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The Pembury Tavern (Five Points Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Crazy Horse IPAExceptional1
Hop Stuff - Gunners PorterExceptional1
Great Oakley - Welland Valley MildExcellent1
Black Iris - Milk StoutExcellent1
Dawkins - Shakesbeer Lady MExcellent1
Milton - SaturnaliaExcellent1
Shortts Farm - IndieExcellent1
Hackney - Oatmeal Chocolate PorterExcellent1
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale AleExcellent1
North Yorkshire - SevenGood1
Milton - SpartaGood1
Shortts Farm - BlondieGood1
Cornish Crown - Porter with Madagascan Vanilla Good1
Milestone - Honey PorterGood1
Black Country - English WinterGood1
Great Oakley - Wot's OccuringAcceptable1
Isle of Purbeck - BestAcceptable1
White Horse - Cheval BlancAcceptable1
Milton - Minotaur MildAcceptable1
Slater's - Top TottyPoor1
Black Country - Fireside BitterNot Tried0
Milton - PegasusNot Tried0
Milton - NeroNot Tried0
Milton - DionysusNot Tried0
Brentwood - Chockwork OrangeNot Tried0
Milton - JustinianNot Tried0
Brentwood - Marvellous Maple MildNot Tried0
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
London Fields - Hackney HopsterNot Tried0
Hackney - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Milton - IcarusNot Tried0
Milton - MammonNot Tried0
Nethergate Growler - Old GrowlerNot Tried0
Nethergate Growler - Hound DogNot Tried0
Isle of Purbeck - Studland Bay WreckedNot Tried0
Milton - Marcus AureliusNot Tried0
Dawkins - tttNot Tried0
Milton - MedusaNot Tried0
Milestone - Lemon & Ginger Beer Not Tried0
Milton - TikiNot Tried0
Potbelly - Dark TuskerNot Tried0
North Yorkshire - TemptationNot Tried0
Milton - MinervaNot Tried0
North Yorkshire - MayhemNot Tried0
White Horse - LipizzanerNot Tried0
Crate - Golden AleNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Quadrant Oatmeal StoutNot Tried0
Crate - StoutNot Tried0
Hop Stuff - Pale AleNot Tried0
Milestone - Colonial StoutNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, Greater London

Visits Details

05 Mar 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Busy after work and there are a lot of people chomping on pizzas.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shortts Farm - Indie4.80ExcellentYet another really tasty, US-style Pale Ale.
Cornish Crown - Porter with Madagascan Vanilla 5.30GoodGreat flavours are present, but slightly flat condition means they do not quite all hang together.
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Marcus Aurelius7.50Not Tried
Milton - Justinian3.90Not Tried
Milestone - Colonial Stout6.00Not Tried
Milton - Minerva4.60Not Tried
17 Dec 2014 (Stephen Harris)
First stop on a pre-Christmas Hackney Central pub-crawl. Busy at 6pm, becoming very busy by 7. I felt a bit disloyal not drinking the Milton beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Crazy Horse IPA5.10ExceptionalA very accomplished, amber, IPA. citrus and pine and a touch of toffee/caramel. My first 5-star beer for a couple of months I think.
Black Country - English Winter5.50GoodI think this might be a Burton Ale. Richly malty, unashamedly brown, and warming.
Milton - Mammon7.00Not Tried
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Milton - Sparta4.30Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Dionysus3.60Not Tried
Milton - Justinian3.90Not Tried
Milton - Saturnalia5.30Not Tried
Milton - Minerva4.60Not Tried
19 Nov 2014 (Stephen Harris)
First evening of a weekend beer festival and a busy session Ė I could not stay for long. 24 beers available from a festival list of 45. I list just the three I had plus other London-brewed beers that were on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hop Stuff - Gunners Porter7.40ExceptionalA perfect, hoppy, black, stout porter. Great to find it here in cask format.
Hackney - Oatmeal Chocolate Porter4.80ExcellentA smooth, slightly sweet, dark brown beer with a chocolate taste. Some found it a little odd, but I really liked it
Shortts Farm - Blondie4.00GoodPale gold in colour. A nice, crisp, malt and hops blend, tasting a bit like a good quality Lager.
Crate - Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Quadrant Oatmeal Stout5.80Not Tried
Crate - Stout5.70Not Tried
Hop Stuff - Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
26 May 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Late-afternoon, and relatively quiet in here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Black Iris - Milk Stout5.50ExcellentA black stout with roasted barley character and a little lactic sweetness.
North Yorkshire - Seven7.00GoodAmber coloured. Mellow, strong and malty.
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Milton - Sparta4.30Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Marcus Aurelius7.50Not Tried
Milton - Tiki3.80Not Tried
Milton - Medusa4.60Not Tried
Potbelly - Dark Tusker3.60Not Tried
North Yorkshire - Temptation3.80Not Tried
Milton - Minerva4.60Not Tried
North Yorkshire - Mayhem4.30Not Tried
White Horse - Lipizzaner4.40Not Tried
03 Dec 2013 (HSB)
14:30 Third stop on our crawl. My first visit. Made very welcome. Interesting barman. Too many beers on based on beer quality.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Great Oakley - Wot's Occuring3.90AcceptableNot a patch on what it should be
White Horse - Cheval Blanc4.70Acceptable
Slater's - Top Totty4.00PoorLast but one out, changed without question
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Marcus Aurelius7.50Not Tried
Milton - Dionysus3.60Not Tried
Milton - Icarus4.20Not Tried
Milton - Medusa4.60Not Tried
Milestone - Lemon & Ginger Beer 4.20Not Tried
13 Aug 2013 (Stephen Harris)
It is easy to forget, when celebrating the great resurgence of pubs and brewing in this part of London, that this pub was very much in the vanguard.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dawkins - Shakesbeer Lady M4.50ExcellentPleasing, near black, full-bodied, roasty and fruity stout.
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Isle of Purbeck - Studland Bay Wrecked4.50Not Tried
Milton - Sparta4.30Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Marcus Aurelius7.50Not Tried
Milton - Dionysus3.60Not Tried
Dawkins - ttt4.50Not Tried
18 Dec 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Iím here early evening (around 6:45pm), but it is already busy, with every table taken.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Great Oakley - Welland Valley Mild3.60ExcellentA very nice, near black mild. Roasted barley and chocolate malt tastes. I like this one a lot.
Milton - Mammon7.00Not Tried
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Nethergate Growler - Old Growler5.00Not Tried
Milton - Sparta4.30Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Saturnalia5.30Not Tried
Nethergate Growler - Hound Dog4.20Not Tried
12 Sep 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Just a quick visit tonight as I had a delivery to make to the landlord and was meeting my mate Robert here before moving on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milestone - Honey Porter4.70GoodNear black in colour with red tinges. Smooth, not prominently hopped, relatively subtle honey flavour.
Black Country - Fireside Bitter5.00Not Tried
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Icarus4.20Not Tried
Milton - Justinian3.90Not Tried
Milton - Saturnalia5.30Not Tried
19 Jul 2012 (Stephen Harris)
This was meant to be just a recce visit to the latest beer festival, but in the end I did not find time to return for a fuller session. Twenty-five beers on from a festival list of 53. I list just the two I drank, plus others from local breweries.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20ExcellentA light gold colour. Citrus hop taste on pale malt background.
Isle of Purbeck - Best3.60AcceptableBrown coloured. Rather thin for a best bitter.
Brentwood - Marvellous Maple Mild3.70Not Tried
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
London Fields - Hackney Hopster4.20Not Tried
Hackney - American Pale Ale4.50Not TriedFirst beer of the festival to run out.
07 Jun 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Early to mid-evening visit. Quite crowded and I gave up my seat after a while to join a friend who was standing at the bar. Good to see the Bar Billiards table in use.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milton - Saturnalia5.30ExcellentGolden coloured. Excellent fruity hop aroma. Sweetish malt and plenty of tropical fruit and sharp lemony hop character.
Milton - Sparta4.30GoodAlways my default choice of the Milton range. A balanced, golden, malt and hops type beer.
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30AcceptableNot in the best condition tonight unfortunately. Dark and mildly toasty.
Black Country - Fireside Bitter5.00Not Tried
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Dionysus3.60Not Tried
Brentwood - Chockwork Orange6.50Not Tried
Milton - Justinian3.90Not Tried

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About The Pembury Tavern

The pub sign. The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional4
Excellent18
Good39
Acceptable25
Poor10

Website.

The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E8 1JH.

This pub was built in around 1866 and for many years was a Trumanís house. By the 1970s it was best known as a live music venue, with a large hall to the rear (which has now been converted to residential use). The pub was refurbished in 1983 and by 1986 had been acquired by Banks & Taylor Brewery. Closed for five and a half years from 1998, it re-opened but led a precipitous existence until acquired by Milton Brewery in 2006. In May 2018 the keys passed to the nearby Five Points Brewery. It is a large, stone and brick building on a busy junction near Hackney Downs and Central railway stations. The long wooden bar has 16 handpumps, normally with 8-12 in service at any one time. There are bar billiards, a pool table and plenty of tables and seating.

We have visited this pub 29 times, seen 137 different beers and tried 91 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1JH