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The Spurstowe Arms, E8

68 Greenwood Road
E8 1AB
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Spurstowe Arms

The Spurstowe Arms is a back street corner pub that is a short walk from Hackney Central station.
Once inside there is a decent sized single U shaped room with the bar facing,the room is bare boarded and the seating is a mix of bench seating and pew seats and a few normal tables and chairs.
There was one real ale on the which was Sambrooks Wandle,this was a decent drink.
There were menus on all tables so i think it is more of a dining pub,but none in on my Saturday dinner visit.
I thought this was a decent enough pub to have a drink in.

Pub visited 11/6/2016

On 30th July 2016 - rating: 7
[User has posted 6113 recommendations about 6113 pubs]

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Rex Rattus left this review about The Spurstowe Arms

This now appears to be a gastropub, with nothing like pub grub on the menu. The "28 day aged Angus burger", plus usual accompaniments is 12.5 (or £12.50 in english). The salad nicoise is also 12.5. There were a couple of ales on - Doom Bar and Sambrook Wandle (£2 a half). My half was served in a stemmed wine glass affair - my fault for ordering a half I suppose.

The place is bare-boarded of course, with loads of scrubbed wood tables, some wood settles, and normal chairs - but no upholstery. The bar counter has the usual gastro stuff on it, including a massive vase of flowers (but not lilies for some reason), baskets of limes/lemons, as well as what looked like a couple of antique soda syphons. The black painted bar counter looks an original feature - you can see where the join is between what would have been separate rooms in times past.

There was some blues and old rock (Eddie Floyd, et al) being played, but seemingly being piped only to the back on the right, and the busy garden where there was something of a summer party atmosphere going on. Obviously I avoided that area and sat in the quiet area at the front of the bar. There were one or two old mirrors about the place, and with pride of place behind the bar going to a framed and gilded display of moths. A new one on me for a pub. The barmaid said it was an original Victorian piece, and I have to say that it looked like she was right.

I didn't mind this place at all. I enjoyed a quiet drink at the front of the bar, but maybe it would get busier and noisy later (I was in at about 7.0 PM on Friday). I guess that these old Victorian backstreet pubs in this area have to provide the environment that will attract the sort of punters that now live around here. This one looks to be a survivor.

On 13th July 2015 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
Hackney Downs, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
London Fields, 0.45 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Hackney Central, 0.52 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Spurstowe Arms, E8
1st May 2017, 15:16
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1st May 2017, 15:16
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 13 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 13 July 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Car Park : No last updated 13 July 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 13 July 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Micropub : No last updated 11 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 July 2015 by Rex Rattus
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