Alfred Le Roy

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Hackney Wick
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A Hackney Wick boat bar from the Crate Brewery team.

In the build-up to Brexit, Nigel Farage caused chaos on the Thames with a campaign flotilla seen off by Sir Bob Geldolf’s Remain fleet (yeah, sure). You won’t find such piratical drama on the gentle waters of the Lea, but that’s not to say it’s free of antics. The ever-popular Crate Brewery has opened up a barge bar for the summer, naming it the good ship Alfred Le Roy. And it’s a good ship indeed, serving cocktails while moored and taking pre-booked passengers on two-hour booze cruises.

Aboard the pretty blue boat are rows of communal tables with space for around 40 seated shipmates. They crank up old school house hits to add to the summer feel. At the bar, you’ll find classic cocktails done well – order a strong Dark ’n’ Stormy for seafaring the proper way – as well as new creations made with kombucha (fermented tea) brewed at the bar’s other venture in the vicinity, Mick’s Garage. An Akoya featured the tart tea and was seriously sour (in a good way) and refreshingly fruity.

Alfred’s an elusive kinda fella, though. We tried on three occasions to track down the barge, only to find that it was out for maintenance or taking a charter of drinkers out cruising. Rather than being all at sea, you’re better off booking one of those voyages for two hours of guaranteed Hackney hedonism (£20 including one cocktail, £40 with two drinks and a sharing platter). Forward planning may not be the pirate’s way, but at least you can party like one.

By: Laura Richards

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Venue name: Alfred Le Roy
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Address: Queens Yard Mooring, Queens Yard
White Post Ln
Hackney Wick
London
E9 5EN
Transport: Overground: Hackney Wick
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The BEST espresso martini!

Found this bar ITS ON S CANALBOAT in Hackney Wick. Absolute Gem. Great atmosphere, had to Shazam the music - will be back - so good!

tastemaker

Ahoy fellow cocktail lovers! I'm a complete sucker for a good cocktail and the experience of having one on a boat was not an opportunity to miss out on. The Alfred Le Roy is just around the corner from Hackney Wick and in the heart of the urban shabby warehouse chic that is Hackney. Moored next to the River Lea this boat bar is one full of fun and class and the perfect setting for a summers evening. 


The drinks menu was wide ranging and included the classic cocktails and some created by the bar. I went for an aperol spritz which was super tasty and slightly sweet which made a nice change to the bitter version that I also love, but have become used to. My one complaint would be that the cocktails were a tad expensive, at £8 however for the experience of basking on this comfortable boat I did not mind paying the price. Additionally if like my friend who joined me you do not drink this bar offers a variety of non alcoholic drinks to keep everyone happy.My friend had an elderflower and soda drink which was only £1.50 and meant she could enjoy the space as much as me. 


Furthermore, the bar staff were exceptionally attentive and kind making the experience ten times better. The man at the bar consistently checked on us, making sure we weren't too cold and that we were always good for drinks as well as keeping us informed about the bar food, what the local area was like and generally just keeping a close eye on us. 


I would happily go here again and want to work my way through their wonderful cocktail list. My only word of warning would be to email beforehand and check that the boat is there as they occasionally go on cruises down the river, which is also something to add to my to do list for summer.


I when on the night cruise and loved the views of London at night. The cocktails are super and the atmosphere was wonderful. I will be back!


Perfect in every way!!!! Gorgeous cocktails, refreshing local cider & beer, delicious food, chilled/fun atmosphere and to top it all off the staff are friendly & very attentive!!
An easy 5* day x


Cocktails on a boat! Loved the Espresso Martini and the Toffee Apple Sour sunniest spot on Hackney Wick. Love it.

Tastemaker

Amazing boat cruise by Crate Brewery. It departs right in front of Crate and takes a lovely route along the river Lea, starting from the now "upgraded" busy full of vibe Hackney wick, passes in front of Olympic park's hip media centre, turns its back to Stratford, goes through some residential areas, industrial areas, goes underneath the railway and up to somewhere near Clapton when it turns back. 


There is such a great vibe in there, with stunning views of the river Lea and its surroundings (parks, developments, industrial areas, bridges) and all the "wildlife" and the narrowboats! It is quite an alternative to the all time classic cruise along the Thames and way more chilled. The cruise for us lasted about 2,5 hours, a bit too long according to some of my friends but for me it was perfect. It wasn't really sunny but it was warm so it was quite enjoyable to stand at the front of the boat and look around. 


The boat itself is very pretty, these people have done a good job! We took the £20 cocktail cruise selection. Food looked ok but I am not sure weather it is worth it the £40. The selection of the cocktails is broad and they're delicious. The stuff is friendly and welcoming. Last but not least the music was great, ideal, with some indie-mainstream tunes! They might have run out of songs at some point though but never mind! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. It was a great summer day out. Definitely recommended. Go there before the summer is over!


Amazing location in trendy Hackney Wick. good atmosphere and great service. Can't wait to go cruising with them in summer, great all round idea