The list of former pub names above should give you a clue as to the problems that have beset 97 Stoke Newington Road. We could also add Krystals and Potters Bar & Grill to the list of failures above. We presume The Palatine hopes to succeed where others have failed. Inside, its not bad. They have a couple of ales on, including one from the nearby Redemption brewery, but the décor is cold and harsh. They have also put on some interesting events - live music, lectures, and a quiz night. However, like its predecessor it lacks the important ingredient of customers, which have been largely absent every time we've gone passed. The owners probably look down the road and see Barden's Bar and the Marquis of Lansdowne doing a brisk trade and wonder what's going wrong. It seems the renaming of pubs and giving them a theme often brings about an identify crises, which we've all too often seen herald an eventual conversion into flats or shops. Therefore some free advice: if the new (or any subsequent) owners want to attract the numerous flatsharers and young urbanites who call Dalston their home, give it back it's original name (Hare and Hounds), paint it a better colour, festoon the outside with hanging baskets and make it look like a real pub - comfortable, warm and inviting.
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Reviewed by redcat
20 Jan 2011