Visited last on 22nd Feb 2014. Large single roomed pub in Stoke Newington. Thereís a definite focus on food and have eaten here a couple of times and it is excellent.
It was popular on the times Iíve visited. The decor is modern and and looks good.
A good mix of cask and keg beers were on, prices good. Picked up a couple of new ticks so happy. Nice pub, just a bit of a pain to get to.
This is a very promising pub. Selection is well above average, while not the greatest in London. But when put to context that the selection is in pub that has decent looking food (I only saw other tables eating), enough room for 100+ customers, and quite attractive looks, I do not have difficulties to believe someday this pub is world class.
Too bad this is located in such an inconvenient spot to get to. The ambiance here is great. It draws a young, hip crowd. The bar was heaving on my Saturday night visit, though I was luckily able to split a table with another group. Non-beery friends would certainly appreciate the fun, boisterous ambiance of this place. The service was acceptable, if somewhat curt and unfriendly. The selectionís pretty good. There were about 6 beers on cask, with another 10 on keg. The keg stuff was actually pretty interesting. I enjoyed halves from Summer Wine and Brodies. The bottles look a bit more pedestrian (think Delerium Tremens etc.). The value was in line with what other specialist bars are charging these days in London. Overall, Iíd make this a regular spot if it wasnít located in Stoke Newington.
Arrived with bit of a fanfare when it got a makeover and transformed into a specialist beer pub in 2010. From what Iíve seen it has a decent selection of cask beers, with an emphasis on local brews, and some interesting "craft" kegs, plus a fairly small but well chosen selection of bottles. However, most of my visits have been for particular events so I canít really be certain of the depth of its range at other times. To be honest, itís not that convenient for me to get to, so there has to be something special to get me to make the trip. More of a place to visit if in the area than a destination in itself for me.
So, the beer selection is ok, lots of Belgian stuff, so for me not that interesting. :p Staff was not exactly friendly, we had to decide very fast on what we wanted to order, no time for chit chat or asking questions or having a sample or two. Just ordered random stuff, wasnít terribly good. The place was really crowded, guess this is the local hot spot for hipsters. Music was way too loud, tables a bit dirty. Oh, and the whole place smelled like deep frying fat. Not exactly a good location for trying out new beers and writing down a rating. More like a place to get shitfaced with some friends.
Probably seems more special to the people who live near it as its pretty shocking area for pubs...
Its a decent place, beer selection is pretty decent on cask and on keg its on a par with a Draft House i guess so for this area a godsend probably. The beers were little hit and miss in terms of condition
I didnt find staff terribly friendly, interested or with much beer knowledge.
If i lived near i would probably come back but otherwise i wouldnt make the journey.
Based on a couple of visits on their anniversary fest. Nice selection of beers, many specials. All but one of the beers was in very good condition. Good bottle selection and I was able to take away a few Kernels. Staff were quick to serve (big bonus points for me - canít stand slovenly service), friendly and helpful. Didnít try the food but it looked and smelled good and itís always reassuring to see it cooked in front of you.
Could have done without the live jazz band, not because they were bad but because I could not then hear a single word anyone said.
Overall a pretty decent pub and I will go back as itís pretty straightforward to get to from Liverpool Street.
Solid pub overall. I visited on a Friday night and the place was packed. The place was in the midst of a London Beer Week so most of the pumps were occupied by London breweries: Meantime, Camden, Redemption. I tried a few beers. They were each in good shape and the prices were pretty fair. Other draft options included Chimay, BrewDog and Mort Subite, as well as some nice bottles including Kernel Brewery. The decor was hip and clean, as was most of the clientele. Would like to visit this spot again.
nate2g (1269) Boomtown!, Australia | July 15, 2010| Updated June 20, 2011
Enjoyable pub with a good focus on draught beers as well as cask and a solid range to match. Large seating area around the bar with only a few large tables outside. A little out of the way but worth a visit and hope that they can keep up the standards. Iíll be sure to take another look. Great support for London breweries.