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The Rochester Castle (JD Wetherspoon), Stoke Newington, N16

145 Stoke Newington High Street
N16
N16 0NY
Phone: 02072496016
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J D Wetherspoon

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Rochester Castle (JD Wetherspoon)

I’ve been to some grotty Wetherspoons in my time, but this one, with a prime High Street location, has to rank right up there as one of the grimmest. You enter into a carpeted room with some seating under the front windows and banquette booths down the left hand wall, broken midway along by a neglected old fireplace. The servery is over on the other side of the room, along the right hand wall, and has a typical dark wood counter and ‘Spoons bar back, plus an unusual white canopy. A small skylight above the bar area acts as a vaguely eye-catching feature and helps illuminate the high tables and stools that fill the central part of the room, opposite the bar. Two arches lead though to the pub’s mid-section, carpeted by both carpet and a layer of detritus (menus, waste food, beer bottles) that had accumulated over the course of the day (or perhaps week – who knows?). Tables and chairs run through the centre of this area, with floral wallpaper, contemporary paintings (including one of the eponymous castle) and ‘Spoons info boards on the walls. The nicest area in the pub by some way, the area also boasts a large skylight surrounded by elaborate moulded plasterwork and a series of small, nude statuettes. Moving on again, you reach the rear section of the pub, which looks like a modern addition thanks to conservatory style windows around three sides and plenty more seating within. A garden can be accessed from here, but it was too dark to get a proper look at it, which may just have been for the best. It took me some time to find a table that didn’t have a pile of uncleared plates, glasses, or other such crap on it and even then, I ended up amongst rowing couples, staggering all-day drinkers and one bloke slumped, possibly dead, across his table.
The bar offered some kind of salvation for the unsuspecting visitor, thanks to five guest ales that took their place alongside three ‘Spoons regulars and a real cider. After a bit of fuss and confusion with the hopeless barman, I managed to extract a pint of Enfield Pale Ale at the usual reasonable price, which was very much sub-par and arguably on the verge of turning undrinkable, although I managed to get through it.
What an absolute dump this place is – it must go down as one of the most uncared for ‘Spoons in the country, which seems to be reflected by the clientele it attracts. I’d had enough of this place after the first five minutes or so and things didn’t get much better after that. ‘Spoons get a bad reputation at times and places like this don’t do anything to help dispel that myth – it would take a pretty serious overhaul to get me back in this pub again.

On 15th January 2019 - rating: 3
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Rochester Castle (JD Wetherspoon)

A very disappointing display of ales on handpump on our visit, so managed a quick half of Banks Goldingot. The interior of the pub had an impressive skylight in the middle section and a display of Victorian glazed wall tiles in the front room, which covered the majority of the wall. The pub is tatty around the edges, but the beer selection was the downside.

On 2nd November 2016 - rating: 5
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moby duck left this review about The Rochester Castle (JD Wetherspoon)

The usual large single roomed spoons formula,the room being slightly divided by two open archways toward the rear,this leads on to a conservatory area and on again into a small beer garden,the nicest bit about the pub. Beers on were Doombar ,GK IPA,three different Sambrooke's beers, ELB Quadrant Oatmeal Stout which was in fair condition, and a couple of Ciders.All in all though not a great place.

On 2nd May 2016 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Stoke Newington, 0.32 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Rectory Road, 0.39 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Clapton, 0.86 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Rochester Castle (JD Wetherspoon), N16
15th Jan 2019, 18:52
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
2nd Nov 2016, 19:10
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - April & Oct - last updated 03 January 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 23 March 2014 by hondo .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 23 March 2014 by hondo .
  • Darts : No last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Function Room : No last updated 12 February 2016 by john mcgraw
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 March 2014 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Karaoke : No last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Live Music : No last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 February 2016 by john mcgraw
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 06 March 2016 by john mcgraw
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 March 2014 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 18 November 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 17 February 2016 by john mcgraw
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 23 March 2014 by hondo .
Opening Hours
Sunday9am - Midnight
Monday9am - Midnight
Tuesday9am - Midnight
Wednesday9am - Midnight
Thursday9am - Midnight
Friday9am - 1am
Saturday9am - 1am
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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