The Craft Beer Co. - Clerkenwell
Taps: 42 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
4.21/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I came to The Craft Beer Co. last summer while in London for a conference. Since this was my fourth extended visit to the city, I did some research in advance this time so that I could try a wider variety of beers and sample some London breweries. The Craft Beer Co. came up several times, and I chose the Clerkenwell location both because it was on my bus route and because it's near my favorite restaurant, St. John (highly recommended).
The atmosphere was fairly quiet, since it was a weekday afternoon around 3pm. I loved the mirrored ceilings and the lack of loud music. I don't actually remember if they were playing any music at all; if they were, it was unobtrusive. The clientele was quiet and content, and as a woman I didn't feel awkward sitting by myself with a book, my usual m.o. in pubs since I'm usually alone.
The staff here was phenomenal. I'm used to polite but disinterested service in most pubs, but these guys were happy to talk beer, and I was happy to join in since I had been alone in the city for several days! We chatted about British and American beer, and they let me sample several IPAs, one of which they brought up from their cellar.
I stayed for a couple of hours and had six half pints, all lovely cask ales that I trusted I would enjoy. I'll be visiting again this summer and coming to Craft Beer Co. at least once. I'm thinking about doing one of their Masterclass tasting sessions if I can get some colleagues to go in on one with me.
03-31-2014 03:03:20 | More by withliterature
4.93/5 rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
A awesome, nice and spacious, very English pub. Lots of fun, very once people.
Q lots of fresh beer, good casks and hand pumped ales,
S the people there are also nice, friendly, knowledgable, helpful and fun. The bartenders know their shit and are great at helping you pick out beers.
S a ton of taps and hand pumped cask ales on all the time, a bunch of coolers, probably 300 bottle selection. Lots of good stuff from there too, cantillon, and other big stuff.
V reasonable for London. People from the us may be shocked by the price because of the exchange rate but well worth the money.
05-17-2013 17:09:16 | More by Lare453
3.83/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I stopped in based on BA reviews. It was a busy Thursday night. The staff struggled to keep up with the crowd and wasn't really on top of who was next. The selection was huge with at least 10 cask and at least 15 on tap. But I didn't see a list posted or a beer menu. I had to try to scan the tap heads and eventually just settled on something I recognized. We had the Kernel IPA and it was very good. And I was happy to see some Duck Rabbit in the cooler from my home state of NC. I enjoyed my visit but it was too crazy and disorganized to stay long.
11-15-2012 22:35:25 | More by GJ40
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Reasonable price for a London pub with a huge selection of draft beers, I counted 21 kegs on-tap and another 7 casks pumps. Never noticed hope many bottles they had though.
Atmosphere wasn't up to much though, a few drunks about and the worst part, it shut at half 11 on a Friday night. Shocking for a seemingly great pub although that's more to do with London license laws than the actual pub. It's probably a place I would stop into again if I was in the area but I certainly wouldn't say it was one of the worlds best....great selection though.
08-04-2012 16:25:23 | More by flyingpig
United Kingdom (England)
3.11/5 rDev -27%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Had high hopes for this place after being told how wonderful it was by some London based beer geek mates. Sadly it didn't live up to my expectations. We arrived fairly early on a Saturday evening (20.00 hours, 28th April 2012) and found a single but large bar room full to the rafters of drunks blocking the bar, filling every seat and being very noisey.
My party of eight struggled to find a space let alone a gap big enough for all of us but we squeezed in anyway and then tried to reach the bar: we almost gave up but split into pairs and weasled our way through. Chairs and half a table for three of us after the first pints.
Loads of choice but no chance of seeing a beer menu: they'd been eaten, we just choose what beer we could see once we hit the front of the bar. There might have a chalk board but I don't remember seeing one. Stayed for two expensive pints then left. Beer quality we thought poor and I ended up helping people finish their pints because they were not enjoying them.
Staff over run but trying hard, dirty glasses and tables (and floors) but left because of the beer pouring frenzy.
07-19-2012 17:32:41 | More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This pub recently opened (early 2011) is in an previous old pub, but refitted and decorated in a mix of the original and new. It is half way down Leather Lane past the Markets, corner of Leather Lane and Hatton Wall, so not far from Yea Old Mitre and Cittie of York.
They have 15 hand pulls serving UK real ales from various breweries - ever changing, and the price for each beer is fixed by its ALC - a small price board showing the prices. They also have 21 beer taps serving a variety of imported beers from around the world - at time of our visit in Nov 2011, two Rogue beers from the US, several from Belgium and Germany (including the Hacker Pschorr OtkoberFest!) though at higher prices than the UK ales! In addition, a large selection of imported bottled beers from around the world.
The bar area has seating against the walls, and a few tables and bar seats, and an additional seating area upstairs.
Serving staff were efficient and knowledgable, and seemed keen on the beers. Very mixed crowd at lunchtime, many office workers who were obviously enjoying the real ale selection as well as younger folk.
Busy but calm atmosphere, beer being the primary concern - no loud music or blaring TVs.
I don't think any food is served other than packets of nuts and crisps etc.
Highly recommended as a new pub serving good range of beers, and although small inside, is well worth searching out.
Prices reasonable for UK ales in a central London Pub.
Bham UK Nov 2011
12-01-2011 13:53:42 | More by JohnW
The Craft Beer Co. - Clerkenwell in London, United Kingdom (England)
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.