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Wenlock Arms

(formerly Duke of York)

26 Wenlock Road
N1 7TA

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Tuesday4.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Wednesday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.00 pm
FridayNoon - Midnight
SaturdayNoon - Midnight
SundayNoon - 10.00 pm



About the Pub

Established in 1835, and re-opened in 1994 as a real ale and jazz pub, it quickly acquired iconic status as a leading edge in the cask beer revolution. When owners Steve Barnes and Will Williams (under whom it had been North London CAMRA Pub of the Year four times) announced their intention to retire, a massive campaign by local people and CAMRA supported by Hackney Council led to the pub being eventually saved. It closed for a refurbishment of the ground floor early in 2013 and re-opened with welcome new loos.

Simple snacks menu of toasties, Pieminster pies, baked Camembert and tuna melts are served, at a price which won't break the bank. Beer menu will of course be subject to regular change, but something from a London brewery should usually be available and a mild!

Two minutes from the Regent's Canal. Five minutes from buses on City Road, 10 to 15 mins from Old St stations. A member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme. Runner-up in the North London CAMRA Pub of the Year competition 2016, Winner in 2017. Also a winner of the Cider Pub of the Year category although the range dropped off in 2021. Occasionally serves beer from their own cellar - BLOCK brewery. Reported as being "good stuff" but not always available as they sell it as fast as they can brew it.

Historic Interest

Local listing:- This small late-Georgian public house was built in 1835. It opened as a public house in 1836. Standing beside the tow path of the Regent's Canal the early history of the pub is associated with the users of the canal and the nearby Wenlock Basin. It initially served as the brewery tap to Messrs Lane and Bowden's nearby Wenlock Brewery, a function it continued until production stopped in 1962. After a period of closure, the pub reopened under its present ownership in 1994, since which time it has acquired a reputation as one of London's leading 'real ale' houses. The Wenlock Arms is a two-storey corner building of stock brick and stucco. On the ground floor are large plate-glass windows set in moulded arched surrounds with floral decoration in the spandrels, framed by pilasters whose capitals are enriched with tiny bunches of grapes. There are three pairs of two-panel doors, those on the corner now sealed shut. The first-floor windows are segment-headed horned sashes in stucco architraves; on the north elevation a large painted stucco plaque reads 'THE WENLOCK ARMS / WINE AND SPIRIT STORES'. The roof is concealed behind a moulded cornice and parapet. To the east is a single-bay extension, similar in style and materials to the main building probably dating from the late 19th century.

Regular ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde

Changing ales

This pub serves 7 changing beers.

Up to 7 depending upon time of year and the day itself.

Source: National

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    One bag in a box eg Orchard Project Local Fox.

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited

    Five Points, Hackney or Windsor & Eton.

  • RealHeritagePub Historic Pub Interior

    Interior of Some Regional Importance


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    Ramp and toliets.

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Snacks - see description.

  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Snacks - see description.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Until 8pm.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games


  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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Wenlock Arms

26 Wenlock Road
N1 7TA

Sat Nav Reference

51.5314, -0.094


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  • <Station Close to Railway Station
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Nearby Bus Routes (250m)

Nearby Station (750m)

Old Street

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (800m)

Old Street

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Wenlock Arms - London

Wenlock Arms

26 Wenlock Road
N1 7TA

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • LocAle Accredited
  • Historic Pub Interior
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Live Music
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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