The Auld Shillelagh, Stoke Newington
Shamelessly, to steal an advertising slogan from a popular brand of stout - good things come to those who wait. At the Auld Shillelagh you'll find as fine a pint of the black stuff as anywhere this side of the Irish Sea -- of course poured properly, so not for those in a rush. The great thing is that there's a strong chance you'll then have your pint brought to your table rather than having to lurk at the bar. This only partly explains what makes this venerable boozer work, there appears to be a convivial atmosphere at all times with a rich mix of punters, and service is unfailingly good. Although about as thin as a supermodel it's amazing how many people can squeeze in, even when there is also a band shoehorned into the back. There is also a monthly Bowie night (every second Thursday), or just enjoy the Auld Shillelagh for what it is on the nights with no additional entertainment. Many pubs on or around Church Street seem to have changed in recent years in a chase for the custom of stokeyites in their 20s and 30s, but while we like many of those too let's hope things stay just as they are here.
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105 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0UD
020 7249 5951
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