Five Points Brewing has taken over Hackney’s Pembury Tavern

This longterm Hackney Downs local has been given a fresh lease of life by the brewery right opposite

Pembury Tavern


ocal top tips Hammerton and Two Tribes aside, our other preferred London brewery has taken over a longterm Hackney Downs local.

Five Points Brewing Company has just opened at the Pembury Tavern with their own beers (brewed literally across the road), plus a rotating guest. So if you’re partial to a Five Points Pale or Craft Pils lager, this is one for you.

Originally built in the 1860s, The Pembury Tavern is a landmark Hackney boozer steeped in history. After being restored in 2006 following a fire, it has become a regular fixture in The Good Beer Guide, previously under the ownership of Milton Brewery, and has been one of the key pubs to help bring back good beer to the area.

Distinctive new Jupa beer with the other Five Points range. Photo: PR

“The Pembury Tavern has been a Hackney institution for 150 years providing the local community with a place to relax, enjoy good company and have a great beer,” says main brewing bloke Ed Mason. “We’re extremely honoured to become the new custodians.”


The team have taken a considered approach to the design and restoration of the landmark public house, ensuring it remains “classic and timeless”. Locals will be pleased to see that the much loved bar billiards table will remain.

Beyond beer, a delicious array of New York-Neapolitan pizzas is served along with Sunday roasts.

Oh, and our top tip? The new juicy Pale Ale (JUPA), all citrus notes like pineapple and mango, but with a mildly bitter finish, and a decent kick at 5.5%. It’s also available at independent bars across the capital like another of our faves, the Euston Tap.

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Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Road E8. More info here.

Main image: Pembury Tavern, Five Points

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