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The Pembury Tavern (Five Points Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Five Points - Railway PorterExceptional1
Wild Beer Co. - River of Darkness (collaboration with Left Handed Giant)Exceptional1
Five Points - Green Hop BullionExceptional1
Magic Rock - Magic SpannerExcellent1
Good Chemistry - Solar ImpulseExcellent1
Signature Brew - Absolutely No WorriesExcellent1
East London (ELB) - Barbed Wit Rhubarb Wheat BeerExcellent1
Lough Gill - Sloe Gin GoseExcellent1
Black Iris - Liquid FlamingoExcellent1
Brew York - X-Panda v.10 Pacific Jade, Southern Cross & Summit Excellent1
Five Points - Brick Field BrownExcellent1
Canopy - Leap Green Hop Pale AleGood1
East London (ELB) - Walthamstow Beer - Green Hopped Pale AleGood1
Zapato - Zapata Pale Mirabelle Plum Good1
Three Brothers - The Ex WifeGood1
Fuller's - Steam Effort (Fuller's & Friends collaboration with Redemption)Good1
Hale Brewing - Belgo-HopGood1
Five Points - Best Bitter (collaboration with Lost and Grounded)Good1
Five Points - XPAGood1
Donzoko - Session IPA Good1
Marble - PintGood1
Five Points - Trans Atlantic Golden AleAcceptable1
Wiper and True - New English IPA Acceptable1
Zapato - Zapata Pale Acceptable1
Anspach & Hobday - The V ‘n’ O Stout Acceptable1
Milton - Minotaur MildNot Tried0
Milton - PegasusNot Tried0
Milton - NeroNot Tried0
Milton - MinervaNot Tried0
Five Points - Five Points PaleNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - BibbleNot Tried0
Gipsy Hill - HepcatNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
Magic Rock - RingmasterNot Tried0
Redemption - Victorian Mild (collaboration with The Kernel)Not Tried0
Beatnikz Republic - Spring PaleNot Tried0
Kirkstall - Kirkstall Pale AleNot Tried0
Kirkstall - Three SwordsNot Tried0
Redemption - Big ChiefNot Tried0
Fuller's - Trans Atlantic Golden Ale (Fullers & Friends collaboration with The Five Points) Not Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Green Hop Ale 2018Not Tried0
Five Points - Green Hop GoldingsNot Tried0
Five Points - Green Hop FugglesNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - WibbleNot Tried0
Five Points - PaleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, Greater London

Visits Details

19 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
It is again absolutely rammed in here in the early evening. Luckily some friends arrived very early and managed to bag a table.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40ExcellentBrewed again to mark the passing of the seasons into autumn – and very good too.
Signature Brew - Absolutely No Worries6.50ExcellentFrom some form of keg. Pale dry and hoppy – a Brut IPA.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Five Points - XPA4.00Not Tried
Five Points - Pale4.40Not Tried
12 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and the pub is very busy indeed, at least in part because there is a special feature this weekend of Green Hop beers. I’m stood at the bar with Terry L and Matt B.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Green Hop Bullion3.70ExceptionalThe 2018 edition of this beer is fresh and pungent. The epitome to my mind of what a Green Hop beer should be.
Canopy - Leap Green Hop Pale Ale3.80GoodCloudy gold. Quite sharp.
East London (ELB) - Walthamstow Beer - Green Hopped Pale Ale4.40GoodA slightly rough beer with spicy Fuggles-type hops.
Hale Brewing - Belgo-Hop6.00GoodFrom a keg of some kind. An interesting interpretation of the Green Hop theme. Dry and a bit spicy.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Green Hop Ale 20184.80Not Tried
Five Points - Green Hop Goldings3.70Not Tried
Five Points - Green Hop Fuggles3.70Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Wibble4.70Not Tried
04 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Quiet in here after the crowds of last week. I was not the only one to compliment the manager on the very high quality of the cask beer. He said that a separation of keg beers and cask beers into separate temperature-controlled cellars had really paid off in improved quality for both types of beer, and that the cask beers were on particularly fine form.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExceptionalA superb pint of chocolatey, black Porter. Is this the best regularly-brewed Porter in London?
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Five Points - XPA4.00Not Tried
27 Sep 2018 (Stephen Harris)
This pub officially re-opens tonight, although it has been quietly open since last Friday. The Five Points have done a very nice job on smartening the interior and exterior. Every customer tonight gets a free pint and a free slice of pizza, but the place is uncomfortably over-crowded. I’ll come back for a proper look on a quieter evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - XPA4.00GoodNot quite as crisp as and maltier than I recall from previous experience.
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Fuller's - Trans Atlantic Golden Ale (Fullers & Friends collaboration with The Five Points) 4.60Not TriedThis beer is now believed to be brewed at Fullers.
03 Aug 2018 (Stephen Harris)
A bit of a coup for the Pembury as they have all four of the Fullers collaboration brews done for the London Craft Beer Festival here tonight in cask. Unfortunately, none of them are really ready for sale and all suffer from a lack of condition – a real shame as I am sure these are all great beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - Steam Effort (Fuller's & Friends collaboration with Redemption)4.50GoodA collaboration brew with Fullers. Unfortunately it is in flat condition. The best of the bunch; a Steam Lager.
Five Points - Trans Atlantic Golden Ale4.60AcceptableA collaboration brew with Fullers. Unfortunately it is in very flat condition. Malty and strong.
Wiper and True - New English IPA 6.00AcceptableA collaboration brew with Fullers. Unfortunately it is in very flat condition. Strong, fruity and slightly sweet.
Anspach & Hobday - The V ‘n’ O Stout 5.50AcceptableA collaboration brew with Fullers. Unfortunately it is in very flat condition. Vanilla and oatmeal.
Kirkstall - Kirkstall Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Kirkstall - Three Swords4.50Not Tried
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Not Tried
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Five Points - XPA4.00Not Tried
20 Jul 2018 (Stephen Harris)
After last month’s Cask Festival, this weekend sees a ‘Keg Party’ – a bit uncool for this website, but I went anyway. It has been announced that the pub will close for refurbishment on 12 August.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Good Chemistry - Solar Impulse5.00ExcellentA golden APA. Very bitter, and fruity too.
East London (ELB) - Barbed Wit Rhubarb Wheat Beer4.60ExcellentFrom key-keg and quite a departure for ELB – this is an alcoholic fruit (rhubarb) smoothie.
Lough Gill - Sloe Gin Gose5.20ExcellentFrom keggery of some form. Hazy gold in colour. Sour, salty, gin botanicals, fruit. There is a lot to like here.
Black Iris - Liquid Flamingo3.00ExcellentFrom key-keg. Alarmingly pink in colour. It is a raspberry-flavoured Berliner Weisse, and rather lovely.
Donzoko - Session IPA 4.70GoodFrom keg. Yellow/gold murk. Fizziness detracts on this one. But there are lush, hoppy flavours.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Beatnikz Republic - Spring Pale3.60Not Tried
23 Jun 2018 (Andrew)
There seemed to be major disruption on the roads so we got off the bus and as we walked to the park we came past the Pembury - so we popped in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marble - Pint3.90Good
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Magic Rock - Ringmaster3.90Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - Bibble4.20Not Tried
Five Points - XPA4.00Not Tried
Redemption - Victorian Mild (collaboration with The Kernel)6.00Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - River of Darkness (collaboration with Left Handed Giant)3.90Not Tried
09 Jun 2018 (Stephen Harris)
This weekend sees what is effectively the relaunch of this pub by the Five Points Brewery. It is great that they have chosen to mark the occasion with a large cask beer festival – showing the commitment of both pub and brewery to this format. I note only the beers I drank. The pub will close for a couple of weeks in the late-summer for a full refurbishment and restoration of the pizza kitchen.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wild Beer Co. - River of Darkness (collaboration with Left Handed Giant)3.90ExceptionalA superb, complex, dark beer. Smoke and chilli and syrup. Brilliant.
Magic Rock - Magic Spanner3.90ExcellentGolden. Hop-filled, yet wonderfully mellow and honeyed.
Brew York - X-Panda v.10 Pacific Jade, Southern Cross & Summit 4.50ExcellentI fully expected to enjoy this and I did.
Zapato - Zapata Pale Mirabelle Plum 5.50GoodSimilar to the Pale but in better condition and enlivened by some plum.
Zapato - Zapata Pale 5.50AcceptableA murky Pale Ale; a bit flat from gravity dispense.
15 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit and the pub is quiet, as seems to be the current norm. Five Points Brewery now have possession and it is good to see a few of their beers on the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Best Bitter (collaboration with Lost and Grounded)4.80GoodThis is a soft, fruity, amber-coloured, traditional Bitter. Seems perfect for all those people who grumble that London breweries don’t brew fruity, traditional Bitters any more.
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - Bibble4.20Not Tried
Gipsy Hill - Hepcat4.60Not Tried
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

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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
Acceptable28
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 36 times, seen 165 different beers and tried 109 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1JH