The Star by Hackney Downs

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Perched on the edge of Hackney Downs, this Star is a playground of 90s interiors with shabby-chic furnishings, retro lampshades and old school stools and tables. Rough 'n' ready characterises this laid-back boozer, where mish-mash reigns free and the beer flows all day long. Satisfying a traditional pub spec, this East London hangout serves delicious street food via their ever-changing pop-up kitchen.

Equipped with a large garden terrace, karaoke room and function room, The Star is also a fab spot for private party hire.

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2 for £12 burgers every Monday Monday
Tuesday Quiz £2 entry Every Tuesday take part in our quiz £2 entry. Enter a team of 4 or more and get a free bottle of house wine! Tuesday
Workers Wednesdays 20% off selected food and drinks every Wednesday Wednesday
2 for 1 cocktails on Thursdays 2 for 1 cocktails every Thursday Thursday
Party Package 12 sliders, chips, 12 bottles of Peroni - £90


No Door Charge
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
18 (Families Welcome)
2 for £12 burgers every Monday, Tuesday Quiz £2 entry, Workers Wednesdays, 2 for 1 cocktai …


Day Open Close Notes
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The Star by Hackney Downs
35 Queensdown Road, London, E5 8JQ

East London

Nearest station:
Hackney Downs (Rail)
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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £3.90
Pint of Real Ale £3.90
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.90
Cocktail £8.20
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £7.40
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £5.20
Bottle of House Wine £15.50


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This venue serves Pub Food, Bar Snacks and American food.

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Function Room Private Room 50 80
Kids Party Room Private Room 60 70
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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The staff were super friendly and helpful. They sell non-alcoholic beer which is a boon if your pregnant. They also do a good selection of meat, veggie and vegan burgers too! The karaoke room was private and had a good selection of songs. We will be coming back! visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 13 Oct 2017
15 Oct 2017 by

I had a fantastic night. But I did feel that the lack of bar staff on the bar for the first 2 hours was a problem. People constantly had to keep going down for drinks and we had to ask several times for a bar tender. This also obstructs the "spend £1,500 on the bar and get your deposit back" because there is no record if your party are having to keep going downstairs. I also felt uncomfortable with the group of random people who had a karaoke hour booked at 11pm next to the party where coming into the room to use the bar. Maybe the communication that the karaoke room had been booked out for an hour after us would have been appreciated. Other than that amazing night. Lovely venue, fantastic room for a party! visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 07 Oct 2017
09 Oct 2017 by

I had a wonderful 30th Birthday party in the upstairs function room. The room has a great atmosphere whilst being private, and the staff were really helpful in the lead-up and on the night. The food was delicious too. Everyone had a great time - thank you! visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 30 Sep 2017
02 Oct 2017 by

Amazing burgers & the vegan hot dog was superb. Friendly staff & great service. I had my birthday party here & it was great. Highly recommend. Thanks SHD xx visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 23 Sep 2017
25 Sep 2017 by

Great place to have a low key party. The staff are super friendly and it's a nice chill place. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 23 Sep 2017
25 Sep 2017 by

Great venue good atmosphere I would definitely use it again. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 16 Sep 2017
18 Sep 2017 by

great location, staff were super friendly and helpful Christian visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 09 Sep 2017
13 Sep 2017 by

Lush place, staff, atmosphere, music, DJ's - spent my birthday here with a group of friends and the whole experience was just absolutely ACE, we had a ball. Reserved a couple of tables inside but stayed outside as it was lovely and sunny. We all loved it and will 100% be back! THANK YOU! visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 27 Aug 2017
07 Sep 2017 by

Thanks to the Star of Hackney Downs staff for a great evening. Everyone was really helpful and accommodating. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 19 Aug 2017
22 Aug 2017 by

I celebrated my birthday in the Karaokê room and the staff were really kind and helpful from the moment I got in touch with them to book the room until when I was there with my friends. I would easily make another party there. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 22 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017 by

Great Staff awesome burgers. Loved it. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 21 Jun 2017
27 Jun 2017 by

Great place and great atmosphere! visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 03 Jun 2017
07 Jun 2017 by

The staff here were just brilliant, from the manager Mario to all the staff on the night and indeed the staff when booking and looking around the venue beforehand. The staff were accommodating, helpful and polite as well as professional. The venue itself was a great size and the sound system did its job. Overall we has a fantastic night made all the better due to the staff. I would book this venue again and would recommend it to others. Gavin visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 27 May 2017
31 May 2017 by

Really fun night. Bit hot but that added to the rockstar ambiance. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 26 May 2017
29 May 2017 by

We had a great time. Thank you so much to Nicola for arranging our booking for us as I know it was meant to be super busy with the Hackney Marathon and it was quite hard to get a table. Hope to revisit soon. Thanks, Shab visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 30 Apr 2017
02 May 2017 by

friendly staff however, felt pushy to order your food. once food arrived 6/10 beef very chewy hard to cut. dinning not a amazing experience but would return for drinks on terraces visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 23 Apr 2017
25 Apr 2017 by

Great night, really fun quiz night! visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 18 Apr 2017
20 Apr 2017 by

The staff who arranged the karaoke room was extremely helpful and available for any hiccups. We had a great time there singing to Bon Jovi and Whitney Houston. The room although looked quite small was able to fit 20 of us in there. Richard visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 08 Apr 2017
10 Apr 2017 by

Absolutely brilliant - thank you. Sunday roast is epic - best in London. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 02 Apr 2017
04 Apr 2017 by

Had my 40th birthday at The Star by Hackney Downs, the staff could have not been more accommodating and kind, the food was tasty and drinks affordable and the music was very good throughout the night. Overall a great venue, highly recommended! visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 25 Mar 2017
27 Mar 2017 by

Really enjoyed the evening, food was amazing and the room was perfect for a birthday celebration! only comment would be to add a draught beer tap to the upstairs bar! :) visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 25 Mar 2017
27 Mar 2017 by

We celebrated my husbands b'day at Star, having a lunch with our young son - place is childfriednly, which is always added bonus :) . As for ambience - the place has got bags of charater!! - and food - the best burgers we had in a very long time - we could not fault the Star slightest. As for service, I feel there is a space for improvement. Ordered burger withtout a bun, on salad, received bun regardless, no one came to check if we like the food, if required any more drinks etc,, no cutlery was provided, we had to go and get it ourselves....just a little things, but improving on them I feel Star can be even better place. We look forward coming again, sampling the delicious looking Sunday roast menu :) visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 21 Jan 2017
23 Jan 2017 by

Bar staff were great but the food really let everything down, we went for the bacchuas roast which has great reviews but I did not experience a good roast. The roast potatoes were greasy and soggy, the veggie roast was so dry even gravy just soaked in, request for extra gravy took over 15minutes, and the Yorkshires were stone cold. Will not be back for a roast! visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 18 Dec 2016
23 Dec 2016 by

Great night, great music. The only thing that let the experience down was the lack of chef's meaning that we were unable to order any food for 1.5 hours. This was a shame as we booked the area for a Christmas get together after a run. For 20-30 people. When booking the space this was explained. The party menu was offered but opted not to have hat due to various dietary rquirements. I felt sorry for the chef who I believe was on his own to cater not only to ourselves and the other booked tables in the downstairs bar but a party of people upstairs. I feel better planning would have avoided this. Half of our group left the bar to go down the road to buy food as we were told we could not order for so long. Other than this, everyone had a great night. Thank you. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 17 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by

We were seated at a table (20 people)...only to be told minutes later that we had to move tables to an area where there weren't enough seats for us all, because they had accidentally seated us at someone else's table. The karaoke was okay, the room was very small which I was told beforehand, but the seats were pretty horrendous. The drinks are super expensive too! They had a happy hour which we were excited about, until we found out that it was only on the house spirits which meant most of our drinks were full price. Don't think I will be going there again. Might try the Leyton star next time instead, hopefully it's better. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 15 Dec 2016
17 Dec 2016 by

We hired the karaoke room for me and my partner's birthdays and it was great!! Great atmosphere! Mario was amazing and very helpful!! Karaeoke itself had a great song list to choose from with current tunes as well as all the classics. The room itself reminds me of a granny's living could do with refreshing the sofa's. My only dissapointment was that the huge mirror in the room had been broken the night before and was covered with unsightly cardboard (but I understand accidents happen!) But overall a wicked night! Would definitely recommend! visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 10 Dec 2016
12 Dec 2016 by

Enjoyable, great table, good blend of chill atmosphere and upbeat night. Didn't enjoy the DJ (too repetitive) but besides that, great night. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 10 Dec 2016
12 Dec 2016 by

Had a amazing night staff are very friendly lovely pub very cosy visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 05 Dec 2016
07 Dec 2016 by

A Great Night had by all - Everyone loved the food too! Thanks again for all your help :) visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 03 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016 by

great place. friendly staff. music system needs some tlc, definitely need to invest in some new wires. music kept cutting out or very quiet with cracklings noises. slightly disappointing as this was the main reason we booked it for. Aline visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 25 Nov 2016
02 Dec 2016 by

Such a cool, quirky room for the karaoke and loved all the songs on offer. Would definitely recommend to others! visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 26 Nov 2016
28 Nov 2016 by

We had a great time celebrating my birthday in the upstairs space! Mario and Nicola were great with all communication before. Had yummy food laid out, used our own decks. Perfect! 👍🏻 visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 18 Nov 2016
20 Nov 2016 by

We had an incredibly rude waiter. He got the order wrong several times and blamed everyone at the table. It took an hour and a half in total for the food to arrive, half of it was the wrong order, the other half was cold/raw. He then proceded to stand at the bar and make comments to a colleague about the 'fussy table'. We will not be going here again. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 06 Nov 2016
08 Nov 2016 by

nice place and very entertaining except the microphone which is not working properly. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 29 Oct 2016
01 Nov 2016 by

We had the best wedding celebration ever at the star, the staff were so friendly and helpful with keeping all the guests happy, the food was incredible and everyone loved it, exceptionally good value for what we had. Mario went over and beyond to make our day special and as easy as possible for us creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere- couldn't recommend it more! visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 28 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016 by

I booked the function room for my 30th birthday, the room was a great space and perfect for what we needed, we had maybe 40 people there, but it could have fit plenty more. Beer was great, and although I didn't eat myself, but I am reliably informed by those that did that the food was also fantastic. We hooked up our tablet to the speakers to play our own music, and the sound was very good quality. visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 22 Oct 2016
24 Oct 2016 by

Great venue, friendly staff, fun night had by all. Thanks visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 15 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by

Had a wonderful night. The function room was perfect for our party. All staff were very helpful and friendly prior to and during the party. A big thank you to Amy who tried her best to get the chocolate fountain going! We had our own mini bar up stairs which was great. Would say they that a wider selection would have been good. But there was always downstairs for anyone who wanted something that wasn't there. Overall a splendid night and will definitely be hiring the Function room again. Thanks guys. aj2002 visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 23 Jul 2016
25 Jul 2016 by

This was a perfect venue for our party. The venue organisers couldn't do enough to help us and make our night go smoothly. Mario and Hayley were super helpful and friendly and Nicola (who booked the night for us and booked us an amazing DJ) was a very patient and helpful indeed. Thank you all. I hope you don't think we were too much of a nightmare.
17 Jul 2016 by

This was the perfect venue for my 30th. The staff were amazing. Reserved us a spot outside and inside, due to the rain. Great music! Party started at 3 and left at closing. Couldn't have asked for a better day and night!
27 Jun 2016 by

I had a great birthday party at the Star by Hackney Downs. Booked the main room and the small karaoke room upstairs which worked really well as the small room was a good place for people to catch up, away from the music in the main room. All our guests loved the look of the rooms and the food from Mama's Jerk Station. Thanks to all the friendly staff for their help in the runup to the party and on the night! breda visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 20 Feb 2016
17 Mar 2016 by

We had my friend's Hen Do karaoke and life drawing here and everything was great from start to finish. Staff were really accommodating as we needed a larger space for the life drawing session, so they allowed us to use the big room first, and then move over to the smaller karaoke room afterwards. The 2 bottles of prosecco didn't go too far with the thirsty hens though ;-) Would definitely recommend for another event. Thank you Star!!! x Laura visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 30 Jan 2016
11 Feb 2016 by

We had my 3 years old daughter birthday party at the Star, it was a success! The room is a very good size and very nice. We could use the Karaoke room to store prams and food was lovely and stuff helpful. The booking process was easy, but it was a bit unclear what the deal was with ordering food from the pub was as different managers told us different things. Agnese visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 09 Jan 2016
26 Jan 2016 by

On arrival for our Christmas 2015 event, the staff were very welcoming and accommodating. We had use of the both the private room until very late along with an hour in the karaoke room. Excellent facilities and the food was amazing (full respect to the new chef and his assistants from Mama Jerk. Portion sizes was spot on and food was flavoursome. All staff agreed it was an excellent venue and night, we had access to the DJ set so were able to cater to everyone's music choice. Totally recommend. ccarterthomas visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 17 Dec 2015
21 Dec 2015 by

I organised my birthday party at The Star by Hackney Downs and it was an amazing night. I also hired the karaoke room, which is small but so cool and unique! We had an incredible time and all my friends LOVED it :) I truly recommend!!!
13 Jul 2015 by

I booked the Karaoke room for my friends 'Hag' (Hen and Stag). It was a really special evening make extra special by the really nice staff and the fantastic venue. Thank you! I will definitely come again!!
13 Jul 2015 by

Had a big group on Sunday for my birthday and I have to say the staff are not only lovely but they are also so much fun! The impromptu karaoke was a real highlight.
03 Mar 2015 by

Fantastic venue and a great night. Everyone that came had a great time. I would say if you hired the top room out I would recommend to organise a bar up there as people tended to stay downstairs and drink. Had a little issue with the projector but apart from this everything went super smoothly. The food was great too. Thanks
26 Jan 2015 by

Great little pub. Just what the area needs. I'm anticipating epic times in the summer!

26 Apr 2013 by

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