The Jolly Butchers

Words by Ian Cameron on 15-Apr-2013

Address: 204 Stoke Newington High St, London, N16 7HU , United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7249 9471
Website: Not supplied
Hours: Mon - Thurs 4pm - midnight, Fri 4pm - 1am, Sat 12pm - 1 am, Sun 12pm - 11pm
Door: Open door
Style: Bier Hall
Price guide: Middling


The Jolly Butchers might bear a classic British pub name, but step inside the door, pass through the curtain (which on its own immediately transports you to middle Europe) and you're in a north London interpretation of what appears to be a European beer hall - actually an ale and cider house. Closely packed in tables in the open room see fashionable late 20-somethings/mid-30s gather to sample from a huge international beer selection. From behind a long bar that runs practically the width of the room is a wondrous choice of real ales, craft beers, stouts, lagers and ciders on draught.

In addition, there are numerous bottled beers available. American craft brews feature most strongly, with Belgium and the UK taking up second and third place. While Germany boasts only a single bottled beer (more are available on draught) its influence on the food is clear, with Bockwurst, Paprika and Beef sausages with sauerkraut head the menu). Ciders and scrumpies, on draught and bottled, add to the overwhelming list. Helpful staff and a lively atmosphere help make this a must-visit on any Dalston circuit.