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LCBT: Leg 9 - The Central & City Semi-Circle

UPDATE:
As if we weren't spoiled enough there's ANOTHER Craft Beer Co opening in Central London. In fact it opens the day before, how courteous of them! It's got 15 cask taps and 30 keg lines, so we're likely to be spoiled. It's positioned conveniently close to The Whippet, so I shall change our start location to it. I have a feeling with having a trifecta of quality pubs starting us out, we may not progress very far at all.

I've updated the route, and our starting location.


ORIGINAL PLAN:
There are a fair few crafty boozers in the alternately monolithic/historical climes of Central London. City Boys and Girls pack out these beauteous beer bazaars of a weekday(night), but come the weekend there's a tad more elbow room. Let us take this opportunity to peruse them.

Here's the r̶o̶u̶t̶e. [SEE UPDATE]

First up, there's the Holborn Whippet. Not the most spacious of venues, however they achieve a superb beer-per-square-inch ratio by organising themselves around a majestic column of taps. They also do food, principally pizza, which is tasty though is prepared in the basement (I mentioned about the smallness, right?).

Next, why it's the mothership herself, Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell. Beers galore here, cask, keg and bottle. If you've never been then here's your chance to check it out.

Harrild and Sons is pretty damn new, but comes from the folk who run the Well & Bucket and The Slaughtered Lamb, so they know a thing or two about stocking a decent bar.

Finally, there's the Hack & Hop, again from some established bar runners (Dean Swift and The Old Red Cow) so there should be good beer, but quite pricey food and a 9:30pm curfew.

If we still feel like a swift one by the end (or are in desperate need of some proper pub grub) there's the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese across the way. It's a Sam Smiths, so you know the fare they'll have on tap, but they have a massive array of their bottles some of which are damn good.

Obviously this is merely a suggested plan - If we find a cache of quality beers we can always halt along the route.

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  • Jason

    Thanks again to everyone for a sweet little soirée yesterday

    May 11, 2014

  • Jason

    Will be about an hour or so late, so don't drink all the APA's before I get there. Help yourself to as much Fosters as you want though Deb....

    1 · May 9, 2014

    • Darren Bevington L.

      Nice to meet you Jase!!

      May 11, 2014

    • Jason

      Good to meet you two ya bloody towering Aussie. Think I might owe you a beer so give me a shout if you're at a loose end & keen for a pint[masked]

      1 · May 11, 2014

  • Darren Bevington L.

    Great day...and night guys!

    May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a good time! Too bad I had to leave after the second stop! Next time I'll stay longer ;)

    May 11, 2014

  • Nicola P.

    Great venue choice. Some wonderful beer. Good company.

    May 11, 2014

  • Ruben

    Great people and great beer! Can't wait for the next one XD

    May 11, 2014

  • Tanis

    I had an offer of a lift home that I couldn't turn down, enjoy your night everybody and thankyou for organising it Sim. See all of you on the next one

    2 · May 10, 2014

  • Sim Q.

    And now we're off to the Leather Lane Craft Beer Co. Find that.

    May 10, 2014

  • Sim Q.

    Hey folks. Slightly delayed update, we're at the Holborn Whippet now. Come join!

    May 10, 2014

  • paul

    Sorry somethings come up will get down to another meetup soon

    May 10, 2014

  • Sim Q.

    Right, we have nabbed a few tables in the basement lounge. There's a multitude of tasty looking beers for us to sample!

    May 10, 2014

  • Tanis

    I know this is a bit late, but I'm really tempted to come down and be schooled by people that know more about beer than I do. If you see me wandering around, I'm the guy with a slaphead and a rubbish beard. I'm new to this, so what should I do if I get there and can't find anyone?

    1 · May 10, 2014

    • Sim Q.

      Hang on, I'll message you with my phone number...

      May 10, 2014

  • Barnaby P.

    i will be there for 5ish

    May 10, 2014

  • Darren Bevington L.

    So is the plan to meet at the Holborn Whippet at 3pm?

    May 7, 2014

    • Sim Q.

      As the new Craft Beer Co opens on friday, we're meeting at there instead. It's on High Holborn (https://goo.gl/maps/s7...­ - though the entrance is on the corner of High Holborn and Endell St). But yes, 3pm, unless people are really keen. And when I say 'people' I mean me :-)

      May 7, 2014

    • Sim Q.

      We'll still attempt as much of the route as folk fancy, though...

      May 7, 2014

  • Kim

    I have to come to this now...I have something planned in the evening.

    March 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      You know we now all need to guess where you are off to this time ;-)

      2 · May 4, 2014

  • Bhavini

    Don't know if you fancy amending the route but the new Covent Garden branch of Craft Beer Company will be open by then and it's a five minute walk from the Whippet?

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • Sim Q.

      Yup, that was my intention (45 taps!). Also the Brewdog 'Bottledog' will be open by then, which'll probably be worth a looksie.

      April 16, 2014

    • Sim Q.

      Aaaaand done.

      April 16, 2014

  • Ingrid C.

    I may pop down The Holborn Whippet with Fuggle :)

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Neil E.

    I Can't make it as unfortunately I'll be drinking beer in California

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Sim Q.

      Youuuuuu SONOFABEACH!

      March 5, 2014

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