Army & Navy

Greater London North - Stoke Newington

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

1-3 Matthias Road
Stoke Newington
N16 8NN

Tel: 07970 763190

Real Ale: Yes

Nearby Station: Hackney Downs

Station Distance: 1350m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Hackney Downs) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

This wedge-shaped, red-brick pub was one of many rebuilt by Truman’s in the 1930s to upgrade the quality of their estate and, like the Rose & Crown, Stoke Newington (p113) is a good place to see something of their house style. Outside there are ironwork pub lanterns, a bow-fronted window, and attractive window glass with dimpled panes and pretty, coloured strips. Like the Rose & Crown, the interior displays typical trademarks of Truman’s inter-war fitting and furnishings. There is characteristic advertising lettering (see over the bar-back), brick fire surrounds with small relief panels (in this case a hunter and dog, knight on horseback, and a couple of galleons) and a very distinctive cream-coloured ceiling made up of Vitrolite panels (just as at the Rose & Crown). Originally the pub would have been divided up into a sequence of separate rooms by screens but these have now all gone. However, you can still see two different treatments in the bar counter detailing which signify separate drinking areas (the usual distinction being plain for the public bar, smarter for the rest). The bar-back is also original.

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