The Daniel Defoe, Stoke Newington

Our rating: FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (2 reviews)
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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
The Defoe is one of the more traditional pubs in Stokey, in terms of decor and clientele. There's an above average range of lagers and beers, which includes Red Stripe on tap, plus a good range of guest ales, all served up by friendly and polite bar staff. The curtained & carpeted interior is actually a rare look for a pub in this area and the decked beer garden is popular - they do need a self-closing door fir it though, as there's often an icy breeze whistling through the back bar when people forget to close it behind them. Note too the pub's over 21s only policy, thankfully rendering it a child & buggy free zone. Sadly, the pool table has disappeared and the choice of music can occasionally be laughably bad - Europop to 80s soft rock ballads are the mainstay, but it is getting better. In an area with a lot of pubs, the Defoe is perfectly fine for an afternoon of good beer, good food and good company.
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03 Mar 2015
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Stoke Newington, like Hackney itself is a mix of old school cockneys and the recent middle class influx attracted to the hive of shops and bars in the area. Unfortunately some of the places can appear a bit unneccessarily pretentious and pricey. This is bang on the money perfect in its pitch at both crowds, by far out classing its contempories on the other, less inspired Stoke Newington High Street. With a great menu, beer garden and music to die for - the increasing range of events is bound to bring in a good crowd with money to spend. Wifi free, and the staff don't mind the serious surfer sitting with a coffee or pint and doing the work on laptop/notepad. Just great. Home from home. It is worth keeping an eye on this undiscovered gem before it surges into a new realm of undoubted popularity.

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102 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0LA
020 7254 2906
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