What’s The Best Pub In Stoke Newington: The Results

And we have our winner...

And we have our winner… (image: Google Street View)

We asked you to vote for your favourite pubs and bars in Stokey, as part ‘S’ of our alphabetic investigation into London’s best pubs. Thanks to everyone who voted. Here are the results; see the bottom of the article for the pub crawl details.

The Top 10

1. The Shakespeare (50 votes)
2. The Auld Shillelagh (27 votes)
3. The Jolly Butchers (17 votes)
4. Ryan’s Bar (13 votes)
5. The Rose and Crown (10 votes)
6. The Fox Reformed (9 votes)
=7. Ruby’s (8 votes)
=7. The Coach and Horses (8 votes)
=9. The Lion (7 votes)
=9. The Three Crowns (7 votes)

So, a decisive win for The Shakespeare. Given its distance from the high streets, we suspect that local fans rallied to ensure this one, but it is reportedly a very good pub, so fair dinkum — it’s nice to have a less familiar (to non-locals) winner. The Auld Shillelagh and Jolly Butchers were always going to feature highly, and nice to see Ryan’s Bar sneak into the pub crawl in fourth place.

Map of the Best Pubs in Stoke Newington


View The Best Pubs in Stoke Newington in a larger map

All the nominated pubs and bars are shown in the map above. Green dotted pins are the top 4, which we’ll visit on the pub crawl (see below). Yellow pins show the rest of the top 10. Red pins are all other nominations. (Red doesn’t mean ‘bad’…it’s at least one person’s favourite, and might be off the beaten track and less well known.)

The Pub Crawl

Join us for a tour of the top four on Tuesday 29 October (we’re picking a day at the start of the week to ensure these popular pubs aren’t rammed full).

6.30pm meet in The Shakespeare
7.30pm Ryan’s Bar
8.30pm The Auld Shillelagh
9.30pm The Jolly Butchers

If you’d like to join us, please email matt@londonist.com, so we can keep an eye on numbers.

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  • N16er

    Ryan’s Bar 13 votes? How many times did Ryan vote?

    Isn’t it just a converted shop with no atmosphere, crap Guinness, flat cooking lager and bad open-mic slots in the basement?

    • MattFromLondonist

      We’ll find out.

  • Suturist

    The Jolly Butchers started as a great pub, but has gone downhill in the past year. They really don’t care anymore. It’s overpriced, and their greed results in staff lacking in passion working there. A real shame.

    • N16er

      When you say ‘started’, presumably you mean the gentrified version of the Butchers? Rather than its predecessor the late-opening booze factory catering only to the terminally thirsty and narcotically curious?

      • Suturist

        I do mean the ‘gentrified’ version. I like good beer. They had good beer and gave a shit. After all, it hadn’t been called “The Jolly Butchers” for a while before then.
        But soon it’ll be the middle-class version of “Father Ted’s”.

      • jammyshark

        I took my American cousin to the proper old JB. He refused to come in, and stood in the street with the drink I took him. It was only about 1 AM.

  • Bobby Chakraborty

    Haha! wondered why hipsters have been coming in! yes it is my local, has been for over a decade

  • Paddy

    Whither the Rochester Castle?