May 7 17

The Auld Shillelagh, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16

Jack Cutforth

Visited: 6 May by JC & JB

It’s hard to find an original review of this pub. Whenever anyone tries writing one, that annoying paperclip man pops up saying “It looks like you’re reviewing an Irish pub, would you like some cliches?” because they all go along the lines of: Irish, good atmosphere, traditional music, best pint of Guinness in London.

All of which is true, but is a very boring way to write about a pub which isn’t boring in the slightest. Despite my best efforts I haven’t actually tried every pint of Guinness in London (and I’m impressed that all these other people have) so I couldn’t say for certain which is the best, but I will say that these guys really care about making their Guinness as tasty as it can be and it would be pretty surprising if that didn’t result in a consistently excellent pint of the stuff (mine was indeed delicious).

So, in sum: do visit this pub if you’re in the area, or even if you’re not for that matter. The staff are very friendly, everyone seems to be having a good time, and they have a surprisingly big garden out back. The Guinness is the best in the known universe.[citation needed]

Right, now that’s out of the way we can get to the important issues that other reviewers are too busy wanking into their Guinness to write about. Issues like: what the hell is a shillelagh and how the hell do you pronounce it? Well, it’s a type of club or stick, and it’s pronounced shi-lay-lee. And what about Auld? Well, Auld means old and is pronounced old. Now that is the sort of genuinely interesting information that you just don’t get from those bigshot professional reviewers.

Beer: 4
Price: 3
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5

Do they do food? Snacks.
Are they in the 21st Century? Contactless accepted.
Are there dogs? Would certainly be welcome.
I want to smoke: Beer garden out back which is partially covered for when it’s raining.