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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

On approach, this would appear to be a fairly plain former Whitbread’s backstreet Stoke Newington pub, 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 to a beer patio. I came here once before in May 2018 and it hasn’t changed. It’s cited on CAMRA’s heritage list as having an interior of Some Regional Importance and indeed, there are some fine details such as the etched and cut-glass panels, console brackets to the bar and a fine marble fireplace to the rear snug, lit in colder months. There are satin drape curtains, the walls and ceiling are magnolia Anaglypta with brown lacquered wainscotting to around one-third height. There are hanging spherical opaque lamps and the floor is a bit rough; furniture is as you’d expect in a pub of this type. There’s a ‘secret’ back garden, looking all very tidy.
When I last came here, there was on overreliance on sport, but this has been hugely toned down, all for the better, with conversation being the dominant source of noise, rather than hysterical commentators. Indeed, the pub is literally in hearing distance of the Emirates – I could hear the home crowd cheering a goal on leaving – yet no TVs were active on my visit.
There’s no food here, with a BYO grub policy; I didn’t spot any of the jars of winkles in vinegar available on my last visit, which is a shame.
There were three ales on with a clip reversed. On my last visit, Five Points XPA was on but today it’s just Pride, Seafarer and Dark Star’s Orbit at a very reasonable £4.85 and in good shape considering.
Hands down this is the best all-round boozer in N16 and one of the best in the borough. It is though, let down by a rather dull selection of beers, the best choice in the postcode going to the nearby Rochester Castle. If this pub got its ale selection in order, it could easily be one of the best pubs in all of Hackney, but is certainly worth a special visit if in the area.

On 24th September 2021 - rating: 8
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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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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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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
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  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : No - BYO food. - last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays 9.00 pm. - last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 December 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 September 2021 by Tris C
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