Shabby Chic: Evening Crawl of Clapton and Hackney

Wednesday 16th April 2014

A text version of the crawl notes is here: Crawl Notes - Clapton and Hackney

Public transport will be required at times. All welcome.

1. Crooked Billet

Exterior of The Windsor Castle, Hackney Arrive: 7.00pm

Address: 84 Upper Clapton Rd, Clapton, E5 9JP

This handsome pub has been refurbished but retains wooden features.

Real ales: 5 real ales, mostly from London microbreweries, are usually served here.

Directions to the next pub: On leaving the pub, catch a 106, 253 or 254 bus from outside the pub. [On the way to the next pub on the crawl you could alight from the bus at the stop called Clapton Pond and cross over the road to visit the Clapton Hart, 231 Lower Clapton Road, Clapton, E5 8EG, a pub run by Antic Pub Company. The pub is in the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide 2014 and is housed in a once grand building brought low by recent nightclub use. The usual Antic distressed bare brick predominates but at least one stained glass window survives as well as fragments of wooden wall panelling.] Otherwise, alight from the bus at the stop called Clapton Girls' Academy and cross over Lower Clapton Road to...

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2. Windsor Castle

Exterior of The Windsor Castle, Hackney Arrive: 8.00pm

Address: 135 Lower Clapton Rd, Clapton, E5 8EQ

A former Watney Combe Reid pub which dates back to the 1840s.

Real ales: A selection of four real ales, mostly from London microbreweries, is usually available here.

Directions to the next pub: Turn right out of the pub and walk down Lower Clapton Road to the zebra crossing. Cross over Lower Clapton Road to Powerscroft Road, noting the Round Chapel as you go. The Chapel was built as Clapton Park United Reformed Church in 1869-71 by Henry Fuller - "one of the finest Nonconformist buildings in London" according to Pevsner's Buildings of England. Continue down Powerscroft Road until it bears left. Cross over Powerscroft Road to Blurton Road, walk down Blurton Road to the junction with Elderfield Road and walk into...

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3. Elderfield

Exterior of The Windsor Castle, Hackney Arrive: 8.45pm

Address: 57 Elderfield Rd, Clapton, E5 0LF

A Victorian corner site pub which boasts a wonderful 1930s interior.

Real ales: Adnams Broadside; Fullers London Pride; Harveys Sussex; and Sharps Doom Bar are usually served here.

Directions to the next pub: On leaving the pub, retrace your steps to Lower Clapton Road, turn left and cross over Powerscroft Road. Walk up Lower Clapton Road to the bus stop called Clapton Girls' Academy and catch a 55 bus (you can also catch a 48, 106, 253 or 254) to the stop called Hackney Central Station. [There is an alternative (shorter walking) route: from the Elderfield, return via Blurton Road but turn left into Median Road to stop P (named Median Road). Catch a 242 bus to Hackney Central Station at approximately 21.03 then every 10 minutes).] Alight from the bus, cross over Amhurst Road, turn left and walk down Amhurst Road to...

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4. Oslo

Exterior of The Windsor Castle, Hackney Arrive: 9.30pm

Address: 1a Amhurst Rd, Hackney, E8 1LL

Look for rustic but wholly original features such as bare brickwork and piping in the interior of this pub which was once a railway station building.

Real ales: Redemption Trinity; and Sambrooks Wandle are usually available here.

Directions to the next pub: Turn right out of the pub and right again to go under the railway bridge. Cross over Graham Road and walk up Mare Street to...

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5. Cock Tavern

Exterior of The Windsor Castle, Hackney Arrive: 10.00pm

Address: 315 Mare St, Hackney, E8 1EJ

The Cock Tavern is a great example of a Trumans interior and boasts a brewery on site.

Real ales: 16 handpumps dispense real ales from the on-site Howling Hops Brewery and other guest beers.

Directions to the next pub: Turn right out of the pub, walk to the second pedestrian crossing and cross over Mare Street to Morning Lane. Walk down Morning Lane to...

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6. Globe in Morning Lane

Exterior of The Windsor Castle, Hackney Arrive: 10.30pm

Address: 20 Morning Lane, Hackney, E9 6NA

This sixties estate pub includes interior features such as harlequin tiling and historic boxing memorabilia.

Real ales: Sharps Doom Bar; and Youngs Bitter are usually served here.

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