A stylish (but draughty) new brewpub on the fringes of the huge shopping centre in Stratford. It has six hand pumps with their own beers and guests, 10 keg taps and c.50 bottles with plenty of choice for the discerning beer drinker.
(Last visited 6 June 2014).
I have paid a visit on a number of occasions, both during the day and the evening. Spacious brewpub in the ginormous Westfield Shopping city. Not unexpectedly, the venue doesnít really deliver by way of location and ambiance, but thatís a personal dislike of shopping centres on my part. On the other hand, beer selection is really solid with cask, keg and bottled beers, local and international brews. Not to forget the house brews available from the 2 barrel kit seen through the glass. Has been generally quiet on my visits but Iím sure the warmer months will pick things up, and the outside tables will fill up. Snack food available or just wander around the food court in a trance at the array of faster food outlets.
Been here a few times. Itís a bit traumatic to wander through Westfield to get here but itís worth it. Usually have 3 Tap East brews plus guests from far and wide.
Itís a small place so seating can be limited but there is room outside as well.
Iíve not had a bad beer here, staff are generally friendly and helpful.
Like the place and a good starting point to set off along the North London line for a Craft Beer crawl
Visited for the 2nd time on 06/09/12 (first being a very quiet Tuesday back in January í12).
This was at 4pm on the main Paralympics athletics day so the place was fairly busy, however it was well staffed to cope!
Open plan bar, small to medium, tall wooden tables with a mix of high stools and a couple of comfy low down sofas.
Brewing coppers visible to rear.
Be warned - only one toilet, although there are others in the Westfield centre.
Ambience on this visit was a hard call, busy enough but lots of overseas visitors ordering tasty Grolsch, so not your typical crowd!
On the beer front 6 cask lines, 5 on including 2 Tap East brews, one from Oakham, SBW and Roosters.
10 keg taps, some macro, 5 or 6 micro including Nogne 0 and Brew Fist. Nogne Pale was £4.65 a half, a little pricey bearing in mind youíd pick this up at the Cask or Craft for £3.95. Cask beers were fairly reasonably priced.
Didnít try the food. Would I go back? Yes - but only to hit on more Tap East beers. If youíre not after these it really isnít worth the trek out here for this venue alone.
Nice enough joint none the less and good to see decent beer in a shopping centre in the UK!
Quite a nice, modern brewpub - and the first brewpub Iíve encountered in a shopping mall. The beer range is decent, although with only two house beers on [cask] when I stopped in, they could certainly improve in that regard. It was all the more disappointing as the two house beers I tried were quite good; I would have loved to try more. These house ales clocked in at under £3.50 per pint, so pretty good value. The ambiance is nice, with plenty of natural light and the kind of transient energy you would expect of a large mall. Fair range of bottled and keg beers, although nothing that really excited me. The bartender was very friendly. They have a modest but sound food menu. This isnít the kind of place to go for a session (i.e. more than one or two beers) but as a rest-stop during a day of shopping itís a pretty nifty spot.
Fin (950) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | May 29, 2013
We visited here on Friday 17th May 2013, it was relatively close to London City Airport where we we heading. It was very easy to find, we sort of stumbled across it when exiting the station. My first impression was that it was much smaller than I expected, but it was well laid out with a nice selection of stools, high tables and comfy sofas. The beer choice was as one might expect very good witha Japanese Imperial IPA and a couple of good beers from Oakham on when we arrived and service also decent. Despite all of the positives I didnít like it as much as I expected I would. The large screen TV which no one watched but everyone had to endure was a bit of an annoyance but other than that I am not really sure quite what it was that didnít quite appeal to me, maybe the location, but on reflection having a bar selling great beer somewhere like this can only be a positive, maybe I should just give it another go perhaps?
Visited for the first time very recently, it is certainly in an unusual location for a UK Brewpub, not sure I have come across many others in a Shopping precinct. The beer range is, of course, very good and apparently changes quite often. I found it to be a little utilitarian though, just a little too cut down and uncomfortable to want to spend all afternoon in there. We just tried beers from the handpulls so cannot judge the bottles, but there looks to be a decent choice. We had food in the Tapas bar next door which was very good. All in all certainly worth a visit.
Tap East is certainly in a unique location as far as craft beer places go - itís located right in the middle of a mall on the outskirts of London. Still, the decor is inviting, with nice comfy chairs and soft colours to try to encourage an extended stay. The beer list is actually pretty well thought out for what it is. Their 6 casks and 7(ish) kegs offer a mix of high and low. Thereís approachable macro stuff for your casual punter (blue moon and grolsch when I visited), but also some more interesting offerings for beer geeks (two different fresh Kernel offerings on keg when I visited). 3 of the casks were devoted to their own beers. They were pretty decent, certainly worth a tick. The bottle list was OK, nothing crazy. There were some bottles at nice prices, for instance Sierra Nevada Torpedo and a few offerings from Baladin. Overall, a pretty nice place. Stratford really suffers from a lack of good pubs (as well as a load of other problems), so this place is welcomed. Worth a stop if youíre in the area.