This week we visited The Craft Beer Co in Limehouse. An independent pub started in 2011 by two friends, there are seven branches across London so they’re doing pretty well and it’s clear to see why – it’s a beer lovers heaven! We visited to try out head chef Pete Kastanis’ menu and we had a lovely time meeting the team and enjoying this little gem of a pub. Located literally next to Limehouse station it’s a great location for a commuter grabbing a beer on the way home but the food is well worth a longer stay.
We started with the House Marinated Olives which were big fat juicy green olives gently marinated as to not take away from the natural flavour. They were delicious – I had to stop myself from gorging on them. The chef recommended we also try the Padron Peppers : with chipotle aioli which were equally delicious and moreish and the chipotle aoili was a revelation. Along with these we also had the Fried Chicken : with ranch dressing. The chicken was great, tender and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside – really tasty and we loved the ranch dressing too.
For our mains we had the Bavette Steak and Chips : with green salad & béarnaise sauce and the Hot Smoked Salmon & Avocado Salad : with fennel, baby gems & dill sauce. The steak was cooked perfectly, well seasoned and we loved the béarnaise sauce. The chips were crispy and salty and disappeared in a heartbeat! The salad was really tasty, smothered in a gorgeous dill sauce so I doubt it was healthy but it tasted so good, with lashings of hot smoked salmon and avocado it was great.
As a craft beer pub there are loads of beers and ales to chose from, ranging from good old classics to some interesting twists. We tried a ‘Kölsh’ with a twist – Limehaus : a traditional German beer which was infused with lime and tasted pretty good…the name was obviously the winner for us.
On a Sunday they do a roast, with all the trimmings, from midday. And if our meals were anything to go by their roast must be delicious! With mains ranging from £8 to £12.50 it’s most definitely good value too. I really liked this pub, the staff were friendly and fun and the pub itself was cosy and comforting, with the added bonus of the great food I’d say it’s worth a visit for sure.
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