The Leyton Technical is one of Antic Pub Co‘s latest ventures in East London. A “pop up” pub in a disused corner of Leyton’s municipal offices, it opened just in time for the opening ceremony. With a brief gap between the games letting me off the shift working, I managed to nip in an Friday 17th and take a look.
Behind the façade, the ground floor plays host to the bar and several rooms laid out in different styles, not dissimilar to a Victorian pub layout – I’m pretty sure I could see at least a snug and a lounge bar. The bar itself is a simple affair as permission has been granted for use on an initial temporary basis as somewhere in Leyton to celebrate and enjoy the games. Behind the bar, a stillage is set up for around about 10 casks with a temporary cooling system – all beer is served by gravity (except for the single lager – Heineken), direct from the cask much like at a beer festival.
The pub sits well along side the Antic “fleet” with the added details in the décor nodding knowingly towards the sporting events taking place just over a mile down the road. On the beer front, so far the staff admit they have been deliberately biased towards London, featuring East London Brewing Co, Redemption, Windsor & Eton and Beavertown on my visit. Given the London games this is hardly surprising and has given Antic a chance to show case some of the local brews; talking with the staff they did have a fair few Olympic athletes make it out of the park and into the pub!
I expect this little part of London will be an excellent place to savour the next set of games when the Paralympics arrive at the end of next week: with wonderful surroundings and interesting beer – if only it could be permanent…