Crate Brewery

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Crate Brewery
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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.

By: Eddy Frankel

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Venue name: Crate Brewery
Contact:
Address: White Building
Unit 7, Queens Yard
London
E9 5EN
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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Jenni H
tastemaker

After a long walk along the river Lea, Crate was exactly the place I was looking for. Set on the river bank, in the very hipster hackney, there were plenty of outside tables to enjoy the weather and river views. The interior is a converted warehouse, with a really unique, cool vibe and its own micro brewery to top it off! I was a little disappointed to find their coffee machine out of order, but these things happen and my gigantic mug of tea more than made up for it! I was very envious of my friends pizza - they were home cooked and inventive flavour combinations. Crate was a great day drinking spot, I'm 100% going to pop along in the evening next time to one of their DJ sets.

Sarah R
tastemaker

Living in Wick and having Crate in walking distance, it’s pretty damn sweet! I love everything about it. From it’s industrial chic interiors, relaxed atmosphere, to absolutely delicious pizzas.

I like to come here on afternoons when it’s not that busy, order a beer and pizza and enjoy the view of the canals and colourful graffiti.
Sunnier days attract the crowds, so summer days mean entire area, from Howling hops to Crate, filled with people socialising. One of the best places to be.

Angelaymlau

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.

ML Kupfer
tastemaker

I've been here like four times now and even though every time it's painfully crowded I have managed to somehow snag a spot and sit with friends and drink and eat pizza merrily for hours. This place really lends itself well to a whole afternoon spent doing all of the above, especially if the weather is good, as it sits right by the canal! If you can, try to get a place inside the little boat as it is a very cozy area to sit in! 


Crate is first and foremost a brewery so naturally the beer is fantastic (and brewed on site). They have a good selection and last I went I had a lager with lemon in it. To be honest I didn't love the lager itself but the fact that I even had that option seemed pretty sweet to me. The pizza is delicious and the menu changes fairly often so you can always try different things. I've had one with sweet potato, cheese and red onions, which is nice but there is a pizza with potato on it and truffle oil that is the bomb. It is so unbelievably tasty so if it's on the menu do yourself a favour and order it. Potato might not seem like the obvious choice but just trust me on this one. Also, the pizza base/dough is typically crispy, which adds a nice touch of texture to the pizzas. 


Do note I am not kidding when I say this place gets very crowded though. You can expect to wait a good fifteen to twenty minutes before you can order your drink at the bar and about forty minutes until your pizza arrives so that does take away from the experience a bit but you can't blame a place for being so dope that everyone wants to be there. 

Paula - ToT
tastemaker

This is a very busy bar and if you want a table, it is advisable to reserve one.  The selection of beers is very good (understandably) and there is something for everyone’s palate.  However, what is the real surprise here is the pizza selection - there are some very exciting combinations.  I highly recommend the dhal and banana pizza, which I appreciate sounds wrong, but it works - trust me!

Dimple M
tastemaker

Tasty home brews & craft beverages, delicious pizzas, fun and friendly staff & a brilliant atmosphere! 



There's also a fantastic view of the canal! Amazing in the summer and just as great in the winter.


Lily C
tastemaker

Pizzas are incredible here, and the little boat-cum-cocktail-bar 'Alfred Le Roy' was lovely - I preferred it in there to the crate brewery itself which was loud and overcrowded playing drum and base style music which we really weren't expecting. We hoped for a more chuckled atmosphere and the boat gives that as well as being a quirky little area to sit and drink on the water as a bit of a novelty.

Leanne F

Brilliant pizza, environmental loving reed bed goodness and most importantly, great beer.

Babs - Working Girl London
Tastemaker

Crate is a cool venue and perfect in the summer. I'm not a huge beer drinker but even I enjoyed a half pint of their pale ale - it was actually very tasty! The pizza had some interesting toppings but the ones we really wanted were sold out which was disappointing. We ordered some others and they came out fairly quickly. The pizza is super thin and super crispy. If that's what you like then I would recommend it but I personally wasn't crazy about them. I would definitely go back for drinks though as it's a good venue and there's usually something of interest going on on the canal to act as entertainment!

Emily A

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.

kayleighar
tastemaker

Crate fits in perfectly with its graffitied ghetto surroundings; from the up-cycled interior, craft ales selection and hipster clientele, it embodies all East London stereotypes. But no criticism intended- beers and beards aside it’s the place to be seen in Hackney Wick, I felt my coolness rose a level just hanging out there.

Their large variety of international craft beers and ciders will impress any home-brew enthusiast, their pizzas are super tasty, especially the magnificently cheesy courgette and feta, and the benches outside along the canal are an amazing spot on a summer evening. The lighting is also really cool; bulbs encased in minimal wired light fittings and old bed springs look rustically edgy. 

Only one small criticism- although delicious, I prefer my pizza base a bit more doughy, the crust disintegrated into tiny crispy shards with every bite. 

Come to Crate to hang amongst the hipsters, and even if you hate beer, at the very least you’ll pick up some great 90s style tips from the bar staff.

Chlo Fo
Tastemaker

What a perfect place to while away a sunny summer day, home-brewed beer, cider and other delights along with stone baked pizza, what's not to love? Get in quick if you want a table, it gets pretty packed very rapidly, but that's part of its charm, spill out onto the canal path and watch street artists wrangle their paint cans opposite and kayakers paddle on past. Nestle in and settle down, service can take a while (as it's so busy), so not one for if you're in a rush. I recommend doing the half hour walk from Haggerston station along the Regent's Canal ending at Crate for a well-deserved pint with a great chilled atmosphere and some top-notch hipster-special people watching.

Alex H
Tastemaker

Great place to go in the summer, very busy at weekends but great vibe. Nice pizzas with interesting toppings, we had to wait about 40 mins. Good selection of ales. They do tours at weekend which look good.

Lise M
tastemaker

Last month, I visited Hackney Wick area for the first and I absolutely loved it. One of my favorites places this summer is Crate Brewery. Located near Regent's Canal, this brewery offers a great selection of artisanale beers and homemade pizzas which are amazingly tasty, crusty and combining only few but efficient ingredients. My two favorites were 'The Sweet Potatoes, Stilton and Walton' and the 'Sage and Truffle'. The venue is great and very chill out with a great outdoor space to enjoy the summer evenings and the canal. I would recommend to go a week day as it can be very crowdy durant the week-end which slows down a lot the kitchen and bar service. 



B Cul
tastemaker

Absolutely loved this dog friendly venue in Hackney. Arrived at 6.30pm on a Saturday night and it was already packed and buzzing. The Crate beer and cider is really good and we loved the pizzas! The sage and truffle one was our favourite. The bar does get really busy and the line ups are fairly long but the staff do a good job to keep it moving.


I will definitely be heading back sometime soon and I'm keen to try the Alfred Le Roy cocktail canal boat or Ricks Garage across the car park.

rpate
Tastemaker

It’s impossible to overlook one the trendiest spots in Hackney Wick, namely Crate Brewery. Crate is guaranteed to be heaving with revellers, but the staff's ability to cope with the throngs has significantly improved over the past years. They brew onsite and have released a commendable and growing range, including their sessionable sour and black IPA. The brewery is idyllically located canal-side on the River Lee and offers rustic wood-oven pizzas to hungry wayfarers and ferrymen, who dock their canal boats feet from the bar.


Crate now offers tours of their brewery and if you're lucky, you'll be there on a weekend when Mick's Garage is open and swinging, which is located just across the yard from the brewery. From 18:00 on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday, this is a pop-up space offering some fantastic Middle Eastern street food from Shuk Shuk, a meaty purveyor and smokehouse from the talented minds of Josh Katz and Mattia Bianchi, who founded the highly regarded BBQ joint, Berber & Q.


In addition to this, Mick's Garage offers a fermented tea bar called Jarr Bar, where kombucha- set to be a huge trend in the coming months- is served in a gamut of flavours (or with alcohol). 


All of this is set to the soundtrack of a DJ spinning decks on the roof- the vibe is summer, the 500 person capacity means it fills up quickly and things get raucous. This is a surefire destination for a hazy summer evening in 2016.

James Manning

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.

Ros A
Tastemaker

This is a pretty decent venue in Hackney even if you don't like beer very much. I went on a day when it was absolutely pouring rain outside and the walk from the overground was a bit bleak. Inside it was warm and packed out to the rafters (even at 7pm). Music was good, live DJs in the background playing some pretty decent stuff. Pizzas you order at the bar and then people wander about looking for who to give them to. Beers (so I hear) are varied and good - wine isn't too bad either and it's not too expensive. Fun vibe, nice people. Yes it is a bit hipster but not unbearably so, far from it. Just normal people drinking, eating, even dancing a bit later on. I'll be back. 

LoveLondon
Tastemaker

I like to come here in the summer to hang out by the canal with friends and a few pints, they serve some local brews and also change the stock of ciders every now and then, so you get to try some rare ones. Their pizza is delicious, staff is pretty chill and just a nice atmosphere!

MooseInLondon
Tastemaker

Paddled up the Lea for this delicious pizza and suds powerhouse. Not disappointed. We ordered three different pies (lamb, lemon chicken, and veggie courgette) and everyone in our merry band agreed all three to be fantastic- with good amount of toppings and easy on the sauce (a dangerous combination when dealing with thiner crust pizzas).


We sat in the boat outside the brewery itself, and were immediately were hit with the smell of the warm apple whisky. Oh my yes please-- shut up and take my money. 


Would remiss if I did not mention the beer, this being a brewery. I had the IPA, and the pale ale-- could not fault them for their taste. The saison sounded fantastic, but ran out of time to sample it. They also had a great selection of other local beers in case nothing on tap caught your eye. I can imagine this place heaving in the summer-- but brave it in the colder months, you may be a few pounds lighter in the wallet... but not the belly!

Alanna S
Tastemaker

Spent the vast majority of my summer here. Great location on the canal, good beers and pizza and prime if you can get a spot on the boat in the sunshine. Nice crowd and staff, and super popular. Worth the trip out East, and even better to combine with a walk (/bar crawl) along the canal to check out all the graffiti.

James A
moderatorStaff Writer

Given the immediate surroundings, having a nice view is pretty tricky in Hackney Wick, however by being right on the edge of the water, Crate pulls it off, and if you can't get a spot outside you can pass the time by trying to figure which of the clientele haven't actually had any sleep in the last 24 hours.

South Carolina
Tastemaker

Totally lovely in all of its trendy glory! If you’re anything like me you’ll spend the afternoon drooling over the pizzas being delivered all around. Most likely you will then end up face down in a greasy pie yourself and me-oh-my they are delicious! Don’t get too distracted by the pizza as the main event is, of course, the beer. It’s a craft beer lovers dream with a fair few of Crate Brewery’s very own to choose from you definitely won’t be disappointed. The only downside - the queue for the toilet can be terrifying.

Ioanna La
Tastemaker

Marvelous place in hackney wick! Spent an amazing Saturday evening with friends. Beer is great and pizza is great, location is lovely, everything is great with this place as long as there is nice weather :) they have their own beer - I tried the wheat beer and it was delicious, as good as a German one I would say! And, well, the pizza... I think one of the best ones I've had in London so far (and they are quite many!). Sage and truffle pizza was so unique and delicious but I fell in love with Courgette, feta, red onion and gremolata one. Can't wait to go again!

Bonnie W
Tastemaker

Even though I'm not a beer drinker, I always love coming here for a pint of cider and some of the best thin crust pizza in London. The brewery has lots of seating outside, along the River Lea and makes for a great pit stop after a walk along the Hertford Union Canal or around the Olympic Park.

retroashlat
tastemakerTastemaker

Great beer, great food, and great service! I haven't tried the pizzas but holy crap do they ever look nice - and my friends have raved about them as well. I'm not a huge beer drinker so I prefer the lager but I did have a shandy once (half beer, half lemonade) and very much enjoyed that! Warning: you're not allowed to park in the lot encircled by the bar and the brewery (weird) so cycle or walk or park elsewhere to avoid being ticketed (though we haven't been yet, luckily). But! As mentioned, if you like what you're drinking, you can order a case of something at the bar and walk on over to the brewery across the parking lot to pick it up. Super helpful.


*original review posted 12 Aug 2015, updated 26 Feb 2017


THE PIZZAS OMFG. I have had them a bunch of times now and please may I recommend the lamb mince and the sage and truffle pizzas. I dream of them. I am drooling as I write this. Run, don't walk. Especially since West Ham moved over to the Olympic Stadium and I hear the place is jammed more often than not these days!

Staff Writer

My new favourite place to hang out! Excellent beers and cider all home brewed and they're reasonably priced for London too! Nice location next to the canal in hackney wick. Pizzas are a bit overrated, I recommend going out to the car park and getting an amazing burger from the van. I had the lamb burger it was amazing and half the price of the pizzas!

Callum B

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!  

beef

pizzas amazing, beers outstanding, venue knockout - canal side summertime soon come :)

Seamus

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.

Stew

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! :)

Jimll

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.

chip

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.

Hello Kitty

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!

Clem

this place is awesome. great beers and great pizzas in an amazing looking venue.

Peter

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.

Jules C

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!

Claire

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.

Antuan

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.

Michi

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.

Spoon

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.

Samantha Jones

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.

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