Spring is in the air and beer gardens are on our brain. And we can vouch for the fact that one of our favourite – and one of London’s most unusual – beer gardens is just a hop, skip and a bridge over the canal from East Village.
Set on the banks of the Regent’s Canal, craft brewery and fantastic pizzeria Crate is a testament not only to quality food and drink, but to the local community who built, own and operate the venture. The interiors of the building have been crafted from reclaimed materials from around the local area in a style befitting the post-industrial vibe of the rest of the ‘Wick, while the brewery, opened last year, has continued to provide a fantastic new hangout for locals and Londoners alike, following on from the Olympics.
Crate isn’t just for its the aesthetically-minded, however (though the outside tables, overlooking bobbing boats on the canal, don’t hurt either). Crate is a real foodies’ paradise: in fact, we’ve written about their pizza before in our post on London’s top five pizza joints. The unusual topping combinations on their popular pizza are mouthwateringly good, but for beer sommeliers, Crate really comes into its own. Some beers are brewed on site, including the excellent India Pale Ale, Golden Ale, Best Bitter and their newest addition, Crate Stout, while other craft beers from around the globe will have you licking your lips in anticipation.
While we know we love Crate Brewery, we want you to experience it too, so that’s why we’re giving away a whopping £100 bar tab for one lucky winner to spend. Whether you take your friends down for a feast on the bank holiday weekend or have the beer blowout to beat all blowouts, it’s not a prize to turn your nose up at. All you need to do to win is let us know in the comments below who you’d treat to beer and a pizza feast at Crate and why. We will pick a winner on Monday 25th March. Good luck!