London’s Craft Beer Hotspots

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This month we’ve brought you four of the top bars in London’s fast-growing craft beer scene. As more and more people are seeking out specialty beers like St. Stefanus, it is catching up with Europe’s top cities and gaining a reputation that is recognised the world over. Let’s take a closer look at these local gems and see what people have to say about them.
BOYDS
@jordanwise_ says it has ‘a cultivated menu and errorless service with a smile’, and after winning the ‘2014 TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence’, who could disagree?
Variety of Beers
A wide variety of specialty beers and a great wine selection. (4/5)
Quality of Beers
The quality of beer is very good, with St. Stefanus Blonde available on tap. (4/5)
Food
From tasty British Tapas, to special lunch and pre-theatre set menus, Boyds Brasserie doesn’t disappoint in the dining department. (5/5)
Ambience
Just one visit to this glamorous yet laidback restaurant will make you fall in love. (4/5)
Service
Well-trained staff with a friendly touch (4/5)
Features
This is the perfect place to impress colleagues, friends or your other half. Celebrate with a champagne cocktail or glass of cool St. Stefanus under a lavish crystal chandelier. (5/5)
STRONGROOM
@FoodieClaire says it’s “quite simply the best pub, garden, everything in Shoreditch”, but don’t take her word for it. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think!
Variety of Beers
Beer lovers will feel right at home with a great craft selection. (4/5)
Quality of Beers
Strongroom has some fantastic specialty beers available, including St. Stefanus Blonde, which is available on tap. (4/5)
Food
It has a very affordable food selection for breakfast and dinner, with some great treats and specials on offer. (3/5)
Ambience
The relaxing vibe in the bar spills all the way out to the large, welcoming summer garden, creating a wonderful, laid back atmosphere. (4/5)
Service
Friendly staff with great beer knowledge. (4/5)
THE DRIFT
Escape London’s hustle and bustle and head to Bishopsgate to be charmed by the delights of The Drift. This city sanctuary is the perfect place to unwind with some great quality food and a few glasses of St. Stefanus.
Variety of Beers
The Drift doesn’t stock a huge variety of beers, but what they do stock has been carefully selected to compliment their food selection for a relaxing lunch or dinner. (3/5)
Quality of Beers
What they lack in quantity is more than made up for in quality. Their boutique beer selection contains only the best, including our very own St. Stefanus Blonde. (4/5)
Food
They offer an imaginative main menu, as well as some great brunch and Sunday roast dishes. Bianca Boranda says, “I’m not a fries person but the truffle fries here are the exception”, so why not give them a try and let us know what you think? (4/5)
Ambience
A hidden gem right in the heart of London, the laid back atmosphere is a joy to behold. (5/5)
Service
The staff are very knowledgeable and are a great source of inspiration for food pairing with your St. Stefanus. (3/5)
Features
It’s love at first sight, with stunning interior design that will keep you coming back for more. (4/5)
THE DRAFT HOUSE
There are five Drafthouse pubs to choose from: Seething, Tower Bridge, Westbridge, Northcote and Charlotte. No matter which you choose, be sure to try the pork scratchings, which @cowfish says are “excellent”.
Variety of Beers
Whether you choose from the Everyday or Extreme selections, there is plenty of choice to keep you coming back for more. (5/5)
Quality of Beers
The beers in the Extreme selection are of the highest quality, and that’s where you’ll find St. Stefanus. (5/5)
Food
They have the hot dog corner, a boatload of fries, hamburger specials and some great puddings – the perfect beer food to pair with your St. Stefanus. (3/5)
Ambience
If you’re passionate about beer then this is the place for you, with regular brewing events right throughout the year. (4/5)
Service
Across all of the Drafthouses you will be greeted by friendly staff that know all about their beer. (4/5)
Features
With five to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find one that suits your taste. Why not challenge yourself and try to visit all five? (4/5)
Have you been to any of these bars? What did you think? Where would you recommend for craft beer in London?

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