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London--Looking for Beer Bars with Interesting Cask Selections

MVNYC Jul 23, 2013 02:34 PM

Coming from NYC for a week and am looking for some good Pubs that serve local beer that I can't get at home. Really looking to get a lot of fresh Bitters, ESBs, Porters and other Ales on cask or draught. Staying near the Southwark Station but will be can travel for the good stuff. If there is interesting food, all the better.

Thanks in advance.

  1. Paprikaboy Jul 23, 2013 02:54 PM

    If your staying in Southwark then I can recommend the Old Red Lion opposite Kennington Tube station It's 5 mins from Southwark on the tube, changing at Waterloo.The food was good but last couple of times have been a bit underwhelming. The pork pies, scotch eggs and sausage rolls are great though.

    If you're prepared to travel even further south then the pop up bar beer rebellion run by my local brewery Late Knights is excellent.
    It's opposite Gipsy Hill station. Gipsy Hill is 25 mins from London Bridge on the overground, London Bridge is about 10 mins from Southwark tube.
    They do their own beers and other brewers. I had their fantastic porter the other day.and the freshest Adnams Broadside I've had.
    If you are going to venture this way I can give you some food recs.

    1. PhilD Jul 23, 2013 03:01 PM

      The Craft Beer Company has three pubs across London. Lots of draught ales, IPA's etc all well kept. From (an addled) memory I think they are all craft micro brews with none of the big traditional ones.

      My advice is to try these as well in trad pubs - the CAMRA site may be useful - this is the campaign for real ale which is all about cask conditioned beer - so thy can be puritanical i.e. lager is the devils brew - but they know their beer.

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        spli Jul 23, 2013 03:08 PM

        Sounds like your after more of the traditional stuff rather than modern British brewing? In that case around Southwark area I'd recommend the market porter at Borough Market and the royal oak nearby. The rake at borough market will normally have a bitter or darker beer on along with the more modern stuff.

        If you can go further afield I'd recommend the wenlock arms near old street. It's not too far on the tube. And there's plenty of other decent pubs round there.

        Finally a good website to check out would be beer writer des de moor. http://desdemoor.co.uk/

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          t_g Jul 24, 2013 12:43 AM


          these are a lil further but have a large selection

          1. MVNYC Jul 24, 2013 08:11 AM

            Thanks to all, going to do a bit more research on CAMRA website as well. Really just looking for anything interesting I can't get on my side of the pond. US craft brewers don't make too many good British style beers so that's what I am really looking for but any newer styles that are popular I am also open to.

            What are some of the newer styles/breweries I should be looking for?


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            1. re: MVNYC
              spli Jul 24, 2013 08:47 AM

              There's been a massive resurgence in brewing over the last few years, there's about 1000 new breweries with 50 of those in London alone! Many of the great new breweries did get inspiration from american craft brewing, so think very hop forward IPAs and Pale Ales, but it's moved on much further now with plenty of good Black IPAs, Sour beers, Saisons, Imperial Stouts and Porters and fruit beers. Many of these modern breweries are also moving on the more traditional styles with slightly more hop experimentation. We're even seeing a resurgence in British Hops with new varieties being grown. As you're in Southwark, you might also be able to get to visit a couple of London's best new breweries. The Kernel (http://www.thekernelbrewery.com) and Partizan (http://www.partizanbrewing.co.uk) are not too far away and open on Saturdays. Other great London breweries you need to keep an eye out for are Beavertown (experimental and fantastic; blood orange IPAs and Black IPAs), Redemption (fantastic beers in the more traditional mould), Brodies (experimental and prolific, do some very interesting fruit sour beers). Outside of London you should look for Oakham who do a good mix of traditional and modern, Moor Beer Company who do some interesting unfined beers,

              As mentioned elsewhere on here, the Craft Beer Co pubs are some of the best places in London. The original is on Leather Lane and easily reachable by train from London Bridge. Or the one in Angel is a great traditional pub refurb, and not too much of a trek. But as I mentioned in my other post, there's plenty to keep you occupied in the Southwark area nearer London Bridge and Borough.

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              kidyoyo Jul 30, 2013 10:45 PM

              I'd go for the harp near Trafalgar sq. Great selection of ales and real cider.

              1. Kavey Aug 3, 2013 01:12 AM

                Husband is a lover of British ales.

                He suggests:

                The North Pole, a bit out of the way up in Islington but has a great selection. Food's alright too, nothing special but decent.

                Bree Louise, Euston - interior is grim, it's full of beardy beer nuts, but they always have a good selection on.

                Euston Tap, mostly keg and bottle, just a few cask beers, but an impressive selection.

                Craft in East London (more bottles/ keg) and sister pub,
                Cask, in Pimlico, which is more draft.

                You could also to London Fields brewery on a Saturday, check they're open first but they often are in summer, that's just their own beers only though.

                The Rake has good beers, looked after well, but only a small selection and not much space in there. Again, good on bottles.

                And lastly, in Kentish Town you have Southampton Arms, which I think has been mentioned already...

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