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Auld Shillelagh, Stoke Newington, N16

105 Stoke Newington Church Street
N16
N16 0UD
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Auld Shillelagh

Extremely narrow Irish pub which then extends back a long way before arriving at a walled beer garden with a retractable awning.There is enough room for a small circular table in the front window,then the bar with insufficient room to drink there vertically,so you drift naturally towards the rear.It's all very traditional with wood panelling,fireplaces,some mixed traditional furniture and a flatscreen with the racing on mute,together with gentle muzzak.I suppose an Irish pub would have no interest in an English team Test match.The Irish theme is strong throughout.
Naturally no real ale,and I swerved the pasturised and keg stout Guiness because I much prefer proper ale based stout.I opted for Open Gate Citra IPA ,half £3.30 too cold and tasteless.
Go in and have a look but expect to be disappointed on the beer front.I can see no reason to return.

On 12th June 2022 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Auld Shillelagh

Grade II-listed, this is a shop conversion which had become the Horse & Groom by 1871. It sits along super-trendy Stoke Newington Church Street, once a drovers’ route. Its current name dates from 1991 and is, according to an Irish friend, pronounced Shi-Lay-Lee, a traditional Irish wooden cudgel.
I came here about ten years ago and was keen to make a return visit as I was quite taken with the place at the time - sod-all has changed, thankfully. Yes, it’s incredibly narrow as you can see from the pictures. The interior is quite simple with a bar to the right/rear as you enter. It’s long in relation to its width, with modern boarded floor up front and up a couple of steps, a tiled rear. Beyond, is a lively bijoux beer garden. Décor is simple with a few knick-knacks and obligatory signed Irish sports shirts, probably rugby or hurling, alongside some items such as small film posters and Irish distillers’ mirrors. It’s partly panelled with richly coloured wood and a little bare brick towards the rear. I could only see one small and unobtrusive TV showing sport with the sound down, so perhaps the owners have cottoned on to the fact that trendy Stokeys probably prefer Artisanal to Arsenal. Muted music played in advance of the live band striking up. It’s cosy, snug and very popular with a mixed crowd, mainly Young Beautiful local people – I even heard a person with an Irish accent.
No ales of course, just the Black Stuff at a very expensive £2.60 a half. It was though extremely good and served by a very friendly and charming barmaid.
The pub’s website claims that the Irish Times has described this as the ‘Most Irish pub in the world outside Ireland’. I’m not so sure about that – I’m fairly certain I’ve been in more Irish pubs than this, and in the same borough. Either way, it’s an unpretentious great little craic den with a friendly vibe and I’ll certainly be back as it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in N16. A couple of good ales would get the grade up even higher.

On 7th May 2018 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Auld Shillelagh

Long thin,Irish themed pub with a rear beer garden.Busy.Keg only but Hallelujah! they had Guinness -Dublin porter which I have enjoyed before and again tonight.Nice pub if you like this style.Not for me though.

On 18th April 2015 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Stoke Newington, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Rectory Road, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Stamford Hill, 1.06 miles, 20 min walk (show)
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12th Jun 2022, 15:18
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
 
22nd May 2021, 22:40
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 22 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : No last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes - Irish folk. - last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs upstairs. - last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 07 May 2018 by Tris C
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