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The Pembury Tavern (Five Points Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Wild Beer Co. - River of Darkness (collaboration with Left Handed Giant)Exceptional1
Milton - MinervaExcellent1
Lough Gill - Sloe Gin GoseExcellent1
Black Iris - Liquid FlamingoExcellent1
Brew York - X-Panda v.10 Pacific Jade, Southern Cross & Summit Excellent1
Magic Rock - Magic SpannerExcellent1
Good Chemistry - Solar ImpulseExcellent1
East London (ELB) - Barbed Wit Rhubarb Wheat BeerExcellent1
Zapato - Zapata Pale Mirabelle Plum Good1
Three Brothers - The Ex WifeGood1
Redemption - Steam Effort (collaboration with Fuller's)Good1
Five Points - Best Bitter (collaboration with Lost and Grounded)Good1
Partners - CascadeGood1
Donzoko - Session IPA Good1
Marble - PintGood1
Grafton - Lady JuliaGood1
Zapato - Zapata Pale Acceptable1
Anspach & Hobday - The V ‘n’ O Stout Acceptable1
Five Points - Trans Atlantic Golden AleAcceptable1
Milton - MedusaAcceptable1
Wiper and True - New English IPA Acceptable1
Milestone - Rich RubyNot Tried0
Milton - CyclopsNot Tried0
Milton - PegasusNot Tried0
Milton - NeroNot Tried0
Milton - Marcus AureliusNot Tried0
Milestone - Olde English AleNot Tried0
Partners - JYBNot Tried0
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Born FreeNot Tried0
Ramsbury - Grand SlamNot Tried0
Milton - Minotaur MildNot Tried0
Milton - JustinianNot Tried0
Colchester - MetropolisNot Tried0
Colchester - BarbarianNot Tried0
Milton - DionysusNot Tried0
Milton - SaturnaliaNot Tried0
Tydd Steam - American EagleNot Tried0
Milton - ApolloNot Tried0
Five Points - Railway PorterNot 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
Five Points - XPANot 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
Picture 1. The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, Greater London

Visits Details

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
Redemption - Steam Effort (collaboration with Fuller's)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
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

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About The Pembury Tavern

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional4
Excellent22
Good42
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 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 32 times, seen 153 different beers and tried 101 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1JH