The Beer Shop

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Nunhead is lucky to have this friendly bar-cum-shop with a huge beer selection.

Despite the name, this lovely bar and shop – one of several independent gems in Nunhead – doesn’t look anything like an off-licence. Its website labels it a ‘micro-pub’, but its colourful, light-filled, open-plan front room is probably best described as a drop-in centre for beer-lovers.

The tiny back counter dispenses three draught beers – on our visit, these included two pale ales, namely Buxton Brewery’s sharp, citruous Moor Top, and Northern Monk’s smooth, fruity Monacus. In addition, there’s a 60-strong list of bottled beers, ciders and porters – mostly (but not all) from London brewers, all with clear, succinct tasting notes. These range from familiar names such as Brewdog or Camden Town Hells to properly niche offerings such as By The Horn’s Sour to the People, a burgundy-aged, sour-mash vintage beer, or 750ml bottles of Siren’s blended Ratchet artisan ale.

The husband and wife owners answer questions without patronising, and offer samples without evangelism – don’t expect Camra-style geekiness here. You can enjoy a leisurely pint without engaging with anyone, but if you’re up for some informal nerdiness, they organise regular Meet the Brewer sessions with local beermakers.  

The Beer Shop seems happy to be used as an extension of locals’ living rooms, with weekly BYO takeaway nights, where you bring your own food but they supply the beer – a clever flip on the usual approach to BYO. But The Beer Shop also sells everything to take away – even draught beers in two-pint containers. Shop? Bar? Whatever it is, it works.

By: Nicola Arencibia

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Venue name: The Beer Shop
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Address: 40 Nunhead Green

London
SE15 3QF
Opening hours: Open 4pm-11pm Tues-Thurs; 4pm-11.30pm Fri; noon-11.30pm Sat; noon-8pm Sun.
Transport: Nunhead rail.
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I love this place, a warm big-hearted place with excellent beers at good prices, the takeaway 2 pints of ale is a bargain and the staff are kind and know there stuff. They even ordered in a case of my favourite Pressure Drop in for me for my birthday. Keep making Nunhead great


It's like a second home! Great selection of ever revolving beers plus your regular favourites, the relaxed environment makes it easy to come but difficult to leave!


It's like a second home! Great selection of ever revolving beers plus your regular favourites, the relaxed environment makes it easy to come but difficult to leave!


It's like a second home! Great selection of ever revolving beers plus your regular favourites, the relaxed environment makes it easy to come but difficult to leave!


It's like a second home! Great selection of ever revolving beers plus your regular favourites, the relaxed environment makes it easy to come but difficult to leave!


It's like a second home! Great selection of ever revolving beers plus your regular favourites, the relaxed environment makes it easy to come but difficult to leave!


best place in town! lovely local vibe with permanently friendly atmosphere. real front room drinking!


Outstanding small spot in Nunhead with an unbelievable amount of choice at the bar and imaginative events staged throughout the week. Lee and Lauren (the owners) are fountains of beer knowledge and their place is a real find!


Amazing place, amazing range regularly-changing beers, lovely owners and great meet-the-brewer events!! Favourite place in SE London by a mile!


Does what is says on the tin. Since the day it opened has been consistently great and gets better and better.


Lee is great, as are all the people there. The beer is well kept and the regular 'meet the brewer' nights are fun.


excellent range of beers, very friendly staff with great knowledge of the stuff they are selling.


Such a friendly atmosphere, it's like being in your friends' living room! (but with better beer!)


Wonderful micro pub. Excellent variety, reasonable pricing that means you're happy to stay, and the staff couldn't be nicer. New favourite local.


Brilliant beer, brilliant atmosphere. One of the very best places to hang out in South London.


I love this little gem, always cosy, great beers and lovely owners. What more could you want!?

Tastemaker

The term micro-pub doesn't exactly conjure up must-visit vibes but I'm glad I did visit this one.  It's a little gem in the heart of Nunhead (another great find) with friendly staff and a brilliant selection of beers and ciders.  We dropped by on one of their events: Scandinavian Beer Spotlight, and treated outselves to some Danish beers.  Add to that BYOF - yes that's right you can bring your own takeouts, this micro-pub may just have it all.


I had no idea this place existed and I am very glad to have found it. A really good space with excellent beer selection. We popped in for a drink and ended up staying for a few hours as we found the Jenga. Highly recommend going down as The Beer Shop is where you want to be on a rainy Saturday afternoon!


This is the best thing to hit SE15 since Rodney's day. Lee and his team have created a really relaxed and friendly space, the beer is terrific and the range frankly terrifying. Over the course of the last year, i have never drunk the same beer twice here. And never regretted any of my choices. Chapeau!


Literally, my favourite spot in all of London. Quality beers. Lovely, genuine service. Cosy atmos.


An incredibly welcoming environment, with an impressive array of ever changing beers from local, national and international breweries. Look out for their takeaway Tuesday's, homebrew nights and meet the brewer talks.


Cosy, friendly little bar with a fantastic and ever changing selection of beer. Pleasant, knowledgeable staff. Go, go now!!


This is a really friendly place, the Manager and his wife are very friendly and helpful and he definitely knows his beers, he will be able to help you choose your beer, he will be able to tell you what every beer contains, all the flavours and so it makes it easy for you to choose, all the staff are also very good. I would strongly advise a trip this this Beer Shop.


Too good for most people so don't bother going and leave it to those of us who know.


Best place for beer in SE hands down! Staff are fantastic and have always been a pleasure to chat to. A great little gem of place, plus their monthly meet the brewer nights always go down a treat. With a variety of takeaway option including two pints for a pound in a carton, I'm glad I moved a few doors down!


Visiting The Beer Shop is the best way to experience craft beer in London. The owners Lee and Lauren have great relationships with local breweries in the area and always have the latest and greatest on draught or in bottles. Not sure what beer you would enjoy? No problem. Lee is a true beer guru and can't make a recommendation catered to your preferences. Once you visit and realize you love it, follow their events calendar. They have regular beer + food pairings as well as meet the brewer events!


This is such a great little place. Excellent beer menu, welcoming owner and staff and they're usually playing my fave music too. Nunhead is lucky to have the Beer Shop.


Really lovely welcoming atmosphere. The owner has a wealth of knowledge of all the wierd and wonderful beers on sale, which means even if you are not a beer geek you can enjoy something perfectly in keeping with your tastes. Or go wild and try something new and obscure! This little place fits in perfectly in its local area. And they do take out! :-)

Tastemaker

Another recent gem to be added to the sparkling south east. The couple that run The Beer Shop are super friendly, as are all their staff. They have a brilliant selection of locally brewed beers and are always happy to chat and offer recommendations. Really nice decor and casual atmosphere too.


For such a small place Nunhead and the surrounding area isn't short of places to find a drink, however none come close to the Beer Shop in pretty much every aspect. Friendly and very knowledgeable staff, excellent range of bottle beers, an ever changing selection straight from the barrel and a bright and comfortable seating area to enjoy views of the newly refurbished Nunhead green. 


Any serious beer drinker needs to visit as the offering is excellent, a real tour of the London brewing scene and now an ever expanding range from slightly further afield. The selection of small run and specialist beers are well worth seeking out and as previously mentioned the staff really know their stuff and so finding the right beer for you is no problem. 

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Best pub in Nunhead by some distance, with loads of beers (many from London), great music and a friendly atmosphere. Cask beers are always £3.50, regardless of strength and the stuff from the fridge is well priced too, with decent discounts on takeaways. The regular south-east London-focused meet the brewer events are great, and not just because there's loads of freebies in the offing.