Owl And Pussycat, E2 7DP
Pub just off Shoreditch High Street.
It closed for a full refurbishment some time in mid-2010, with Fancyapint reporting that the interior had been entirely gutted. It reopened in October 2010 under new management.
Kake and Bob visited around 6:30pm on a Tuesday evening in October 2007. It was fairly quiet when we got there; no music, and indeed we were the only people actually having a conversation. Music and a few more people arrived a bit later on (jukebox?). We left for dinner after a pint so it might have got noisier later on, but it was fine while we were there.
The only real ales on offer were London Pride (£2.90) and Greene King IPA; there were other handpumps but the clips were turned round. The Pride was OK but not wonderfully well-kept.
We spotted a bar billiards table, but don't know if it was working. There's a piano in one corner but it's stuck behind a table so again, don't know if it ever gets used. Beer garden out the back, apparently, and a restaurant of some kind upstairs. A blackboard advertised sandwiches and toasted sandwiches, all around £4.50, and all served with chips, but I don't know what times they're served. Ditto with another blackboard advertising main courses (£6.25 for home-made burger up to £12.50 for 12oz sirloin steak). The interweb suggests the Sunday carvery roast is good.
The interweb also suggests that the landlord is rather grumpy; if the chap who served me was the landlord, then I found him more disengaged than actively unpleasant.
Comment added by Sean: Last visited on 2/9/2008. London Pride and Brakspear this time. Bar billiards is fully functional - it's Marna's favourite. There's also a TV for sporting events, but it's usually turned off.