The Axe | Stoke Newington

Who knew that Stokey used to be an Acheulian prehistoric tool making site? Not me. That is, until I asked one of the bar staff at The Axe about the name of their new N16 boozer (in a spacious site formerly occupied by The Cricketers). Thankfully, the references stop there – the walls aren’t adorned with flint, and the only thing worth hunting around here is world class beer which flows from 16 keg and 3 cask lines. As you might guess from the photos below, this another pub from the group behind The King’s Arms, The Earl of Essex, and The Black Heart.

Whilst I would prefer a little more variety (see New York’s Cardiff Giant, Mission Dolores & co. for ideas), I can’t fault their bars – always cosy and inviting, with great hospitality and beers. It is most similar to their other recent opening, The Mermaid in Clapton, with a full food menu including Saturday brunch and Sunday roasts on offer at both. The Axe also boasts a stylish beer garden, with wooden decked walls akin to a sauna that give it an indoor feel, which is to be balanced out by copious plant life inside the pub itself. And that’s all there is to say really – come down with friends and share a bottle of 3 Fonteinen Oude Geueze, or settle in at the bar with a pint of De Ranke XX Bitter. Oh, and there are East London Liquor Co. negronis on tap and fancy G&Ts too, if that’s your thing.

P.S. Other Half Brewing Co. are visiting on Sunday 6th August for London Beer City. Sam Richardson of Other Half will be down showcasing their beers in cans and keg. Sign up to the mailing list at to have the full list emailed to you closer to the time, or follow @theaxepub

The Axe –

8 Northwold Road, N16 7HR


Matt The Tips : Check out The Axe’s superb sister pubs – The Mermaid (Clapton), Earl of Essex (Angel), The King’s Arms (Bethnal Green), The Black Heart (Camden)

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