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For the hedonist
The Crown and Shuttle
226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ; 020 7375 2905; crownandshuttle.co.uk
You might expect The Crown and Shuttle to have calmed down a
little since its days as a strip club, but you'd be wrong. Prepare for
a suitably unbuttoned atmosphere if you wander in on a Friday
night. 'We don't take ourselves too seriously,' says assistant manager
Christopher McCuaig. 'If you come here, you'll hear a bit of '70s, a
bit of hip-hop, and a bit of Queen thrown in for good measure.'
Most of the unwinding here is lubricated by some pretty decent
beers, including Meantime's Brewery Fresh tanked London Lager.
McCuaig says the pub gets through nearly 900 pints of the stu�
every week: 'It's unpasteurised, unltered, and more hoppy and
vibrant than your usual mass-produced lager.'
What to drink Meantime Brewery Fresh London Lager. Bready,
with subdued bitterness in the Bavarian tradition; £5/pint.
For the traditionalist
Williams Ale and Cider House
22-24 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS; 020 7247 5163
If the breweriana on the walls and the shepherd's pie on the
menu didn't convince you, then the 14 handpumps will: this is a
traditional sort of pub. Known as 'The Williams', inside it's cosy and
inviting, and even a piano which patrons are encouraged to play -
a commendable if somewhat risky policy.
'We really wanted to keep that East End pub feel,' explains general
manager Joe Louis Sheasgreen. 'It's spit and sawdust. We have live
music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday; there's no piped music.
Instead there might be someone on the piano, banging away,
having a great time,' he adds.
Cask ale has been around since Dickens was a young boy, but
some of the beers served here come from breweries that are yet
to notch up their rst 12 months of production. The Williams
believes in supporting these new craft-beer producers. 'There
are so many unique microbreweries making really small-batch,
high-quality beer,' Sheasgreen says. 'Our customers want that,
they want to try what's on o�er.'
What to drink Truman's Swift. Light, gently bitter brew
from east London's revived brewery; £3.90/pint.
THE HOLBORN WHIPPET
25-29 Sicilian Avenue,
WC1A 2QH; 020 3137 9937;
Go to the Whippet for a taste
of the North: big, foamy
heads and reasonable prices.
THE SOUTHAMPTON ARMS
139 Highgate Rd, NW5 1LE;
This Gospel Oak boozer
started the trend for spitand-sawdust
pubs. It champions cider, too.
WELL AND BUCKET
143 Bethnal Green Road,
E2 7DG; 020 3664 6454;
Reopened in 2013, this
elegant pub just north of
Brick Lane o�ers oysters
and excellent ale.
THE FLYING PIG
58-60 East Dulwich Road,
SE22 9AX; 020 7732 7575;
diner/pub has a huge
choice of di�erent beers,
many from London.
THE WHITE HORSE
1-3 Parsons Green, SW6 4UL;
020 7736 2115;
Long before there was craft
beer, there was The White
Horse. This beer institution
is best visited during one
of its superb beer festivals.
THE BEST OF THE REST OF LONDON
Pull up a stool at The Crown and Shuttle
Sing along at Williams Ale and Cider House