Don't be fooled by all the lovely little comments on here. I am convinced they were written by a few regulars, on request by the pub-landlady. This is probably the worst pub I've been to in my 14 years in London, and definitely the worst venue I've been to in over 20 years of working in the lifest read moreDon't be fooled by all the lovely little comments on here. I am convinced they were written by a few regulars, on request by the pub-landlady. This is probably the worst pub I've been to in my 14 years in London, and definitely the worst venue I've been to in over 20 years of working in the lifestyle industry. Incidentally, this is the first ever bar I went to, in #stokenewington. It is also the only bar in the neighbourhood I am writing something negative about. At first I thought Maggie, the pub-landlady is just abrupt and unfriendly as it's her character. But it didn't take me long to realise that she is just downright rude and arrogant. She basically snapped at me for every question I asked while chatting to her, and I thought it was funny to wind her up! She was also rude to me when I went there with a local business owner, and even worse... was also rude when I went there with a friend just before going to celebrate his birthday. I told her I would never be back, and that I will tell everyone I know, in the neighbourhood. This side of Stoke Newington has a limited number of bars - about 2-3. Unfortunately for Maggie, me being a journalist and reviewer that also runs social gatherings and networking events for locals, means I know a of people. So I notified everyone by email and whats' app group message. I am not going to lie! It puts a smile on my face when I walk past and see the place empty, or at least nearly empty. Word of mouth is still a very powerful PR tool. And yes, there are people who DO look at reviews before going to a place. And in such a small part of the neighbourhood, word gets around. Staff keep changing, from what I have seen and heard. One staff member bumped into me at a local supermarket and said she'd been sacked because Maggie the pub-landlady got angry with her. I have constantly noticed a "Staff Wanted" sign here. Musicians have complained that the land-lady goes through their bags and things, without asking for permission first. They don't even tell you they take cash only, until you've ordered the drink and they've poured it for you. This means, you have to go to the cash point across the road. This is a dirty business tactic. Customers who don't have cash, are more likely to go through the inconvenience of going to the cash point, as the drink has already been poured and is front of them. Psychologically, it's a visual thing. The drink is in front of you, so you feel compelled to pay for it. This place may have been hip & happening at some point in the past, but it certainly isn't, these days! The few people who go here seem to have either given up on life, or are getting to the end of it, or want to end it all! There's a rather negative energy about this place, with a stale and depressing feel to it. Please AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!!! And oh... tell others.