food + drink

Best Pubs in East London

Imagine a London where each venue offers the tastiest craft beers, a great atmosphere and knowledgeable staff. In Hackney this is now the reality. Here are Ed Holton’s recommendations for your very own Hackney Central Beer Mile:

THE PEMBURY TAVERN
Tall and imposing on Five Points junction, what was once a dark, lifeless and uninviting pub is now thriving under the Five Points brewery, one of Hackney’s finest. Line your stomach with pizza, immerse yourself in stylish décor and vibrant ambience, and sip on the freshest of beers, brewed a mere stones-throw away. The ‘Railway Porter’ is a must-try.

THE COCK TAVERN
A proper boozer – where Howling Hops brewery first started out, brewing in the cellar before their move to Hackney Wick. It’s dark and you’ll be eating pickled eggs rather than pizza; this place is all about atmosphere and beer and has arguably London’s best cask beer range.

ST JOHN AT HACKNEY BREWERY
No trip to Hackney Central is complete without a visit to the railway arches of Bohemia Place, opposite the station where St John’s has a tap room ranking alongside London’s best. Expect decent beer (including guest beers), a huge garden, and delicious pop-up food menus.

THE EXPERIMENT
One of London’s most talked about craft beer establishments – what was Pressure Drop’s old brewery is now a collaborative taproom with Verdant – a brilliant, Cornish craft brewery. With exclusive new releases most weekends, ample seating and affordable take-out cans, this is an essential stop.

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