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Auld Shillelagh, Stoke Newington

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A beacon of honesty in a sea of shite. Please don't ever change...
meady - 17 Nov 2013 08:39
Brought here many years ago by a friend who lived in the area.... Keen to come back again. Guinness is superb. Worth seeking out.
Mappiman - 8 Apr 2013 18:17
Salt o' the earth blah blah. I lke this place, a long thin pub, predominantly wooden. Had some great music playing (various Bowie) and at a decent volume. Lovely pint of Guinness and the staff were friendly.

The Man Who Fell To Earth was being shown silently on the big screen. Quirky but it worked.

Good place for an honest couple.
Dylarolla - 17 Feb 2012 10:59
great place great atmosphere great guiness but sorry guys the defoe does the guiness better
trogmaster - 1 Feb 2012 15:47
Agreed - great pub. Never been on one of the music nights and I can't for the life of me figure out where the band would go as there just isn't room for them! Still, the place strikes me as one of those pubs where people don't mind being squeezed in as the people there are all ace. Suprisingly nice beer garden too. Also, where else in London do you get told to find a table and they'll bring the drink over to you when its ready - even if you're not a regular - nice touch.
JCThunderbolt - 9 Dec 2009 16:50
Great pub. Why?

1). I never really believed that stuff about Guinness tasting better from one place to the other. Well, this pub proved me wrong. Great Guinness.

2). You order your drink and bar staff ask you to take a seat and bring it over!

3). Totally unique pub.

4). Live Irish music is a hit.

Parky.P - 1 Nov 2009 14:08
Proper pub! Bar staff seem to run on Rural Irish time in the week but thats part of the charm I reckon. Guiness is ace and I nearly always get chatting to someone. Much better than the 3 Crowns...
CrikeyBlimey - 12 Aug 2009 17:01
Great little pub, and I mean little!! It does stretch back a bit. Lovely panelled interior, great beers, friendly and efficient bar staff, various football matches on different screens, and fantastic beer garden. You really can't lose.
buster_gonads - 10 May 2008 15:52
The only nearly proper pub on Church Street, the rest just lack something and I'm not just blaming the trendies like everyone else.
danrkelly - 1 Nov 2007 09:35
Hi everybody ! ! ! !
Excuse me for my english, 'cause i'm french.
I know very well this pub, 'cause from 1999 to 2001, my girlfriend and me we went all the wednesday nights to listen the Irish music and too for the St Pat's Day with this musician's band : Sean to the fiddle, Patrick to the bodhran and spoon, Paul and Christ to their guitar and banjo.
We don't forget all these magics moments passed in this pub. It was wonderfull.
It's a great pub !!!!
"Guinness please !!!!!!"
annetherese.patrice - 27 May 2007 19:00
Little gem of Irish Craic among the many dives in Stokie.
anonymous - 13 Sep 2006 17:37
Best pub in Stokie. Buy a pint of Guiness, take a seat and the friendly bar staff will bring it to you after proper pouring is complete. Summer evening's are enjoyable in the beer garden, shame it's just concrete though. Friday nights often have impromptu jams.
It's not up itself at all and the manager seems quite willing to participate in community stuff.
mattsaze - 22 Aug 2006 11:33
A better phonetic guide to the pronunciation of the name may be 'shillay-lee'.
danrkelly - 7 Apr 2006 00:11
Excellent Guinness, and Friday nights with The Other Brothers are a top craic.
lowroader - 20 Oct 2005 16:23
Its pronounced 'shih-le-li'

anonymous - 4 Sep 2005 13:42
I can't pronounce this
pub's name, and so have problems
arranging to meet here.
Haiku_Dave - 17 Aug 2005 16:30
Used to enjoy this pub but it's a bit 'up itself' now. The manager always seems to be in a fierce mood - and the poor bar staff look as though they are worked off their feet half the time. Strange.
person - 9 Aug 2005 21:07
Could do with a decent bitter, but when the Guinness is this good, not a big worry. Music, atmosphere etc. spot on. And yes, the anti-smoking Nazis need to get life (or a bus to Islington, where they might feel more comfortable).
pablos13 - 11 Apr 2005 18:20
Used to be my local & favourite but has recently gone downhill a bit. Still some of the best Guinness and Irish music around. Nice one, Tom!
Tomster - 8 Dec 2004 20:06
Brilliant pub, best in N16. Great staff and atmosphere on matchdays is genuine. Some real characters there. Guinness exceptionable.
steve monaghan - [email protected] - 30 Oct 2004 16:58
best pub in london, best irish music on friday nights


JD - [email protected] - 29 May 2004 19:00
Proper boozer with the best Guinness in town. Yes it stinks of fag smoke but that's cos it's a proper boozer. Go to the bloody All Bar One in Angel if you want to eat olives in a non-smoking area instead of drinking pints in a pub. Great bar staff and always some nutter to talk b****cks with (or to). Be nice and stay a while.
Adam - 13 May 2004 12:06
With out a doubt the very best boozer in stokey, Bar staff are very pleasent, always smiling and to save you waitin for shall i say:- THE BEST GUINNESS AROUND (and you can quote me on that)always carry it to your table. Maybe small but the best way to meet is to mingle right? and you do meet some very nice people there. Best way to find out is to see for yourself. See you there.
lee. - 15 Apr 2004 21:59
Fine pub...Decent pint of the black stuff. Nice mixed crowd, efficient and friendly barstaff.
Downpoint has to be its size..Far too narrow at the bar area, and it becomes increasingly irritating being brushed off by folk heading in or out of the pub as you order your next beverage. Good live irish band on, who mingle and interact with the crowd very very well.. If you are a non smoker this is NOT the place for you. A return from the toilets prompted "red eye syndrome" every time, and my clothes stank to high heaven the next day !
Overall a pleasent experience, but i would strongly urge potential visitors to get there early, as standing for four hours in a pub this small is like a waterproof tea bag ! Very very annoying : )
Rivers - [email protected] - 16 Feb 2004 11:56
Some cracking live music on occasion and the best guinness in London according to the locals...worth a look.
Matthew Walsh - 21 Jan 2004 16:27
this pub is the best in london with out a doubt 10/10
damian corr - [email protected] - 9 Jan 2004 04:52
Small Irish pub on Church Street. Irish beers like Harp, no real ales and no pool table.
Pauly - 20 Sep 2003 15:25

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