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

Latest reviews from Walthamstow

68 /100 198 HOE STREET
“Just a few doors up Hoe Street where it meets Walthamstow High Street, this is a new venture combining food with Signature Brew brews, with plenty of the aforementioned on keg lines behind the long service area towards the back. The venue is a ground floor unit in a new build and the place looks very new age for it.“
ManVsBeer 471 days ago
58 /100 145 HIGH ST
“Towards the western end of the long high street and marketplace in Walthamstow, this pub seemingly opens up in the evenings only on weekdays, I was surprised to find it closed at 4.30pm on a Friday, but returned an hour later when it was already quite busy. A traditional pub, but one that looks very worn inside, it's also split level with most people sat in the upper area in front of the horseshoe bar rather than the lower section, which had a bit of a pong about it, which is probably the reason. There's a row of cask ale pumps with locally and London brewed microbrews on them.“
ManVsBeer 471 days ago
62 /100
Nags Head (Bar)
9 ORFORD ROAD
“By the railway road bridge in the village area of Walthamstow, this is a large freestanding pub with good focus on locally microbrewed cask ales - there's a good row of them on the bar that's pretty much upon you after you enter the front of the building. I didn't venture away from here but it looked like quite a large place at the rear.“
ManVsBeer 475 days ago
60 /100 53 HOE STREET, WALTHAMSTOW
“On the main road north out of the commercial centre of Walthamstow, This is a large pub on the right hand side if your heading north after a slight rise and bend in the road. The ground floor has a central 'L' shaped bar with plenty of seating and the front and rear of the building. There's are row of cask ales that were not that exciting on my visit, but a few Pillars brews on its keg options sufficed for my visit. The decor feels slightly worn.“
ManVsBeer 482 days ago
62 /100
Bell (Bar)
617 FOREST ROAD
“Large corner pub in a fine building overlooking the traffic junction at Bell Corner. It has a large ground floor with a part-partition wall and seats on three sides of the bar, which is against the inner wall. Here a line of cask ales with local options and from microbreweries much further afield are available. The pub is traditional in style and packs the tables in and it was a decent crowd when I visited.“
ManVsBeer 483 days ago
66 /100 UNIT 7, RAVENSWOOD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, SHERNHALL ST.
“In the same large unit as Pillars Brewery but around the corner, there's a little more going on in this Brewery Tap though with a more expansive selection in terms of numbers and styles, and there's a fridge too that stocks all their current canned brews if you prefer you tipple this way! The service area is immediately to your left once you enter.“
ManVsBeer 487 days ago
58 /100 UNIT 2 RAVENSWOOD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
“Around the corner from the Wild Card brewery, in the same complex, this smaller tap room than its neighbour is worth a look in despite a limited selection available as they concentrate on certain styles with core beers.“
ManVsBeer 490 days ago
62 /100 186 HOE ST
“Front of the cinema conversion with the bar at the back of the ground floor. This is underneath the balcony area where you can of course sit. There's plenty of room albeit everything looks very worn, but this is its charm. There's a mix of cask and keg, not extensive, but the selections are decent.“
ManVsBeer 490 days ago
64 /100
Spar E17 (Grocery Store)
24-26 ORFORD ROAD, WALTHAMSTOW
“In the village area of Walthamstow, around the corner from the Nag's Head, this has to be the poshest looking Spar I've ever been in. It's a good thing though as the crafted canned and bottle ale at the back of the shop is more extensive than any Spar I've been in as well. There's enough quality here to keep you busy for a while.“
ManVsBeer 490 days ago
86 /100
Clapton Craft (Beer Store)
76 HOE STREET
“Midway between the Olde Rose & Crown and the Bell, this is a shop unit bottle shop (but mainly cans!) very similar to the other Clapton Craft I have visited in Clapton! There's an extensive selection of crafted brews and a row of taps in the middle of the right side wall if you want to sample or fill up for a takeaway.“
ManVsBeer 490 days ago
62 /100 UNIT 15, UPLANDS BUSINESS PARK, BLACKHORSE LANE
“Taproom at the new Signature brewhouse, serving all their core beers and current seasonals.“
BeerViking 519 days ago
72 /100
Spar E17 (Grocery Store)
24-26 ORFORD ROAD, WALTHAMSTOW
“Excellent bottle range at this Spar - a real diamond. Great range of London beers and some from further afield. Definitely worth checking out if in the area,“
alovelydrop 1053 days ago
84 /100 186 HOE ST
“Travel down from Chingford to drink here regularly. I should hate everything about it, seeing as it’s a converted cinema pub in the now gentrified area I grew up in but I love it. Always busy but you can always get a table, there are quiet areas but the at atmosphere is good and always have good music playing. Not so keen on listening to a live jazz band when I’m eating a roast though.“
biggsymalone 1185 days ago
68 /100 UNIT 2 RAVENSWOOD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
“A decent brewery taproom. Nicely appointed, incorporated well into the brewery’s layout. Only four beers on tap, all keg, although the quality level was good. Friendly staff, fairly average prices. Perhaps not a destination taproom, but given the extreme proximity to the Wild Card brewery bar (literally right around the corner), it makes for a nice one-two visit.“
Leighton 1533 days ago
76 /100 UNIT 7, RAVENSWOOD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, SHERNHALL ST.
“A solid brewery bar. Lots of indoor seating. Rugby getting projected on to one of the walls during my visit (it was a big match - I doubt it’s a regular thing?). Good range of Wild Card beers on offer: four cask and four keg, plus some of the same in bottles. The house range is supplemented by about 15-20 bottles and cans from other breweries, such as Beavertown and Magic Rock. Also a cider on cask. Friendly staff. Decent prices. Definitely worth he king out. The Pillars brewery taproom is literally a one-minute walk away, so take both in when in the area.“
Leighton 1533 days ago
72 /100
Bell (Bar)
617 FOREST ROAD
“A nice pub. Sprawling interior with loads of seating, numerous leather couches, bar stools, tables. Warm ambiance - there is even a live fire. Decent range or beers. Eight casks, though not very exciting. Mostly macro stuff on keg. Some fun bottles, including Orval. They sell cask beer in 3 1/3 pours, which is nice. Fair prices, friendly service, good music. A nice neighbourhood pub.“
Leighton 1534 days ago
80 /100 186 HOE ST
“Visited on 5th January 2017. Foyer of a converted cinema about 5 mins from Walthamstow Central stations. It’s got 2 bars with a spirits and cocktail bar at the front, down a few stairs is the bar with all the beer on. Plenty of seats scattered around and the place was popular. Really nice décor and feel to the place and definitely our favourite thus far. A good mix of keg and cask beers, quality good, service good. A quirky place and one I would definitely revisit.“
WingmanWillis 1553 days ago
72 /100 53 HOE STREET, WALTHAMSTOW
“Visited on 5th January 2017. Large Victorian pub less than 10 mins from the two breweries. It’s quite a decent size with a U-shaped bar and plenty of room to sit in, popular with the locals with a decent mix of folk in. Good range of cask ales on, well kept and some interesting finds, picked up a couple of new beers here. Prices and service good. Nice old pub.“
WingmanWillis 1553 days ago
68 /100 UNIT 2 RAVENSWOOD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
“Visited on 5th January 2017. Brewery and taproom in an industrial estate just outside the conservation area and a couple of minutes from Wild Card. A few more quid has been spent here with much nicer décor, white tiling, a nice bar area, a table football table in a little room by the entrance and decent seating around the brewing kit. 4 different lagers on keg, brewed on site, a couple of new-to-the-site beers on. Quality was good, prices decent and service friendly. Smaller selection than Wild Card but edges it for the ambiance of the place. Again, not one I’d make a regular but would return.“
WingmanWillis 1553 days ago
66 /100 UNIT 7, RAVENSWOOD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, SHERNHALL ST.
“Visited on 5th January 2017. Brewery and taproom in an industrial estate at the edge of the conservation area. Pretty basic layout with tables and a bar in the brewery. Décor is definitely industrial, no frills here. A mix of cask and keg beers, a couple of new beer on four our visit. Quality was good, service friendly, prices decent enough. Not sure I’d be a regular visitor as the beer isn’t setting the world alight but might pop by as there is a gin palace around the corner which Wingwoman was pretty keen on. Decent enough place to try their beers though.“
WingmanWillis 1553 days ago
72 /100
Nags Head (Bar)
9 ORFORD ROAD
“Visited on 7th January 2017. Stopped here en-route between Walthamstow Central and the 2 breweries. It’s a lovely looking pub in the Conservation area, U shaped pub with central bar, a mix of comfy seating for relaxing and tables and chairs for dining, a couple of cats are resident and may or may not make an appearance (a soggy puss did make a guest appearance). Beer range was mostly London microbrewed cask beer plus Landlord, a handful of more common "craft offerings" in can or bottle. It’s a nice locals pub which is a key part of the community but isn’t a mecca for ratebeerists.“
WingmanWillis 1559 days ago
70 /100 UNIT 7, RAVENSWOOD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, SHERNHALL ST.
“Came here on a Friday night. it’s on a small industrial estate in a gentrified area of Walthamstow, alongside a couple of other interesting bars on the site. Interior bar is next to the brewing equipment but decent in size. They had a gig in playing music and there’s a decent crowd. Bar featured 4 keg taps from the brewery and 4 cask lines, plus fridges of bottles. Outside they have benches and tables. Decent venue, although I’m not a huge fan of the beers.“
EdKing 1604 days ago
86 /100 186 HOE ST
“Really nice place located within a foyer of an ex-cinema. Very good choice of beer, nice ambient and great service. Did not try food yet, but menu looks promising.“
malushky 1677 days ago
62 /100
Nags Head (Bar)
9 ORFORD ROAD
“Took the trip up to E17 because this is one of the few places that has Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde on as a regular. And a good pint it was. Didn’t spot take notice of the other beers but they have 3 regular casks, 5 guests and various macro beers. Wasn’t very busy on a Sunday lunchtime, but the barmaid was very friendly and it had a very chilled atmosphere. Apparently specialises in jazz nights and pub cats. Would go back again if I was in the area, which it specified to be Walthamstow Village - the posh bit and, yes, there were some nice old alms houses, etc, around there!“
BeardedAvenger 1738 days ago
68 /100 145 HIGH ST
“Easily the best pub in Walthamstow beer-wise (unless you count the Wild Card tap room as a pub), although not my favourite atmosphere wise. Well kept cask ales, always changing but often include the likes of Wildcard, ELB, Tiny Rebel, that kind of thing. The main attraction for me is that the cask beer is very well conditioned, which isn’t true in the Rose and Crown for example (which would otherwise be my favourite local). Some decent keg stuff as well, nothing wildly exciting but reliably got decent hoppy options. Never tried the food. Bit too blatant an example of gentrification for my tastes...“
olie 2113 days ago
64 /100 UNIT 7, RAVENSWOOD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, SHERNHALL ST.
“Went here on a damp Saturday evening. The place was packed out but managed to get seat outside - not a huge amount of fun in the drizzle. Beer was good but the music was rather loud for my taste. I imagine that if I’d been there on sunny afternoon I would have enjoyed the experience far more.= but in the evening its probably best left to people younger than I (and I’m only 28...)“
alovelydrop 2174 days ago
74 /100 UNIT 7, RAVENSWOOD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, SHERNHALL ST.
“Corner end unit in a factory complex with other goodies within the industrial site: we liked the Gin Palace and the Neon Light Junk Yard in two of the others.The actual brewery and tasting room are basic with no effort to hide the fact you are in an old shed like unit, formerly used as a metal workshop. Half the floor space taken up with brewing equipment and barrels, the other half having a three hand-pull bar top and fridges along with old tables and chairs. Outside is a larger seating area with rotating ’street food’ outlets offering food: Korean on our visit. I had all three of their beers and a couple of bottled ones from other London ’new scene’ breweries. Service was great, two of their beers lovely. The whole little complex seems to be the new ’happening’ place in E17. Hipsters already know about it.“
BlackHaddock 2408 days ago
78 /100 UNIT 7, RAVENSWOOD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, SHERNHALL ST.
“Working brewery in an industrial park. Lots of ramshackle seating. Food truck and bottles round out their own selection. Good service and artsy. Prices are great for their stuff and reasonable for everything else. So far so good.“
Ferris 2430 days ago
66 /100
Bell (Bar)
617 FOREST ROAD
“Large corner pub given a makeover to attact a metropolitan crowd. Probably now the best bet in Walthamstow.“
mbc 2830 days ago
66 /100 145 HIGH ST
“New pub on Walthamstow High Street. Stripped-back ’shabby chic’ decor. 10 cask handpulls that focus on ales from independant London breweries. Good selection of bottles in the fridges ranging from Belgian to Amercian to English beers.“
MarshallStaxx 2868 days ago
70 /100
Spar E17 (Grocery Store)
24-26 ORFORD ROAD, WALTHAMSTOW
“Although Spar is a chain all over the country, the one in the Village in Walthamstow is really unusual for beer. Along with the usual suspects (Hobgoblin, Greene King etc) it has a wide range of Brodies, London Fields Brewery, Samuel Smiths and other interesting stuff. Also good European beers like Weihenstephan, and some US and Aussie stuff like Brooklyn Brewery, Little Creatures etc... Nothing hard to find except Brodies, which is local. edit: July 2015 - this place has gone further in a craft direction - selection changes all the time but regularly has plenty of interesting stuff from the likes of Beavertown, Kernel, Thornbridge, Partizan etc... really unusually good for the location“
olie 3097 days ago
84 /100 53 HOE STREET, WALTHAMSTOW
“An old fashioned Voctorian alehouse, as the name suggests. Near to Walthamstow tube, a great community hub, with a theatre upstairs and regular comedy/music nights weekly. Usually five constantly changing real ales and one real cider, always well kept but not cheap. A good selection is guaranteed, with a stout or porter, a mild or IPA and normally a couple of golden session beers and a more traditional bitter. Great service, no TV but music usually played. A gem in an area that needs one!“
Gasperoo 3611 days ago