If you want to find the place where almost everything about hipster London peaked, it’s right here, on the banks of the Lea Navigation in Hackney Wick. This pizzeria and brewery is peak beard, peak tattoo, peak warehouse living and peak craft beer – but that’s no bad thing. Sure, the service can be a little surly and all the bar staff are better looking than you, but that’s life.
The beer, being visibly brewed on site, is varied and tasty, with a good selection of international craft ales on hand to boot. In the winter it’s all about the super-crispy pizzas with innovative toppings, and the live jazz; come summer though the crowds spill out on to the banks of the Lea, with families of fowl and narrowboats tootling past – this is proper East End bucolic.
|Venue name:||Crate Brewery||Contact:|
Unit 7, Queens Yard
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-midnight Fri, Sat. Meals served noon-10pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-11pm Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||Hackney Wick rail|
|Price:||Main courses £8-£12. Around £30.|
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Average User Rating
3.9 / 5
- 5 star:30
- 4 star:18
- 3 star:3
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:10
This place has got the best vibes - great music, by the river, packed with relaxed people having a beer amd good pizza to line the stomach. Really a great place to be on a sunny day.
It's cool, the location is great, it's beautiful in summer and it serves home brew and really good quality pizzas. A great place to bring people.
I wasn't mad about the pizzas, if I'm honest – too crispy, bad cheese, weirdly potato-heavy. But it's a great place to hang out with a drink and a paper, and the DJ played Spiritualized, which is all you really need on a miserable Sunday afternoon in January. Take a walk up the canal afterwards, but if you've had a few beers don't forget to not fall in.
Lovely place for a buzzing night out or a relaxed sunday afternoon!
Right next to the canal and with seats outside Crate is amazing on a sunny day! The beer selection is great and you have to try the pizza! They offer you a choice of the more common pizza (pepperoni, ham and mushroom), but also more adventurous things to try like the potato and truffle one! Absolutely amazing!
The place was full of stuck up hipsters who stare at you for not dressing trendy enough. I was born in this area and have never encountered this kind of vibe. I am assuming many have just moved here with their parents money and now think they are building the community - on the contrary, they are destroying it. I couldnt bring myself to hand over any money and support this kind of eye-saw in Hackney.
Despite previous comments, I had a great chat with one of the bar men (didnt seem too obnoxious to me). Good beer and the pizza tasted great. They even gave me some info on the brewery set up too. Concerning to hear such mixed reviews but our experience was enjoyed all round! :)
Very disappointing. Only about five customers in the bar, and our pizzas took over half an hour and didn't even come out at the same time. Could have forgiven the terrible service if it actually tasted good, however it was very average pizza cooked unevenly with too much cheese. They need to sack the (two!!!) chefs and get an Italian in.
pizzas and beer both bang on, and the venue is stunning - an awesome find for a friday arvo bike ride down the canal. service was polite and friendly, lots of 'taches and beanies in effect. new favourite.
I went to Crate for the first time last night having been told by a number of locals how great it was and having been a Londoner for a while I know that the only way to get a truly honest account of a place is if the locals drink or eat there! I was not dissappinted. Such an amazing space and they actually brew their own beer. Pizzas are simple but delicious and the delight was not a pretentious member of staff or customer in sight - a rarity in east london nowadays. This is such a fabulous bar I contemplated not leaving a review as it feels like one of those hidden gems which I wanted to keep to myself incase it gets too popular but I gather it's independently owned and they deserve to do well. Great bar, great people and simple but really well executed - could not recommend more highly but keep it to yourself we don't want everyone finding out!
Last night I had the appallingly long wait of 45 mins + for one pizza. The pizzas in this place are quite good (after 50 mins wait and this being the first thing i'd eaten all day a burnt Dr. Oetker would have tasted good). Crate have five people making pizzas that take 5 mins to prepare and 4 minutes to cook. Bad management, obnoxious, unapologetic staff and only a stagnent canal view to entertain myself make way for one pissed off customer. Avoid this place like its Avian Influenza.
Great bar with an amazing atmosphere. The upcycled decor is really well done and very stylish. The pizza's were really tasty. I loved the canal side seats it really felt calming. Basically if your in the area or even if your not go there!
Bit of a shame that that the quality of service in this place doesn't live up to the great look and feel. I wouldn't write it off for a beer, but in all honesty it's a bunch of hipsters playing at running a reputable food establishiment and it just doesn't work. They're more interested in having a good time among themselves rather than focussing on customer needs, and i mean basic needs like getting your food order to the kitchen. Hygiene in the kitchen is an ISSUE! Hipster hair and tashes in my pizza, err no thanks. Plus there is basically no-one in charge (the opposite of many other organisations) too many indians and not one cheif. Sigh, what a shame. So in summary go here if you want a good beer, don't mind waiting and don't mind a hipster or 10 bumbling around trying to look cool. Sad, but true.
I visited it today . We bought a beer from the guys in the nearby Performance space, and we went down to the Crate thinking of having a pizza and take it with us. From my point of view, that's a win-win deal for the guys running the art space and for the guys running Crate. But apparently Crate management thinks that I made all the way there to sample their beers and trendy venue, so before I had the chance to even look at the menu, a pretentious and unfriendly waiter/manager immediately stepped in to point out that I could not walk into their brand new bar with a can of beer. I tried to explain that I was bringing it from an nearby exhibition I was planning to return to as soon as my pizza was ready, that I had no intention of ordering drinks at Crate and that I was going to buy a pizza to take away. He was unfriendly, unreasonable and bad mannered. After checking the prices, my perception is that these guys don't really know who their regular customers are. I felt like if I was in the middle of fckng Soho! Good luck to them. I am a Hackney Wick regular and I won't ever set foot there again.
Interior looks good & fab location. The staff were brisk & unfriendly - they were too busy discussing how to run the place rather than actually tending to the needs of customers. Given the price we were paying for the pizza & beer they should be more professional. I find that more & more east London establishments think looking cool is all you need to make a business work - it certainly isn't. The pizza was tasty but a little over done, interesting toppings. I might go back & give it another try, then again might just spend my cash where I get a smile & friendly service.
I first visited Crate shortly after it's opening and enjoyed a glorious summers evening of fine beer and live music. Looking forward to my return visit today I was bitterly disappointed with painfully slow service at the bar, most Crate beers were unavailable, 2 burnt pizza's and an egotistical bar manager who deemed it necessary to tell us that he is happy to let dogs into the establishment b As long as they don't touch the tables. One would hope that the tables do get cleaned regularly..? Crate does not have the relaxed, yet excellent service and food quality of the Counter Cafe and it's management has not learned that good customer service is worth it's weight in gold medals.
I stumbled on this 'find' of a place while heading towards the nearby Olympic Park. A little wooden sign with three simple words enticed me in 'Beer, Wine, Pizza'. Walking through an industrial metal gate brought me to a large converted warehouse bar/eatery with its own riverside outdoor terrace teaming with a lunchtime bustle and others taking advantage of its sunny location. The building is a mix of crisp restoration with it's subtle pink faced blockwork walls and reclaimed and up-cycled industrialist features such as it's central metal chandelier and festooned metal lights hanging from the high ceiling over a central bar constructed from railway sleepers and large wooden tables and benches fashioned from old wooden crates. Light streams in through huge blocks of square panel windows, creating an atmospheric and strangely pleasing feel. I opted for a beer, being as it's craft-brewed on the premises, in the tanks of the on-view microbrewery. I had a Crate 'Golden', which was pretty good. The triumph for me though, was the hand-thrown pizza. From a choice of 8 or so options, I opted for the 'Sage, potato and truffle', which came out light and puffy, aromatic and totally bliss to eat. My mind was wanting me to order another, it was that good, but one was more than enough and would probably be ideal for two to share. It's old to see somewhere that does what it does so well. For beer, wine and pizza this is my new favourite and well worth a trip back to Hackney Wick.