Acorn is a local's pub in the social housing hinterland of Queensbridge Road. If it were being described by a listings magazine, it would be labelled a 'rough boozer'. We're pretty sure it was shut for a while, but upon seeing it open we decided to chance our arm. Having began life in the Victorian era, there are remnants of successive refurbishments. The highlight is the original 'saloon bar' iron works outside, while inside you'll find a 1970s gantried bar, 1980s red velour seats, bar stools from the 1990s and white leather couches from the noughties. There are even a few tell-tale signs of a former life as an Irish bar. You might get the impression it's really a bit of a mess - and you'd be right. On our Sunday evening visit, the lights were harsh and the TV was showing once of those Dancing on Ice programmes. The pool table was good value at 50p per game but unsurprisingly there was nothing of note on tap. Despite a wide catchment, the local's were staying at home and there were only two other customers apart from us. In summary: depressing.
149 Queensbridge Road, Hoxton, London, E2 8PB
020 7684 5800
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