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London’s Finest Pubs: 5 Places to Drink Wild Card Craft Beer

Where can you drink Wild Card beer? Lots of places, to be honest; but this list is minimal, boldly going from the art deco grandeur of the Salisbury Hotel to community East London boozer The Chequers. Wild Card craft beer flows abundantly in each of these public houses, each a location that beer enthusiasts can savour. You might know these venues, but hopefully at least one will be untrodden ground. Here’s how to find these enigmatic locales; and what you might find there.

The Salisbury Hotel (N4 1JX)

You can’t miss the imperial, ornate frontage of The Salisbury Hotel, with its charming red brick, Edwardian architecture features, and magnificent sign. A grade-II listed building that lies on lively and chaotic Green Lanes. Inside, gleaming IPAs are enjoyed on vast leather chesterfields, heavy red theatre curtains add intimacy; dramatic relics clashing with the easy chatter of the publicans. We go for the mussels and a pint of the Wild Card IPA, a tropical, hoppy, and refreshing craft beer with just a hint of dank bitterness. 

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Plaquemine Lock: Craft Beer Oasis on Regent’s Canal (N1 8LB)

The Plaquemine Lock is a curious little pub tucked away on a sleepy Angel street, so-named for its position in the heart of the Regent’s Canal. It defies any expectations you might have of boring Islington suburbia, but instead has a food and drink offering that will astound many a weary traveller. Fascias of parrot blue and a bounty of Creole and Cajun food transport you to old-world Louisiana. Check out the Friday happy hour, we love to have our after-work pints here with oysters for a quid. 

Book a table here: https://plaqlock.com/contact/

The Chequers: Craft Beer and much more in Walthamstow (E17 7BX)

The Chequers is a public house of Walthamstow, an institution established on the E17 High Street. With a 1am license, Chequers is a magical place for locals and one we frequent regularly; and once had a very raucous Christmas party here. Moody dark panelling, masses of hidden nooks and cozy spots, and comfy sofas clustered around Mario Kart players. Chequers champions local producers; its beer list features Wild Card IPA plus craft beer from locals Pillars and Five Points. The best part is that you can come here whatever the weather; its living room quality means you can mind your own business however you like and feel totally at ease. 


Queen’s Arms Orford Road: a romantic craft beer spot in Walthamstow Village (E17 9NJ)

Lying on a characterful corner of pedestrianised Orford Road in Walthamstow Village is a charming, dimly-lit neighbourhood pub. A few lovingly-kept cask ales, lots of our super fresh keg beer, plus a smorgasbord of small-plates and pub fare done really well, makes this pub a big highlight in the romantic Village. We make our way here for a more grown-up sesh after whiling away the hours at our nearby Barrel Store venue.

Book a table here https://www.queensarms-e17.co.uk/#reservations

Tavern on the Hill: Wild Card craft beer paradise at the top of Higham Hill (E17 5RG)

We run the Tavern on the Hill, a glorious neighbourhood pub which lies at the top of Higham Hill, a place for locals, families, and Walthamstowers searching for a cosy refuge from the bright lights of the Blackhorse Lane breweries. The pub is the only venue where every fresh beer from our brewery down the hill can be sampled. We’ve got ten craft beer taps here, plus two or three cask ales on rotation, it offers a uniquely special environment where the drinks are super-fresh and modern, contrasting fascinatingly with the eighteenth-century pub interior. Flame-cooking from our kitchen residency, the Dragon Flame, pulls in many a hungry local for their satisfying barbecue dishes, which goes perfectly with a cold, zesty Wild Card IPA.

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