Craft Beer Company

Bars and pubs , Breweries Covent Garden
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Venue name: Craft Beer Company
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Address: 168 High Holborn
London
WC1V 7AA
Opening hours: Bar open noon-midnight Sun-Wed; noon-1am Thur-Sat. Kitchen open Mon – Sun: noon-10pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Rd or Holborn
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Richard B

WOW.

What can be said about a place which has 45 beers on Tap.

This place is the top beer pub in the west end, makes everyone else look like bumbling amateurs.

Come here often, it does get super busy and it would be nice to have it to myself sometimes, but if something is this good, its no surprise its busy if its located in the heart of the west end.

rpate
Tastemaker

Craft Beer Co is another bar chain that offers a refuge for good beers in various central London sites. The first Craft Beer Co pub opened in the Clerkenwell in 2011 and in May 2014, this Covent Garden branch opened with the distinction of having 45 taps, 15 beers on cask and 35 on keg, which was the largest selection in the UK at the time. They host monthly events with some of the UK’s most eminent breweries, including: Weird Beard, Siren, Wiper & True and Magic Rock. They also boast a tidy in-house menu from Forty Burgers, which offers a very respectable burger in a glazed brioche bun and fries for £9-£12. Menu specials rotate on a monthly basis and there is a chicken and vegetarian option available.


The selection of beer ensures that a huge variation of styles will be represented from the country’s best breweries and further afield. The fridges are replete with a bulging selection of bottles, but you’ll unquestionably find something to quench your thirst on tap with their rotating picks.


The bar is spread across two floors and has an outdoor area for perching on a nice day; this location attractions throngs of people throughout the day and tends to draw in a mixed crowd; by day, bleary eyed tourists wander in and spend an obscenely prolonged amount of time discussing the beer available with the staff. By night, the place attracts a more London-centric audience of a more savvy nature, there to eyeball what specials and more complex iterations are on offer that night.


The bar gets fairly cramped due to the crowds, but the focus is firmly on the beer. The problem with their rapidly alternating taps is that you’ll never be able to see the badges while you wrestle to the bar- this is due to the congregation of indecisive customers- and despite the helpful beer list circulated to tables, it can never keep up with the entire selection that is actually being poured.


I can’t fault the selection and central location of this Craft Beer Co branch, but the ambiance can be a bit flat and the crowds constantly remind you of its central location. It isn’t as trendy as the nearby Brewdog Soho, but the staff are friendly and usually knowledgeable.


It’s always worth popping into just to do a recce of what’s on tap, however. 

Tony A

I'm not a fan of beer and therefore I don't particularly like this place. It's ok in the summer, because you can stand outside and have drinks with colleagues/friends, but come autumn and winter, there is no point. There is hardly any space inside. But I must say it has a huge selection of beers (if you enjoy beers).

Emma S
Tastemaker

Amazing choice of craft beers on the pumps that line the long bar. It's more expensive than your usual pub, but the amount of work that goes into these beers vs your average Fosters cannot be underrated. The staff are friendly and happy to hand out tasters galore to help you make up your mind. On the food menu are tasty burgers, and there's a spot on the pavement outside for al fresco musings. 

Adam S
Tastemaker

This place is pretty good for a few beers after early evening. The beer selection is huge so there's definitely something for everyone. However, the upstairs room is pretty small and so you can often get squeezed in and have to queue for a bit to get served. But they've got a large seating area hidden away downstairs, and the outside area is also fairly sizeable for central London with awning cover and heaters. 


All in all, one of my go to pubs.

Cookie Monster
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A great selection of beer on offer, as you might suspect. In addition to the bar area, there is a basement and outside (on the street) room for drinking.