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.
|Venue name:||Mason & Company|
7 Canalside, Here East
|Transport:||Hackney Wick Overground.|
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Average User Rating
4.6 / 5
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- 4 star:3
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
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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....
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 ;)
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