Three halves at the Three Pigeons

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Bar Lounge – Art Deco door at The Three Pigeons, Halifax

I took a different train route back to London this weekend, which resulted in a 2 hour dwell in Halifax. Having placed my bets on doing a bit of shopping/browsing, I was a little disappointed to find most of the shops closed. Turning to the Good Beer Guide for advice I chose the warmth of The Three Pigeons to while away an hour after some Yorkshire fish & chips.

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Leyton Technical, E10

Pint and mural of bicycles

Olympic Inspired – bicycle mural inside the Leyton Technical

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.

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Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell

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Craft Beer Co, Leather Lane

This week also saw the opening of the Craft Beer Co on Leather Lane, Clerkenwell. Run by the same people as CASK down in Pimlico, it promises to be a beer lovers dream – 16 cask ales, 21 keg beers and more fridges than a small supermarket. On opening night (Wednesday 29th June) it was *very* busy!

Ale tariff

Ale tariff

Price-wise, there are a few stingers out their particularly on the keg side where you’re more likely to find something obscure – Jon managed to get stung – £7.20 £7.90 for a pint of Kernel Black IPA. I’d say £3.70 / pint is a little above average even for London, for an up to 5% beer. Hopefully the quality will keep in line with the prices – I’d certainly be upset with a duff pint at that price. Still, on opening night both beers sampled were excellent and served unusually for London in lined glasses, ensuring a full pint and a nice bit of head.

Pies & Scotch eggs

Snack away

A trend for brown bar snacks also seems to be a London thing right now too. No bad thing; continental drinking include food right? Café culture the British way!

Barmaid

Gratiuitous barmaid shot

For me it feels like a special occasion pub but it will of course form a stop on the emerging Hatton Garden pub crawl. There’s a dearth of excellent pubs in Clerkenwell right now, well worth a look.