I don’t think this pub was here during the 12 years I lived in London, but I’ve passed it a dozen or so times on trips to the capital since then. For some reason I assumed it would be an underground bar given its a tiny plinth of a building that is one of a pair that acts as the gateway to the modern station building - there’s no below level area so I was mildly surprised to find that this small rectangular building no more than a few metres in length and width is very much it. As such it’s a very tiny affair with a central bar along the back wall and whatever simple small tables and chairs they squeeze in around the rest of the perimeter. An upstairs level has been added with a metallic spiral staircase leading up to it - this is where the tiny toilets are located too, which along with most of the place are looking worn and grotty. However this doesn’t seem to stop people coming here and it’s clearly the rotating choices of cask and keg that appeal. All are written up on chalkboards above the bar, the 4 cask are on this board to the right, and similarly the keg choices are on the one to the left. Cider Tap occupies the other gatehouse building opposite, although I did not go in here - but it’s probably a similar set-up. Don’t expect to be able to find a seat at peak times.
Situated outside Euston station this place has improved the beer selection around Euston immeasurably.
A great range of beers, in good condition and at a reasonable price.
Place is tiny and the stairs are narrow to upstairs seating area. Really busy in evenings with the work crowd.
A must pop in if nearby.
Ferris (1456) Burnaby, British Columbia | August 6, 2014| Updated August 17, 2014
In a historic gatehouse that is cool but tiny. There is a patio though, but in quite a busy area. The bar does smell a bit of sour beer. Service was pleasant and they were keen to offer samples, but it was slow. selection was pretty good with a nice range of bottles you can get to go. Prices were reasonable for the area.
I can’t add much else than to echo the sentiments of other raters regarding the venue itself. The potential is definitely there and I can understand it’s still relatively new, but it really lacks charm and character as a beer bar. The priority - meaning beer, is just too inconsistent by way of conditioning, dispensing and pricing. ET does feature interesting casks, and always Marble and Thornbridge but you don’t always know what your getting quality wise. It’s something that seriously needs to be looked into by the proprietors. I’ve noticed on numerous occasions that they don’t take constructive criticism well, and as a patron, I don’t think it’s unfair to voice my concern especially when paying higher end prices for beer. And it’s a shame as one definitely can’t fault the range of beers on draught and what’s available in bottle. The staff do what they can to be friendly and show enthusiasm but at times it feels forced rather than sincerity. I honestly hope things can improve as the foundation is there already as one of the premier beer bars in London. I’ll check in regularly and see how it goes.
Boudicca (1231) London, England | September 18, 2011| Updated October 12, 2013
The Euston Tap is in one of a pair of elegant classical style lodges which originally flanked a huge archway and are now the only remaining structures of the entrance to Euston station from when it opened in 1837. The other lodge houses the Cider Tap.
The bar is in a necessarily smallish, square room with traditional green tiling below the dado rail and there’s a vertiginous spiral staircase leading to a second, windowless room and the rather unappealing toilets up top. Outside there’s a small triangular patio with a parasol and some high top tables and chairs where you can lean or perch and watch the world go by. It’s surprisingly quiet outside (relatively speaking) as the trees tend to muffle the noise, and perhaps soak up some of the fumes, from the busy Euston Road and the buses going in and out of the station. This being a main London terminus, however, it’s not unusual to get hassled by the winos who hang round the station.
The 20 or so beers available on tap are listed on blackboards on either side of the bar and the taps protrude from a wall at the back. Not all of them are labelled and it’s wise to order by number so that the bar person doesn’t get dizzy by constantly having to turn round and check what’s what.
(Last visited 8 August 2013).
Fin (1146) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | November 15, 2010
Me and Loz visited this place Sat Nov’ 13th 2010. I quite like the building, its a little quirky and appears to be one of a pair of gatehouses built for Euston Station. Inside it was still interesting but very small, there was a nice old metal spiral staircase leading up to a larger room and a single toilet I guess that they are going to have to sort something out regarding a disabled toilet. The bar could have been better laid out, I’m not convinced the horsehoe sort of shape works as it juts out to far forward. The beer list was fine, a couple of Marble beers including Dobber and Manchester Best plus a good selection of other stuff including a pretty large selection of bottled beers. It didn’t really do anything wrong, its just that something didn’t seem right, Loz found the stools uncomfortable and you had to sit up against the wall, admittedly there was seating upstairs but we were only here for the one beer. Beers seemed in pretty good nick, staff friendly although appeared a bit bored and wandered around picking bottles of beer out of the fridge and reading labels and looking at pictures on the wall. Not 100% sure about this place but prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt as it’s new and will try again at some point.
We have been here several times now, close to the Bus and Railway stations and can be seen from The Doric Arch. The gatehouses have a slight feel of a gentleman’s toilet unfortunately, allied to this, there is a pervading aroma of disinfectant. The problem is that the gents upstairs is in a poor state. However despite the cold feel of the place and lack of ambiance, the beer range is terrific, there is always a vast array of beers and styles to choose from and the service is always knowledgeable. Not really a place to linger, more a quick pop in, but really worth a visit.
Have popped by the Tap many times since it opened in Nov ’10, most recently 01/08/12.
Great old building - gate house and final remnants from the former incarnation of Euston station before it was concreted in the 60’s.
Smallish bar downstairs surrounded by 2 fridges. Small number of stools to seat perhaps 8 to 10 people down the sides.
Via the spiral staircase there is a smallish room and seating for 25 or so people. Seating also available outside in the beer garden (again small - 20 or so?).
19 keg taps and 8 cask.
Cask usually from around the UK, keg a good mix including usually at least 2 from Germany, Belgium, Czech, 4 or 5 US and some UK keg.
Good bottled selection in fridges either side of the bar.
No food available - last time I noticed you could order pizza in. Crisps, nuts etc available behind the bar.
Service always decent but can get A must on a tour of good watering holes in London.
Great little place just outside Euston station. 20-some odd rotating taps - seemingly split between more traditional English craft breweries and the more Americanized and stronger styled English craft breweries (The Kernel, Buxton, etc.). Great bottle selection as well, including De Cam lambics. Service was very friendly and helpful in giving directions, prices were a little high (but it’s London), and the atmosphere was very fitting. Definitely worth a stop when in London.
Leighton (1033) London, England | April 17, 2011| Updated September 19, 2014
Great pub. I worked here for about 2.5 months from when it opened in November 2010 until January 2011; but I don’t think I bring any bias when I say this place is fantastic. The range is likely the best in London, with competition perhaps from CPK. Prices on cask ale are better than you will find almost anywhere in London, especially considering the range, quality and condition. The bottles and some of the kegged beers are quite expensive, so when people say "the beer at Euston Tap is expensive" that’s what they’re referring to. The ambience here is interesting, something like industrial-chic, and given that the building is historic the management was limited with how they could renovate it. For awhile there was only one toilet, then they added a porta-loo outside, then added a second toilet upstairs. The space is not large but can hold more people than you would think, and the wrap-around bar makes ordering a bit easier. The music selection payed over the PA system is best in London. Period. (I’d like to think I got them started on the right foot in this regard.) The food options are alright, with crisps and nuts available at the bar, and you can usually order pizza from a nearby pizzaria and they will deliver it. The staff is great, for the most part, and some of the bartenders really know their stuff. I try to stop in here once a week.