London offers no end of drinking dens where craft beer enthusiasts can indulge in Belgian-style brews, cask ales and quirky fruit beers to their heart’s content. Bars are great to a certain point but when you want to dine out with a great selection of craft beers – the list gets much shorter.

While this list is far from exhaustive, it does offer an insight into the ever-growing world of craft beer-centric restaurants in the capital.

Each of these restaurants are going the extra mile to offer the beer aficionado that little bit extra, serving up a dizzying array of keg, canned and bottled beers.

Scroll through for our roundup of some of the best craft beer pubs in London…

Have we missed your favourite? Please leave a comment below.

Central

Chick’n’Sours

Chick'n'Sours

A whimsical menu of herb fed fried chicken, next level sides, sour cocktails, local beers & cracking soft serve ice cream creations.

Chick’n’Sours provide weekly changing guest beers to go along with their house beer from local brewery Fourpure.  They focus on UK craft breweries that they believe are creative, making great beer that they enjoy drinking and go amazingly with their food.   
Expect to find: Fourpure, Buxton, Harbour, Magic Rock but time your visit and would will also possibly find Cloudwater, Beavertown, Moor, Wild Card, Siren, Thornbridge and Wiper & True.
Chick'n'Sours
Contact: Chick’n’Sourts – Seven Dials London, 1 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LL. Ph. 020 3198 4814. 

Bukowski

How do you like your meat? If your answer is ‘with a side of even more meat’, then you’re in the right place. Burgers, ribs, steaks and other modern American inspired food prepared using great British produce cooked in their charcoal grill and served along side craft beer.

Head chef Robin normally picks his beer list after trying different beers from craft beer shops, tap rooms, pubs and samples dropped in to their restaurants and if he find something he really likes, he gets in contact with the brewery in person. Robin looks to rotate the selection every 3-4 months with a few permanent ones he likes to keep on.

Expect to find: Weird Beard, Orbit Brewery, Brixton Brewery, Pressure Drop, Hopdaemon and Redwell.

Contact: 10-11 D’Arblay Street, London, W1F 8DT. Ph. 020 3857 4756. http://bukowski-grill.co.uk


North

Heist Bank

Heist Bank is a new all-day hangout in Paddington located just off the canal. Heist Bank specialises in wood-fired pizza, beer and fresh flowers, bringing something entirely new to the area. Shipped straight from Italy, Heist Bank’s wood burning oven turns out a selection of delicious pizzas featuring local cheeses, cured meats and seasonal toppings such as Burnt shallots, tropea onion, smoked lardo, Berkswell cheese. With beer as a focus, Heist Bank offers 12 local brews on draft, from the likes of Magic Rock, Beavertown and Siren, which are also available to take out in Growlers.

At Heist Bank we have tried to design the beer menu around food pairing particular with our pizzas, we work a lot of English based breweries directly to get a good coverage of styles. We change main list every 3-6 months, however we have two guest draft lines and two guest bottles that we like to change on a regular basis.

Expect to find: Gipsy Hill Hepcat Session IPAWild Beer Co. Bibble Pale Ale, Fresh and Millionaire Milk Stout, Beavertown Neck Oil and Gamma Ray, Buxton Wild Boar IPA, Siren Calypso, Fourpure Pils and Oatmeal Stout.


Beer+Burger

Beer+Burger Willesden Green

Beer+Burger is diner-style, rather than a restaurant as such, with a simple menu of burgers, fries and sides. 5 burgers plus 1 monthly special; sides include chicken wings, mac balls, dill pickles. Everything made in house. All available to eat in or takeaway.

They have 20 draught lines, and approx. 250 bottle/can lines, all in fridges and available to drink in or takeaway. All of the draught lines rotate as they rarely get more than 1 keg of anything. B+B try to keep a good range of styles, usually a couple of lagers, a couple of wheat beers, a sour, a saison, a few pales, ipas, a couple of stouts/porters and one or two ciders. They always like having new/interesting stuff in and being beer lovers ourselves we try and get the stuff we want to see!

Beer+Burger Willesden Green

Expect to find: a London focus, especially with the permanent lines like Beavertown, Pressure Drop, Howling Hops, 5 Points, The Kernel available. Beyond that it’s mostly UK breweries, especially on draught, although they do have a small number of beers from elsewhere. Some Belgian, German, US, Danish, Swedish and others in the fridges, with Mikkeller and Evil Twin brews a specialty.

Contact: 88 Walm Lane, Willesden Green. London. Nw2 4QU. Ph. 02030197575. www.wearebeerandburger.com


Pasta n’ Goulash pop-up @ Tolli cafe

Pasta n' Goulash pop-up @ Tolli cafe
Serving: Hungarian and Italian classic dishes with a twist. The menu focuses on stews and fresh hand-made pasta dishes.
Pasta n' Goulash pop-up @ Tolli cafe
They pick their craft beers to accompany their food selection. Tending to rotate the selection every 2 weeks but selecting from the same breweries. Currently there are 3 beers from Italy, 2 from Hungary and 1 from Austria on the drinks list and all of them are pretty rare in London.
Expect to find: Birradamare Chiara, Birradamare Birra Roma, Birradamare La Zia Ale, Rothbeer Pyromania, Csupor Tantorgo ParIPA, Brewage Nussknacker (Nutcracker barley wine)
Pasta n' Goulash pop-up @ Tolli cafe
Contact: Tolli cafe, 327 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2TJ. http://pasta-n-goulash.co.uk. Opening times are weekends 25th-26th March, 8th-9th April, 22nd-23rd April, 6th-7th May. Open from midday until 11pm.
(Dates might be extended)

South

Booma Brixton

Boom Brixton

These guys specialise in pairing tasty Indian dishes with great beer. Booma were also voted the Uk’s best craft beer restaurant at the SIBA awards last week. Need a better reason to go and check them out?

They selected the beers after finalising the food menu. The beers were chosen to compliment the food and to create a wow factor. They will stay with the current beer list for the time being, or at least until they change some of the dishes.

Expect to find: Pin-Up, Rodenbach, Hust Heath, Oakham, Delirium Tremens, Thornbridge/Brooklyn, Chimay, Deus, Rogue and Stiegl.

Boom Brixton

Contact: Booma Brixton – 244 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6AH. Ph. 020 7737 4999. http://booma-brixton.co.uk.


Nape

Nape - nape interior 1 (square)

Nape Cured Meat Bar, Bottle Shop & Deli is Camberwell’s newest addition and they also have been in contact with some of the best craft beer breweries in this area of town.

They have five beers on tap and 12 in bottle and choose the best of the modern beer scene, rotate every season and add in specials as they come up from breweries they love.

Expect to find: Yeastie Boys, Fourpure, Gypsy Hill, Beavertwon, Orbit, Brixton Brewery, Partizan, Kernel to whet the whistle.

Nape top table (portrait)

Contact: Nape – 21 Camberwell Church Street SE58TR. Find the current beer list on their website.


Namban

Photo by Paul Winch-Furness

Japanese soul food with Brixton Market flavours. The beers are chosen first and foremost for compatibility with our food. Tim also considers price, style, ABV, and branding. They change the beer menu about twice a year but have new beers in as specials frequently – especially their many collaboration beers. To date they’ve have done eight collaboration beers with another one in the pipeline.

Expect to find: Kirin Ichiban, Pressure Drop Nanban Kanpai (house collaboration beer), Five Points Pils, Brixton Reliance, Magic Rock Salty Kiss, Moor Revival, Two Tribes/Island Records Jamaica Porter, Erdinger NA Wheat Beer, and rotating special or collaboration beers – currently London Beer Factory Beer for Faye Wong.

Photo by Paul Winch-Furness

Contact: Namban – 426 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF, 020 7346 0098, nanban.co.uk.


Hood Streatham

Hood Streatham is an independent, modern British bistro style restaurant with small and seasonal food menu, European wine, local craft beer and selected artisan sprits – open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

They all became fans of craft beer shortly before opening as they were researching local brewery options. The decision was made to stick to bottles and cans due to keeping startup costs down by not installing a celler/cold room and its infrastructure. They started with 13 beers on the list in Feb 2015 and now regularly have up to 30 different beers in the fridge. HS have several ‘core’ beers that rarely leave the list and rotate by the seasons, their mood and by the special brews that are brought out by certain breweries.

Expect to find: Gipsy Hill, Brixton, Brick, Mondo, Fourpure, Brew by Numbers, Partizan, Streatham Brewing Co, Redchurch, Kernel, Pressure Drop, Langhams, Siren, Wild Beer Co, Three Hills Brewing, Magic Rock, Cloudwater and many more! Most London breweries are dealt with direct except a few for ease through Bottle Shop/Pigs Ears.

Contact: Hood Streatham – 67 Streatham Hill. SW2 4TX


Bukowski

How do you like your meat? If your answer is ‘with a side of even more meat’, then you’re in the right place. Burgers, ribs, steaks and other modern American inspired food prepared using great British produce cooked in their charcoal grill and served along side craft beer.

Head chef Robin normally picks his beer list after trying different beers from craft beer shops, tap rooms, pubs and samples dropped in to their restaurants and if he find something he really likes, he gets in contact with the brewery in person. Robin looks to rotate the selection every 3-4 months with a few permanent ones he likes to keep on.

Expect to find: Weird Beard, Orbit Brewery, Brixton Brewery, Pressure Drop, Hopdaemon and Redwell.

Contact: Bukowski – Unit 10 Market Row, Brixton Market, London, SW9 8JX. Ph. 020 7733 4646

Unit 5 & 6 Boxpark Croydon. 99 George Street, Croydon CR0 1LD. Ph. 020 3026 6059. http://bukowski-grill.co.uk


The Table Café

In an area known for its constant progression, The Table Café on Southwark Street sits comfortably amongst its Bankside neighbours. From a small restaurant selling sandwiches and salads, the Table has grown into a thriving business with a diverse menu centered on impeccable quality and sustainable resourcing. The menu? Simple food with flair.

Under The Table Southwark

For the new bar within our restaurant – Under The Table, they have chosen to go with a list that, like their menu, celebrates and supports local British businesses. It seems a natural choice to go with London craft beers which right now are at the top of their game. You’ll find a selection of four on tap as well as eight bottles and one canned option.

While they have only just launched their list, it will be customer driven by what and when they change things. Current favourites include Brixton stout, but certainly Nico from Orbit and 5 Points from Mondo are the current front runner from customers.

Under The Table Southwark

Expect to find: Kegs: Five Points Brewery, Mondo Brewing, Signature Brew, Gipsy Hill. Bottles: Mahrs Bräu, Orbit Brewery, Brew by Numbers, The Kernel, Partizan, Brixton Brewery. Cans: Gunnamatta Earl Grey IPA, Yeastie Boys’, Wellington NZ.

Contact: Under The Table –  83 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0HX. Ph. 207 401 2760. www.thetablecafe.com.


East

Chick’n’Sours

Chick'n'Sours

A whimsical menu of herb fed fried chicken, next level sides, sour cocktails, local beers & cracking soft serve ice cream creations. This is the original and while their Seven Dials is newer – I love the vibe of this place.

Chick’n’Sours provide weekly changing guest beers to go along with their house beer from local brewery Fourpure.  They focus on UK craft breweries that they believe are creative, making great beer that they enjoy drinking and go amazingly with their food.   
Expect to find: Fourpure, Buxton, Harbour, Magic Rock but time your visit and would will also possibly find Cloudwater, Beavertown, Moor, Wild Card, Siren, Thornbridge and Wiper & True.
Chick'n'Sours
Contact: Chick’n’Sours – 390 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA.

Smokestak

Smokestak

Probably London’s Best Barbecue Restaurant. After doing their time on the front line of Street Feast the guys have now got some sexy permanent digs just off Brick Lane.  Dishes include ‘Brisket bun, pickled red chilli’, ‘Coal roasted aubergine, red miso, cashews’, ‘thick-cut pork ribs, pickled cucumber’, ‘raw seabream, grapefruit, jalapeno’

 

When looking for beers for their tight list, they wanted to work with people making great products locally. Branding is also a big part and Smokestak think these breweries really fit with their outlook and cuisine. Kernel changes it’s hops with every brew, and they always get the freshest batch so it changes weekly.

Smokestak

Expect to find: 40ft brewery, The kernel brewery, Fullers

Contact: Smokestak – 35 Sclater St., London, E1 6LB. www.smokestak.co.uk/info


Bukowski

How do you like your meat? If your answer is ‘with a side of even more meat’, then you’re in the right place. Burgers, ribs, steaks and other modern American inspired food prepared using great British produce cooked in their charcoal grill and served along side craft beer.

Head chef Robin normally picks his beer list after trying different beers from craft beer shops, tap rooms, pubs and samples dropped in to their restaurants and if he find something he really likes, he gets in contact with the brewery in person. Robin looks to rotate the selection every 3-4 months with a few permanent ones he likes to keep on.

Expect to find: Weird Beard, Orbit Brewery, Brixton Brewery, Pressure Drop, Hopdaemon and Redwell.

Contact: Bukowski – Unit 61 Boxpark, 4-6 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6GY. Ph. 020 7033 6601.


West

Charlotte’s W5

Charlotte’s W5

Charlotte’s W5 is a celebration of craft and provenance where they make your day, every day. Serving great British food and drink every day from 8am till late in their stunning converted Victorian stable block at Dickens Yard in Ealing Broadway.

The food menu takes you through the day from breakfast to dinner. Quality, provenance, sustainability and value are foremost in their thinking and work only with small suppliers, whose passion and flair match their philosophy. Awarded a Bib Gourmand in The Michelin Guide 2017 & featured in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2017.

Charlotte’s W5

At W5, the drinks are as important as the food. Head bartender Fredi Viaud has sourced talented artisan suppliers for tea, coffee, spirits and liqueurs, while expert Melissa Cole selected a range of craft beers and master sommelier Matt Wilkin curated the wine list. When it comes to the purées, cordials and infusions- naturally, they make them all, hand-crafted in their bartender’s workshop, no preservatives in sight.

Contact: Charlotte’s W5 – The Old Stable Block, Dickens Yard, Longfield Avenue, Ealing W5 2UQ. Ph. 020 3771 8722. www.charlottes.co.uk/w5


Ben’s Canteen

Relaxed south London restaurants (in Clapham Junction and Earlsfield) offer informal eats, a wide variety of soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as a top notch brunch. Casual all-day dining is the DNA of the brand serving up popular burger and wine/beer pairing options alongside star dishes to include Spicy nduja mac & cheese and Mexi Fries. Ben’s third site in Battersea Power Station is due to open this Summer.

They work with craft beer experts, and mates, We Brought Beer to curate their short selection which gets refreshed every few months.

Ben's Canteen

Contact: Ben’s Canteen – 140 St John’s Hill, SW11 1SL and 422 Garratt Lane, SW18 4HW.  http://www.benscanteen.com