The Empress of India, Hackney
Brought to you by the people behind the Well, The Prince Arthur and The Gun, the Empress of India is a familiar experience for those of you who have visited any of these sister venues. However, if you haven't visited any of these places, what you will find is an upmarket experience, with a strong focus on dining. The Empress is one of the earlier pubs to be subsumed into this chain and is so familiar to us that we thought we'd already reviewed it - apologies for the omission. You can indeed roll up here just for a drink - there are a couple of decent real ales, good wines, Aspall's cider etc - and enjoy them at the bar, on one of the squashy settees or the tables outside. But you'll soon feel that, really, the pressure's on to order food. In our experience about half of the pubs in the chain are like this, the others having a more relaxed attitude to a solely liquid sojourn. The food is actually jolly good, although a little pricey and the fully-booked restaurant at the weekends is testament to its quality and popularity. During the week, if you book online, you can get 25% off your food bill - which seems to us the perfect time to visit this place.
130 Lauriston Road, Hackney, London, E9 7LH
020 8533 5123
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How to find the The Empress of India pub
It's quite some distance from any station, but it is handily placed on the 277 and 425 bus routes.