CASK Pub & Kitchen

Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

The Pimlico Tram
6 Charlwood Street
London, England, SW1V 2EE
United Kingdom

+44 20 7630 7225 | map

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

cool place out of the bustle of central London

the burgers were pretty good, just a pub menu which works for me

the beer list is pretty awesome. the draft list is extensive and 99% English beers which was great for me because I rarely get English craft. the bottle list is amazing as well, tons of American beers I can't even get in the US

staff was super cool, would definitely recommend this place

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Photo of sd123
3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great beers and good selection for london but not as many taps as i had expected. great beers but unfortunately the fact that they also serve wine and liquor contributed to a loud, overly drunk, non-beer focused crowd but still a cool place worth checking out. also very impressive selection of american bottles

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Can't fault this place. Probably the nicest of the Craft Beer Co pubs, with a good vibe inside, friendly staff, and a concise range of cask and keg beers, as well as more bottles.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One of my go-to places as there is a pretty outstanding tap selection. 10 cask, 9 guest, 4 house taps. Tons of bottles too. The actual place isn't anything to get excited about...a large open area with tables...but it has a good feel to it. Obviously good beer crowd since people are coming here for the great selection, but no special vibe to speak of. Service varies to be honest. I've had some good beer conversations with the staff here, but also had a very transactional experience as well sometimes. Bottom line, if you want a great chance at great beers near Victoria, this is the place to go as long as you are not looking for any kind of traditional British pub experience. Casks kept very well.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great food and a great selection of beer. Try the pub pies. The bartender was extremely knowledgeable and had some great recommendations. At the time they had 10 casks running and all 4 of the ones I sampled were in excellent condition.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

I spent a couple of hours one lunch time in this pub as I was in the area. It's got a very good range of changing beers on tap & a extensive bottled beer list. It certainly has the feel of a place that can get very busy later on in the day, judging by the 30 plus people in at 2pm on a Tuesday afternoon. They only serve burgers from the kitchen, and on the pricey side. The food was good, but nothing special.
If I'm in the area again I might pop in for a beer but I would not go out of my way to visit.

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Photo of factory
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The cream of the crop here is the bottled beer selection. There are US offerings here (purchase for on-prem or off-prem consumption) that one can't just go and buy most places in the US. Offerings from the local market and other countries (yes, Belgium, I'm looking at you) were in the mix as well.

The tap list included mostly locals, they seemed to be well rated options and varied to boot. Many pubs in the area won't have such a selection. Prices are agreeable and don't forget you can get half pours here in the UK pubs!

The food was somewhat limited but solid. You can pretty much be assured you are getting a burger of some ilk. A nice little array of sauces arrive along with your burger, including a really nice ketchup that's influenced by Bloody Mary makings.

And the bourbon'll have to go see for yourself if this is your thing. If it is you won't be disappointed.

All in all, the beer highlight for my trip. I went twice!

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Photo of LonePeakHomeBrewery
3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A fine selection but certainly not world class. They have have around 8 cask beers and as many under pressure. They also have a wide selection of bottled beers. These can be bought for take away. The pub is nice with ample seating inside and out. Not too noisy. As is common sharing a large table with others is the norm. I chatted with a local and exchanged thoughts on some of the current beers.

I ordered a burger (the only thing really on the menu). It was average, nothing special. The bacon left a lot to be desired. If in the London area again I would seek out another pub before returning.

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Photo of jcavend1
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here about 5pm on a Friday night. The place was packed to the brim with people standing outside in groups with pints in hand. We ended up finding a place at a bar table. Most people were there for the beer selection. They have indoor and outdoor seating. They have a wide variety of local pump beers as well as a few draft beers. Tons of bottles. You also can buy bottles to go here. They have Crooked Stave and Cantillion bottles regularly. All of the beers that we tried were outstanding. Service was great. We got 2 different burgers with chips and they were wonderful. I cant say enough about this place. I would go back next time i am in London.

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Photo of DCB1196
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went there based on BA reviews here and was delighted. This place is amazing. Sampled many of the cask and keg beers and knocked back 2 1/2 pints of excellent beer + 1 amazing bottle of small-batch recommended by the very knowledgeable staff based solely on what I told him I liked. An in-house partner beer (Double Inflatable Cowboy Hat (DIPA)) rivals the Dogfish Head 120. Went after dinner, so no report on the food.

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Photo of Lare453
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A awesome, modern pub atmosphere.

Q ipas fresh, beer cold and good. Taps are great. Place is wonderful.

S attentive, knowledgable, nice, fun staff.

S great! 300+ different bottles, kernel, partizan, cantillon, 3f, kuhnhenn, cigar city, de molen, lots of stuff. 15 ish or more taps.

F delicious, but very limited,. Great chips.

V everything was reasonable but 3f was pretty pricey.

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Photo of adamant1912
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Walked into Cask from an empty street and it was packed. Looking at the bottle selection and what was on hand-pump and draft I was quite impressed. The bartender was knowledgable and friendly and the prices were fair for the overall quality of the brews, especially given a lot are quite rare or generally unavailable in almost all other London bars or US bars for that matter (they even had some Kuhnhenn and Short's, which really threw me off). I also loved that they had many UK/ Euro microbrews available in addition to traditional local cask ales. As for food, we sampled a couple pies and had the scotch eggs which were delicious. Definitely recommend a visit and a must try if you're in London as they mend traditional ales and modern craft beer quite nicely.

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Photo of Beerstorian
4.05/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I visited this place last April, after living in England for about four months. The selection is pretty good, and you can find beer from the US, Europe, and England here. The food was pretty standard--fish and chips for me and a burger for my companion. Nothing outstanding there.

The main things about this place for me was the ability to find a range of beers in the city after having been in Grantham for so long. I love British beer, but it was nice to be able to get some unusual stuff, especially the oddities from back in the States. The selection is pretty incredible by British standards. By American standards it is slightly above-average.

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Photo of GJ40
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I stopped in while visiting London. This is a great neighborhood pub with a very comfortable atmosphere.

They had around ten casks and around another ten taps. Most were British but they also had Belgians. They have a few refrigerator units of bottles which included a good selection of American beers. The bartenders were very helpful and know their stuff.

We had the truffle oil and parmesan fries. They were fantastic and the serving size was generous.

Cask Pub & Kitchen is a great place to relax and try something new.

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Photo of ogdenjd
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I visited this place on 14 June 2012 on a recent trip to London. This was my favorite pub in London. While Cask doesn't have the same decorum as other traditional pubs, this place makes up for it with their excellent beer selection. Cask is easily accessible by the underground transit system so anyone in the Central London area should be able to get there without any problem. Their beer selection is superb. Cask seems to specialize in English microbreweries on tap and also has an extensive bottle selection. My favorite cask beer was Rapture, a red hop ale from Magic Rock Brewery. C.J. was the bartender and was extremely knowledgeable about beer and can easily help anyone with their selection. Cask also has a good selection of bottles from U.S microbreweries. I told C.J. that I was a little jealous that they carry bottles of Alesmith (IPA, X, and Speedway Stout are the ones I remember) but yet I can't get Alesmith in Northern VA. While there, I also met another Beer Advocate member named Simon, who was also very helpful teaching me about the British craft brew scene. I didn't try the food so I can't comment on their food quality, but the selection seemed to be a a little better than standard pub fare.


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Photo of Morningstorm
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Had a daytrip to London and stumbled upon this bar. Saw the sign ''craft beer'' so I had to go in.

It was on a saturday around 4-5ish but it was nice and quiet. I had 2 friends with me who didn't know a thing of beer. The bartender was really helpfull with chosing good beers for my friends.

The beerlist was astounding, so many American craft beers on bottle and also a good few on tap! The only problem were the prices, paid around 10 euros for a beer, which is pretty crazy.

After having a few beers we left and I bought some beer right off them. Quite a nice sale they had on!

Whenever I'm in London again, I'll visit this pub again!

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Photo of alfrantzell
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

With its pea green walls, candles, and cushions, the Cask feels like a cafe or restaurant. But it's neither. Can you guess what it is? The ten casks, ten kegs, and hundreds of bottles at the bar are a clue.

Pints of Dark Star, Thornbridge, and Crouch Vale were ordered on my visits, and I was pleased to find they had on one of the few casks of the Odell/Thornbridge collaboration, Colorado Red. Bottles were prohibitively priced, but we did hazard Sunday roast, which was not sown with as much platinum as its cost implied.

Service was prompt and friendly throughout the day -- we made sure to linger long enough to evaluate it thoroughly -- though one bartender mistook my Irish friend for an American. Flattery will get you everywhere.

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Photo of BeerWanker
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

for a beer lover, this place is fantastic. plenty of microbrews and one off keg imports, always something new each time i go there (about 5 times now). service is very knowledgeable and they're a decent bunch of guys behind the bar. spirit and wine selection is also top notch, the downside is the price, incredibly expensive at 5-8 pound a pint it is one of the most expensive places ive found in london.

they've only been open since 2009 but they are fast gaining a big following, and for what they offer, i dont mind forking out for some outstanding beers every once in a while.

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Photo of looktowindward
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Stumbled upon this place in July because it was near to our hotel (Mint Hotel) and a website claimed it did great veggie & vegan food.

Unfortunately for my wife the kitchens were being renovated so no food, but my jaw hit the floor when I went up to the bar - eight or nine English beers on tap ( eg Dark Star and Magic Rock) plus nine or ten imported beer - Rothaus pilsner and weisse, Mikkellers, a kriek, and three saisons amongst others. The range of bottled beers tends to dazzle the customer and the fridges spill out into the bar so you can just open them and select your own.

I did find the service a bit uptight, and the cost is prohibitive for someone who's come down from the North but the atmosphere outside where most folks sit and watch the world go by was engaging and relaxed.

It's certainly unique and deserves the accolades, hopefully its success will inspire others around the UK to follow suit.

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Photo of Ruds
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been a regular at the Cask since it re-opened in its present guise just over 2 years ago

10 cask hand pumps and 10 kegs

hand pumps are all british micro breweries on my last visit these included Blakemere, Dark Star, Thornbridge and Acorn

The keg taps typically feature Scand-Atlantic offerings from Mikkeller, Evil Twin, Grass Roots etc plus the odd Belgian/German and usually 3 or 4 American craft brews. Too many to list but Southern Tier crops up quite a bit. Had a Stone Arrogant Bastard the week before last.

On my last visit (this Monday gone, 17th Oct) all the Kegs were Munchen Oktoberfest beers

The bottled selection is immense - getting on for 500 I believe.

They advertise it as the largest bottled selction in any UK pub.

Food is good and I've had the tasty burger to soak up my beer on many an occasion

They regularly host meet the brewer nights from home and away, Odell's CO back in July and tonight its Mikkeller, also British brewers as you'd expect.

You really can't go wrong with the Cask for both quality and quanity

It is a little pricey - be warned!

The Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell is owned by the same people.

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Photo of JJB
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

An American Hop Head in the UK. Not having been to the UK in over 22 years, my wife & I were a bit concerned about getting our hop fix (thus our checked bag with 16 bombers of west coast IPAs). We went to the Cask Pub based on reviews here and had a fantastic time. A bit crowded upon arriving -mostly locals after work -we found a small table for the four of us and later moved to a larger table. Walk to the bar for drinks and food orders. To my surprise and delight they had Ruination on tap - tapped that day. After a pint of Ruination we had Dark Star American Pale Ale on cask which was fresh, hoppy and highly drinkable. We then had Magic Rock High Wire- a tribute to West Coast pale ales/IPAs, another fantastic hoppy ale. We chatted with some of the bartenders when it quieted down. CJ (from Maine) gave a sample of Human Cannonball (Magic Rock IIPA) that was soon to be tapped -also excellent. A Brit bartender acknowledged that craft brewers in the States are in fact making amazing beer right now. Great bottle selection as well for drinking there or take out - bought a Hopsickle for the road! Overall wonderful pub - oh and the food was quite good too -but that was lagniappe for us.
We're back in London from Devon next week and will definitely return!!

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Whole E. Shit. Ok, so this place is sort of a British pub meets an American craft beer bar, only thing is they have a more extensive American craft selection than any place in London that I went to. They have plenty of Mikkeller, Hoppin Frog, Founders, Southern Tier, some Dogfish Head, a few Cantillons (nothing "rare" though), Nogne-O, Lost Abbey, Stone, etc, etc. It was quite the sight to see all those American craft beers in one place. Than there was about 6-8 English cask ales, all from English micro breweries. Another 6-8 draft beers that seemed to be half European craft (ie Mikkeller), and half British craft beers. The staff was extremely friendly and willing to give (absolutely fantastic) recommendations for other places in London that a craft beer fan should visit. I didn't try the food, but I saw some fish and chips pass by that looked delicious. IF YOU ARE IN LONDON, AND ONLY HAE TIME FOR ONE PUB...THIS IS THE ONE PUB YOU SHOULD GO TO! Seriously, it's that good.

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Photo of LevG
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Came across the spot after reading the sign "real ales". After seeing out over a dozen places serving only macrobrews, this place felt like a mirage. Their selection was much better than the stores I've been to in LA. I couldn't believe they had everything from Bruery to Southern Tier. One of te workers CJ really hooked us up. He brought out 3-4 bottles of Founders Breakfast Stout and other great brews. They happen to have some of the Brewdog Abstrakt series brews for sale too. Prices are kinda steep, but yet again, some of them are absolutely worth it.

Best part, you can get these beers TO GO!

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Photo of thepeter
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I really can't say anything bad about this place. Very nice pub, the choices are excellent and probably have the widest selection in all of London. Tons of beers from the US, many of which I could not even get in Boston. The service has never been anything less than great even when busy. Although I have never had the food, it looks good and I have a few friends who seemed to like it. Along with the US beers, a huge stock of Mikkeller, Belgian bottles, and German (draft and bottles) can be found here along with some great British Cask ale from Thornbridge, Brewdog, Dark Star and Marble along with others. My one gripe would be the prices, BUT they have gotten better and we are in a rather "pricey" area of town. I've been there a few tims now and will be Soon (tomorrow actually!) You just can't go wrong here.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place was recommended to me by a lot of London based drinkers I know and they were correct. It is a great pub. A bit out of the regular tourist areas, but Pimlico is now becoming a bit more fashionable and with places like this you can see why. On the junction of Charlwood St and Tachbrook St, just north of Pimlico tube station, on the way to Victoria (tube and bus terminal).

10 Cask beers always available, with beers from Thornbridge, Dark Star, Ilkley and Red Squirrel when I visited. They also had on six Munich O'fest beers on tap, Rothaus Pilsner and a Kriek. Not sure what the selection is once the O'fest is over.

The place is a corner bar, modern, airy and clean. Light green upper walls, plenty of chairs, windows and tables. The whole one room bar was decked out in Bavarian Blue and White diamonds for the O'fest beers and it looked cool.

Three young men manned the bar, the owner wandering around checking all was well. A birthday party of a thirty something year old was in full swing on the Saturday afternoon we visited, they were quiet but made the pub busy. The food looked good and interesting, we just had a packet of crisps with our beers.

The bottle list was the biggest I've ever seen in the UK, over 200. American brewers were well represented, smaller guys as well as better known ones: Big Sky, Captain Lawrence, Dog Fish, Founders, Green Flash and Jolly Pumpkin taking my eye. There were also a lot of Belgian bottles to get stuck into.

Like my friends, I highly recommend this London pub and will be re-visiting whenever I can.

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CASK Pub & Kitchen in London, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 47 ratings