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The Prince, Stoke Newington, N16

59 Kynaston Road
N16
N16 0EB
Phone: 02070435210
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Tris C left this review about The Prince

A first into this mid-Victorian pub, once known as the Prince of Wales, the name truncated around 2008 for reasons unknown. Like the Londesborough, this is quite a commanding corner pub which goes back a fair way. The interior is unsurprisingly quite made over, painted olive green throughout with a little bare brick where some logs are stored. Lighting is a bit odd, coming in the form of these tubular Art Deco sconce lights containing fluorescent tubes with further tubes hanging from the ceiling, backed with shiny steel reflectors. The floor is modern bare boarded and the bar has a rather unattractive modern wooden herringbone frontage with chequerboard bar apron; the rear is tiled. Above, is one of these increasingly repetitive tubular steel gantries. Furniture is a mix: there are some conventional tables and chairs, high stools with beer shelves to the windows and a twin stretch of studded claret-coloured banquettes in the centre. The ‘washrooms’ are upstairs but as they didn’t contain a bath, they are in reality just lavatories. What few customers were in were young and fashionable and seemingly mostly French. Music was playing on the stereo but at a sensible volume.
Ales: Brick Brewery's Kinsale Best Bitter and Wild Beer Co’s Bibble at £2.25 a half – not too bad but I’ve had this before and served better.
This place is ok though is very similar to the Londesborough, which I preferred. I also preferred the Shakespeare, so doubt I’d return here if in the area as there’s better to be had in neighbouring streets.
There’s a Friday and Saturday 12.00 am licence too.

On 31st May 2018 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Prince

There were three ales on in here - St Peter's Brewery Organic Bitter, Otley Thai Bo Sour, and West Berkshire Brewery Mr Chubb's Bitter, with a fourth pump unclipped. An unusual selection I think, but I went for what looked like the safe option of Mr Chubb's bitter. This is very much a gastropub, with a daily menu available. The Prince Burger, with cheese, is £9.5 (one decimal place is deemed to be sufficient for their pricing strategy) with chips an additional £4. Other stuff is essentially gastro - nduja on toast is £4.5 (I know what toast is, but nduja?); goose rillette, with fig compote and sourdough toast is £6.9.

The main bar area at the front is neatly divided into drinking and dining sections - drinkers at the front where there is a mix of tall tables/tall stools and normal tables and chairs, and diners at the back of the room where tables were all laid for diners. There's also another large room beyond the bar area dedicated to diners. Food is clearly the main driving force here. As I was planning to have something to eat (avoiding the nduja of course) I sat at one of the dining tables in the bar area. The tables looked very smart with cutlery wrapped in linen napkins, but I reckon the deployment of my old beer sodden King Rat beermat on which to place my pint of Mr Chubb's improved the look of the table immeasurably.

My burger came up a bit too rare for my taste, but at least it was served on a plate, and the chips didn't come in a little bucket or suchlike. It came with a couple of tiny dishes with some white and red stuff in them; obviously neglected in favour of English mustard. Unfortunately the plate was a bit too small, and when I tackled my burger with a knife and fork (I'm old fashioned that way) some of the chips made a desperate break for freedom by hurling themselves onto the table. But, hey, you can't have everything.

There's no decor to speak of, and any original features have long been given the heave-ho. As you might expect there's some exposed brickwork around the place, and and the bar counter's a modern piece of work with the front a sort of herringbone wood parquet style. The music they were playing was some sort of dirge-like hip-hop rap crap, but it did have the positive effect of drowning out, to some extent, the crying child. In fact, now that I think of it, the baby buggies were here in brigade strength on my Saturday lunchtime visit. The washrooms (toilets to you and me) are upstairs, as is some further seating, and I also saw a door indicating the way to the garden, but I didn't explore it.

This is not the sort of pub to which I'm likely to return, but I have to say that my pint of Mr Chubb's was in excellent nick.

On 7th December 2015 - rating: 4
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Steve C left this review about The Prince

This is an L shaped pub with stairs at one end that lead up to a function room that is available for hire for groups of fifty or less. The back of the bar is one giant chalk board where an extensive wine list is drawn up along with details of the ‘Cheese and Pineapple’ comedy club that starts at 20:00 on the first Thursday of the month. Food is served and there is a restaurant area a the rear that I did not visit as I’m not prepared to pay between £8 and £12 for a burger and I certainly wouldn’t be adding beetroot for an extra 95p! There is a limited premium and standard draught range and two of the four hand pumps were off, but Pride and Doom Bar were both available. I had a decent pint of Guinness and the barman was friendly enough.

There is a big screen in the function room and there is a flat screen TV in the bar area, but this was off and I didn’t spot any advertisements for Sky Sports. However, there are some board games that can be used if the conversation becomes mundane. During the daytime some café style seating is put outside the pub on the backstreet path.

This isn’t really my sort of place so I doubt a return visit will happen.

On 4th October 2010 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Stoke Newington, 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Rectory Road, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Dalston Kingsland, 0.88 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Prince, N16
31st May 2018, 18:15
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
31st May 2018, 18:13
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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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 Festivals : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 17 September 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 04 October 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 December 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No 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 : No 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 : No last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 December 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs upstairs. - last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 May 2018 by Tris C
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