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Hackney Tap, Hackney, E8

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354 Mare Street
E8 1HT
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hondo . left this review about Hackney Tap

As mentioned below a former town hall then bookies with quite a plain interior. A large selection of “craft keg” and 2 real ales on my visit with pizza & gyoza available. Toilets must be fun when it’s busy you might be better going across the road to McDonald’s.

On 30th September 2021 - no rating submitted
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Tris C left this review about Hackney Tap

Another visit last night and the 22 taps are now down to just 12 and the number of pumps has halved to just two, dispensing Redemption's Big Smoke and ELB's Foundation at a very reasonable £3.80.
As predicted, the lavs are a problem. Just one other customer indoors and a few outside, yet I had to queue behind two people which doesn't make for a great ambience in this part of the pub - who wants to have a drink overlooking a queue for the kazi? The women in front of me was hopping from foot to foot, indicating her predicament.
This may have got off to a good start but it's now not so attractive. Marked down accordingly.


Originally reviewed 21st May 2021.

A recently opened sister venture, the other being situated along the rather grim Euston Road. Here, it’s an altogether more tranquil location, a short walk from Hackney Central station to this rather fine mid-19th century former town hall and latterly a branch of Corals – at last: a bookies gets converted into a pub for once!
Inside and there are two rooms, the one to the left – by the lavs – being by far the smaller. The main room is quite spacious and airy due to the large arched windows and high ceiling. The floor is herringbone parquet with some custard-coloured vinyl. The overall colour scheme is white with field panelling to around shoulder height painted slate grey, along with the window surrounds and ceiling which features spot down lighters. The bar is very impressive being of natural wood with rich detailing, a metal top, dark blue glazed tiled bar back and brass footrail. Furniture comprises high untreated tables to the periphery and one at the centre; they look like something used by a baby. There’s a high banquette to the remaining periphery and a further couple of small wall mounted tablettes to the walls, again with highchairs. Décor comprises some A3-sized trendy framed prints to the walls. Music played – Razorlight – at an agreeable level. The place was about a third full, with rather professional Hackney types. The lavs don’t appear to have been thought out, as mentioned below. They comprise just two unisex cubicles; this puppy has never been redlined and I can imagine that when full, people will be queuing down Mare Street to use them.
We didn’t encounter any of the problems experienced by the previous reviewers: no bouncers, no lav problems (though few customers), with beer ordered orally from the friendly and efficient staff with payment via Apple Pay; no ‘apps’.
Ales: 22 unmarked taps then four pumps dispensing Thornbridge’s Brother Rabbit, Redemption’s Trinity, Anarchy Brew Co’s Blonde Star and Five Points Pale Ale at an incredible £4.00 the pint and on fine form too.
This is a welcome addition to the Hackney drinking scene, though it will probably appeal more to the keg drinker. It would though make for a good threesome with the Cock and Pembury either side, so I may pop in again on passing – provided I wasn’t in imminent need of the loo.

Rated: 6.

On 25th August 2021 - rating: 4
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Moby Duck left this review about Hackney Tap

Set in the old town hall this new pub looks quite striking from the outside, inside the single ,quite large room comws across as a little austere, the bar is set against the rear wall, with wooden benches and tables set around two of the remaining three walls, the rest of the seating was made up of high chairs and tables. Ordering is annoyingly as previously mentioned before by accessing an app via a QR code, and even more annoyingly once having navigated that, upon reacging the checkout stage you are prompted to log in or register to complete the transaction as well as proving you're not a robot, after three atempts and failing to complete this task one of the two girls serving came over and said I can take your order if you like! I can't help thinking It would have been so simple to do this old style transaction in the first place.
Just two cask beers were on,Howard Town Monks Gold and Redemption Pale Ale, when I finaly got my hands on a pint of the later I found it to be in good shape at the reasonable London price of £4.20. The other two handpumps were occupied by a couple of real Ciders, there was a much more extensive range of craft keg options available.
It would seem this is a work in progress and there is a bit to do I would say, maybe when covid regs have gone it will bed in nicely, until then it gets a 6/10 from me.

On 22nd May 2021 - rating: 6
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30th Sep 2021, 16:22
Review submitted by hondo .
25th Aug 2021, 17:42
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 June 2021 by Tris C
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  • Hot Food : Yes - Gyoza dumplings. - last updated 05 June 2021 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 05 June 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 05 June 2021 by Tris C
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  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 25 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 April 2021 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Real Cider : No last updated 05 June 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 05 June 2021 by Tris C
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