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The Owl and the Pussycat, Shoreditch - pub details

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Address: 34 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 15244) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Shoreditch (0.2 miles), Liverpool Street (0.6 miles), Old Street (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations London Liverpool Street (0.5 miles), Old Street (0.7 miles), Bethnal Green (0.7 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.1/10 (rated by 36 users)
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user reviews of the Owl and the Pussycat, Shoreditch

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I used to love this Pub and always found it particularly cosy when the fire was roaring as it had a Dickensian feel to it. However, I was in there on Saturday and can’t believe how bad the bar staff were. It was just after lunch and not that busy yet the two fellas behind the bar were absolutely clueless. Firstly, they were a bit too cool for school and were very surly (yet when a young attractive blonde lady came to the bar they perked up – funny that!). Secondly, they couldn’t manage the queue to serve people in the correct order and finally, they hadn’t heard of the term House Wine before which is a first for me after countless years of frequenting pubs. The Gents were also absolutely disgusting. I won’t describe what I encountered but it highlights a lack of standards of the cleaning staff and/or the calibre of people that patronise the pub so I won’t be returning which is a shame as I have many fond memories of this pub.
AlistairVonLion - 22 Nov 2016 13:12
Not bad pub,but very new shoreditch.But still a pub.The brakespear was superb, a really quality pint and the sevice was good.
tottenhamsean - 6 May 2014 15:18
Brakspear bitter is always a pleasure of course. Shoreditch was in danger of disappearing up its own backside entirely a few years ago and looks like it might still be on the threshold of doing so. The beer was decent.

Service was a bit slow. Bar staff are too cool for school.

Patrons very pleased with themselves. They could tell it had been a while since I'd eaten any artisan bread. They knew I was passing through.
terenced - 22 Apr 2014 15:30
Originally a Shoreditch back street boozer called The Crown, which may date back to the 17th century. The interior has been knocked through at some point in the ongoing trend to create large open spaces in pubs. Name changed to The Owl & The Pussycat in 1990, though still retaining its position as a local back street pub, with billiard table, pub snacks, and a limited beer range. Redchurch Street became trendy in Jan 2009 when Terence Conran opened his Boundary shop, and the crowd that celebrates itself began to drink in the pub, enjoying its vulgar and rustic feel. In 2010 it got a makeover by FiveEightZero who appear to manage it under the ownership of the Brakspear pub company, while selling the beers of the Marston brewery. Odd arrangement. The makeover involved stripping out many of the features, and painting it a dull (or trendy) grey inside. The result is a pub interior which in its emphasis on simplicity and clean lines ends up lacking character, but makes up for that by being jam packed with young advertising executives who would rather be in Indie bands or play rugby at the weekend. The desire to be "real" is potent, and is satisfied by sitting out in the back yard which is full of sewer pipes and pigeon shit. The extra prices charged for this privilege keeps away the real folk, so there is no chance of being shown up.

A boring pub, full of boring people. But, not offensive.
SilkTork - 1 Apr 2013 09:25
Came in the other Thursday after playing football locally.

Far too busy downstairs to get a table or seat so decided to go to the upstairs bar.

Disappointed to found out that the ales were only on tap downstairs, so had to settle for a pint of good quality European lager, which was absolutely fine.

Managed to get a table and seats, busy upstairs with young professionals, hipsters and locals nice atmosphere.

2 lots of food was served and it looked very good however I didn't check the menu for prices so cannot comment if it seems good value or not.
lezford - 24 Feb 2013 12:41

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