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Craft Beer Co, WC1

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168 High Holborn
WC1
WC1V 7AA
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Tris C left this review about Craft Beer Co

Dating from at least 1926, this was originally the Oporto Stores, which closed in September 1959, to be rebuilt in 1961 for Charrington’s on the ground floor of this municipal tower block, later known as Rudy’s Revenge, to become a CBeebies in 2014.
The interior is plain and modern, the least pub-like branch I’ve visited. It’s cramped and crowded with very poor acoustics; the downstairs bar was empty though not out of bounds, so I suppose people don’t fancy subterranean drinking; as mentioned, this isn’t a place to meet up or include on a crawl, due to the limited space.
There were four ciders on with one clip reversed, then just the five ales with five pumps unused. Because of the crush at the bar, it was very hard to read the pumps, so I went for the only one I could read, being just to my right, 360° Tacoma APA at £2.60 a half and fine, though a little dry for my tastes.
I can’t really enthuse about this place as much as some, as I want a far better all-round pub experience which this place doesn’t offer. The Harp down the road offers a real pub experience and with greater ale choice, so I don’t envisage a return visit, but the minimum 00.00 closing time is a benefit.

On 30th October 2021 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about Craft Beer Co

As already mentioned a location where the beer is king and one I have been using a lot recently due to it being handily placed on our post Ronnie Scott’s walking route back to Holborn tube station. The only thing wrong with it is that the upstairs sections are too bloody small and vertical drinking both inside or outside on the pavement is not the most pleasant experience and the downstairs room, although a larger and more comfortable seating space, suffers from such appalling acoustics that you have to shout at each other even when its only half full.
But you can forgive a lot when considering the provided beer choice on the stunning row of 15 ale handpumps and 30 keg taps. I also like the way they have regular focusses on a guest brewer when they give up half the hand pumps to that brewer. I could not believe my luck to find that last week the focussed brewer was Oakham, only to find that the Citra was not one of the promoted brewery beers. Fortunately the excellent Black Hole Porter and Oblivion were, so disappointment overcome.
I do feel a bit stingy and if it was solely about the beer this place would be a 10. But for an overall pub visiting experience, it’s not.

On 11th April 2017 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Craft Beer Co

First re-visit since going on the day after it opened, and this has become the major destination pub for the St Giles / Covent Garden area as it was destined to be from the outset. Incredible range from 15 handpumps (including six from Vibrant Forest on this occasion, from which I went for the Black Forest 'piquant porter' at £2.20, half) and 30 craft keg taps with a vast range of styles (and prices!). Only issue is the size of the place: just a narrow bar with limited seating at street level plus a small and very dark lounge downstairs.

On 7th January 2017 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by hondo .
London Charing Cross, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 1.12 miles, 21 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 1.17 miles, 22 min walk (show)
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30th Oct 2021, 19:14
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30th Oct 2021, 17:47
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 September 2016 by hondo .
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  • Live Music : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
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  • Micropub : No last updated 30 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 08 June 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 08 June 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 30 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 September 2016 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 08 June 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 30 October 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 29 September 2016 by hondo .
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