Spitalfields Beer Guide: Your Spitalfields guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Spitalfields

78 /100 142-144 COMMERCIAL ST
“Strange that there's only one review of this place (and that is from 2016). While not an obvious beer destination, this lovely corner pub is certainly worth checking out despite the fact that it's kind of on its own out here, neither being Shoreditch nor Surprised proper. Four cask and 10 keg (ok, five of these are Camden Town but there's also quite a lot of micro stuff) are complemented by a large-ish bottle list. Lots of low/no alcohol stuff for Dryanuary, and to be fair they tend to shy away from the biggest beers. Very reasonable and comfortable. I took to this pub.“
jjsint 179 days ago
74 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“This pub is about a 45 second walk from the craft beer shop Kill the Cat, but the experiences couldn't be more different. There are five cask ales on, all decent beers but widely available, so this ain't a tickers' pub. It's cosy (crowded) but there's a reason: the beer is on point and cheap, they do reasonable and simple lunches, and they're as friendly as you're likely to find. My quick half of ESB was perfect. Take some time out, put your ticking notebook away, and remind yourself why you started this hobby in the first place.“
jjsint 179 days ago
80 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“Tiny little shop on Brick Lane. Loads of good packaged beers to drink or take away (most aren't chilled), plus three on draft: on my visit these were provided by Fierce, the Kernel and the excellent French outfit Piggy. They are friendly and they know their stuff. Prices are indeed dear but this is London. A great place to stop in the area, or to grab a beer for your curry later!“
jjsint 179 days ago
80 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“Visited 10/12/2019. Has long been on my list of places I wanted to visit. Compact place. 3 taps which were ok but not that special but the c150 different bottles/can were a really interesting selection. Some were local/national, but a lot were international beers some of which were from breweries I’d not seen anywhere before - France featured unusually prominently, also New Zealand and US. Came away with a half dozen, could have grabbed more. Service was good. Clientele eclectic. Prices not too bad. Good visit.“
Grumbo 216 days ago
54 /100
Culpeper (Bar)
40 COMMERCIAL STREET
“Visited 10/12/2019. Food orientated. Cask beer selection was quite uninteresting. Couldn’t see much of interest bottle wise either. But they are clearly doing something right judging by how busy it was. Just not a place to seek out for beer only.“
Grumbo 216 days ago
82 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“Small cozy store with three taps. Good beer selection, cool vibe, nice service. Worth a stop.“
zvsn 235 days ago
76 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“Small store with a small but unique selection plus three taps. Worth dropping in“
Gerbeer 305 days ago
80 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“Small but well organised shop. Many London beers, of course, some solid European an US too. Service is friendly, prices seem fair. Definately worth a visit.“
martin00sr 379 days ago
90 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“Visited 10.01.19. A small, but superb, bottle shop. Three ales on kegs and all cans and bottles can be consumed on the premises. There was a lively and enthusiastic atmosphere in the shop at my visit. It was quite packed (perhaps with ten people), and the bloke working there involved all in conversation. It seemed to be a popular shop and meeting point in the neighbourhood. Bottle selection was not large, but well selected with many up-and coming micros. Most of the selection was UK breweries, but there was also a selection of good international beer.“
Holmen2 551 days ago
76 /100 22 ARTILLERY LANE
“Visited 10.0119. Not far from Liverpool Street Station. 7 ales and 7 ciders served from cask not using sparklers. Fairly quiet until 4.30 pm, but then suddenly became busyer and liouder as the workday ended.“
Holmen2 551 days ago
56 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“This place feels locked in the 70's, dark and hazy red velvet interior. Selection was almost all macros so doesn't hold much interest for beer tickers. It's near a very trendy shopping street in East London which seems to be its biggest claim to fame.“
DeanF 772 days ago
74 /100 22 ARTILLERY LANE
“This pub is behind Liverpool Street station, another place that predominantly caters for the after work crowd. Most of the cask beers are from London based brewers, the keg selection wasn’t wildly interesting, cask ciders are also served. A decent selection for a GK pub but rather pricey“
Cheeseboard 852 days ago
86 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“Small, but well formed bottleshop on Brick Lane. A good selection of UK, European & world beers including some rarer finds. Three taps serving. A reasonable amount of the stock is refrigerated considering it’s a small space. Very friendly staff, good to hear from Dan & Wes that they are looking for a second premises. Worth a visit if in the area“
Cheeseboard 869 days ago
88 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“A great little bottle shop not far from Spitalfields market. 3 taps and a huge variety of bottled and canned beers. The staff is very friendly, talkative and knowledgeable. Not many seats, but cozy. The beer selection changes very rapidly as they don't order loads of anything. The sell beer mostly from British craft breweries, but they have exports too (US, Denmark, Sweden, etc.). Prices are not super high either. Highly recommended if you are nearby. “
kapusil 971 days ago
76 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“Cozy little pub not far from the business district. Traditional British character with a fireplace and some old photos (plus a cat). The cask ale I tried was in a very good condition. The beer selection is not shockingly diverse, but you they still have 5 cask ales and 6 more taps. Nice place for sure.“
kapusil 981 days ago
58 /100 110 COMMERCIAL STREET, MOORGATE
“An well kept old fashioned pub. Good-looking - but a bit pricey.“
Finn 986 days ago
76 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“A surprise find close to my hotel. Nice selection of bottled beers and a few good (and strong) ones to sample. A must visit in Brick Lane. Beware of the opening hours.“
Finn 987 days ago
80 /100 22 ARTILLERY LANE
“I'm not a cider man but this place has six craft ciders on cask. Some good cask beers as well as some kegs. Super friendly service, good quality beers. Decent prices“
Skjonne 1012 days ago
86 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“New bottle shop with what seemed to be a good selection. Unfortunately visited during Beavertown extravaganza so shelves quite picked over. Good staff and 3 taps on site for drinking in.“
Stuu666 1021 days ago
86 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“Tiny bottle shop with 3 taps and a great selection of fresh locals and interesting international stuff. Staff is talkative and knowledgeable, lots of beers in the fridge to drink in as well. An absolute must in London!“
SinH4 1037 days ago
58 /100
Culpeper (Bar)
40 COMMERCIAL STREET
“Pretty food orientated, draft beer choice wasn't very exciting, but seemed well kept. More bottles.“
Scotty001 1038 days ago
72 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“A hint of old London just away from the financial hub, decent cask ale, if a bit unadventurous. Worth preserving.“
Scotty001 1038 days ago
64 /100 22 ARTILLERY LANE
“Duplicate listing, have left my full review on the other page.“
ManVsBeer 1153 days ago
40 /100 110 COMMERCIAL STREET, MOORGATE
“Just another bog standard London boozer. Only 3 casks and 2.70 a half is crazy as others have said. Though I got a tick as I’m not a local, this is really in no way a Ratebeer destination.“
kermis 1215 days ago
56 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“Nice enough little London boozer, traditional and friendly and a typical old school English way. Nothing really to make it a ratebeer destination but one of the 5 casks did offer a tick for me. Pop in for the London atmosphere, not for ticks.“
kermis 1215 days ago
74 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“Small shop on Brick Lane with a great varied selection of mostly local bottles and 3 taps and to drink in. Very tick friendly selection, good knowledgeable service and fair prices for what you get.“
kermis 1215 days ago
84 /100
Kill the Cat (Beer Store)
43 BRICK LANE
“A nice and friendly little shop right in the middle of Brick Lane. Well picked selection of beer with focus on English breweries but also a few imports. Friendly and helpful staff, prices are about the average as far as I know. Also nice to be able to sample a pint or two in the shop, highly recommended.“
Beer5000 1262 days ago
68 /100 22 ARTILLERY LANE
“Have visited a few times as it’s very close to Liverpool Street Station (my station to back home from London) most recently Saturday 10th Dec 2016. A CAMRA GBG pub. Has a decent range of real ale and craft beers on cask/tap, good food, nice relaxed ambiance (unless the trains aren’t running - then it’s rammed). My only complaint is the pricing which is very steep even for London at £11.50 for 2 pints of quite ordinary circa 4% abv beers. That aside, it’s pretty good.“
Grumbo 1309 days ago
68 /100 22 ARTILLERY LANE
“Stumbled upon this place down an alley near Liverpool St. During the day it’s nice and quiet but its central location means it will probably be chocabloc in the evening. Quite gloomy, which I like. Playing old wartime music. 14 beers on, split between keg and cask. Keg beers were pretty standard from Camden etc but there seems to be a good range of casks - certainly plenty new for me anyway. Also 6 cask ciders. All in all it’s a decent little spot which I will certainly come back to.“
The_Osprey 1492 days ago
80 /100 142-144 COMMERCIAL ST
“On the corner of a delightful old building this ground floor pub/bar is trendily shabby. Being a sister pub of the well respected Three Johns in Islington the beers here, 4 real ales and the rest mostly craft keg, the beers are well chosen so good choice and above all good quality. Staff friendly and knowledgeable. Situated just north of Spitalfields market and equally just south of Shoreditch High St station on the overground. Well worth a visit for the beer fan.“
b727trijet 1500 days ago
40 /100 110 COMMERCIAL STREET, MOORGATE
“Not much choice and one of the three ales showing as on was not! £2,70 a half of Trumans Zephyr 4.4% is a rip off. Commercial Tavern 2 blocks north along Commercial St offers far better quality and choice at lower prices... a no-brainer!“
b727trijet 1500 days ago
72 /100
Culpeper (Bar)
40 COMMERCIAL STREET


I visited Culpepers on Friday 18th December 2015. I had never been here before and yet last week Loz and I had a curry very close to here. This place is quite easy to find, it’s located a 2 minute walk from Aldgate East Tube, just a short way up Commercial Road, on the right hand side on a corner as you head up towards Shoreditch.

Inside this place it is really nice, good money has been spent either restoring or by using reclaimed furniture and fixings, the parquet floors are nice and one thing that is original is the lovely glazed ceramic tiling on the outside. I sat on a metal stool at a window at one of the full length leaners drinking my beer and watching the world rush by outside. Looking back inside long old refurbished tables had been given a new life here, and the now all too familiar exposed brickwork on the back wall, it looks like a lot of money been spent here. The bar was centrally located and the seating wrapped around it like a sort of horseshoe to almost creates two separate areas.

The food looked good here, the fish and chips smelt and looked great, pies were a good size and looked home made as well. The beer choice was a little limited. I only saw a couple of handpumps but the reviewer below states four, it was busy on my visit so they are probably right. I had London Beer Company Chelsea Morning which was on great condition. I wouldn’t imagine that this will interest the avid ticker but for a nice pub, friendly atmosphere, good service and somewhere to sit for 30mins it was one of my favourite pubs of the day.“
Fin 1669 days ago
64 /100
Culpeper (Bar)
40 COMMERCIAL STREET
“Modern pub with 4 real ales and nice selection of local craft beer bottles - brew by numbers, pressure drop, brixton and others . Nice decoration and ambiance, worth a visit if you’re around.“
troubles 1763 days ago
40 /100 110 COMMERCIAL STREET, MOORGATE
“Old classic English pub. Dusty and musty atmosphere. Boring selection of pilseners. Lots of tourists from Brick Road markets. On a busy road. Dont bother going here.“
caesar 2157 days ago
58 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“I liked the gloomy, dim, dark furniture vibe. I didn’t like the smell of urinal cake. OK cask selection - but nothing very adventurous was on when I was there.“
The_Osprey 2170 days ago
84 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“Another great place ... A typical example of a British pub , this place shows that the range of beer is obviously important but not all ... The Pride serves 4 regular ales with brewers gold my favourite but the atmosphere and the people in there make this place special .. open till very late on Friday and Saturday ..revisited on sunday 17th nov .. my opinion about this place is the same , there is only a good news to say, they have Always a truman’s beer on tap so brewers gold , ESB,doom bar , london pride and a ttruma’s beer“
jorge76 2430 days ago
64 /100 22 ARTILLERY LANE
“Close to Liverpool Street station but east of Bishopsgate and just in the City of London, this is a Greene King pub that has been transferred to its Capital Pub Company subsidiary. As a consequence there are no GK beers (except for Belhaven Black instead of Guinness). It is a pleasant one room stripped back bar with alcoves. On the walls are old brewery adverts and photos of old Truman (not GK!) pubs. There were 12 cask ales, of which ten were from London Brewers Alliance micros (there was a Windsor and Eton beer on along with beers from Hackney, Redemption, London Fields, Sambrooks, By the Horns and Trumans). One of the remaining two ales was a house beer, Spitalfields. There was a very small selection of keg beer including Adnams Dry Hopped Lager, Meantime Wheat and (I think!) St. Mungo’s Lager. This is currently the best selection in the close vicinity of Liverpool Street station. “
mbc 2463 days ago
68 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“Trad old boozer off Brick Lane. Used to pop in regularly before the change in licensing laws as you’d often have the curtains pulled shut at 22.45 and be in till midnight which was a novelty for me in London in the early 2000’s! Beers are always well kept, 4 or so on cask, always something from Crouch Vale when I visit. Small L-shaped single roomer but folks often spill out into the street of a summers evening. Definately worth a visit if in the area or on a Brick Lane curry run.“
Theydon_Bois 2697 days ago
70 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“A lovely old-fashioned pub in "Bangla Town" Carpet on the floor, open fire and a sleepy cat, that is what I call real British pub ambiance! We came early to enjoy our last cask ales before our flight home. Crouch Vale Brewers Gold was not a bad choice for a worthy ending for our London beer trip. A digression about the cat; you can see the same(?) cat on page 88 in "Londons best pubs" by Peter Haydon. The cat is a regular! (Visited November 17th 2012)“
Bryne 2791 days ago
68 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“Ok pub if you are nearby. Few customers and a cat listning to Cliff Richard when I worked myself through " the line".“
Bjarte1 2795 days ago
64 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“A great little Fullers pub and a very traditional Brit pub full of charm and local feel. Five cask ales, we had the guest ale named after the local Truman brewery. Located in a backstreet of the cool and lively Brick Lane area. We spent half an hour sitting by the open fire place enjoying our pints and the atmosphere (visited 05.11.2012).“
Rune 2796 days ago
78 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“We visited here Sat 20th October 2012 with Ang. Nice friendly little pub with a good crowd in tonight. The beer selection is small however it is a nice choice, we had Brewers Gold, in excellent nick however there was a touch of butteryness, not enough to not enjoy but enough to just about be noticed. Convienient for Brick Lane and also for Rough Trade East (if you like buying vinyl like me & Loz) Enjoyable proper pub, with good service, good beer, and a good crowd, whilst the likes of Craft, Cask & KItchen, Euston Tap, Rake, Brewdog etc will always appeal to the beer geek in us, I would always seek out a pub like this for a great atmosphere and just because this sort of place is our history. Great pub!“
Fin 2823 days ago
78 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“Not a great selection, but excellent place to spend hour or two in a pub that can be called quite brittish.“
kerolasa 2824 days ago
72 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“A superlative backstreet boozer just off of Brick Lane. Some great looking riff raff hanging out in front of the place. Inside is dimly lit with lots of bottles (full) lining the upper levels of the walls. There’s a TV, a piano, a very small bar, tables, chairs. Nothing too outrageous on tap, but the two I had were in good condition. Black and white photos adorn the walls, and there’s also plenty of brewery ephemera scattered about. Just super classic, this place. Worth stumbling in here sometime.“
Leighton 2948 days ago
74 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“Just off Brick Lane and close to that bloody great, expensive covered market, this is a little gem to get away from the tourist crowds. It was full of locals with shopping everywhere on the Saturday afternoon I arranged to meet one of my brothers there, so still not away from the crowds, just a different crowd, thats all! Good quality beer, standing room only, mind the shopping bags, smokey, locals served first, but friendly enough, I suppose. This is what a non-British tourist would think is a typical London boozer, and they would not be to far wrong. “
BlackHaddock 3029 days ago
54 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“It’s right off Brick Lane. You can chase your curry with a tasty pint. Feels like a 1970s TV show pub. And the locals look the part as well. "You’re nicked!"“
beansoup 3371 days ago
66 /100 3 HENEAGE STREET
“Crackin’ little boozer. I can’t really add much more than the other raters. Worth coming for a pint of fresh Brewers Gold alone.“
nate2g 3571 days ago