Fun Things To Do In Westfield Stratford: 1. Visit Tap East

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Fun Things To Do In Westfield Stratford: 1. Visit Tap East
Note the beer mat trimmings.
Note the beer mat trimmings.
The two ales brewed on-site.
The two ales brewed on-site.
The microbrewery, on show at the back of the pub.
The microbrewery, on show at the back of the pub.
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First in a one-part series, exploring the highlights of Western Europe's largest shopping centre.

Among the big-brand outlets of Westfield, we stumbled across a true surprise last week. Tap East is a tiny pub, covertly poised in the foodie corner of the shopping centre, on the lower ground floor (map). It serves around 150 bottled beers, with 17 kegged. Most impressively, it also brews its own beer on-site — currently, Jim Wilson Bitter and East End Mild. It's a micro-brewery in a mega-complex.

The small space is furnished and panelled like many other Westfield food-and-drinkeries, but the staff (faultlessly polite and helpful) have garlanded the walls with beer mats to beef up the character (even if it's the type of character last seen on our bedroom walls during student days).

We're told the place comes from the owners of Borough favourites The Rake and Utobeer (the market stall that specialises in international beers), which both have strong reputations. It's certainly a more satisfying choice than The Cow, Westfield's main drinking den overlooking the Olympic Park.

Last Updated 14 July 2012

Jo

Eh, the Lebanese deli/café just round the corner is worth a visit, too. Their baklava are divine, and the staff are very helpful. The smoked aubergine dip is well worth trying.

Hannah

And Karaway, London's best bakery store just yards away. It sells terrific pumpernickel, a scalded rye to die for, and piroshki among other lovely things. Expensive but still worth crossing London for. 

Terry C

When the Zil lanes open, NOTHING will be worth trying to cross London for.

Eastlondoncowgirl

Great Eastern Market is the best thing to hit a mall

Abernholt

There is a Noshers Smoked Salmon Deli there in the Market, great find , great salmon