Craft Beer Company

Craft Beer Company

This pub was included by editorial choice rather than public vote. It is rather good, you see.

The most recent (at time of writing) outpost in the Craft Beer Company's London portfolio, the Clapham instalment has a cosier feel than you find at its brethren in Clerkenwell, Islington and Brixton. It opened in December 2013, refitting and renewing the old Mason's Arms.

As with all Craft pubs, this place sports an enormous selection of ales. We photographed the beer menu (see below) where you can readily see the vast offering. And that's just from the front of the bar. We clocked over 100 bottled varieties behind. Food comes burger shaped, courtesy of resident bapmeisters Forty Burgers. They're pricey but nicey.

The bar retains the Mason's old horseshoe shape, and there's still a 100-seater beer garden round the back. On our visit, the place favoured a soundtrack of maudlin singer-songwriters (the sad songs are the best for drinking to). Messrs Drake, Cohen and (Elliott) Smith all took their turns.

Those sitting in the front section get the surreal view of the gym across the road, whose large glass windows reveal dozens of conveyor-belt joggers. We'd rather be in the pub, and we wonder how many fitness fans, staring across the road at Craft Beer Co, are thinking the same.

On Twitter as @CraftBeerCoSW4 and on Facebook.

See also: siblings in Angel, Clerkenwell, Covent Garden and Brixton, and a wonderful older cousin in Pimlico’s Cask.

Last updated July 2015

The Ilkley was lovely, but had us struggling all night for some kind of 'Ilkley more bar tab' pun, which we couldn't quite get to work.
The Ilkley was lovely, but had us struggling all night for some kind of 'Ilkley more bar tab' pun, which we couldn't quite get to work.
Decent sized beer garden hidden round the back.
Decent sized beer garden hidden round the back.
See, much more cosy than its sister bars.
See, much more cosy than its sister bars.
Crafty signage.
Crafty signage.
That menu in full. (Apart from the 100 bottled beers also on offer.)
That menu in full. (Apart from the 100 bottled beers also on offer.)
Craft beer behind me, picket fence in front of me, and dozens of joggers beneath a glowing box across the road. Has Clapham always been this interesting?
Craft beer behind me, picket fence in front of me, and dozens of joggers beneath a glowing box across the road. Has Clapham always been this interesting?
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Address: 128 Clapham Manor Street London SW4 6ED

Email:
clapham@thecraftbeerco.com

Monday: 4pm-11pm

Tuesday: 4pm-11pm

Wednesday: 4pm-11pm

Thursday: 4pm-11pm

Friday: 4pm-midnight

Saturday: noon-midnight

Sunday: noon-11pm

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