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“Great pub and beer”

Star by Hackney Downs
Ranked #11,647 of 23,959 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$4 - US$18
Cuisines: British, Pub
Description: Bringing new life to this hub of the community venue, The Star by Hackney Downs acts as a showcase for Hackney's talented creatives, as well as a place to enjoy a friendly local-brewed pint or tipple, and a bite. Located on the corner of Queensdown Road and practically on the grass of Hackney Downs Park, this long-standing pub retains all the character of what was before, with a twist - so the original stand-out central bar is reminiscent of a carousel, the classic pub sign is preserved, and the large courtyard becomes a greener space. Exciting street food traders take over the kitchen for an residency changing every 3 months. The two upstairs function rooms are available for hire and are the perfect place for company socials, mid-week meetings and weekend birthdays or group parties - complete with access to their own bar. The karaoke room is a cosy gypsy caravan, with a psychic and illusionist on hand for hire. Expect magic tricks, palm-reading and mystical predictions to add that extra flair to your evening.
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Description: Bringing new life to this hub of the community venue, The Star by Hackney Downs acts as a showcase for Hackney's talented creatives, as well as a place to enjoy a friendly local-brewed pint or tipple, and a bite. Located on the corner of Queensdown Road and practically on the grass of Hackney Downs Park, this long-standing pub retains all the character of what was before, with a twist - so the original stand-out central bar is reminiscent of a carousel, the classic pub sign is preserved, and the large courtyard becomes a greener space. Exciting street food traders take over the kitchen for an residency changing every 3 months. The two upstairs function rooms are available for hire and are the perfect place for company socials, mid-week meetings and weekend birthdays or group parties - complete with access to their own bar. The karaoke room is a cosy gypsy caravan, with a psychic and illusionist on hand for hire. Expect magic tricks, palm-reading and mystical predictions to add that extra flair to your evening.
Reviewed 31 May 2021 via mobile

Great little pubs friendly staff and great prices!
5 stars
Me and me mate had a very relaxing time, and the Shandy's did flow. We say outside .

Date of visit: May 2021
1  Thank rcurl1966
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Reviewed 14 December 2020 via mobile

Came here for a Sunday Roast with my friend. Firstly, it took over 20 mins for member of staff to take our food order - appalling, staff were not very attentive or alert. We then waited over 1 hour for our food - abysmal - during which time we asked at least 4 different members of staff where our food was - they all said they would ‘check with the kitchen’ but then never did... so when almost an hour and a half had past, we both decided we were going to leave and went up to the bar to ask for our money back. I complained to the member of staff who issued our refund that we had waited almost an hour and a half for our food to which they replied ‘no, the system only says just over an hour since the order was placed’. I disputed this and also remarked that the place wasn’t even busy (approx. 5 tables with food orders). They then said back to me ‘and how would you know’ (how disrespectful and rude) to which I replied ‘I have a brain and eyes, it’s not remotely busy in here’. Basically in summary what I’m saying is in these tough times, please don’t waste your money or your precious time here, take it and give it to somewhere that cares.

Date of visit: December 2020
Thank LondonFoodie951
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Reviewed 13 December 2020

We waited over an hour on food, and when we asked for an update I was taken aback at how rude the staff were and we decided to leave. Mistakes can happen and things can go wrong, but never before have I heard a customer be spoken to so disrespectfully. With many pubs in the sector under significant strain - please take your money elsewhere where customers are appreciated.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Thank LondonIrishEats
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Reviewed 27 October 2020

The Saturday brunch was great - for vegans and non-vegans alike. We were sitting outdoors though - it will be perfect when they get the heaters going again!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Thank andymartinink2019
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Reviewed 21 March 2020 via mobile

My partner and I don’t live far from this pub, it is one of the local places we like to go because we enjoy the beer selection and the good vibes of the crew and clientele. An astonish circus decoration throughout the space with a carrousel horse welcoming guests, beautiful rooms upstairs with a private karaoke and a marvellous terrace, but what we like the most, the old traditional bar at the center of the pub with a triangle shape. It worths the visit!

Date of visit: March 2020
Thank BeiMP
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