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Lion, Stoke Newington

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Now bit of a trendy pub aimed at the young and trendy and lots of premium lagers to attract the target audience.
Fortunately Harvey's Best, London Pride and Deuchars IPA were available for the Ale drinker
jimshoppenus - 6 Jun 2013 10:57
Good pub. Could do without the massive screen showing football but there's a nice feel to the place. A younger crowd generally although I'd pitch it at around the 20s/30s.

It was busier enough for a good atmosphere inside but not too busy that it was hard to hear yourself or move around. 3 real ales on offer and we chose a lovely pint of Harveys.

In summary nice and lively, would definitely go there again.

Dylarolla - 17 Feb 2012 17:01
Firstly yes it was the Magpie and Stump.
I always liked the layout of this pub with the curved bar and cosy atmosphere.
Unfortunately very dominated by the 20something crowd nowadays.
mike25 - 20 May 2011 14:29
Was in yesterday late afternoon (Bank Holiday Monday) and it was just horrid - two barmaids who really didn't have a clue, the place could do with a clean, they hadn't switched the toilet lights on - I saw a couple of people have to go and ask for them to do it - at 4pm! I mean I wouldn't have liked to seen the state of floor. Desperately wants to be in Hoxton - such a shame as I remember it ten years ago as somewhere you actually wanted to have a drink. There are plenty of other pubs in area ... avoid.
celt7 - 26 Apr 2011 16:09
Went here yesterday and aside from some nice decor, it's awful.

Really poor service - the bar staff have no idea who should be served first - each round took about twenty minutes to get in... I really wish that was an exaggeration!

There are so many friendlier, cheaper and better pubs on Church St. Avoid.
stokeyboy12 - 22 Apr 2011 15:41
Thanks for that, looked like the M&S on google street view.

Mo06 - 23 Jan 2010 22:15
Does anyone know if this was once the 'Magpie and Stump' ?

Used to drink in the M&S in Stoke Newington and cannot find it.

Mo06 - 23 Jan 2010 16:35
Yes, Guzler is right, it's recently been bought by Three Crowns owners. Plans to re-open early December 09 - back to basics by all accounts. Sounds like it will be back to it's former heydays, before it was turned into a TV pub. Rumour has it Music Quiz, film nights, live music and DJ's all to be re-instated. Fingers crossed.....
michelle74 - 3 Nov 2009 20:25
Flat out average. Why?

1). Great location , friendly staff, shows the footie and you gotta love the secret pool table upstairs. And you can bring in food. But...

2). The actual drinking experience ain't all that. I can't stand being served ale in a branded Strongbow glass with its ridiculous veluptuous shape and fizzy bottom. Attention to detail! Just get some unbranded straight beer glasses, or handled glasses for the ales. Oh, and the ale is not that well kept in my experience.

Parky.P - 1 Nov 2009 14:28
Just been bought by the same guy that owns the three crowns and the birdcage! oh and the londesbrough! oh yeah and the talbot! oh yeah and the clissold arms! oh i almost forgot the spurstowe too, i think thats it!
guzler - 22 Oct 2009 17:26
Ok but not brilliant. Quite a smart interior and clearly aimed at a younger crowd of 20-somethings. Three handpumps but only one of them serving ale when I visited (I can't remember which one I'm afraid).
grecian - 5 May 2009 10:20
i suspect i may have been the one putting on a million songs... my taste in music isn't that bad though (as long as you like the smiths, cure and cold war kids...)
i love this pub, i learnt through the jukebox that freedom by wham was number one when i was born! nice garden, reasonably priced beer, and right on the route of the 73 to take me home afterwards :-)
lexicon_rose - 20 Nov 2008 23:31
Lovely pub that always has great music coming out of the jukebox. Always pop in for a pint or two when i'm in the area.
freakbeatjames - 26 May 2008 20:18
Cracking little pub, really friendly, down to earth, cosy, good selection of beers and some well kept ales. No idea what the food is like but its a really great place to settle in for an evening. The sort of place you could happily take your girlfriend or a group of mates.
bubblegumbob - 9 Jan 2008 20:44
One of only a few pubs in Stoke Newington to show football (and have a big screen). Other than that, comfortable and inoffensive...
whatbill - 11 Apr 2007 17:47
Great Pub! well worth a trip!
munky_boy_77 - 29 Mar 2007 19:02
Hmm - overpriced, okish pub.

Like the fact that you can order take-aways and eat them in the pub - the management give you plates and cutlery.

The jukebox is good - but the last time I was in there the barmaid had put on about a million songs and I didn't even get to hear what I had put on. I was in there for three hours!!! She had crap taste in music too.
anonymous - 5 Nov 2006 13:31
A few trendyish people (so far as that is possible in Hackney), but still lots of scarey people both inside and out which dampens the mood if you're not someone who likes a lot of hassle.

anonymous - 13 Sep 2006 17:20
If it weren't for the trendy wendys it could be a nice place.
tiler - 7 Apr 2006 17:11
Its names changes about every 2 years but the inside remains exactly the same. Relaxed and a little bit more expensive than other pubs in Stokie. But I once saw some bird from Footballers Wives in here! (make of that what you will).
anonymous - 3 Aug 2005 16:38
Has grown on me quite a bit recently but they're just getting new management and all the bar staff are leaving... let's see what happens. Nice place really, open mic on Wednesdays (they lost Mel's music quiz to the Prince), bit soulless beer garden, good DJs some Sundays. No kitchen but they order you food from any takeaway around.
Tomster - 8 Dec 2004 20:12
Nice pint (Bloomsbury I recall) popped in here on the way to See Charlton beat Spurs 3.2.
anonymous - 8 Nov 2004 12:03
Nice pub, smallish beer garden, shows sports, no late license. A little bit more pricey that other locals.
Jaysun - 7 Sep 2004 23:26
This pub has recently re-named "The Lion". It's no longer a tup and now it's a bit red.
andym - 1 Mar 2004 18:03
It certainly is popular with a young crowd, but "trendy"? Maybe if you moved here from Essex (or Fulham) and you think chain bars like this are cutting edge. Try the Londesborough round the corner if you want a laid back, fashionable, slightly poe-faced crowd (albeit with great music and beer).
anonymous - 25 Nov 2003 09:27
AKA The Tup. Can't believe it's not on here already, seems to be the most famous pub in Stokey among the young trendy crowd. Good beer, regular pop quiz (Tuesday) and music events. No food, but they will order takaways for you. Bit too trendy to be a really comfortable boozer, and tsk, no pool table.
Pauly - 20 Sep 2003 15:22

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