The Acorn has the insulated environment of a typical local that offers darts and pool but little more.
Located adjacent to Haggerston Park, The Acorn has a shiny facade following a refurbishment. However, despite the changes, the pub remains a spruced up local.
Inside, the red carpet of a thousand pubs seems to already be showing the signs of drunken spillages and it’s a surprise more respect hasn’t been shown because the furnishings make the pub out to be more proud living room than boozer.
The red-buttoned leather armchairs are attractive but undone by the beige three piece suite that sits on a platform looking unwittingly like an advert for Furniture Village. There isn’t a great deal of seating - the space has made use of a dartboard and pool table instead.
It’s not unusual to find a local in this part of town, and being a good walk from Hackney Road doesn’t help it attract many new visitors. The clientele keep the place filled even throughout the day and if you do happen to be passing through then you’ll find that it’s not the kind of place that makes you feel unwelcome. The pool table makes things sociable but be prepared to play all challengers.
The Acorn has all the typical spirits without the nonsense of premium brands and rarities and there’s a simple list of wine. There isn’t even much for the ale drinker apart from John Smiths on tap. The draught lager consists of Kronenbourg and Fosters to complete the rather uninspiring range.
The Last Word
The Acorn is a simple watering hole for locals to enjoy.