The Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell

The Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell

The Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell
4.5
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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Neighborhood: Holborn
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
How to get there
  • Farringdon • 5 min walk
  • Chancery Lane • 5 min walk
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Kena Yellowtop
Lilongwe, Malawi755 contributions
Solo
This is a bar I have known for more than four years but tends to be hidden by the food market which is adjacent. Its quite popular with all ages and has a big variety of beers. They have one of the biggest menus I have seen for drinks from beers to spirits and soft drinks. And quite a variety of snacks which include the reknown scotch eggs and pork scratchings as well as curators beef jerky. Not much on wines but well stocked. You can tell how popular it is if one uses number of people drinking from outside as a yardstick.
It has comfortable bar stools which are well spaced.
The service was superb.
Written January 30, 2020
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jb100258
Haywards Heath, UK65 contributions
Visited mid to late afternoon, the pub was fairly quiet. Attentive, warm welcome. Tasters of beers offered on request.
Although there is a small selection of snacks available, this really is a beer drinkers pub (and part of a group with several sites across London and Brighton) but don't expect familiar names, both cask and keg beers are sourced from far and wide within the UK. Good bottled and canned list too. Good location at the end of Leather Lane in Clerkenwell - more than handy for the local market and Hatton Garden.
Written February 26, 2020
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AleAdvisor
Dartford, UK38 contributions
Couples
It's great to finally be able to share an experience on Trip Advisor regarding a new "beer-based" destination. I had high hopes when I got the tip off about this place and I can honestly say that I haven't been this impressed with a pub for quite some time. Sorry for the long review, but it's worth reviewing great stuff properly.

LOCATION

I was told about the pub from a few different sources. Everything I heard was good, but you never know. The owner also set up and currently runs the successful "Cask Pub and Kitchen", so an experienced publican was involved here. My first impression was that the location (just off Hatton Garden) was good for the market business and the mass off nearby shops. During my afternoon it slowly became packed out, which is a great sign for a relatively new pub. No one was rowdy during my stay and it attracted a lot of beer-enthuisiasts and locals.

DECOR

The decor is sensitive, keeping aspects of the old pub (The Clockhouse) such as the glass mirrors on the ceiling. The new furniture isn't too modern looking but creates a calm and homely feel. There is loads of seating over the whole pub.

DRINKS

The most important bit. Well, the reason you need to come here is the quantity and quality of the beers. To start with, this pub has 16 Real Ale hand pumps. If you're not sure what this means, it's because this is a rare; if not an unheard of occurrence. Real Ale has a short shelf life, so selling 16 casks at a time is not only wonderful for the beer community, but a genuinely great achievement. As an Ale drinker, I think these guys need a medal. They source from the breweries themselves and therefore have a huge selection.

Secondly, the selection of bottled beers leaves me in awe.I think they have over 300, with some being seriously rare and expensive. You'll need to go there and check the beer menu yourself for names. They have some cheeky spirits as well, including some Sipsmith Gins and several malt whiskys.

As an aside, they also sell some very popular cold pies. I find these usually collect dust on the bar, but they were selling very well. It's good to know.

OVERALL

I can't express enough how much of an attraction this place is. Go there and see for yourself how these guys run this pub. All the staff were helpful and happy to chat beer / drink beer with you. When you go, make sure you try a few half pints of several beers to get a real feel for the diversity of beer that Craft Beer Co. embraces. I tried loads from breweries that I'd never encountered and i've been hooked to real ale for ages.

Just don't do what one guy did and walked in to ask "Do you sell Strongbow...". I laughed.
Written August 10, 2011
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Rob P
London, UK17 contributions
Couples
See above - this isn't a club or a gig venue, and it's beer isn't that special. It's a fairly ordinary bar in central London. Never been over-charged like this before. Not going back. Plus the barman acted like he was on drugs.
Written December 16, 2014
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The Travelling Piggy
London, UK4,044 contributions
Friends
After a lunch meal my work colleagues and I fancied a drink..normally we don't let the boss pick but on this occasion we did.
Man was I impressed I don't even drink beer but the whole experience here is great..the bar staff really know their stuff and the passion comes through. Their ciders were great and they also have spirits. A brilliant atmosphere and a cool place.
Written September 6, 2019
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shaneo632
Chelmsford, UK67 contributions
Me and my partner stopped off here for a pint before dinner, and it's pretty much exactly what you expect from a good craft beer place; interesting decor, knowledgeable staff and a *ton* of choice.

The refined nature of the beer means it is on the pricier side, even for London, so prepare to pay around £6 for some of the beers (or above that if you're aiming strong!).

But with the chilled atmosphere and ridiculous selection on offer, it's easy to see why this is rated so highly.
Written August 8, 2019
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JEJ01
Portsmouth, UK142 contributions
Friends
We visited here because we had read about the wide range of beers available. It was extremely hot outside. We tried a couple of the real ales on offer but they weren’t to our taste and we moved elsewhere. Would definitely go back for another try.
Written July 2, 2019
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Roberta Franklin
Holyhead, UK602 contributions
Couples
Though not exactly atmospheric with its big windows and modern furniture, the Craft Beer Co. pub in Clerkenwell, as its name suggests, offers very good ales - I'm not a big fan of ale, so I wouldn't know, but my husband says the pub's choice of local and new ales is excellent.
Written June 17, 2019
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KingRandomer
London, UK9 contributions
Business
Fab pub with great beer and friendly staff. The team are open to large group bookings which is a huge help when I have 25+ people wanting to do networking drinks.
Written March 5, 2019
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Decodennett
Burnley, UK23 contributions
An awesome spot for an Ale fan, a huge variety of ales on offer. The hadouken was sublime, even if it was on the strong side at 7.8%😁
Written August 12, 2016
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The Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Mon - Sat 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM


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