London Beer Week - where to drink (and eat) during the festival


Plenty of beer, great food, and some excellent restaurants involved: the prosepct of London Beer Week has already piqued plenty of interest at Hot Dinners HQ, and we've picked out some of the highlights.

1. Get the wristband

If it's just beer you're after - you can get access to more than 100 beer bars and breweries across the city, with a £10 wristband that lets you buy speciality beers for £3 and "boilermakers" - a beer and a shot - for a tenner. Plus Fullers will be offering beer flights - with three drinks for a pound each.

2. Fine dining

For the more discerning food lover - there's a fine dining option on offer: Nathan Outlaw's Michelin starred restaurant at The Capital has teamed up with Sharp's Brewery with a three course, seafood focused menu plus drinks, of course, for £50. If the sound of crab scotch egg paired with Chalky's Bite, or Hake with curry sace and Honey Spice IPA float your boat - email outlaws@capitalhotel.co.uk for details.

3. Go dancing

The House of Peroni is back with its Italian supperclub - at Gordon Ramsey's Union Street cafe. Head chef Davide Degiovanni has created a special modern Italian menu, along with an infusions masterclass and an afterparty involving yet more beers, Peroni cocktails and live music. Bring your dancing shoes.

4. Supperclubs

The Hops and Glory on Islington's Essex Road will be launching a series of supper clubs dubbed "The Brewer's Dinner" - promising a three course food and beer matching night - with, of course, another beer on arrival.

5. Meet the brewer

And the Pickled Fork are also popping up with the Canopy Beer Co with a meet the brewer event. There are two sittings - and the food sounds unmissable - including an 8 hour braised shin of beef cooked in Full Moon Porter with savoy cabbage, parsnip puree, swede spaghetti, smoked bone marrow gravy and - as if that wasn't enough - a helping of beef and porter fries.

6. Party time

If you've still got any staying power after all of that - the week rounds off with a massive party at the Old Truman Brewery: a £20 ticket buys you the chance to sample more than 600 beers from all over the world, with music from Rob da Bank and James Lavelle. Oh, to be young again...

London Beer Week runs from 22-28 February 2016 and full details of all the events are available on their website.