"Victoria Park Village is a destination and this is a great pub to find at the end of a journey out to it"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
Once known as The Britannia, this vast Victoria Park boozer has transformed itself into the not so easy on the tongue, ‘The People’s Park Tavern’. And it’s looking good. The name was inspired by the old moniker once given to the next door Victoria Park and the change has brought with it a new take on the giant beer garden, a new food menu and an on-site micro brewery to establish its very ‘now’ credentials.
Although the location – far from any Tube line - might suggest that this is one for Hackney locals, the quality of the venue attracts visitors from all over. Victoria Park Village is a destination and the short walk to The People’s Park Tavern for good beer, a modern-gastro interior and similarly gastro food is nothing.
First the food; the menu highlights include beef wellington, scallops and pork cheek & crispy ham hock which all look like they would make an appealing end to a long walk around the park. And the fried custard with vanilla ice cream and candied pistachios is a dessert we will be returning for.
With a garden that already backs onto the park, the pub has chosen to transform the simple patch of grass that was previously here and do something different. Since the new owners took over they have filled the space with fresh turf, twice the number of tables, subtle landscaped flowerbeds and the odd sheltered hacienda for that intimate outdoors touch. Naturally, the place is packed in summer and you get the sense that surviving through winter is the problem here. But this is where the brewery comes in. Producing the People’s Pilsner, IPA and Porter, there is a selection of craft beer fresh from the source. As well as their own brews they stock a selection of quality beers from around the world.
Friday and Saturday nights are sound tracked by DJs playing anything from rock n roll to hip-hop – just depends on which night you turn up. There is plenty of space to sit and plenty of room to dance which are just two more reasons for making this journey into Hackney.
T.A.O reviewed The People's Park Tavern on Fri 10 Oct 2014