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Jans (ex-The Cricketers), Stoke Newington
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11 Sep 2013
Felt a bit creeped out when I went there. Bar staff are knowledgeable but not exactly charming. Felt like I was stepping into the first scene of a horror movie where things aren't quite right. Place is dead most days and when ppl do turn up they tend to stick to the corners. Better places to drink Belgium bear. Owner became spontaneously incredibly rude with me also towards the end of the night. Quite worrying.
05 Nov 2012
This place is an absolute haven for anyone sick of trying to enjoy a pint in the local area and finding themselves shouting above the shrieking masses and being jostled into a corner. The beer they have is outstanding, the music is always good and when the live music is on it excels. Mercifully quiet during the week, it has started to pick up at the weekends, which is great for the bar but not for me, but I prefer to drink there when you can enjoy the fire and the tunes without listening to too much barking from a Dalston straggler. The two people who run the bar regularly are informed and no nonsense, and frankly I like a landlord with a bit of personality, even if he does comes across as 'rude' towards the end of the night. Considering the number of watering holes I've been in around here where I've been ignored and treated with disdain by the pseuds that ponce about behind the bar, the staff at Jans would have to spit in my pint to put me off going again. Just a fantastic place, soon to be crowded with 'types' if the last few weekends have been anything to go by, but still an absolute gem and a true original in this wasteland of novelty.
19 Aug 2012
I have visited Jan's several times since it opened. I also thought it was an ok venue with a bit of a lack of support from the local community. I now realise that it is just not a great bar/pub. The idea is good but delivered with a real lack of experience and skill. There are so many much better places to drink nearby. It is a big shame because this could habe been a real hidden gem if it was owned by a better person. I have heard from several people that the owner can "get a little rude towards the end of the night"
18 Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, London, N16 7HR
020 7241 4236
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