The Talbot, Dalston
The best part is the upstairs floor, with 2 balconies and table game available!
I went a few times in the week end, fridays and saturdays gets quiet busy, dj's on, nice atmosphere, maybe a bit difficult to find a seat;management gets quiet strict with noise/smoking area rules, but no surprise as is far from the high road, in a residential area.
Sunday roast is great! huge portion, tasty and there's a veggie option. Booking is a must as it gets busy for food. sunday's atmosphere is the best, kids and dogs are welcome, soft background music, smell of roasts and great bloody mary!
We went in last sunday evening and had a great roast and they even had a DJ on. very nice!
What really let this pub down beyond measure was the downright rudeness, sarcasm and snidey comments under not-so-hushed breath of the pub's staff. Three members of staff were involved, including the DJ, a male and a female barstaff. Not one of them broke a smile from the moment we entered the pub.
Let me make this clear... the place was DEAD, it was a saturday night, we were not being particularly rowdy but we were ordering very expensive drinks, rounds of cocktails and shots. They should have been happy to serve us.
We asked for the barman to make us a round of a particular cocktail that we drink in the Birdcage. He had the ingredients, and any good barman would be happy and willing to try out a new drink. Instead this was greeted by jeers from the DJ, who said "amazing what people put together", this was responded with "Amazing the twats that drink it" under the barmans breath.
Well blow me, what a warm reception. Probably their best customers that week and that the reception they give us. Frankly we were disgusted and will NOT be returning. Can't wait to tell our friends behind the bars in the Birdcage and Three Crowns, no doubt they will be pretty shocked too.
109 Mortimer Road, Dalston, London, N1 4JY
Not very near anything at all, Dalston Kingsland is the nearest train station. Exit right, walk down Kingsland High Road for about 5 minutes. Third on the right should be Englefield Road and the Talbot is a couple of minutes down on the right, on the corner with Mortimer Road. Number 67 is the nearest bus service.