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Rochester Castle

(formerly Tanners Hall)

143-145 Stoke Newington High Street
Stoke Newington
N16 0NY

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Opening Times


Monday8.00 am - Midnight
Tuesday8.00 am - Midnight
Wednesday8.00 am - Midnight
Thursday8.00 am - Midnight
Friday8.00 am - 1.00 am
Saturday8.00 am - 1.00 am
Sunday8.00 am - Midnight

Meal Times

Mon - Sun 8am - 9.30pm



About the Pub

With some fine tiling in the front section and a large skylight at the back, this is a welcome outlet for cask beer. CAMRA Pub of the Season Autumn 2002. Children's licence until 20.00 (last food orders an hour before). in existence from 1702 as the Green Dragon and subsequently demolished and rebuilt by Richard Payne from Rochester (hence the name) although it was briefly the Tanners Hall in the 1980s. It is now Wetherspoon's longest trading pub.

Following CAMRA's updated definition of "real cider", pubs such as this selling for example Old Rosie and Orchard Pig or other ciders such as Thistly Cross, Stans, Gwynt Y Draig, Broadoak etc. no longer qualify for the "Real cider" tag.

Historic Interest

Grade II listed:- The Rochester Castle Public House, Stoke Newington High Street. 1892-93 by Messrs Crickmay and Sons, architects. EXTERIOR: three storeys plus attic. Ground floor with a projecting central bay set between Doric columns of red granite; glazing renewed. Flanking side pilasters also of red granite. Doors (renewed) on either side, with mosaic decoration to thresholds spelling name of pub; tiled decoration on inner walls of entrances, with decorative moulded tiles (that on south wall with a panel showing a grape-cutting maiden). Fascia of grey granite. Projecting central shallow segmental bay rising up to an elaborate stepped gable; twelve-light mullioned windows to first and second floors; decorative cartouches at second floor level, with putti frolicking with garlands amid acanthus leaves with a central cartouche. Plainer side bays with tall windows to first floor within moulded, pediment-topped surrounds, and framed windows with aprons to second floor; windows are of plate glass, with moulded mullions to upper lights. Mansard with pediment-topped dormers. INTERIOR: The pub has lost its original partitions and the bar counter has been moved back against the north flank wall. The compartmented ceiling is carried on slender cast iron columns. The front part of the side walls retain glazed tiling with arabesque-enriched pilasters and mirrors: figurative panels depicting the Seasons, set within borders, remain in situ along the north wall. To the rear, a top-lit extension with a Jacobethan style frieze beneath the (renewed) lantern. Upper floors not inspected. HISTORY: this is a characteristic and exuberantly decorated pub from the height of the 'Gin Palace' phase of pub building. Stylistically it looked to the early 17th century for inspiration. It has undergone considerable alteration, but remains a fine example of the type, with unusual tiled decoration. The architects, Messrs Crickmay and Sons, were specialists in the field. Permission to erect the pub, on behalf of a Mr Heaven, was sought from the London County Council in November 1892.

Regular ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Greene King IPA
  • Sharp's Doom Bar

Changing ales

This pub serves 6 changing beers.

Source: National

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CamraVoucherScheme CAMRA Voucher Scheme
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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Rochester Castle

143-145 Stoke Newington High Street
Stoke Newington
N16 0NY

Sat Nav Reference

51.56104, -0.07432


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Nearby Bus Routes (100m)

Closest Station (1650m)

Hackney Downs

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (500m)

Stoke Newington

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Rochester Castle - London

Rochester Castle

143-145 Stoke Newington High Street
Stoke Newington
N16 0NY

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • CAMRA Voucher Scheme
  • Cask Marque Accredited
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Family Friendly
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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