What's The Best Pub In Stoke Newington?

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What's The Best Pub In Stoke Newington?


Part 'S' of our two-year mission to alphabetically visit London's best pubs.

For the 19th pub crawl in our alphabetical series, we had plenty of options. Southwark would have offered a happy hunting ground, Shoreditch and Spitalfields likewise. Then there's Smithfield, South Ken and, of course, Soho. But we thought we'd head a little further out and explore the drinking dens of Stoke Newington. So tell us your favourite drinking establishments in the area, and we'll arrange a pub crawl around the top four.

Here’s how to play

  1. Let us know (in the comments below, on Facebook, or by tweeting #bestStokeyPub) your favourite pubs in the area.
  2. We’ll tally up the votes in a few days and publish the results.
  3. We’ll then arrange a pub crawl around the most popular choices. You’re welcome to join us.
  4. The definition of what counts as Stoke Newington is up to you.
  5. By ‘pubs’, we’re using a shorthand — you can also vote for bars.
  6. You can nominate more than one place. All nominations count as one vote, whether you rank them or not. Likes on Facebook and retweets of someone else’s vote are also counted as new votes.
  7. Venues should be open to the public with no pre-booking, entry fee or membership required.

So, where shall we go?

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Last Updated 07 October 2013


Londesborough= best Sunday roasts, particularly if you're veggie. Jolly butcher= best range of beer but pricey


The Auld Shillelagh is the best pub in Stoke Newington. It does not serve food, but serves the best Guinness in North London and there is live music most weekends


The Rochester Castle = the happiest place on earth.


Another vote for The Auld Shillelagh. Amazing Guinness, great music, and lovely staff.

Also the Londesborough is lovely and does fantastic food - we got married there (but we brought the band from the Shill with us!)

Christie Tucker

My bloke lived there for two years while he studied in London, and spent the majority of his time drinking in the Jolly Butcher, just because of the good pub atmosphere. There was also a memorable St Patrick's Day where he was drunk under the table by a little old Irish fella who kept buying him Guinness- where are you now, little old Irish fella?


If you take a slightly enlarged definition of Stokey as N16 then the Royal Sovereign and the Shakespeare should be in there.

Dave H

The only pub I've been to in Stokey is the Jolly Butchers. So that gets my vote.

I've heard good things about the Auld Shillelagh as well.

Dougie Howser MD

The Coach and Horses.


The Auld Shillelagh. An institution


Shakespeare - a true Local


I like both the Fox Reformed and the Rose & Crown...The Londesborough is also very nice...Did I say how much I hate the Lion pub? Well I just did I think.


All of them!. Ok. The Lion


The Auld Shillelagh is a gem. It gets a solid vote from me.

Also The Jolly Butchers any time it isn't a Friday or Saturday night.

I'll also vote for The Shakespeare purely on the merit of its pub quiz. Also don't discount newcomers to the Stokey scene, The Leconfield, although it is a bit more of a Newington Green pub than a Stoke Newington pub, but depends on where you draw the lines between the two.

Stephen Burke

For a proper "DRINK" you can't beat the Auld Shillelagh. If it's decent independent breweries and slightly hip crowd that grabs you, head for the Jolly Butchers