Mother Kelly’s Bottle Shop

Mayor: Leighton (5) | Affiliated user(s) here londonfields | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 80
Beer, cider, cheese shop
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
SinH4  (362) Garching b. München, Germany | September 7, 2018
A cleanly organized bottle shop with quite a few taps that you can sample or take growlers with home. Quite a chilly room in the back, everything in the front is in fridges, so you can also get beers from the fridge and drink them there. Good selection of what's rolling in England these days. No cheese when I was there, unfortunately. Great place!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
ManVsBeer  (2336) Hebden Bridge, England | June 1, 2018
Next to Well Street Pizza on the road with the same name. This shop unit has a number of taps, and many more bottles and cans to peruse whilst your enjoying something from the funkiest of craft keg brewers. I was in here just 10 minutes before closing, but they still allowed me a quick third. They also had just gone cashless, but I only read this on a sign a couple of minutes after handing over my silvers and coppers so I don't think it's a steadfast rule as yet.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
klm1  (139) Bled/SF, | November 5, 2017
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Fin  (1304) Attenkirchen, Germany | October 15, 2016


We visited here on Saturday 8th October 2016 with ’Aris and Ang’, we’d been to 40ft Brewery Tap first and headed here by bus. I have to say this is one of those rare occasions that I am not really able to accurately describe how best to get here as ’Aris and Ang’ did the legwork Re: best buses and route to take, and we just followed taking little or no notice. However what I can remember is that we got off the bus somewhere central’ish’ in Hackney walked down Mare St, and turned off left by the Hackney Empire before weaving through a residential area and to a row of shops, quite a random assortment as I recall where we found this place.

This is a neat and well laid out bottle shop. As you enter the serving area is on your LH side with beers (and cider) on racking on both sides and some taps at this part of the shop. Further back and up a step or two is a raised glassed off area which is kept cooler and contains quite a few hundred bottles, in fact the choice throughout the store is excellent. Most of the bigger American bottles are at the front of the shop but at this rear section you’ll find Buxton, Edge, Evil Twin oh lots face it I could go on and on, you know the great and the good of the current Craft scene. Downstairs is a tasting room, I think that the idea is that you can take beer from the large fridges down here and then pay for them upstairs when you’ve finished, however we were allowed to crack open beers that we’d just purchased, interestingly the male member of staff (manager?) was fine with this arrangement the female staff member seemed less sure, we explained that he’d agreed this and took our beers downstairs with no further fuss. I didn’t really study the taps too much but I seem to recall some very decent beers were available.

I think the service here is great, it’s got a fabulous selection and it’s well laid out, however I do have one major criticism and that is pricing. I think that the prices here are really high and it’s probably one of the most expensive beer shops I’ve ever frequented. I accept that they’re not a major chain or one of the big online boys and that they clearly go out of their way to source beers that other won’t have and so they are going to be mode pricey than much bigger outfits such as BOE, Cotteridge etc but seriously the prices are just a bit silly I think. I spent £27-28 and was happy with my beers but not sure how often I’d visit here as its a little out of the way unless your over this neck of the woods.

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Jimmythespoon  (181) , | July 31, 2015
Great bottle shop, if not one of the best in London in my opinion. Loads of beers kept in perfect condition, They are all stored in a cold room that you go into. They also have a lot of taps for take away growlers. The drawback is that this place is COMPLETELY out of the way. I really don’t know what the owners were thinking when they opened up here. It’s not even near a tube station so it involves a lot of walking so when you are trying to carry 10 bottles plus you can see how the location is inconvenient. Would definitely rate this place higher if it was more accessible it’s a shame that all these beer shops opening are trying to cater to hipster crowds without realising to them craft beer is a passing fad. I will however visit as often as I can as this is really one of the best beer shops.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Leighton  (1074) London, England | May 4, 2015
A recently opened bottle shop up in Homerton, brought to by the same fine folks who run Mother Kelly’s down in Bethnal Green. This place is of the same quality level, with a great assortment of beers from London and other UK brewers, in addition to Belgian, Scandinavian and American. They also have a fairly extensive range of cider. There is a draft system for growlers with about 10 tap lines (give or take), although only two were pouring on my visit. The prices are pretty good. The staff is friendly and happy to help. There is also a nice selection of artisanal cheese. It’s not the easiest shop to visit (about a 10-minute walk from Hackney Central) but I’ll probably try to get here somewhat frequently. I look forward to seeing how this shop progresses.

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