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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 - Single Hop MosaicExcellent1
Milton - MinervaExcellent1
Milton - SaturnExcellent1
Shortts Farm - IndieExcellent1
Cornish Crown - Porter with Madagascan Vanilla Good1
Grafton - Lady JuliaGood1
Milton - OrpheusGood1
Black Country - English WinterGood1
Spitting Feathers - Special AleGood1
Three Brothers - The Ex WifeGood1
Partners - CascadeGood1
Milton - MedusaAcceptable1
Milton - MammonNot Tried0
Milton - Minotaur MildNot Tried0
Milton - PegasusNot Tried0
Milton - SpartaNot Tried0
Milton - NeroNot Tried0
Milton - DionysusNot Tried0
Milton - JustinianNot Tried0
Milton - SaturnaliaNot Tried0
Milton - Marcus AureliusNot Tried0
Milestone - Colonial StoutNot Tried0
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Edwin Taylor's Extra StoutNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla MildNot Tried0
Hackney - New Zealand Pale Ale Not Tried0
Magpie - Hoppily Ever AfterNot Tried0
Milton - CyclopsNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Pale AleNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - Nice Weather (was Nice Weather 4 Ducks)Not Tried0
Milestone - Rich RubyNot Tried0
Milestone - Olde English AleNot Tried0
Partners - JYBNot Tried0
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Born FreeNot Tried0
Ramsbury - Grand SlamNot Tried0
Colchester - MetropolisNot Tried0
Colchester - BarbarianNot Tried0
Tydd Steam - American EagleNot Tried0
Milton - ApolloNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, Greater London

Visits Details

06 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
This pub has recently been acquired from Milton Brewery by the nearby Five Points Brewery and will be the latter brewery’s tap. But it’s presently in a kind of limbo awaiting refurbishment. The kitchen is closed and only a few customers are present tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Three Brothers - The Ex Wife3.70GoodAs one would anticipate from the name, this is a Bitter. Amber-coloured, traditional and rather good.
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Minerva4.60Not Tried
21 Aug 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Long overdue on my 'to do list' and pleased to see the onus is on wet sales with a small range of pizzas on offer. One other customer during our early afternoon stay. Helpful barman offered us a taster of all the cask beers, without prompting.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milton - Minerva4.60ExcellentClear golden ale with a good white head, smooth palate, semi dry and has reasonable fine carbonation
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Dionysus3.60Not Tried
Milton - Saturnalia5.30Not Tried
Tydd Steam - American Eagle4.50Not Tried
Milton - Apollo6.20Not Tried
25 Nov 2016 (Stephen Harris)
A brief, late afternoon visit. Pub unusually quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milton - Medusa4.60AcceptableA dark Mild. Having chosen this beer after a taster, I decided actually that I did not like it very much.
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Marcus Aurelius7.50Not Tried
Milton - Justinian3.90Not Tried
Colchester - Metropolis3.90Not Tried
Colchester - Barbarian3.80Not Tried
05 Feb 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early Friday evening before the crowds build up – just for a quick one on my own. I only noted the guest beers – there was also a long line of Milton Brewery beers available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Grafton - Lady Julia4.30GoodGolden. A well-balanced beer.
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Born Free4.00Not Tried
Ramsbury - Grand Slam4.40Not Tried
19 Jan 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Relaxed early evening session. A bit chilly in the bar area, with temperatures plunging outside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Partners - Cascade4.00GoodGolden in colour. Interesting hop flavours, somewhere between blackberry and lemon.
Milestone - Rich Ruby4.50Not Tried
Milton - Cyclops5.30Not Tried
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Marcus Aurelius7.50Not Tried
Milton - Medusa4.60Not Tried
Milestone - Olde English Ale4.90Not Tried
Milton - Minerva4.60Not Tried
Partners - JYB3.50Not Tried
09 Oct 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and there is a good trade building here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milton - Saturn7.20ExcellentGolden and strong. Full of peachy or mango or apricot or something fruit flavours.
Spitting Feathers - Special Ale4.20GoodA fruity, malty, copper-coloured Best Bitter.
Milton - Cyclops5.30Not Tried
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Milton - Sparta4.30Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Marcus Aurelius7.50Not Tried
Milton - Justinian3.90Not Tried
Milton - Medusa4.60Not Tried
Dancing Duck - Nice Weather (was Nice Weather 4 Ducks)4.10Not Tried
Milton - Minerva4.60Not Tried
05 Aug 2015 (Stephen Harris)
I left work early to beat the tube strike and enjoy a quiet pint in here before the crowds build up.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milton - Orpheus4.20GoodBlack and creamy. Dry and roasted.
Milton - Cyclops5.30Not Tried
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Milton - Dionysus3.60Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Milton - Minerva4.60Not Tried
19 Jul 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon after a day out in Hertfordshire. Relaxed atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hop Stuff - Single Hop Mosaic4.20ExcellentA pungently hoppy, golden beer.
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Edwin Taylor's Extra Stout4.50Not Tried
Milton - Sparta4.30Not Tried
Milton - Marcus Aurelius7.50Not Tried
Milton - Medusa4.60Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla Mild3.60Not Tried
Hackney - New Zealand Pale Ale 4.50Not Tried
Magpie - Hoppily Ever After3.80Not Tried
Milton - Minerva4.60Not Tried
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

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About The Pembury Tavern

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional6
Excellent24
Good46
Acceptable29
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 Truman’s 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 6 handpumps (down from 16 in Milton’s time). There is a bar billiards table, a pizza kitchen and a small outside seating area beside the road junction.

We have visited this pub 37 times, seen 167 different beers and tried 110 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1JH