Very nice place with a decent tap and good bottle selection, Unfortunately they only had 3 of there own beers on tap when I visited in December. Looking forward to visiting again next time im in Stratford.
Just realised I beer rated this place although I visited several times now. The place is clean, new, cool looking with a nice layout and a good vibe. Some sofas make for a relaxing stay and choice on tap is wide in styles and breweries. They have c. 6 casks and 8 kegs mostly focused on UK micro. They usually have 4-5 of their casks on which are always fresh and spot on. Nice selection of kernel, partizan and cantillon in bottles, among others. Breweries on tap range from UK to US to Belgium, with the likes of Waen, Caveman, Siren, Harbour, de la Senne, Freogeist, Brooklin, Victory. They also a give a very cool anniversary party with loads of casks and one off collabs. All in all a very cool place to spend an evening.
Very cool place. Cool beer tap plates all over the wall and bar area. Great bottle selection and a good selection on tap including 3 of their own cask ales. Service is friendly and efficient. Can also recommend which I always like. Solid value. Really good place and will be back for sure
I love the rake and utobeer as a company. So when I heard they had opened a brewpub I had to visit. What I wasnít convinced about though was that it was in a shopping mall. To get here I had to go through the mall which was quite annoying,but when I got there the atmosphere was very relaxed, friendly and pleasant. Service was great with friendly smiling bar man. And the ambience wasnít bad at all considering itís in a mall. Very very neat clean and tidy place which made a nice changed to stuffy old London pubs. Well worth the visit! Oh and their own beers are quite good and very very reasonably priced!
A very nice place and a very laid back atmosphere, at least on a Wednesday afternoon. Maybe the shopping mall location isnít the nicest, but at least the Great Eastern Market seems fairly nice for a mall thing. Unfortunately the selection wasnít too good when I visited. Only two of their own on tap, and five or six others. Not sure why so many taps were empty. Or maybe I just wasnít looking.
Fin (960) 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?
The setting, on the edge of a shopping mall makes a pleasant change from all the olde worlde pubs! A modern brew pub whose beers can be very good, it also has many guest beers, domestic/foreign, cask/keg and many bottles too. A sister pub of the famous Rake pub in Borough Market. Also sells foreign beer by the third, half and pint. As on the edge of the shopping mall there is space for overspill outside on a concrete "no mans land" where they have put a few tables and benches. A welcome addition with variation to Londonís beer scene.If you get the Docklands light railway to Stratford International it is that side of the shopping mall so saves a stressful walk through the shopping area!
First of all this is in the Westfield Stratford, which frankly, having visited it once to go to Tap East, Iím highly unlikely to go again. Rammed full of people, so way too crowded for me on a Sunday. Tap East sits at the back in a very nice food hall, so if youíre going to visit any part of it, this bit was worthwhile. The bar is functional and not really great on the ambiance front, but it has a really good range of beers. Three cask taps featuring Tap East beers and then about 10 keg taps with some interesting choices. Fridges were really good and had a nice eclectic selection of bottles including lots of American, Italian, Norwegian and Danish choices. However, food was pretty bloody awful so do not order food in here. It looks like reheated burgers circa: before the gourmet burger was invented. Greasy burger, limp lettuce, microwaved bacon and dry bun.