Rochester Castle, Stoke Newington
This pub has in great measure all the characteristics that make J. D. Wetherspoon such a successful owner of pubs that aren't, with notable exceptions, much fun to drink in. Yes, you can bring your kids and the beer is cheap. Yet, despite the lack of music the lone drinker (there are many) can listen to, and take part in, a symphony comprising mobile phones on the treble, admittedly interesting chatter in the mid range and emphysemic coughing bringing up the bass. But the central part of the pub, with its glass roof and snug seats is acceptable and there's some wonderful original tiling visible behind the all-consuming blandness. The beer is good and the staff friendly. It's a pub that would be superb if only it used its imagination.
11 Feb 2012
This is a fairly lively, rather down at heel Wetherspoon’s that seems to have a noticeable hard core of regulars who are always there. For me this “familiar faces” thing can be positive or negative, depending on my mood. Unlike larger Wetherspoon's, the short length of bar here tends to mean fewer choices of ale on hand-pump. For some reason Nethergate Essex Border is always available, which is unfortunate because I don’t particularly like it. So then, putting aside Abbot and Ruddle’s, you are likely to be left with only a couple of other choices. You can’t complain at £2.20 per pint, though.
145 High Street, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0NY
0207 249 6016
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How to find the Rochester Castle pub
From Stoke Newington train station, turn right and walk down the road. when the road forks, take the right hand branch (walking against the one-way traffic) and the pub will be on your right after a couple of minutes.