This pub was voted among the best in the Victoria Park area by Londonist readers.
Pubs named after authors. There should be more of them. Dickens has a couple. Defoe pops up in Stoke Newington. But where's the Conan-Doyle or the JK Rowling? The Seven-Eighths group appear to be redressing this balance. Not too long ago, they opened the Hunter S in De Beauvoir Town. But their first venture, back in 2010, was the mighty-fine Hemingway.
The chunky main room is all rich leather sofas, copper-topped bar and the promise of a knees-up round the old Joanna. More cosy seating can be found in a set of side rooms. A subtle hunting theme runs throughout the boozer — perhaps a reference to the author's penchant for firing bullets into helpless animals. Needless to say, the menu features plenty of game and meat, but also makes concessions to leaf-eaters. Booze choice is reasonable without being exceptional, other than the range of spirits, which goes the extra mile — appropriately enough for a pub whose namesake was known for heavy drinking, influencing many cocktails.
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