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Taproom Guide - Waltham Forest

TAPROOM GUIDE

WALTHAM FOREST

Truman's Social Club

Truman’s Social Club has been designed to celebrate East London’s rich history - that Truman’s has been a part of for over 350 years – and bring the community together to forge the next chapter of an ever-changing city. Join them for a drink or to grab a bite with family and friends and soak up the best of local life through a selection of the area’s best creators and makers. Enjoy a choice of up to 20 beers, including Truman’s core range, limited editions and guest beers from their favourite breweries.

Experience their weekly community led programme of events or hire one of their versatile spaces to bring your next big idea to life. An open house for open minds. Join them to relax, discover and create in the heart of Blackhorse Lane.

Where: 1 Priestly Way, E17 6AL

Top takeaways: Events, dog friendly, family friendly, indoor + outdoor seating

 

Hackney Brewery High Hill Taproom

After a successful crowdfunding campaign during COVID, Hackney Brewery’s High Hill taproom is one of the newest additions to the Walthamstow beer scene. The taproom has 20 taps serving up the freshest Hackney beers direct from the brewery alongside other finest UK & US craft beers. They are joined by a rotation of pop-up kitchens on weekends, and you can always order a delicious Yard Sale Pizza to your table with free delivery! They also often host events, a lot of which are super family friendly, so make sure to check out their website see what they’ve got coming up!

Where: Unit 10, Lockwood Way, E17 5RB

Top takeaways: Events, dog friendly, family friendly, indoor and outdoor seating

 

Signature Brew

Signature Brew has two great venues for you to check out! One in Haggerston and one on Blackhorse Road.

At the Blackhorse Road Brewery & Yard Pub you can Enjoy the freshest Signature Brew beers, all brewed right next to the bar itself! And it wouldn't be a Signature Brew bar without also offering the best music playlists around as well as regular special-guest live acts. The Signature Brew Haggerston is based in a railway arch next to the Regent’s Canal. This taproom is a place where great beer and music come together!

Where: Unit 15, Uplands Business Park, Blackhorse Lane, E17 5QJ

             Railway Arch 340, Acton Mews, Haggerston, E8 4EA

Top takeaways: Gigs and events, dog friendly, indoor + outdoor seating

 

Exale Brewing

Another Brewery part of the Walthamstow Beer Mile, Exale Brewery claim to be ‘never dull’, and who are we to disagree? Converted from an old furniture factory, they serve up amazing beers and cocktails in a unique setting. They feature various food vendors throughout the year, from award winning Nepalese food to some mega tasty vegan burgers. They like to change things up and keep it interesting! On a Friday & Saturday night you can typically find DJs playing until 2am. Plus, if not everyone you’re visiting with is too keen on beer, they also have an extensive cocktail list and a natural wine menu!

Where: Unit 2C Uplands Business Park, E17 5QJ

Top takeaways: Great grub, events, dog friendly, kids welcome until 8pm

 

Wild Card Brewery

It is fair to say that Wild Card Brewery were the pioneers and founders of the whole craft beer movement in Walthamstow. Founded in 2012 by several passionate and enthusiast friends, they quickly outgrew their original brewery Near Walthamstow Village and opened a larger unit on Lockwood Way, doubling up as a brewery and taproom. At the weekends, Wildcard set up lots of picnic tables in front of their brewery and often have a guest food stall. Their on tap range changes regularly as well!

Where: Unit 2 Lockwood Way, E17 5RB

Top takeaways: Dog friendly, family friendly, outdoor seating

 

Pillars

Pillars have two great locations for you to check out and enjoy!

Pillars Brewery and Taproom is nestled in the illustrious Ravenswood Industrial Estate, known for its friendly drinking culture. You can enjoy a fresh, local lager whilst sitting amongst the tanks it was brewed in. They even have takeaway beer for you to appreciate at home! The unit occupies an eclectic corner of Walthamstow, filled with taprooms, bars and an infamous neon light studio! In the warmer months, you’ll also find street food vendors and plenty of outdoor seating. The East London taproom hosts a wide range of events, from live music and charity fundraisers, to wedding receptions and birthday parties. Whether you need to reserve a table or hire the whole venue, give the Pillars team a shout.

The Untraditional Pub lives within the innovative CRATE St James Street development. The orange social hub occupies a unit in CRATE's modular site alongside a community of local businesses, from food vendors to hairdressers. The all-weather roof terrace regularly hosts live music acts and diverse events. Serving up the full range of Pillars lagers in the bar, along with a selection of the best craft beer, gin, wine and cider. Their craft beer shop showcases the best of British breweries, bringing you unique brews and their favourite bottled beers from around the world.

Where: Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, E17 9HQ

             Unit 27, Crate Building, 35 St James St, E17 7FY

Top takeaways: Events, craft beer shop, dog friendly, indoor + outdoor seating

 

Gravity Well Brewing Co.

Serving their own beer as fresh as it gets as well as offering the finest choice in guest beers, aiming to cover a broad range of the craft beer spectrum whilst maintaining the focus on their signature hazy, juicy pales and IPAs. There’s something for everyone here at Gravity Well’s Taproom. In addition to their crowd-pleasing retro crisp selection, they have recently partnered with plant-based Indian maestros Spicebox. You can order into their taproom table and receive a free portion of samosas (worth £7) with every order!

Where: Arch 155 Midland Road, E10 6JT

Top takeaways: Vegan food, broad range of beers, dog friendly, indoor + outdoor seating

 

Solvay Society

Looking for modern Belgian beer? This is the one for you. Solvay Society’s self-professed ‘tiny taproom’ hosts five taps of fresh draught beer as well as a full fridge that’s also home to wines and soft drinks. They’ll have the beers they’re famous for, special one-off brews and guest beers on rotation. If you get hungry, they’ve paired with Yard Sale Pizza who deliver right to the taproom (as well as having the usual bar snacks of course)! This one might be small but it is mighty, we definitely think it’s worth stopping by.

Where: Arch 223 Dyers Hall Road, Leytonstone E11 4AF

Top takeaways: Belgian beer, pizza, indoor + outdoor seating

 

Pretty Decent Beer Co.

The Pretty Decent Beer Co. taproom is an inclusive neighbourhood spot where everyone feels welcome to sit down, relax and enjoy themselves. They brew a diverse range of modern, seasonal beers so there is always something new on the taps to try. They have 12 beers on tap (including the freshest PDBC beer straight from the brewery next door), a full wine list and spirits from local legends Victory Gin. They also have gluten free and no alcohol beer - so something for everyone! Plus, a rotating monthly menu from some incredible pop-ups.

Where: 340 Sheriden Rd, E7 9EF

Top takeways: Food pop-ups, neighbourhood spot, indoor + outdoor seating

 

Neckstamper

Just an 8-minute walk from Lea Bridge station, you can find the Neckstamper taproom just outside their brewery! Unfortunately, children are not allowed in the brewery but you are welcome to stop by for takeaway cans and draught beers nonetheless.

Where: Unit 3 Cromwell Industrial Estate, E10 7QZ

Top takeways: Takeaway cans and draught, outdoor seating

 

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