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Euston Tap

© Rob Greig
Euston

Back in the sepia-tinted days of yore, long before the sinister creep of coffee chains and identikit pub operators, train stations had proper pubs on platforms and could be great places to go for a pint. But privatisation, rather predictably, saw independent station pubs hit the buffers.

British Rail may not have been very good at delivering trains on time, but it certainly hailed the ale with more enthusiasm than the new breed of station managers, who have turned the vast majority of stations into real ale deserts.But, to paraphrase the famous British Rail slogan, London’s train termini are getting there… slowly.

First, the Betjeman Arms opened at St Pancras – serving a few decent drops on draught including its eponymous Betjeman Ale. And now Euston, possibly the bleakest of all London train stations, boasts a fantastic new craft beer bar.

Set back from the main station building, it occupies an impressive Grade II-listed Portland stone lodge – one of the few relics from the original station built in the 1830s. It’s small and simple with a compact bar that’s refreshingly free from the usual forest of fonts. Instead, all the taps, complete with funky handles and numbers, can be found on a copper-clad back bar – an approach borrowed from the craft beer bars in the States.

The selection here is incredible, showcasing beer’s full depth and breadth of flavours and styles. There are 19 genuinely rare and renowned craft beers on draught including the awesome Anchor Humming Ale from San Francisco; Matuska Raptor IPA from the Czech Republic; an unfiltered version of Bernard pilsner; and the rather super-duper Palo Santo Marron from the Dogfish Head Brewery on the US East Coast.

Eight extra hand pumps play to the cask crowd with guest beers from micros, ales from Manchester’s Marble Brewery and the terrific Thornbridge Brewery in Derbyshire – its Jaipur is an excellent example of an authentic IPA.

Either side of the bar are two enormous chillers stocking an immensely eclectic array of more than a hundred bottled beers; altbier, kellerbier and kolsch from Germany, heady hoppy pale ales and pumpkin beers from America’s craft brewing scene, Belgium classics and a Scandinavian selection including the marvellous efforts from maverick Danish brewer Mikkeller.

Up a wrought-iron spiral staircase is a small drinking area lined with brown banquettes, a few tables, walls adorned with architect’s blueprints and one, just one, toilet. It’s a little worn and feels a bit like a waiting room, but it’s the drinking, not the décor, that draws the mostly male crowd.

Staff are knowledgeable and friendly, plans are afoot for a small food menu and it will soon be opening early for coffee and pastries. Go here for the beer though, you won’t be disappointed.

Venue name: Euston Tap
Contact:
Address: West Lodge, 190 Euston Rd
London
NW1 2EF
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon; noon-11.30pm, Tue-Thur, Sat; noon-midnight Fri; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Euston tube/rail

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3.1 / 5

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Martin Nixon

Went to Euston Tap at 3pm yesterday [13 Dec].Have been before and was impressed. This time one overworked barperson serving, people walking out because of delay. Uncleaned beer slops on bar and brasswork around pumps was dirty and stained. We stayed for one beer[Moor brewery which was excellent ] before conversation inhibiting loud music and the state of the place drove us away. Very disappointing.

Natalie

I am a huge fan of craft beers, and an even bigger fan of having a large selection of them at a decent price, especially in the heart of London. Euston Tap ticks all those boxes and is one of my favourite water-holes. With their range of beers on offer changing every week, you're never short of a great selection and new ones to try. They are really helpful and give tasters if you want to try before you buy too. Being so close to a main station, it's really quick to get served too which I was surprised at. Great atmosphere in summer when people drink outside, and good in winter with the heaters - but get there fast as limited space! If you're hungry too they get pizzas delivered for punters, whats not to like?!

Finton Stack

re: Joan Tue Apr 12 2011 Utter nonsense. Euston Tap charges c. £2.90-£3.30 for cask ales, the Bree Louise £3.50 (and unlike Bree Louise the Euston Tap knows how to keep its beer.) You're obviously comparing fancy 7% American IPAs (they're expensive for a reason, and there's plenty of other stuff if you don't want to fork out) from the Tap with standard 4% British brews from the Bree Louise, which is more than a little silly. The Tap's tiny, can get pretty crowded, and there's not a lot of atmosphere in the upstairs room, but it's never the less heaven for beer drinkers. Five for the beer, three for the surroundings.

Ashwin

Surprised at the (so far) low rating for this place. I mean, have you taken a walk in the immediate surrounds of Euston station?! I worked on Eversholt St for a year and this place is an absolute godsend - quality beers at good prices. Can't think of many station pubs in London as good. By the same virtue - of being by the station - it does get crowded though, most evenings, and being rather small it may not be the best bet if you're looking for a sit-down drink.

Matt

Went to the Euston Tap last night with some friends. A small but nice place with a very impressive range of beers at reasonable prices. Don't bother ordering a pizza though. We ordered ours at 7.45 and were still waiting for them 2 hours later. At £11 each you would expect quicker service than that. The problem, apparently, was that it was an unusually busy night and they order them in from a Ray's Pizza place in WC1 somewhere but the delivery driver can only carry 5 at a time. What a joke! It was a Tuesday night so I wouldn't like to be there at the weekend. The staff didn't act too bothered about it either. It was a really bad system.

Dave S

Agree with ayoy. Euston tap cask beers very keen for London and about 30p a pint cheaper that like minded bars. £2.90 is a bargain . Love a pint outside on a warm night at the tap

Joan

Visited this bar last night. The selection of beers is great. The staff were very friendly. However, the drains were up so the place smelt dreadful. The music got hiked up to an uncomfortable level while we were in there and it was extremely expensive. We left and went to the Bree Louise round the corner and got 2 halves of great beer for less than the price of one half in the Tap. Unimpressive.