Craft Beer Company

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Each of London’s five Craft Beer Co pubs can boast dozens of taps – the Covent Garden branch’s count of 45 is the highest in the UK – but the Islington outpost is the only one that could be labelled cosy. A comfortable pub with an excellent beer list is a dangerous proposition, and you could certainly spend many happy hours (and rather a lot of money – the list is long but not cheap) finding a new favourite pint with the help of the knowledgeable, friendly bar staff. Outdoor tables and a covered yard offer the beer buffs who flock here the option of a little daylight, too.

Venue name: Craft Beer Company
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Address: 55 White Lion Street
London
N1 9PP
Opening hours: Open 4-11pm Mon-Wed; 4pm-midnight Thur; noon-1am Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Angel tube
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rpate
Tastemaker

In line with the other Craft Beer Co pubs across London- currently numbered at six- the Islington branch is perhaps the most welcoming of all. Drawing in a younger crowd and situated a few minutes away from the Angel underground station, a respectable range of craft beer is served in a refurbished north London boozer. It’s a handsome space with some of the venue’s original details preserved, including a heavy wooden bar and ornately topped pillars throughout. Remarkably, there’s plenty of seating available throughout several rooms and even an outdoor space. The crowd is more relaxed and livelier than some of the more central branches of these pubs, so it’s a good pick for a casual pint.


The barstaff are friendly and were relatively knowledgeable on my last visit. They were carrying some excellent beers from Magic Rock that I’d never sampled before and some other interesting sours. The food is proffered by Forty Burgers (also at their Covent Garden sister branch). The burgers are good, served in a glazed brioche bun and with a side of fries. Food specials rotate and there’s also a chicken and vegetarian option available.


I’ve been assured that this is the best site in North London for a pint of good beer and I believe it- it’s our sure-fire hangout when we find ourselves around Angel and in the mood for something new. Prices are about what you’d expect for good craft beers- along the lines of £4 for a half or £8 for a pint. It’s better to drink in halves, though, because you can try a little bit of everything.

Daniel L
Tastemaker

The rise of craft beers around the world has naturally led to a rise of craft beer pubs? Or so one would hope for. However, we are still see a multitude of average pubs that don't really mind if they have served the same bland lager for 25 years. Some might call it comfort and homeliness but I definitely appreciate variety and the new, and hence I laud the efforts of Craft Beer Co. Whether it is the latest Christmas Stout (shout out to Siren Brewery's Caribbean Christmas Cake) or even a delicious fruity Pompelmocello grapefruit IPA, there is no doubt you will find something out of the more than 20 different draught crafts that would suit your palate. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly and would not hesitate in helping you decipher the exotic labels and tastes on offer. So you never have to wonder what the difference between Indian Pale Ale, Pale Ale, Imperial Pale Ale etc.

South Carolina
Tastemaker

Really lovely pub! The burgers are what hungover dreams are made of and with a hair of the dog it makes for a great Sunday spent nursing whatever self inflicted torture you’ve induced from the night before. Be warned - it is not for the faint of heart! With beer taps galore you may find yourself drinking things you could have never imagined. The beers can be a bit pricey so I’d recommend trying a few first to find the right one.

Maggie W
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Great local spot off the main high road with good rotation of craft beers and a decent G&T to boot! The staff has always been very knowledgeable about what they’ve got to offer on top, and they are very willing to let you sample a few if you’re trying to pick out a good one. I’ve never eaten here but the burgers look good from afar, and the pub itself is a great place to people watch. They’ve got board games as well, so between that and the good drinks on tap, it’s easy to lose an entire afternoon in this place.

Ben Hamilton

Absolutely incredible pub with the best selection of beer in London and fantastic service. 10/10

John Jeffrey

Great beer, and the staff are nice and do what they can to make it work, but an awful building, with far too small a bar, indifferent seating, an uncomfortable atmosphere and no demonstrable interest in informing you about flavour, origins or even price of much of the draft beer. (When I visited) We had been looking forward to going to the Craft beer co in Islington for some time. Its a great idea and I think driving some interest and premium into the commodity driven beer market is to be applauded and I love craft style beer. The pub was busy, with a loud group of lads on a pub crawl dominating the middle of the bar; we almost walked out there and then. Why so little regard for everybody else's experience of the place by people and venue. We persevered and waited at the bar in front of the impressive double row of of beer pumps, but with over 15 to choose from it was difficult to know what to order. We picked up the menu, but it only listed bottled beers. We looked at the cardboard badges, and saw pricing and basic info on one or two but most were just the breweries logo and name of the brew. Correct me if I am wrong but I don't think that is 'correct', you should have a list of products with ABV %, and pricing clearly visible in the bar. The cask ales had a list with ABV's and pricing, why not the others, why no list in the front of the folder, why no descriptions of the beers on the wall in the menu or on the pump clips for any of the beers??? I ordered a Thornbridge Chiron, because I knew the brewery, and hoped it was not going to be too expensive and we took pot luck on a cask beer. The rowdy lot left, thank fully, and we found a seat on some high tables near the bar; the other room was ridiculously bright. Incidentally we noticed a fridge against one wall with bottled beer and wine in it, but would you believe somebody had to come out from behind the bar and unlock it! Our friends arrived so I went to the bar to order, my friend defaulting to what I had had in the absence of any other information. I wanted to try something else, and asked for help which was given, but the higher price was not disclosed so I was only charged for a half. (Nice, thank you) . Maybe the venue they are stuck with, but I am sure they could do a lot more to make it a much better consumer experience. I won't be going back.

Nick Light

Brilliant pub, warm, cosy, characterful with a simply incredible range of beer plus a huge selection of spirits and wine. Amazing discovery.