All stripped floorboards, peeling decor, retro dining sets and dried foliage trailing overhead, this cosy cellar launched in late 2014 feels like a 1960s throwback. The look may be shabby but the beers produced by the in-house microbrewery sure aint. Visible in one corner, the mash tun is part of a process that yields sparkling cask brews with bite. Bitter marmalade-y Gavel and Citra, respectively US- and English-style pale ales, are two worth trying, sold in measures from a third of a pint and in tasting paddles of three. The back bars beer wall dispenses 16 guest craft ales and ciders Beavertown Gamma Ray and Yakima Red among them on our visit and also holds a rewarding range of bottled beers such as Brills Vale Pale Ale. A well-judged range of wines includes fruity, figgy Puglian Primitivo (£20): ideal with a burger or smoked brisket stack from the pub-grub menu.
46 Essex St, Temple, London WC2R 3JF, United Kingdom