Hackney is a part of London that’s new to me. As I will be going there for the Pig’s Ear Beer Festival next week, I thought I’d check if there were any interesting pubs close to the venue of the festival.
Fancyapint? is a really useful tool to find London pubs, even if they tend to be too vague about the beers on offer in their reviews.
This review of the local Wetherspoon’s is illuminating about what type of locals you will find there:
We can’t even remember what used to be there, but it now has a bright, Modern interior that unfortunately contrasts with the somewhat dingier clientele. Wetherspoon’s fine beer keeping standards are evident here – the de Koninck was excellent, but we suspect most of the clientele are buying on price. The bar staff were politely struggling to persuade some of the clientele to refrain from singing and shouting, early on a Monday evening. But don’t think the lager louts here are in the 18-30 age group. Far from it, they’ll not be paying for the night bus home, not with a pensioner’s bus pass.
I think I’ll pass on that one.