Crown & Shuttle
This Shoreditch High Street boozer opened its doors back in 2013, following 12 years of being boarded up and looking nothing short of a sorry old state. It’s an old, old pub – the ‘shuttle’ in its name refers to part of the weaving kit used by local Huguenots.
Today, it’s got all the east London hallmarks: plasterwork stripped-back, distressed woods, low-hanging lighting, that kind of thing. Two Meantime tanks next to the bar do look pretty cool though, dispensing ‘brewery fresh’ London lager, which is unpasteurised, unfiltered, delivered by petrol-style tankers and matured on the premises. Hackney Brewery, Fuller’s Brewdog and Five Points are also on the pumps, with many more by the bottle.
The food menu is limited to burgers, hot dogs and a ‘fish fry’ dinner of cajun cod, potato salad, buttermilk and dill dressing, red cabbage pickle and a Louisiana remoulade.