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.
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.
The East London beer scene continues to grow with the recent re-opening of the Cock Tavern in Mare St, Hackney which now includes it’s own on site micro-brewery “Howling Hops”. Continue reading
The White Hart, Clapton has been revived from a long slumber. http://instagr.am/p/KvFogjkyCY/ Full post to follow!
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!
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.
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!
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.