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Shakespeare, Stoke Newington, N16

57 Allen Road
N16 8RY
Phone: 02072544190
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Tris C left this review about Shakespeare

This is a fairly plain former Whitbread’s corner pub in a basic Stoke Newington backstreet and part of the reliably good Remarkable Pubs chain. It’s clad to the ground floor in rather staid brown glazed tiling with the curtilage bounded by very high railings – a beer patio or the tyrannosaur paddock from Jurassic Park? Either way, they aren’t attractive. Inside, and this is a really rather traditional boozer, probably the only one in N16. It’s quite worn and rustic, a little like the Southampton Arms, NW5. There’s some wainscoting and a central bar and a bit of cut glass to the windows. Furniture is very basic, and clients seem to be either rather older Bohemian types or indigenous locals, some of whom are a little rum. A TV of conventional proportions is on show as are listings for future football matches. There’s no food here, but jars of pickled winkles can be had from the bar.
The barman was friendly enough serving the following ales: Pride, Darkstar’s Hophead and Five Points Pale at a very reasonable £2.15 a half and very good too.
This is a solid boozer, but the over dependence on showing televised sport would be a bit of a deterrent for this pub traditionalist, but I’d certainly return if the cathode tube weren’t emitting rays, though the Monday to Thursday 12.00 am and Saturday 1.00 am licence is an incentive as is the real fire on cold night.

On 31st May 2018 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about Shakespeare

The ales on here were Sambrook's Junction; Adnam's Ghost Ship; London Pride; and Dragonfly Brewery's 2 O'Clock Ordinary (£2 a half). The latter was in fine shape, and is a standard, but full flavoured, brown bitter. Although this pub is now part of the Remarkable Restaurants chain, it is still very much a pub, and according to WhatPub doesn't do food - and I certainly didn't see any sign of food when I was in Saturday lunchtime.

There's a central island bar, and the three doors (two with their original vestibules) indicate the multi-room format that this old Victorian boozer would once have enjoyed. But there's still some original etched and cut glass in place; the bar counter's original, as are the cast iron columns of course.

The furnishings are almost entirely hard wooden settles, or recycled church pews possibly, hard wooden small round stools, plus a couple of armchairs. The floor's bare boarded with what looks like the original boards. The decor's all a bit avant garde (apart from a black and white photograph of Jimmy Greaves with the ball at his feet, probably about to score) with a 3D enormous depiction of a Roman (or possibly Greek) Godess on one of the walls, plus other arty stuff. But for all that it doesn't strike me as an arty sort of pub. According to a big chalkboard, the quiz is still on Monday evenings.

This is still a real pub. There's nothing remarkable about it, despite the operator's name, and the bit of arty stuff around the place, but I quite liked it although I was in at early doors when it was very quiet. It's certainly worth a punt if you're in the area, but it doesn't open until 1600 weekdays, so visits have to be timed accordingly

On 6th December 2015 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about Shakespeare

I popped back in here one evening last week and found a much better welcome. Three Fullers ales were available this time along with Butcombe Bitter. Aesthetically speaking it was pretty much as I remember from my last visit, but I did spot a new addition of bar snacks with a choice of cockles, mussels and pickled eggs amongst others.

I also noted that there is a quiz every Monday from 9pm.


20th May 2009

This isn't the most exciting pub and the barmaid didn't look very impressed to be working, but I did have a nice pint of Pride. Adnams, Discovery and HSB were also available alongside a selection of premium beers.

There seemed to be a more affluent crowd in here compared to some other pubs I have been in the area and there are no distractions from TVs or fruit machines.

This wouldn't be my pub of choice if I was going out on the tear as this is the sort of pub you would take a date.

I found it quite difficult to get settled and I don't think that I would stay for more than a couple of pints if I ever visited again.

On 4th October 2010 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Dalston Kingsland, 0.63 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Rectory Road, 0.77 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Canonbury, 0.88 miles, 16 min walk (show)
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6th Feb 2021, 20:05
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : No - BYO food. - last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Sky. - last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays 9.00 pm. - last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 December 2015 by Rex Rattus
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