presumably meant as a bit of a leg-pull. The floor is rough boarded and the room has black field panelling to the dado, then Anaglypta upwards to the matching ceiling, both painted magnolia (or old nicotine staining?). There are two fireplaces with tiling which probably dates from the 1930s. Naturally they weren’t lit, but I know from extensive experience of RPC pubs, that they do like their real fires. Furniture in the front room constitutes pews to the walls, then normal chairs and tables, all of which are topped with little bottle vases containing a plant. Lighting comprises hanging spherical translucent lamps above the bar, then either tulip glass shaded chandeliers and matching sconce lights, all at a pleasant level. Décor is largely as described below, along with a pot pourri of prints, some illuminated with brass picture lamps.
The rear room has quite an ornate staircase up to what was probably once lodgings or a dining room. Here, there are red velvet-upholstered benches rather than pew. Round to the side, and there’s an annex and beyond that there’s a pool room. We still continue onwards, to some kind of deep cover über snug, a form of pub ‘panic room’ – a good place to avoid babies?
The crowd comprised overwhelmingly young incomers and one solitary local old bloke, sitting at the bar with a somewhat bemused look on his face, perhaps a little overwhelmed by the rather noisy quiz, which had the pub near packed out on a Monday evening.
The overall impression here, is that this is a largely traditional, cosy boozer. Trumping the neighbouring Spurstowe and Prince Arthur, if at least due to the availability of real ale, this is easily the best pub in the area and I’d be very happy to make a return.

On 25th August 2021 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Prince George

Traditional side-street pub, retaining much of its original layout, including a lounge / dining room behind the main 'L'-shaped bar, what is now a pool room further back and a snug-type alcove beyond that. Imposing bar-back directly opposite the entrance, topped - for no obvious reason - by various stuffed birds and a plaster-cast bust of Brunel. Furniture and decor otherwise pleasantly traditional, and it also has a fair-sized patio beer garden at the front. Four of five handpumps in operation, offering London Pride, Gales Spring Sprinter, Sambrook's Pumphouse Pale and Hackney American Pale Ale (£4.80).

On 15th April 2017 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Prince George

The previous reviewer just about says it all. There was essentially a young clientele, with a couple of individuals being far too young at only a few weeks or months old, who very vocally expressed their dissatisfaction with something or other. I've been in other pubs where tots start screaming and seen them taken outside - but not here where we were all made to suffer.

But the pub itself was just fine. The bar counter, some wood panelling including look original Victorian work, but of course it's now completely opened up at the front, with a couple of rooms at the back, one of which provided some sanctuary from the cacophony at the front. Perhaps if one visited at other than a Saturday evening it would be a much quiter and more welcoming place.

On 12th April 2017 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Tris C
Dalston Junction, 0.39 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Dalston Kingsland, 0.52 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Hackney Downs, 0.63 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Prince George, E8
25th Aug 2021, 18:50
Review submitted by Tris C
 
21st Aug 2021, 21:06
Request to add pub to area London Fields by Tris C approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Front patio seating. - last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays 7.00 pm. - last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 August 2021 by Tris C
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