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Pub On The Park, London Fields, E8

19 Martello Street
E8
E8 3PE
Phone: 02079233398
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Pub SignMan left this review about Pub On The Park

This pub has a pretty good location adjacent to London Fields, making it a popular watering hole for anyone visiting the park or nearby Broadway Market. Given the pub's location in trendy Hackney, it was no great surprise to find that it has a real hipster vibe to it and the place was packed with fashionable young poseurs and one or two confused looking passing tourists. The pub probably had an interesting multiple room layout at one point, but it has now been ruthlessly opened out, creating a large, open-plan space with exposed floorboards and half panelled walls. The servery runs along the back wall and has a modern, metal fronted counter, retro red lampshades suspended from above and a bar back littered with loads of old beat-boxes and other such junk. Seating is abundant but at a premium on a busy Saturday afternoon, with chairs, pews and low stools making up the majority of the options. The one feature that did catch my eye was an impressive Trumans mirror on the end wall, but this was generally surrounded by various hip artworks, murals and the like, so it looked a bit out of place. The room was a mad obstacle course of sleeping dogs and hyper-energetic toddlers, so we went outside where we found a large covered decked area to the side of the pub which in turn leads up some steps to a snaking, long section of decking that runs the whole way round the back of the building. From here you get some pretty good views out across the park from comfortable wooden benches.
As you might expect, there is a tonne of craft beer available here, predominantly from London micros and almost certainly at breathtaking prices. Five handpulls were in operation as well though and they offered a decent selection, comprising Trumans Runner and Belt & Braces, Crate Golden and ELB Cowcatcher. I gave the Cowcatcher a try, but was served a pint in a plastic glass by default - it seemed to taste okay but I wasn't raving about it, especially as the round didn't come cheaply. The staff were all over the place and getting served was far more difficult that it really needed to be.
This pub is really only worth visiting for its location, which has to be its main asset. Whilst the beer options are certainly interesting, the provision of plastic glasses was a big off-putting factor - I'd be interested to know if this policy is applied during the week as well. The place was in a state of chaos, with staff and customers alike making it difficult to get served or move around the pub, but it does have some degree of charm and a winning beer garden. Not a total disaster then, but I wouldn't really make my way out here from Hackney Central unless I was visiting the park.

On 26th November 2017 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Pub On The Park

A good looking building with a silly name and a ridiculous exterior wall display of a piano being raised to the roof.The interior has an ale house feel,a square room with wood panelling around the periphery,a rank of long benches in the centre and the bar running down one wall.Five handpumps but only three operational on my visit drawing Trumans Runner and Gunboat Smith (passable ,£4.20) and North Brewing Prototype.The keg offerings included Five Points Pale and Lagunitas but otherwise mainstream.There is a flatscreen above the entrance door controlled by doormen on my Friday evening visit.Two function rooms on the higher floors can be hired.
The star of the show is the vast decking outside,on many different levels wrapping around the building and offering views over London Fields.One section is covered by a huge jumberella and many of the young customers were sitting outside on a mild night smoking and drinking.
Not as bad as I feared,but the muzak was loud,the atmosphere was lively and buzzing and I was the oldest customer in by a long chalk.Food available 12-3 everyday,there was a works Xmas party in full swing on my visit,with food available for their guests.
Close to the station,just enough here to justify another visit if you have missed your train.

On 10th December 2016 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about Pub On The Park

Indeed this was once the Queen Eleanor - you can see the name of Eleanor Road N.E. on the east side at first floor level, dating to the 19th century when London had S and N.E. postcodes, now used by Sheffield and Newcastle; this section of the road no longer exists but continues over Richmond Road. The old street sign is also an indication that this is in fact part of North-East and not East London.
Renamed the Pub on the Park in 1992, I came here once around the late '90s so can't really remember the place, suffice to say that the area's considerably more gentrified than before with little two-bedroom Georgian houses opposite the pub on the market for £2m!
Largely as described below, there's a collection of '80s stereo/TV stuff above the bar: miniature (for the day) TVs incorporated into radio/cassette players, an old linear tracking gramophone and an interesting oscilloscope with its flickering green cathode ray screen. All this home entertainment guff may explain why the music in here is far too loud or perhaps it's to appease the young crowd or drown out their expletive-laden conversations.
Ales: three pumps on with two unused, dispensing something from the Hackney Brewery as well as Sambrook's Wandle. I didn't get the price as it wasn't my round but it was lifeless and warm on a pleasant autumn day.
What with the type of clientele, loud music and poor quality ale, not to mention the amount of live sport TV coverage, I can't see myself coming back. The much improved Cat & Mutton is a better bet.

On 26th September 2016 - rating: 4
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Fields, 0.14 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Hackney Central, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Hackney Downs, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Pub On The Park, E8
26th Nov 2017, 17:29
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
10th Dec 2016, 00:49
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Large covered, heated patio. - last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - x2. - last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 26 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 August 2011 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 26 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
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