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The Birdcage, N16

58 Stamford Hill
N16 6XS
Phone: 02088066740
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Birdcage

On a street corner in a downmarket part of N16,the vast plate glass windows give lots of natural light into quite a large interior.There is an island bar surrounded by many banquettes in light brown leather with around the left side a long padded bench seat in dark velour.To the left of the interior is a seperate section of many metal type chairs and tables.There is a wooden floor throughout ,modest muzak on my afternnon visit and all flatscreens turned off.
There are some craft keg options,while the two handpumps are somewhat hidden down the right side but only offered Harvey's Sussex Best (£2.54 the half,NBSS 2.5) .
There are few noteable features,it's functional but there was a friendly welcome which helped when the pub was quiet.Not really enough to justify a revisit,a better ale line up could have helped.

On 10th March 2024 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Birdcage

Another first on our N16 crawl to this commanding corner pub, established in 1732 but rebuilt in 1892 for Truman’s.
You can tell that this is in the less fashionable end of N16, a bit of a trudge from Stoke Newington Church Street in an area which is home to Britain’s largest Hassidim community, identifiable by their extraordinary garb.
This pub closed in late 2014 and underwent what must have been an incredibly expensive refit, opening in mid-2016 so I expect that, ale aside, the existing reviews no longer apply as the interior is very modern indeed and brightly lit due to the large picture windows and three TVs showing sport. The sound was turned down so as not to interfere with the fairly loud music which sounded like something from Stock, Aitken and Waterman. There are four slender structural columns with ornate gold painted capitals which remain from 1892 but that’s it. The floor is pale modern boarded and the central bar is slab sided pale wood, bookended with white marble sides, the one to the rear containing a chiller cabinet. It has a modern apron of large, pale grey hexagonal tiles. Modern minimalist spun metal shades hang from the black ceiling, suspended from a matrix of exposed industrial metal trunking. Alternatively, clear spherical glass shades hang from chains and some are clustered in strange rectangular metal box frames. There are also some smaller lamps with large glowing filaments. What little unexposed wall there is, is painted pale grey. Thereafter the wall is clad in mirrors or exposed brick and an enormous clock. Seating is either modern ply and tubular steel chairs, upholstered with brown vinyl and solid modern tables with a single tubular central support. There’s a U-shaped booth of sorts with fawn coloured studded vinyl upholstery and much studded indigo vinyl banquettes to part of the periphery. Customers seem to be a local bunch, mainly young, male and wearing T-shirts.
Ales: as mentioned, just Timothy Taylor’s Landlord at a painful £2.70 a half, though in good nick.
This isn’t really what I’d call a pub – wine bar is a better description and given the distance from Stoke Newington ‘village’, I don’t envisage a return.
Features a seven-day midnight licence.

On 7th May 2018 - rating: 3
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hondo . left this review about The Birdcage

Island bar in the centre of the pub had 2 real ale taps both serving Timothy Taylor Landlord. Food served. Quite a quirky interior.

On 23rd March 2014 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Strongers .
Stoke Newington, 0.1 miles, 1 min walk (show)
Rectory Road, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Stamford Hill, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Birdcage, N16
10th Mar 2024, 09:47
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
31st Jul 2022, 12:53
Request to mark pub as open by Rex Rattus approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 04 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No - Enclosed pavement seating. - last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 March 2014 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 06 May 2018 by Tris C
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