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The Pembury Tavern (Five Points Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Five Points - PaleExcellent1
Five Points - English IPAExcellent1
Magic Rock - DairyfreakExcellent1
Five Points - Railway PorterExcellent5
Five Points - Derailed PorterExcellent1
Magic Rock - Dark ArtsExcellent1
Five Points - Brick Field BrownExcellent2
Gipsy Hill - Koshu BrutExcellent1
Milton - NeroExcellent1
Kirkstall - Kirkstall Pale AleExcellent1
Kirkstall - Dissolution IPAExcellent1
Duration - Ebb & FlowGood1
East London (ELB) - Three KingsGood1
Milton - PegasusNot Tried0
Purity - Pure GoldNot Tried0
Five Points - Hook Island RedNot Tried0
Five Points - Five Points PaleNot Tried0
Kirkstall - RyeteousNot Tried0
Purity - Pure UBUNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Marble - PintNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Brother RabbitNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, Greater London

Visits Details

11 Mar 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. For once I resist the pizzas.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Magic Rock - Dark Arts6.00ExcellentBlack. A particularly fine Stout. Rich and roasted with dark fruits.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentI love this beer.
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40Not Tried
18 Feb 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening before the crowds.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Pale4.40ExcellentOn splendid form.
Duration - Ebb & Flow6.00GoodKeg dispense. Quite a hoppy, dry Porter.
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Brother Rabbit4.00Not Tried
Five Points - Derailed Porter5.20Not Tried
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40Not Tried
12 Feb 2019 (Stephen Harris)
This is becoming a regular beer and pizza stop for me.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentReliably excellent.
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40Not Tried
06 Feb 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Another early evening call.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentAs good as always.
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40Excellent
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Five Points - Pale4.40Not Tried
28 Jan 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening for beer and pizza.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kirkstall - Kirkstall Pale Ale4.00ExcellentA very decent Pale. Dry. Quite grassy.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentAlways lovely in here.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40Not Tried
Five Points - Pale4.40Not Tried
22 Jan 2019 (Stephen Harris)
As soon as I walk in the barmaid tells me how excited she is because it's going to snow and she has never seen snow in her life. Nonsense say I, it's far too mild. Within minutes there are blizzard conditions outside and she is beside herself with excitement.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kirkstall - Dissolution IPA5.00Excellent
Five Points - English IPA5.70ExcellentAmber. Well-hopped with English varieties. A touch of sweetness.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Kirkstall - Ryeteous6.70Not Tried
08 Jan 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentIn splendid form.
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40ExcellentAnother winner from Five Points.
East London (ELB) - Three Kings3.80GoodA fruity, light Bitter. Jester hops prominent.
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
02 Jan 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Well, I've only gone and told them at work where they can stick their poxy job. Admittedly, this leaves me at something of a loose end today and I am in here way too early in the day. I even have to wait for chef to fire up the furnaces before I can order a pizza.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Derailed Porter5.20ExcellentExcellent, souped-up version of the Railway Porter.
Gipsy Hill - Koshu Brut4.80ExcellentFrom a keg. Pale gold, dry, lemony and effervescent.
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Purity - Pure Gold3.80Not Tried
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
27 Dec 2018 (Stephen Harris)
This pub is much-revived following change of ownership and refurbishment.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milton - Nero5.00ExcellentA smooth and creamy Stout with fruit and liquorice.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40Not Tried
08 Dec 2018 (Stephen Harris)
My football match was an early kick-off today and Iím in the unusual situation of being in a pub on a Saturday afternoon Ė not my usual habitat at all. In my confusion I order a pizza at a time when the kitchen is quiet. The pizza is delicious, although at 4pm Iím not sure if it is a late lunch or an early dinner.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Magic Rock - Dairyfreak5.20ExcellentBlack and milky sweet. Like vanilla ice cream. Really nice.
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Purity - Pure Gold3.80Not Tried
Five Points - Hook Island Red6.00Not Tried
Five Points - Pale4.40Not Tried

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About The Pembury Tavern

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional6
Excellent42
Good49
Acceptable30
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 6 handpumps (down from 16 in Miltonís 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 48 times, seen 187 different beers and tried 124 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1JH