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The Prince Pub & Restaurant (London)

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Address: 59 Kynaston Road / Stoke Newington / London N16 0EB

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      23.07.2012 15:15
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      An excellent local pub serving good, generously portioned food!

      The Prince is a pub serving food located on a quiet back street in Stoke Newington, London. It is situated parallel to Stoke Newington Church Street and allows for some respite from the hustle and bustle and usually very busy other pubs in the area.

      The bar area itself is on the smaller side but they also have a separate restaurant area, small garden and upstairs function room that can hold about 50 people and available for hire at £50.
      The decor feels quite new like it may have recently been refurbished. The walls are covered with an intricately patterned wallpaper of dark tones giving the pub quite a cosy feel. Battered leather sofas are dotted between equally well used wooden tables and chairs. There is a uniformity to the chairs which is rare for a pub. All have a curved high back and are sleek in design and relatively comfortable. In the corners of the room are lamps with traditional lampshades and the ceiling lights are all jazzily designed. It's a pleasantly decorated bar and something a bit different from the usual shabby interior - it's cosy but interesting.

      The Prince has a menu consisting largely of classic pub staples: burgers, pies and goujons plus more adventurous items such as duck leg. We were a group of 3 and order 2 burgers and the duck leg. We had a slight hiccup in so far as the burgers arrived around 10 minutes before the duck but strictly speaking, this wasn't their fault as the duck had been ordered separately. They also had a large dinner function upstairs and their order came in just before ours. If they had been totally on the ball they would have realised the two meals were for the same table and accommodated but given the business it's understandable.
      When the food did arrive, our instinctive reaction was that these portions were huge! The burgers were enormous (8 oz but you can even get a burger with 2 x 8 oz!). They came with a mountain of chips and a small side salad. The chips were thick cut and crispy whilst the burger meat of a good quality. My only slight grumble with it was that it was well done. Unfortunately, alot of pubs need to cook their burgers to a certain temperature so you can't chose how you would like it cooked - it has to be cooked through with no hint of pink. I like mine a little rarer but that aside, it was very good. The duck looked excellent. Again. A large portion served with potato and roast root vegetables. The meat looked succulent and not too dry.

      The food was also exceptionally good value. The burgers were just under £10 each which was cheap compared to other places locally... And for alot of food! The duck was around £11 so again, great value for what you got. We accompanied our meal with a bottle of blush rose that was very drinkable and just under £15 for the bottle, which I'd consider to be inexpensive for what it is.
      We found the service to be very friendly, helpful and charming (although I did suspect the barman might have been flirting with my wife!). They were very chatty and hugely apologetic about the wait for the duck to the extent that you actually believed they cared! We were allowed to taste different wines to pick the one we wanted... And we tasted a few! He was very patient and accommodating throughout.

      The pub was very clean and tidy. Menus were nicely placed on tables rolled and put in a glass so not to look messy. The tables and bar were clean and void of spillage and the lavatories immaculately clean. Our table was also cleared very quickly after we had finished our food. The pub did play music but at an unobtrusive level and except for the Jamaroqui (and only though my personal loathing of their music), was an acceptable balance of palatable oldies and newer things.

      This is a local pub for us but this was the first time we had been and we were very impressed with mostly everything. The atmosphere was great and seemed like a locals kind of place and we were made to feel very welcome. It's somewhere we will definitely return to (especially when we are hungry!).

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