Update: In August the Fano brewers came to showcase their beers at Brodies. As usual, the Fano beers were excellent but the pub was extremely disappointing - too few bar staff, pumps labelled only on the front so the staff didn’t know what was what and a wait of at least twenty minutes to be served. No attempt was made to change this and it seemed that the landlord just didn’t care. As a result, I have revised my rating downwards. Original rating: A few of us met up at the William IV brewpub on 1 May, the penultimate day of their “Bunny Basher” festival. There was an impressive array of beers on draft – all Brodie’s, brewed in the small brewery around the back. Whilst the true Ratebeerians in our party worked their way through the Brodie’s beers they hadn’t yet tried, I savoured just three – Republican Revolution IPA, Ruby London Porter and Citra. All were scrumptious.
In character this is a traditional Victorian street corner “local” with a large bar area and an adjoining room and bar at the back, which is light and airy with arched windows in the roof. It may originally have been a billiards hall or something similar. The walls, papered in a dull terracotta, are covered with old paintings, prints and elaborately etched mirrors; there are three stags’ heads over the brick fireplace and, adding to the Victorian feel, a small glass case of more stuffed animals over the side door. There are also various curios from more recent eras (for example, a 1950s Shell petrol pump and what I think is called a binnacle). Seating is at maroon leather banquettes and old wooden tables. Just for Jan, I have to report on the state of the tables, which were not sticky enough for him until he knocked over a glass of Elizabethan strong ale. That certainly ensured that the beer mats stuck nicely.
There is a small bar billiards table and televisions, but they’re not intrusive. On the day we were there, the smell of a hog roast drifted through from the small garden at the back and the impressive bar, which winds its way down the length of the pub, was festooned with St George’s flags.
(Last visited 18 April 2014)
Visited a few times but latterly during the Brodies Bunny bash. More beers than usual on, prices were really decent, as is normal.
Beer was well kept and a great selection.
Been here other times and the selection maybe isn’t so good but still have a good range of Brodies beers on.
Worth the effort to get there.
Home of Brodies Brewery. The pub feels as if it hasn’t changed since forever, charming and somewhat quirky. Having said that, the pub can be hit or miss regarding beer cellar quality, which is disappointing. Festival time is always fun though, with many, many beers on offer. Brodies have really picked up their game and producing top notch, exciting beers. Do yourself a favour and pay a visit when in town, it’s worth the detour. Oh, and has anyone mentioned the £1.99 pints!!
Leighton (972) London, England | July 18, 2011| Updated January 12, 2015
A good place. I came here for the Brodies Easter festival in spring 2011. The cask selection is immense and you would really need to apply yourself if you hope to get through them all. This pub is quite a trek from Central London, but the considerable upside is that beers are inexpensive, to the tune of something like two quid per pint (unless you’re after something like the Elizabethan, which is more than the reagular offerings but still pretty cheap). During the festival they had some nice food options.The pub itself is pretty traditional, with plenty of seating and a nice ambience. If you have some time on your hands and want to sample some of Brodies’ finest this is THE place to go.
Fin (960) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 29, 2013| Updated March 30, 2013
Visited for the first time Good Friday 29.03.13 at the time of the Bunny Basher Beer Festival. We walked from our Pickets Lock campsite which is between Edmonton and Ponders Green, so a 5 mile walk got us in the mood for a beer. I must admit to being rather taken aback by the size of this place, looking at it from the outside you think you’ve entered the Tardis when stepping inside it seems far, far bigger than it ought to be. I guess there is a look of faded grandeur, and slightly worn feel but I like it, its like your favourite old jumper. Large ornate mirrors, a big impossing bar area and the pub widens out again into a large room at the rear.There was plenty of seating and despite the numbers in here it never felt to crowded until such a time as we were heading off. Service was a little tricky at times one slim, attractive, petite girl behind the bar seemed almost Morrisey like in the miserable stakes and despite my rather loud shirt I seemed totally invisible whenever it came to trying to attract her attention to order a beer, every time she somehow seemed to play this game of blatantly ignoring me. The beers were on the whole v.good. I had the ’Caramel Salt’ which lived up to its name, along with various versions of the ’Pale Ale’ and a ’Romanov Stout aged in Jack Daniels casks’ the prices mostly £2.50 a pint were incredible and with the 12% stout at just £2.70 it makes you wonder how they turn a profit, but they do, and the turnover of casks was v.brisk. A great pub that I will definately return to again.
Big and rangy pub in a hectic part of London. Easy to get to from the underground and multiple buses along Hoe Street. Lots of choice at good value, friendly, plenty of space to sit and really good value food, the Sausages and Mash was great. Well conditioned beer, very good.
The King William IV is an excellent brewpub located far up in north London. I have to admit that I’ve hesitated to visit this place at it seems like a real trek to get to. Also, the small handful of Brodie’s beers I tried before my visit didn’t impress me very much. But after an eye-opening visit to the King William IV yesterday, I have to admit I was wrong about Brodie’s beers and my aversion to to traveling up here. This place is excellent; the beers on offer are both interesting and tasty. The pub’s a classic boozer populated mostly by locals. It has a real lived-in, traditional feel. Beer geeks are not this pub’s main stream of income, it’s very much a local hang out. Still, you’re met with a warm welcome. There’s plenty of seating, and large windows allow plenty of natural light into the pub. The beers on offer are plentiful. There’s something like 20 casks and 15 kegs. A massive selection of Brodie’s beers are on offer, along with well-chosen guests such as Magic Rock. There’s also macro crap available for the casual punter. On my visited I tried a Brett IPA, a few offerings from their single hop series, as well as a Imperial Stout collaboration Brodie’s did with Mikkeller. All beers were in good condition, and were of great quality. The value’s fantastic, cask beers are especially cheap. Overall, I look forward to coming back here. Despite its peripheral location, this pubs well worth a visit. Great.
It took me quite a while to pluck up the courage (and effort) to trek out to Leyton to visit this place for the first time. It is very much worth the effort to get there. Get the tube to Leyton, then a bus from outside the tube station drops you outside the pub. I have visited both during the festivals and at regular times. The interior is proper east end boozer. 20 Casks on offer of mostly Brodies beers (including some weird and wonderful concoctions) and some other favourite microbreweries. I do believe the Brodies beers have been getting a lot better of late. They also have a fridge of some of their bottles, but it’s so bloody dark that I always have to ask what they have! Price of beer is second to none in London - £1 for a half or £1.99 for a pint, no matter what the alcohol percentage. Food is cheap and cheerful. A must visit in London.