This pub was editorially chosen for inclusion by Londonist.
Tucked away past some car-repair garages, in a railway arch under the Gospel Oak-Barking Overground hides the Wanstead Tap — understated home to one of the widest and best selections of beer in London. The shelves are stacked with 100 types of craft brew which you can sup in situ, or take home. As well as the increasingly common Siren Craft, Beavertown or East London Brewery, there are also lesser-known delights, which you can be guided through by the staff, who clearly love their beers. During the day you can often find families with young children here, parents sipping either a beer or a coffee while their kids play with the toys on the floor. On Friday nights it's open until 11.30pm, when things get more lively. The Tap hosts film nights, occasional live music, and massively popular supperclubs by Masterchef semi-finalist Michael Sanders. It also has an active notice board advertising local jumble sales, home-grown produce sales, gig flyers etc. The real homely feel makes this a haven for beer-lovers — somewhere you can sample to your heart's (and liver's) content in a welcoming atmosphere. The only downside is its opening hours — it closes most days at 6pm.
Last updated July 2015.