Archive for January 13th, 2008

It was Stonch who sent me to this one, in a comment to an earlier post he told me there are two good pubs in Hackney, East London. (I’ll get back to you about the other one).

The reason I went to Hackney was the Pig’s Ear beer festival in December, otherwise I would hardly have found my way there. It’s a bit out of the way, not being served by an Underground line, but there are trains and buses.

Judging by the facade, the Pembury Tavern has been there a long time, in a purpose built building. It is just five minutes from the railway station – actually I think it is five minutes from two railway stations.

The pub is bright and airy, so even if it’s been on the spot for a long time, it looks very new. (It says on their web site that it was completely redone after a fire, so that’s the explaination) It is bright and airy, not the place if you want stuffed kangaroos and framed photos from WWI and II. There is a lunch menu with lighter items and a very comprehensive evening menu, which implies that this part of London is moving upmarket, there are farmhouse cheeses, pigeon and four different gourmet sausages.

No music at lunchtime, a friendly and laid-back atmosphere. Free wifi, with several customers tapping away at their laptops while enjoying their pints.

8 cask ales on, which meant 6 beers from the Milton brewery and 2 guest ales for various micros. A large blackboard tells me about a fine range of Belgian and German beers, too, and there are even single malts at 3.50 per double measure, which is a nice deal.

I tried a Milestone Lion’s Pride, a beer with a pronounced hoppiness but not enough to lift it above the crowds. I only had time for one of the Milton beers, the Augustus. A full malty ale with a nice hoppy finish. A quite fruity beer – well composed and well balanced.

I don’t know if I will spend several hours to get to this pub, but if I am in the area, I will make sure to get there.

Ot their web site they say without modesty:

Since we opened in January 2006, we’ve sold beers from 3 Rivers, All Gates, Arran, Arundel, Batemans, Beartown, Belhaven, Black Country Ales, Blackfriars, Blakemere, Brewsters, B&T, Buntingford, Burton Bridge, Butcombe, Cairngorm, Caledonian, Carlow, Castle Rock, Clarks, Cottage, Crouch Vale, Cwmbran, Dark Star, Downtown, Elland, Evans, Everards, Exe Valley, Fenland, Fox, Front Street, Fyne Ale, Gales, Glastonbury, Grainstore, Great Oakley, Hampshire, Hart, Hidden, Highgate, Highwood, Hopback, Hydes, Iceni, Isle of Purbeck, Jarrow, John Joule & Sons, Lees, Marston Moor, Matthews, Mauldons, Milestone, Milton, Moor, Moorhouses, Nethergate, Northern Brewing, Northumberland, Nottingham, Oakham, Ossett, Otley, Otter, Potton, Robinsons, Rudgate, Rugby, Saffron, Saltaire, Shepherd Neame, Shugborough, Skinners, Slaters, Smiles, Son of Sids, Springhead, Stonehenge, Titanic, Tower, Tring, Ushers, Vale, White Horse, Woodfordes, Wychwood, Wyre Piddle, York.

I need to relocate! (Note: the bottom photo is from their web site, the others are mine.)

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