Mason & Company

Bars and pubs, Beer hall Hackney Wick
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Canalside beer bar in Hackney Wick.

Please note, Mason & Company has now closed. Time Out Editors, September 2018.

Sitting on a slightly barren canalside stretch of Hackney Wick, where old industrial grubbiness meets the box-fresh Olympic Park development, there’s a sense that Mason & Company is catering for a crowd that isn’t entirely there yet. Though, as nearby scaffolding and cranes attest to, times are changing.

The interior is slick and inviting: plywood benches, comfy booths. The staff have that wide-eyed attentiveness that you get in new places. They offered table service, and happily talked us through the craft beers. Of which there are many, from a range of brewers across the UK. It was Liverpool-based Mad Hatter that really shone, with a hoppy IPA called Eminent, and Down the Rabbit Hole, an American-style strong ale. East London Liquor Company’s product also shone in an excellent G&T.

Snacks came courtesy of resident foodsters Capish?, who do an Italian-American truckstop-style menu. We went with the poutine – beef shin pimping up the usual unholy trinity of ingredients – and courgette fries with basil aioli. Which, admittedly, didn’t taste of basil. But at £5 and £4 respectively, both dishes were good value for hefty portions.

Yes, it sounds like millions of other east London drinking spots. But it’s not like they’ve left it on the default setting; staff are too friendly, and there are lovely little touches, like serving customers on the grassy bank outside and letting dogs bound in and out. As custom inevitably picks up, I hope Mason & Company can maintain its cheeriness as well as its beeriness.

By: Matt Breen

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Venue name: Mason & Company
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Address: 7 Canalside, Here East
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E20 3BS
Transport: Hackney Wick Overground.
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Tastemaker

I was introduced to this venue by beer supremo @rpate - if there is anyone who knows her stuff, it is her! As a West Londoner (soz folks) the trickiest part was getting there. But it is a mere hop, skip and a jump from Stratford station...although I did Uber it (doh) so don't do that, get the FREE bus instead. Right, once there, its a really cool, modern venue on the canal with a great choice of beers (probably better to just read Rebecca's review...cos like, she knows best!) I was mainly a big fan of all the nice friendly bar staff and many, many boys :-) It is a winner for me!

tastemaker

Having tried and loved the meatball sub in New York I was in search of the (non subway) uk equivalent and mason and company do it so well.

The canalside restaurant is bright and welcoming and the have an excellent selection of beers on tap. You can't go far wrong here.

tastemaker

Light wood interiors, Scandinavian chic kind of place and I love it!
Besides being very instagramable, they offer a good selection of craft ciders and beers and of course let’s not forget about mouth-watering subs. Those can be ordered as takeaway or as a sit down snack. Last time we came by, but unfortunately they were out of meatballs (!) and we couldn’t order the very raved about meatball hero sub, but friend chicken parm was just as dreamy. Courgette fries are very indulging and go along great with a beer.

Great atmosphere, food and drinks - yes, I approve! :)

Great beers, decent music in the background (always a bit of Northern Soul on offer) and CACIO E PEPE SPAGHETTI BITES which are probably the best bar snack ever invented....

tastemaker

In what feels like an undiscovered part of Hackney Wick lies this adorable new bar and eatery. Situated on the canal, with outdoor seating available on the grassy verge, this quiet and relaxing area to while away the time is a great place to escape the madness of London bar culture. The staff are really lovely and the interior is warm, inviting and minimal, with projected light patterns and all ply furnishings that are reminiscent of a trendy carpenter workshop.

From the founder of the Five Points Brew Co, the craft beer selection is varied and offers some interesting flavours, such as fruity and zesty ales, and those against grainy beverages can choose from spirits and cocktails, including a particularly good gin concoction. 

Street food masters Capish? have also taken up permanent residency, offering their brand of American-Italian casual cuisine. The fried chicken parm, with its butter-milked crispy coating, rich marinara sauce, aioli and parmesan in a brioche bun, teamed with a beer and courgette fries makes for a super tasty meal. Top tip, try the deep fried spaghetti cubes- a weird sounding carb-filled combination but so so satisfyingly crunchy, cheesy and peppery.


Can I haz all the beer? YES! Mason & Company have a great rotating list of beers to keep it interesting every time I pop in. Plus amazing coffee and on point food from Capish?. The staff are really some of the loveliest people in hospitality as well. It's always a great vibe there, and if you haven't been yet, I strongly recommend it!


As a Capish? groupie, I was really made up to find they’d secured a permanent mooring by the canal at Hackney Wick. The setting is terrific, with a super-slick look and really friendly and chatty staff. I never flinch from travelling ½ way across town for my Italian/American fix.

The Steak Braciole will always be a thing of wonder and on my last visit, I teamed it with the Italian Poutine, spaghetti bites as chasers and an ice cream sandwich to close. I always seem to order most of the menu, but unsurprisingly never seem to run out of eager helpers. Have all things crossed that the legendary lasagne rolls make it back on the menu.


Mason & Company is well worth a visit. Bright and airy with outdoor space by the canal it has a relaxed vibe with great service.

It’s very reasonably priced with a vast craft beer selection and brilliant food – chicken parm and poutine were favourites. What more could you want?!


A bright and spacious watering hole along the River Lee in Hackney Wick. There is an excellent selection of 20 beers on rotation including some heavy hitters from UK craft breweries as well as options from further afield. Whatever you do, do try the delicious umami sensation that is the deep-fried anchovy and sage leaves. And make sure you don't leave without experiencing the best meatballs in London from Capish? who run the kitchen.


 Lovely place.  Design-wise I can't think of anywhere like it in London, very stylish but unpretentious. The food is so good and the beer list is sharp as hell.  Very warm atmosphere and a cracking location too


It's so lovely to sit down by the canal at Mason & Co with one or two of the amazing choice of craft beers available and perhaps even have some of the delicious food on offer.  It's a bit of a trek from where I live but always worth it!  


What a dream Mason & Company is! I can't think of an equivalent elsewhere in London in terms of its beautiful style and ambiance and picturesque setting on the canal. The beer selection showcases the most exciting and top quality beers from the UK and beyond, but make no mistake that this is just a really good craft beer bar. The wine, spirit and soft drinks menus are equally impressive, and it's great to see so many local brands on offer (East London Liquor Company, Square Root London)


The Capish? food residency is what makes this place stand out. The menu is carefully curated to offer something a bit more than your average bar food offering and has bags of flavour! I'm a sucker for the Fried Chicken Parm, every time.


The staff are not only super friendly, but extremely attentive and very knowledgeable. This is no mean feat when the extensive beer offering rotates so regularly, and you feel as though you're being hosted rather than merely served.


Top tip: the 388 bus around the corner from the bar makes the journey to Stratford tube/overground less than 5 minutes and then you're in Central Line/Overground heaven!


Always worth the trip.


Mason & Company is just what the area needed!  

My wife and I live locally and have visited several times, we have been really impressed with the friendly and attentive staff and the beer selection is always on point. The food from Capish is generous and delicious and it is nice to see a kid friendly option on the menu. Sitting outside on the deck chairs is great but the interior is warm and inviting on the not so sunny days. Worth the trip if you don't live close by, but for us it is definitely our new local. 


Sitting in Mason & company just now. Had one of their micro-burgers for 9 pounds. I am still hungry and asked for an ice-cream sandwich but they run out..as most of the other things on the menu. I am italian and my aperol spritz doesn't even taste of aperol. I feel like they ripped me off. Do not come to this awful expensive non-italian place!! The barman was very nice though ;)

Tastemaker

Although Mason & Company is run by Edward Mason, founder of the Five Points Brewing Company, and therefore intrinsically linked to the brewery, it’s a craft beer bar with an expansive rotation of beers from nearby and further afield. It boasts 20 taps – two devoted to offerings from the Five Points – but the rest are exciting and fresh. The menu is in constant flux and kegs are bought on a single basis, meaning that when a keg runs dry, you’ve missed your chance.


Mason & Company also features a permanent residency for a street food luminary. On site, Capish? purveys their renditions of classic Italian-American fare as they've dished out since 2012 at markets including KERB and Street Feast. The food menu features a range of their specialties, but it’s the sandwiches that are legendary. I love the Eggplant Parma stack of breaded aubergine stuffed into a buttermilk roll with oozing pesto and mozzarella. I’ve also been advised that the Meatball Hero sub is a game changer.


As a space, Mason & Company is bright, minimal and clean. Light wood features throughout, the furnishings included, and the walls are a pristine white. The generous front windows can be thrown open, letting the sun stream inside to create a breezy, welcome space. There’s ample seating that includes banquet tables, stools pushed up to perching ledges, smaller tables and group booths. Outside, there’s more seating where pundits can languidly observe the activity on the adjacent canal. The kitchen is located in the back of the bar, open and bustling with activity.


Finally, the drinks list. The pièce de résistance. On our visit, I opted for Hickey the Rake from Wylam Brewery – an excellent APA suited for a sunny afternoon with zingy notes of lemon flavours. We also ordered a Lervig Sour Yuzu, which was razor-sharp and tangy.


A great vibe and located in the next trendy culture hub in E20, Mason & Company is a real gem for craft beer fans and foodies alike.


tastemaker

Ed Mason, the founder of Five Points Brew Co has a pretty decent heritage when it comes to both making and serving beer. His Hackney-based brewery has been nailing the making part of that for the last few years (Five Points Pale is still in my top ten) but since he sold Mason & Taylor to BrewDog back in 2012 (and then handed over the reigns of The Duke of Wellington in 2014) to focus on setting up said brewery, he's been missing a place to dedicate to serving it in London (he's still got interests up in York & Leeds...a busy man!) 


This drought comes to an end with the opening of Mason & Company in the Here East development, previously the Olympic Park Media Centre, a stone's throw from Crate & Howling Hops - a welcome addition to the Hackney Wick craft beer scene. When I visited a couple of days after opening on a grey Sunday, the 20-strong tap list was dominated by guest brews from New Zealand heavy hitters Yeastie Boys, Tuatara and 8wired. The bottle list included plenty of local brews as well as some from cult international craft brewers including Stockholm's rarely-seen Omnipollo. The atmosphere was a little flat, with the word yet to have spread, and the bar staff seemed a little distracted (the NZ brewers themselves were in attendance) which was a bit of a shame, as I would happily have chatted a while about my potential choices, but they were helpful enough. So, a hub for epic brews, with a bit of room for improvement. Add to that meatball-based deliciousness from street food veterans (and Five Points Yard Party collaborators) Capish? and I'm really looking forward to seeing Mason & Co bed in. 

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